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Feb 01 2019
Ski & Snowboard Equipment Cheat Sheet

Looking forward to shredding some fresh powder on the mountains this winter? Join the 2.5 million skiers and snowboarders in Canada and make this a season to remember. You already know what gear you need to make it to the top, now learn how to buy the right ski or snowboard equipment to get you to the bottom safely. If this is your first trip on the lift, you probably aren’t planning on spending any serious money on equipment until you know if you like it. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know what kind of fit you’re looking for in a rental!

  • Snowboarders
    • There’s a weird (but effective) way to determine if you’re goofy (right foot forward) or regular (left foot forward) so your bindings can be set correctly: Simply let someone give you a quick shove from behind and see which foot you put out first to catch yourself.
    • Boards come in different lengths based on height, weight, and snow conditions. Ideally, your board should land between your nose and chin when stand up. You may find yourself wanting a different size once you get a feel for what’s comfortable, but a snowboard size chart is a good place to start.
    • Snowboard boots should be a snug, but comfortable fit. In the right size, your toes will barely touch the front of the boot and be free to wiggle side to side, while your heel remains in place even when your knees are bent.
  • Skiers
    • Similar to snowboards, ski size is dependent on your height, weight, and the snow quality. Shorter skis are typically recommended for beginners and thinner-than-average skiers. Long skis are ideal for aggressive, fast skiers, and those over an average weight. Consult a ski size chart to find the right fit for you.
    • When trying on ski boots, your toes will go all the way to the front of the boot until you bend your knees and your heel slides back. This is expected; if your toes don’t touch when you’re stranding straight up, the boots may be too large.

Now that you know how to find the perfect fit for the perfect equipment, you’re ready to hop on the lift with the rest of Canada! When the mountains close for the season, you’ll need someplace safe and convenient to keep your stuff until next winter starts. Contact the storage professionals at Secure Self Storage and find the perfect place for all your equipment and gear this year.