Questions tagged [skiing]

Questions discussing necessary precautions, safety concerns, required equipment and overall safety measures to be taken into consideration during skiing should be tagged with this tag. This tag can also be used with the questions that discuss possible places for skiing and related permissions for a specific region.

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Do alpaca socks have the best fit for skiing?

I was recommended alpaca socks but I have never used this type of wool before, I would like to know if they are right choice for me.
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Do both your legs need to be bent when skiing downhill?

When parallel turning on a downhill (groomed) slope, I noticed that my downhill leg is almost fully extended and doing all of the braking, while my uphill leg is bent with a big distance from the ...
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Weight carrying/distances on backcountry skiing with sled

Wondering what people's experience is with this. I'd like to get an idea of some examples of weight/daily distances people can do on ski while pulling a sled. Obviously would vary a lot given the ...
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Weight distribution during ski carving

I consider myself an intermediate skier and during my progress with the sport two of the rules that I followed were: You should aim to move your weight forward and press forward on the skies (avoid ...
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While going down a slope in skiing, where should the foot pressure be?

Should I focus on having the pressure on the back or front side of the foot when going down a slope? I find myself having it on the back of the foot (Used to this from squatting at the gym). Should it ...
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How can I store skis in car without rust during ski season?

When winter comes, me & family like to downhill ski about twice a week. There are 3 people, and therefore 3 sets of skis that need to be stored. We live in an apartment with no garage, and it is ...
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Effects of different wood in ski core construction

In ski construction, the wood core dictates much of how a ski flexes, rebounds, and absorbs vibrations. Ignoring other construction details (e.g., fiberglass/carbon fiber layup, base material, edge ...
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Is there a technique for downhill skiing with heavy backpack?

I did ski-touring in the past with a small backpack (10 kg); it was fun. I have recently done a short ski tour with a heavy backpack (20 kg, including camping gear); it was pretty much pure suffering ...
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Ski for hikers?

I love hiking in the winter, especially through the snow. I would like to hike in normal shoes and be able to quickly change into some type of ski when going downhill. I know there are cross country ...
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Are adaptor ski bindings still a thing?

About 25 years ago I rented "adaptor bindings" from a shop (since gone out of business) specializing in cross-country skiing. The adaptors would clip onto my ordinary downhill ski bindings, ...
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Sharpening Base Edge on Skis

I recently got a pair of downhill skis from a friend. The skis were only used a few times, so the base was in pretty good shape. The only issue was the edges were fairly rusty. I used a Swix pocket ...
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Rest position of pin binding over summer?

I have an ATK Crest 10 binding. What should be the position of the pin binding over summer when the binding is not used for a long time (a few months)? Should the binding be fully opened or in the ...
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What are the differences between expensive, mid-priced and cheap skis?

There are lots of ski models out there, ranging from $60 to $2000. But what difference does price actually have on the performance you get out of the skis? How does one know that it makes sense to ...
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Why are American ski resorts so expensive? [closed]

While doing some research for my answer in are ski areas shutting down? I was a bit shocked by the American prices for lift tickets. Vail is at $220 and while this may be an exceptionally expensive ...
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Are ski areas in the United States shutting down?

Interesting video I ran across. The high point are quotes from sugarbush's president. All the rest information is less important, except for statistics. I'm not sure where they got their stats. NSAA ...
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How do multi radius skis work in practice

Some skis nowadays have a different sidecut radius at the front, center and back of the ski. With the different radius they claim to be suitable for both long and short turns. (So far the theory) But ...
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Risk of category three sunglasses when skiing

I am going skiing for one to three days next week. I have some category three sunglasses I am planning to use instead of goggles. Long term I would definitely use goggles but for just a few days am I ...
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What materials from nature can you use to build a pair of skis on a mountain?

I'm working on a survival story and want to make it authentic. If you were stranded on a mountain trying to get down as fast as possible, what would you do? EDIT: What if this was after a plane crash ...
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First Time Skiing - Only my feet were freezing

Went on a snow trip this weekend at Fall Creeks(VIC), it was my first time in snow and first time skiing (cross-country) , the only problem I had was my feet started getting cold occasionally and felt ...
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Google Map Hiking Trail

What do the red and blue solid curves in this Google Map indicate? This is around Dachstein, Austria. Link: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Dachstein+Krippenstein+-+Dachstein+Tourismus+AG/Lodge+am+...
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Can't find friction slider adjustment on Tyrolia PR10 bindings?

I just purchased some Motion skis from Costco with Tyrolia PowerRail PR 10 bindings. Watching YouTube videos, I adjusted the bindings to the boot length and DIN but there's no screw on the front of ...
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What basic body position should I be in during a downhill ski run?

I'm doing downhill (alpine) skiing on the piste. The slopes I'm on range from blue (easiest) to black (hardest). I have been taught something called "the basic position"? (described below) How do I ...
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Skis constantly misaligned while stacked

Having just bought my first pair of skis, I am unsure how to best stack them in the default side-by-side position in which they are alligned at the tip and at the tail ends. I thought the bindings' ...
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Is it a good idea to do ski binding settings yourself?

My bindings are already adjusted to my shoes, what is not adjusted yet is the release setting. From what I can tell, the optimal release setting is fairly simple and depends on height, weight, age ...
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Can you "kick and glide" and climb without skins in Alpine Touring ski gear?

I am wondering about the "cross country like" aspects of Alpine Touring gear. I am in Ontario Canada, where hills as small as 75 meters can be referred to as "mountains". I'm a ...
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Winter hiking socks (calf-length) for beginner downhill skiing

I am considering taking a few skiing lessons soon (never skied before), and the amount of specialized gear seems to be a lot. I hike a bit, and have good merino socks, which are great for warmth as ...
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What temperature is needed for heat molding ski boot liners? Isn't body temperature enough for that?

After a season of skiing in rental boots of all sorts, I want to buy my own pair. My options are: a local shop in a country where there's no snow and the prices are so high, online deals that are ...
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What is "catskiing"?

On a hiking trail recently, I overheard some people talking about going "catskiing" as part of a winter vacation from school. Obviously, that doesn't mean skiing with or by means of a cat. What is ...
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Can I tie down ski/snow board to my roof rack like a canoe?

I have raised cross bar on my SUV roof as the image shows: I also got a couple 15ft. long Thule ratchet straps for tie-down canoes. Now my question is, can I tie down ski and snowboards on the ...
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Online maps of ski-tour trails of Italy (Aosta Valley, Cogne)?

For Austria but not Italy there is awesome http://bergfex.com, for Italian summer hiking but not winter ski-touring, https://opentopomap.org would do the job, but what about ski-touring in Italy? Any ...
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Where to find the front worn bags/pouches that ESF instructors wear

I just got back from some time skiing, during which I wore a backpack to carry my off piste gear and water, etc. I saw many of the ESF (École du Ski Français) instructors wearing front mounted pouches ...
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Skiing demo plate vs no demo plate

I have a pair of salomon rocker 2s with z12 bindings on a demo plate. Would it be advantageous for my skiing performance to remove the demo plate and have the bindings directly on the skis? I normally ...
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Is this image of a skier skinning up a very steep slope rotated?

In another question someone posted a photo of a skier going up an apparently extremely steep slope on skins. This slope looks so steep that skinning would be really difficult (especially on an icy ...
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Escaping tree well

Last week, while exploring tree snowboarding at Big Sky, MT, I ended up in a tree well. I was up to my waist and was able to crawl out. But it felt awkward and I see how I could sink deeper. My ...
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Are AT skis unsuited for downhill skiing at a resort?

I rent out a lot of alpine touring (AT) skis. We advise people not to use these skis for downhill resort skiing. Part of that is because we don't want people renting out the skis (which we rent at a ...
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Understanding a ski resort weather report

I am planning to learn snowboarding for the first time and would like to take some classes. I am trying to plan a visit to a ski resort and for that I am looking at the weather report shown below and ...
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Is there an interactive map of skiing resorts with snow forecasts? [closed]

I'm hoping to find a spot that gets snow in March, where the temperature doesn't get above freezing during the day. I'd like to avoid the AM ice/PM slush conditions that occur in many places in the ...
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Primaloft vs Advanced Skin Warm

I am looking to purchase a ski jacket. I want it to be warm in the temperature range of -5ºC to -13ºC and have decent impermeability characteristics. I am female, my height is 163cm, my weight is 52kg....
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How to properly wash a snowboard/ski tech jacket?

I have a 10k mm waterproof jacket from Quiksilver and I was wondering if there is any supposed way I should wash it properly. I know about Nikwax tech wash and have a bottle of it, but how much ...
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Are "Dynafit"/tech ski boots compatible with frame-style touring bindings?

I'm new to alpine touring skiing, and I'd like to purchase some new (more comfortable) AT boots. I currently have frame-style bindings on my AT skis. I'd like an "upgrade path". Can I purchase and use ...
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Most comfortable way to adjust boots while in tour mode on AT skis?

I'm new to alpine touring and skiing in general. As such I (stupidly?) bought some beginners (cheap) alpine ski boots. They don't seem to have a lot of flex in them, even when they are in "hike" mode (...
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Use normal urban jacket for skiing/snowboard

I am new to snowboard. I am not yet prepared to spend a lot of money on it. I know a special jacket for skiing is better but won't it suffice to just use normal urban jacket for skiing in the ...
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A winter month in New England - what to do, looking for thru-hikes or other suggestions [closed]

I hiked the AT this summer and the PCT three years ago, and it's looking like I may have the chance to return to New England for about a month sometime in Dec/Jan. Does anyone have any ...
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Have these ski bindings been mounted properly?

These are the first skis I've ever bought for my son. I'm not sure if the bindings have been mounted properly? It looks as though the screws may have been drilled in too deep? It's the same on the ...
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What combination of tools is ideal for 40-60 degree snow and ice slopes? (Piolet(s), Whippets, ice tools)

Excited for an upcoming ski mountaineering trip to the Fuhrer Finger in May. I've seen many guided groups (e.g. IMG) recommend two ice-axes. This left me wondering, what is the ideal tool combo for ...
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How does ski binding height affect skiing off-piste?

I have this binding with height of 39 mm. I like to freeride and do jumps. I would like to know what are pros and cons of high and low ski bindings and how particularly the height affects ability to ...
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At what wind speeds do ski operators close chair lifts, for safety?

I'm planning to go downhill skiing next week and I notice the forecast for the day in question is for winds of 50 to 60 km/h. That seemed high to me. A few years ago, at the same hill, we were turned ...
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Ski setup for skijoring

I was born on ski's and switched to snowboarding and now on the return to skiing. However I intend to do both downhill and skijoring in the next season (skiing with my dogs) I am having trouble ...
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Salomon Cross-Country Ski Pole Straps Too Short

I bought these cross country ski poles from Salomon. The straps are insanely short. I have very small hands for a guy, and with a (very) thin glove, the velcro hook/loop barely makes a connection. As ...
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When ski mountaineering should I bring a whippet or ice axe?

I've seen whippets while skiing and am thinking of taking one (or two?) on a 4 day tour in glacier terrain, but am confused as to their purpose. Do they replace ice axes or are used in conjunction ...
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