IVGID Tip: How to evaluate new ski equipment
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Tip of the week” is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.
If you’re in the market for ski equipm ent, you’ve probably visited your local ski shop and noticed that ski gear is different than the last time you looked.
Equipment is constantly evolving to make skiing easier and more fun. There are skis for every type of condition so taking them out for some turns is a great way to help you pick the right pair.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
• When testing skis, decide where you want them to work best. Skis fall into three basic categories — front side, all mountain, and powder.
• Front side skis are geared toward groomed slopes, so if your ideal day is carving groomers, these are skis for you. Front side skis are generally 75 to 85 millimeters wide and shaped to make carving easier.
• All mountain skis are most popular in Lake Tahoe because of our varied snow and terrain. They are 85 mm to 105 mm wide and designed to handle everything the mountain can throw at them; steeps, bumps, variable snow, and prepared slopes. Think of these skis as something you can use no matter the conditions.
• Powder skis are designed with flotation in mind for those deep days and are wider than 105 millimeters underfoot.
• When trying new ski equipment it’s important to keep an open mind and have fun. It shouldn’t feel like work and it doesn’t need to be a science project. Choosing equipment that makes skiing more fun should be your highest priority.
The Village Ski Loft is holding its annual Spring Demo Day on Sunday, March 9, at Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Test out 2014-2015 model skis from a variety of brands for free (Diamond Peak lift ticket or season pass required) and visit the main location for late season prices on all in-stock merchandise.
The Village Ski Loft carries a variety of stylish and technical winter apparel and gear at its main location (800 Tahoe Blvd.), Diamond Peak Ski Resort and the Hyatt Sport Shop.