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Category: Ski

How to Shop for Skis

Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports around. You have had the experience and have fallen in love. You have decided to take up the sport on a more serious level but realize that ski rentals on a regular basis can become quite pricey. Rather than rent skis every time you go out on the powder, you can own your own skis and save yourself some money in the long run.

Types of Skis

The way a pair of skis is made makes a huge difference in how the skis react in the snow. The size and shape also affect how the skis take curves and how fast they can go down a slope.

The waist of a ski can be narrow or wide. A narrow waist ski can work well in routes that are groomed and snow that is hard. An 85mm and below narrow waist ski with deep rocker tips and sidecuts will attack turns very easily. A ski with a wide waist can handle just about anything. Skis with an 84mm to 105mm waist will glide through soft snow and give the user a great deal of stability in varied snow types.

A ski’s camber will provide more contact with the snow, more responsive turns, stability, and faster speeds. The rocker provides more floatation in soft snow and the ability to turn faster.

The length of the ski is important for a number of reasons. The skier looking to make faster turns will want a shorter ski. The novice skier will also want a shorter ski. The more experienced skier might want to try a longer ski. A longer ski will also provide more stability in your turns.

Beginner Size

There are skis made specifically for beginners and experts alike. Beginning skiers are advised to purchase skis for a level slightly higher than their current level. Skis at their current level will hinder their ability to grow. Skis at a slightly higher level will help a novice skier progress and improve their abilities over time.

Skis Made Specially for Women

Women who want to buy skis should be aware that there are special skis made for them. Due to the difference in a woman’s weight and body type as oppose to men, skis for women are made with more flexibility and lighter than skis made for men. They also have the bindings placed closer to the front to accommodate the fact that a woman’s center of gravity is lower.

It is also good to know where you are planning to ski. Though most skis are made for any type of terrain the manufacturers make each pair to work well in specific terrains. Some skis are made for well-groomed surfaces such as resort terrain and others are made for a little rougher terrain such as skiing in the backcountry. To get a smooth ski experience, knowing where the skis will be used will add in the decision process.

Skiing can be a fun, exhilarating sport to take up. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, knowing what type of skiing you want to do will help you determine what type of skis will be better suited for you to make your skiing experience an enjoyable one. Overall, you want to purchase skis that will fit your body type and fit you like a glove. They should become a part of you, working with you to make you the best skier you can possibly become. By choosing wisely, you will find skiing to be a fun sport you can enjoy for a lifetime.

Why You Should Never Ski Without a Helmet

It seems that every pleasure in life has risks and rewards. French fries are delicious but they clog arteries. We all love to travel, but we know the plane could crash. The trick to enjoying your life safely is to minimize risk and maximize reward, which is precisely what this article is about.

Generally speaking, humans avoid risk as much as possible. We wear seat belts, we order the low-fat yogurt, and we lock our doors at night as a matter of course. Why should we behave differently on the mountain? In this article, I will tell you exactly why you must always wear a ski helmet on the slopes, and after you finish reading, I hope that you’ll agree with me.

First, let’s look at some statistics. Head injuries are the leading cause of death among skiers and snowboarders. During the 2011-2012 ski season, 54 skiers and snowboarders were killed out of about 10 million total. Furthermore, 510 “serious injuries” (paralysis, brain damage or permanent injury) were reported. Among the dead and injured, only about 30 percent were wearing helmets.

What does this tell us? It tells us that there is a clear correlation between wearing ski helmets and staying safe. Note that approximately 70 percent of skiers and snowboarders in fatal or near-fatal accidents were not wearing helmets. That fact alone should tell us that ski helmets help prevent injury and death. So why wouldn’t everyone wear a ski helmet? Why make an already risky sport even riskier?

Although ski helmet use has increased dramatically over the past few years, some skiers still claim that their use decreases visibility as well as the ability to hear. Another allegation is that ski helmets lead to a sense of invincibility, meaning that the skier might engage in riskier behavior on the slopes. However, recent studies at John Hopkins and other institutions have concluded that these claims are untrue, much like the decades-old claims that wearing seat belts could trap you inside a burning car, or that it’s a good idea for pregnant women to smoke in order to avoid weight gain. These claims are excuses, nothing more, and I would urge anyone who’s tempted to believe them to take a long, hard look at the scientific data regarding ski helmets and their ability to prevent injury and death.

Ski helmets gained national attention in 2009 when actress Natasha Richardson died in a skiing accident. She wasn’t hot-dogging down a Black Diamond trail, or practicing ski jumping. She was on a bunny trail, fell backward at a low speed, and died from the resulting injuries. Clearly, a helmet would have saved her life. Her death also demonstrates that a ski helmet should be worn at all times, whether on the highest vertical or the gentlest slope.


Skiing is, and always will be, a dangerous sport. At the beginning of this article, we discussed risk versus reward. Is the pure pleasure of skiing, the exhilarating feeling of gliding smoothly down a mountain, the feeling of being one with nature and the elements worth the risk of a possible accident? As an avid skier and snowboarder, I would have to say yes, without a doubt. However, I’m not going to double or triple my chances of dying on the slopes by not wearing a helmet. I owe it to my family, my friends, and most importantly to myself to keep my helmet on. I love my living my life and I love to ski. Wearing a ski helmet at all times means I get to do both.

Ski Gear Must-Haves for 2016

As winter arrives and beautiful soft snow starts to fall, only one adventure comes to mind; skiing! With the arrival of the ski season, you must make sure that you have all the essential snow gear to hit the slopes. Ski Pro is here to provide you with a list of the most popular, trendy, and highest quality clothing and equipment that you’ll need for 2016. We have every snow sport related product you’ll need this year. From skis to clothing, just come to us and you will find exactly what you need at our place. We’ve done the research for you; all you need to do is upgrade your equipment and go to the slopes to have the time of your life!

Be the first to claim a Snowbowl or Sunrise run!

Check out ClaimMYrun, an awesome new website that was created simply to showcase point of view videos of every run of every mountain in the world that are generated and posted by you.

If you are the first to post a video of a run, you will be memorialized as the “First Claim.” So far no one has posted any videos of our mountains here in AZ. So get on it!

Here are some more of the details:

Be a hero and claim it…

The first person to post their video of a run will be memorialized as the ‘First Claim’. Dis-cla!m:CMR reserves the right to replace a first claim if the video sucks.

We see the world through your eyes…

The recent technological advances of wearable cameras now allows for the sharing of the adrenaline related activities from the first person perspective. CMR’s mantra is to capture the adrenaline so that we can see the world through your eyes.

Be an Amigo

The CMR website invites you to have your own page to store and share your video collection. Amigos will be able to communicate with other Amigos and share real time information on mountain conditions/activities. As global adrenaline junkies we invite you to unite and create a core community.

Join »

Heli-Skiing – An Introduction to the Extreme Sport That Takes You Where Few Have Gone Before

Imagine skiing on a pristine and fresh snow-covered mountain without waiting in long lines or constantly weaving through inexperienced skiers. Heli-skiing provides these opportunities and so much more. By using a helicopter to access peaks that would normally be unreachable, skiers can experience fresh powder, steep descents, natural contours and smooth corn snow. Experienced skiers usually find that traditional ski resorts only offer predictable terrain in non-ideal conditions. Heli-skiing is an exciting and adventurous antidote to typical resort skiing.

How It Works

Heli-skiing involves the transport of up to a dozen individuals from down-slope locations to mountain peaks in the nearby area. Skiers place their equipment in a basket on the exterior of the aircraft until they can safely disembark. Heli-skiers are accompanied by a guide who is familiar with the surrounding landscape, and has extensive experience in spotting both ideal and dangerous places to ski. Guides decide when skiers proceed down the slope and how many skiers go at a time. They are also responsible for giving specific commands in order to avoid serious dangers like crevassses, avalanche starting zones and serac falls.

Types of Conditions

There is a wide range of conditions to be encountered while heli-skiing, from effortless to extremely difficult. It’s important to have an expert guide that can spot specific conditions that are ideal for your group. A popular time of the year is during early winter. This is when a good amount of snow falls with cold enough temperatures to keep a powder surface. Others prefer to ski on the creamier snow that results from the longer and warmer days during spring, which also means more time to ski.

Skills Required

The most important skill required for heli-skiing is the ability to ski immediate and advanced level slopes. Novice skiers are highly advised to hone their skills in controlled resorts before adventuring on to very steep terrain encountered by heli-skiers. In Europe, heli-skiers are also expected to have skills in ski mountaineering. This skill involves the use of ropes, ice axes and other climbing equipment to ascend certain parts of the mountain. Skiers are also expected to be quick going down the mountain in order to maximize the number of runs that can be fit into a day; this requires good strength and fitness.


Any equipment needed for a regular ski trip is also needed for heli-skiing, including gloves, hats, goggles and neck warmers. Bringing a backpack is an absolute necessity for carrying rescue gear in case of an avalanche. Of course, European heli-skiers also need to carry their ski-mountaineering equipment. As far as skis are concerned, the majority of heli-skiers use freeride, powder or all-mountain skis. These types of skis make it easier to descend more vertical feet by reducing stress on the legs. They are also easier to find in the snow when they fall off, decreasing the amount of recovery time during a fall. These wide skis also reduce the amount of injuries that occur in more dangerous skiing conditions.

Thomas McHale is a freelance writer who has an extreme passion for extreme sports. Recently he completed a skiing trip with Last Frontier Heliskiing Suite 200-3605 31 St Vernon, BC V1T5J4(250).


Hit the Slopes in 2013!

Start out the New Year with a trip to Sunrise Park Resort. They recieved 4 inches of new snowfall overnight and 11 inches in the last 48 hours!

Sunrise Park, owned by the White Mountain Apache Tribe, is located in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona, a four-hour drive for Phoenix and Tucson residents.

The area boasts 65 runs served by an efficient lift system including a high-speed detachable quad. Sunrise has a terrain park and new half pipe, wood and metal rails, and an area dedicated to aerialists ranging from beginner to advanced. There are two exclusive beginner sections within the ski area, and easy to ski lower slopes. In general, this is an area suited for beginners and intermediates, with limited advanced terrain. The steepest terrain is on Cyclone Circle. Cross country skiing is available.



Today we’re going to take a detailed look into how to choose the right sized helmet for you, what key points you need to keep in mind while actually fitting your helmet to get the optimal fit, and what key features to look out for.

Choosing the Right Size

Choosing the right size of helmet is something we get asked all the time, but it’s actually quite simple; all you need is a measuring tape – and your head!

So holding your measuring tape, simply rest it just above your eyebrows and measure the entire circumference all the way round. Also worth noting at this stage is to ensure you take note of your size in centimeters as most helmets are measured in metrics.

Now when choosing a helmet you may notice the measurements are categorized under heading such as small, medium, large and so on. Each heading will then contain measurement ranges, so for example the helmet I have here is a SMALL and ranges from 52 – 55.5cm. This range helps when wearing items such as hats or beanies underneath the helmet; so please keep in mind that if you plan on wearing an item underneath then you need to keep an additional centimeter or so free within the measurement range which you are looking at.

And that’s it – it’s that simple! Once you’ve got the measurements of your head you’re ready to get ordering!

Fitting Your Helmet

So there are a few key points to note while ensuring your helmet fits correctly:

Once the helmet is on you shouldn’t be able to slide the helmet from side to side or back and forth; if this is the case then the helmet is too big.

It also shouldn’t be too tight either, as this can cause a cut in the blood circulation around your head – the helmet should be comfortable and fit nice and snug around your head for the optimal fit.

The chin strap must also clip up properly, so make sure it is fastened up safely, isn’t so loose that the strap is dangling below your chin but again not too tight that it cuts off blood circulation, it should simply hug comfortably under the chin.

Once you have checked both of these points the last thing you would do is tighten the fit system. Different brands have different designs however these are usually situated on the back of the helmet, if I turn around you will be able to see mine – and you simply tighten this until you have the best fit for you.

Technical Features

There are a wide range of technical features to look out for when choosing your helmet, however we are going to look at the main areas to keep in mind when choosing the right helmet for you.

Firstly let’s take a look at the padding:

All modern helmets will feature some type of internal technical padding, this makes it fit very comfortably and acts as a shock absorber if you happen to bump your head.

The thing to keep in mind with padding is that different brands will design their padding in different ways, some helmets have more padding than others for added protection, whereas certain brands will technically design the padding to mold around the shape of your head for the upmost comfort.

Also incorporated into the padding is the earpads as you can see on either side here. They are designed to protect your ears from the weather and any knocks and bangs which you may encounter, and again for the upmost comfort. Some brands will also feature removable earpads which allows you to wash them and simply remove them if you do not wish to use them!

All helmets are made from highly protective shells which are both strong, durable and lightweight. Single impact ski helmets are the most common and as the name suggest are designed to take a single large hit then be replaced. Multiple impact ski helmets are a relatively new design that feature harder and more scientifically advanced protective materials so can withstand more amounts of impacts – although it is obviously not advisable to take too many bangs without replacing your helmet!

The helmet will also be designed with a specific type of ventilation system; Again there are many variations of ventilation types depending on which brand you choose, however they are all designed to allow the air to get inside the helmet, circulate around and keep you cool and dry whilst out on the slopes.

As you may have noticed on the back of the helmet, most will also feature a goggle clip. It’s not a feature which you MUST use as some people simply prefer to have their goggles strapped around their heads – however a common style is to have your goggles strapped around the outside of your helmet to keep them out of the way, and the goggle clip is just a great feature for piece of mind that your goggles will stay attached to the helmet as you simply slot them through here and clip it down, locking the goggles in place.

And finally most new helmet designs will feature some form of audio compatibility to ensure you can listen to your music whilst out on the slopes. Again, these come in many different variations depending on brands but are all designed to allow you to feed your headphones and the cables up inside the helmet to keep them out of the way and be inconspicuous whilst skiing or snowboarding.


To get the correct measurement for which helmet to choose simply measure the circumference of your head just above the eyebrows.

When fitting the helmet, ensure it’s not too loose but also not so tight that it cuts off blood circulation.

And key features will vary from brand to brand; however, the key areas to look out for are: Padding, Earpads, Protective Materials, Ventilation, Goggle Clips and Audio Compatibility.


How to Take the Best Skiing and Snowboarding Pictures

Few sports are as dynamic and fun to watch as skiing and snowboarding. Capturing the speed, skill and technique of advanced skiers can make for a great photograph. Also, a picture of the first time a friend or family member hits the slopes can make a great memento to fondly look back at.

However, the ski slopes can be a particularly difficult environment to take a composed and balanced photograph in. Dynamic shots are always tricky to time right, and the speed of downhill skiers can make it even harder to focus on the subject. Sun glare and exposure are also factors to consider, as the snowy backdrop can play havoc with the automatic levels on most digital cameras. Thankfully, with just a few simple techniques, skiing and boarding photographs can come out picture perfect.

Preparing Equipment

If you’re planning to take photographs in between skiing or boarding, always bring a durable case to protect the camera, as the slightest tumble can cause damage. A wrist strap is also a good idea, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally dropping the camera while taking a photo. Also be aware that the cold weather can cause condensation, so it’s important to keep the camera warm when out on the slopes. Storing a camera in a warm coat pocket or in a case will stop the lens from fogging up when its time to take a photograph, and it will also make the batteries last a little bit longer.

Choose The Right Camera Settings

Many modern digital cameras come with a preset ‘Snow’ scene setting. When selected, this will take into consideration the white backdrop of the photographs and will compensate for the added brightness. If your camera doesn’t have this preset, try increasing the exposure settings and take a few test photographs to check that the scene brightness is nice and clear. Photographs with the correct brightness and exposure levels will make the snow look crisp and vibrant, rather than grey and dull.

Setting Up Your Position

If you’re trying to get a shot of someone coming down the slopes, position yourself near the bottom so you can easily focus on them as they come towards the camera. Try to track the subject with the viewfinder of the camera as they come closer, so they are in focus when you want to take the shot. Choosing the right spot is also important so that you can make sure that there aren’t any distracting things in the background, like a ski lift or other people. A tripod can come in handy for stability if you want the photographs to look as professional as possible, but remember that you’ll have to carry it around on the slopes all day.

Get The Right Angle

You are likely to get blurred photographs if you are standing off to the side of skiers and boarders, so try to be in front of them while staying safe and without getting in their way. Again, this gives you time to focus and to get the timing right. It helps if the subject is not directly in front of the sun, as they will just look like a silhouette on the photograph. Try to position yourself in front of the sun, so the scene is well-lit and glare is not an issue. A good tip is to crouch down if you are photographing a skier or boarder mid-jump or performing a trick. This will exaggerate the height of the jump, even if it is small, and really emphasise the action and dynamic nature of the shot.

Source: simply piste


The 63rd tour of Warren Miller Ski Films premiered this weekend in Salt Lake. A lot has changed throughout the years. The ticket price for the first screening was one dollar, three people showed up. Warren Miller tour has managed stay atop the mainstream market by delivering an experience many consider tradition.

This fall, Warren Miller Entertainment presents Flow State, which will tour to more than 240 cities across North America after its premiere in Salt Lake City on October 19. Hosted by Jonny Moseley, the film stars Chris Davenport, Jess McMillan, Julian Carr, Chris Anthony, Jackie Paaso, David Wise and others, who try to find “the zone” in Norway, Austria, California, Alaska, Switzerland and beyond.

“The movie is the centerpiece, but for so many of the folks, it’s about the experience,” said Fig Stokes, North American Film Tour Operations Manager. “A lot of people go see the movie every year with a big group of friends. It’s an opportunity to open up the lungs and shout at the screen.”

A lot of that experience is about being surrounded by enthusiastic ski fans. A lot of it is the prizes, sweepstakes, athlete poster signings and freebies. And for many, it’s the official start of winter.

Check out for tour information.

2012 Warren Miller’s Flow State National Tour Calendar Highlights

10/19 – 10/20

Salt Lake City, Abravanel Hall

10/20 – 10/21

Portland, Bagdad Theater


Chicago, Park West


San Francisco, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

11/7 – 11/11

Boulder, Boulder Theater

11/15 – 11/18

Denver, Paramount Theatre


Boston, Berklee Performance Center

11/16 – 11/17

Seattle, McCaw Hall at Seattle Center

11/20 – 11/21

Santa Cruz, Rio Theatre

11/29 – 11/30

Burlington, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts


Phoenix, Herberger Theater Center

12/6 – 12/7

Newport Beach, Lido Theatre


Ah, what would life be without Burton’s Snow Porn? In this episode is a man who needs no introduction. Terje Haakonsen continues to make big mountain lines look fluid after all these years. Check out his full part from Standing Sideways now.


For an inaugural video part, Alex Andrews, Zak Hale and Ethan Deiss brought the heat to the streets. Watch their full part from Standing Sideways now. Where was the best powder last year? Ready for winteror are you glad it’s summer? Let us know on Facebook!


Straight from Ride Snowboards, here is Seb’s Backside 1440 Triple Cork. A little late spring fun in the snow with some incredible tricks.


Spyder has always stood out from the crowd, their gear marked by an individuality that can’t be forced.  They don’t try to fit into anyone’s mold or follow anyone’s trail.  Instead they carve their own way, make their own mark, define their own name. That’s why the collaboration between Audi and Spyder seems to be just right.  


Ski season is not over just yet!  Burton Snowboards’ “Wild on B” brings us Heat Seeking Lock Off Shots.  


Check out the crew of “Ride with Us” creating a little March Madness up in the powder of the Washington mountains.


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