The 2019/2020 ski season is about to begin! Here is a list of tips to start the season on the right foot.

Ski

Have the bottom and edges checked for optimum conditions:

  • blades suitably sharpened according to the characteristics of the ski and skiing skills
  • bottom without holes and waxed to have a good handling especially with the first turns of the season

Go to a certified laboratory with industry experience.

Bindings

The attacks must also be checked by a specialized and certified technician. Absolutely not recommended the tea.

The efficiency of the bindings must be carried out at least once a year both as a “push” and as a “pressure” in relation to your weight / capacity / age in accordance with ISO11088 and visually checked with your boot inserted, without forgetting that bindings and boots create a whole for the release and consequently for our safety.

Boots

They are instruments of torture if not properly chosen, they are an integral part of our safety both in terms of “containment” of the foot and of integration with the attacks, as mentioned above.

They must be chosen based on the size of our feet, not only in length but also in width and, above all, on the basis of skiing skills due to the “hardness” of the plastics. As an additional safety check, it is good to evaluate the wear of the soles in the heel and toe areas for insertion into the bindings, see ISO 5355.

For greater comfort (which is always welcome in boots) it is good to consider whether to insert accessories such as orthotics, with the function of better foot support, or even protections of the shins with gel pads to avoid inappropriate and very annoying chafing between the tongue and tibia.

Ski poles

Check that they are in order like washers and straps, especially the integrity of the tube. A further check is the right length based on your height.

Helmet

It is the safety tool par excellence, as far as the outer shell is concerned, the checks to be carried out are mainly visual, therefore it must not present scratches or deep abrasions, in which case it is appropriate to replace it.

Furthermore, it is necessary to check the inner shell which is integral with the rest of the helmet and, last but not least, the closing strap which must be efficient and integrated with the rest of the structure.

Ski mask

The mask participates in passive safety, equal to the helmet, in the event of a fall, in particular to protect the face and eyes from unwanted shocks. The check consists in viewing the lenses that are intact and not lined, otherwise they would not guarantee sufficient anti-fog in case of bad weather.

Another check consists in seeing that the elastic and the internal sponge are still in optimal conditions.

Gloves

They are essential to protect the hands, they must be intact without seams and with the inside in optimal conditions to ensure insulation and a good grip.

Underwear

The choice of the appropriate underwear is essential to maintain insulation and body warmth at a constant level by focusing on greater perspiration

Socks

They are always little considered, but they are essential for the comfort of the foot inside the boot, they must be specifically built for skiing, and must have breathability characteristics upwards, to ensure dry feet. The thickness must be chosen based on the type of boot.