Ski Equipment > Alpine Skis • Nordic Skis
Selecting appropriate ski equipment depends largely on what kind of skiing you plan to do. The two primary types of skiing are Alpine skiing and Nordic skiing, which are also known as downhill skiing and cross-country skiing, respectively. Each type of skiing requires different skis, bindings, ski boots and ski poles; their headgear and clothing requirements are also quite different.
Downhill skiers generally travel faster than cross-country skiers, and they wear form-fitting ski suits to minimize wind resistance. Ski goggles protect their eyes from the cold wind and ski helmets provide head protection, especially for serious skiers moving at top speeds.
Cross-country skiing requires endurance, and serious Nordic skiers often carry tents or hiking equipment on long treks. Cross-country skiers wear layers or Lycra ski suits to maintain their correct body temperature while engaging in this aerobic winter sport. Nordic skis are designed for speed across fairly level surfaces; they are about 200 cm long, about 5 cm wide, and employ only a toe binding. Kick wax or grip wax tape is used on the kick zone to create traction when weight is applied on the ski.
Most skiers, regardless of discipline, carry ski poles for additional stability and to aid with forward motion. They also use glide wax on the underside of their skis to melt the snow, creating a water layer that allows the skier to glide more quickly. SkiEquipment.us features a directory of ski shops and ski equipment manufacturers where you can find good selections of Alpine skis and Nordic skis as well as helmets, poles, and ski apparel.
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