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Tag Archives: skiing

  • Teaching Kids To Ski or Snowboard On A Budget

    Posted on November 2, 2012 by

    Teaching Kids To Ski or Snowboard - Gear Options

    I have 3 children with 1 on the way. One thing I didn't realize before having children was how expensive they can be. Extracurricular activities like skiing or snowboarding is often just too expensive for many couples to afford on top of all the basic expenses. I'd like to offer some tips that will make it possible for anyone to afford to get their children into skiing or snowboarding. 

    teach kids to ski or snowboard Learning to ski or snowboard doesn't have to be expensive

    The first thing you'll need to do is get the right gear. Skiing and Snowboarding have been around long enough that there is a lot of used gear out there. At the very beginning and at the end of the snow season, many people will get rid of their used ski and snowboard equipment. Often there is nothing wrong with it. They have purchased new stuff and don't want to hang onto their used stuff. A lot of this perfectly good equipment is just donated to thrift stores like salvation army. Here in Utah there are stores like Savers or Deseret Industries. I have been able to find everything my kids need at these stores. Snowboard boots for as little as $2 a pair. Ski goggles for $4. I picked up a nice Salomon snowboard with bindings for only $15 bucks. You have to check back often with these stores because you never know when someone will donate stuff. One day you might not find anything and the next you'll find everything you need.

    Teaching Kids To Ski or Snowboard - Lift Tickets

    There are several options to consider when it comes to getting on the ski slopes. Many resorts offer discount lift tickets for locals. You just have to find out where and how to get them. Most of the time they are pretty simple to track down. The easiest way is just to go to the lift ticket window and ask where to get discount tickets. Even with these local discounts, the price is still a little steep if your budget is tight. It usually takes a good number of runs before your child even starts to catch on. Paying a lot for lift tickets just doesn't seem worth it while your kids are just learning to ski or snowboard.

    Most resorts realize that kids that learn how to ski for free will become paying customers as they get older. Here in Utah, each of the resorts offer either a substantial discount for children under a given age or they have a tow rope that anyone can use for free. Brighton Ski Resort up Big Cottonwood Canyon in Utah provides free lift passes for kids. Sundance Ski Resort up Provo Canyon in Utah has a tow rope that anyone can use for free. Many other resorts have similar programs to get newbies out on the slopes. If you dont' know how to ski or snowboard yourself, then you can often follow close to a ski instructor and listen to what they are telling their students to work on. That's actually how I learned to ski.

    Teaching Kids To Ski & Snowboard - Staying Warm

    Skiing and Snowboarding are not easy sports to pick up. Learning involves fall after fall and often many bruises. It is a good idea to be picky about the days you choose to hit the slopes. Windy, stormy winter weather makes the learning experience even more difficult. Warmer sunny days will reduce the cold hands and feet that cut short an otherwise fun day on the mountain. Warm thermal underwear is essential if your kids get cold easily.

    So, even if your budget it tight, you can still enjoy teaching your kids to ski or snowboard. You just have to do a little research and smart shopping. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy this winter season.


    This post was posted in Skiing, Snowboarding and was tagged with discount lift tickets, ski cheap, skiing, snowboarding

  • Performance Thermal Underwear For Skiers

    Posted on October 23, 2012 by

    Performance Thermal Underwear - What Skiers Should Look For

    I grew up in Florida. When I moved to Utah as a teen, I had no idea what how important good thermal underwear was in the winter time. I wore some cotton sweats to keep warm while playing in the snow. I never could stay out long because the snow would quickly soak through and I would be frozen within 10-15 minutes.

    What Type of Thermal Underwear Should Skiers Wear Picking the right thermal underwear will keep you more comfortable on the slopes

    Once I found out about thermal underwear, I quickly transitioned from surviving winter in Utah to enjoying winter in Utah. Thermal underwear technology has changed since I was a kid. I would never think of wearing the cotton thermals from my youth to go skiing.

    Now, on to what you should look for in a good set of performance ski thermals. First, you want something that will pull sweat or moisture away from your body. Sweat is designed to cool your body so to stay warm you need something that will manage this for you. Merino wool, polyester or polypropylene are at the top of my list of fabrics that are ideal for ski thermals. Each of them insulate well, wick sweat, and dry quickly keeping your skin warm and dry. Each of these fabrics will retain your body's natural heat even when wet. Stay away from cotton. Cotton absorbs water and retains it so you end up wet, soggy and cold. You can even get hypothermia if you are exposed long enough because cotton does not retain heat when it is wet.

    Performance Thermal Underwear - Different Weights For Different Ski Days

    Thermal underwear is typically available in 3 different weights. Lightweight, mid weight, and heavy weight. It is important to know which weight to wear. There are several factors to this, but suffice it to say that lightweight thermals are for mildly cold temperatures, midweight thermals are for freezing temperatures, and heavyweight long underwear is for extremely cold temperatures from freezing to negative temperatures. If you go too light you'll be cold, if you go too heavy you'll end up sweating too much.

    Performance Thermal Underwear - On A Tight Budget

    If your finances force you to be a little money conscious then I have some good recommendations on high quality performance ski thermals. If money is really not an issue, I can help there too.

    By far the most economical thermal underwear is 100% polypropylene thermals. You can typically get a set for under $40. Polypropylene retains more heat than any other fabric. It is much lighter than other fabrics and it dries extremely fast. The US Navy & Coast Guard wear 100% polypropylene for these important features. The next step up from polypropylene would be thermals made by Coldpruf. Coldpruf is very reasonable priced for such high quality. They have products in each weight range and the most you'll spend for a set of their warmest performance thermals is $90. Lastly, for those who just want the best and are not worried about the cost, you'll want to consider 100% merino wool thermals by Minus 33. They too are available in each of the weight ranges. They are made to last and are super comfortable.


    This post was posted in Thermal Underwear and was tagged with long underwear, performance thermals, skiing, thermal underwear

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