What stuff do I need for skiing?
New skiers: Likely, you have nothing. No skis, poles, boots. The investment is a “big deal” we know, because it’s a new sport and the whole idea of new equipment – what to get, how much to pay, what’s “better” and “worth it” for the cost for a new skier. The ski shops we use will not try to oversell you. They do not want anyone to get something they will not need, cannot use or exceeds their ability/financial commitment. However, to get started in this sport you will need the basics and the quality of the equipment you get will greatly affect the quality of the experience you have when learning to ski and making it easier and more enjoyable. Returning skiers: You probably already know what you need or want and just need to take care of it asap. Now is the time to get equip while it’s available (sizing and low cost) and you can get the most use out of it. All skiers remember-if you buy something and are ready for something new or outgrow it after the season, we (boosters) can buy it from you to use as rental or you can find another team member to buy it from you- never hard to do!
RENTING: We do offer a rental program through the accumulated stock of skis provided by the Lakeville Nordic Ski Boosters over the years. The equipment will get the job done for a new skier. However, sizing is limited (ski sizing is based on body weight, skier ability, height and foot size in that order) so the sizes we have available can be limited and what we can provide we cannot guarantee will fit best. It is first priority to first year skiers, then after that it’s based on fit and availability. New skiers: 35 for skis, 15 for poles. Returning skiers: 50 and 25.
SKIS: We can only rent one pair of skis per skier due to limited stock. The majority of our skis are Skate Skis for rental, so if you are not buying two pairs of skis (skate and classic) then the best option is to buy classic skis and rent skate skis. (Skate skis have a wider range for skier weight so our rental options are better. Classic skis are very weight specific so they have a much smaller weight range and will not work beyond their certain weight range at all). When getting skis, get the NNN or Salomon Pro-Link Binding. Not Salomon Pilot!
POLES: As for poles, ideally, 2 pair are best. 1 for skate, 1 for Classic. Skate poles should be about 10 cm (4 in) longer. Top of shoulder height for classic, between upper lip and nose for skate. If only getting one pair of poles, you can buy Classic poles and rent skate poles, or buy “combi” poles and not rent any. (combi poles are half-way between skate and classic length). Note: Do not get loop strap poles.
BOOTS: We do not rent boots. These need to be purchased. The sizing is impossible to accommodate and the wear and tear is too individual. They need to fit well and belong to the skier. Ideally, a skier gets a good quality Skate and Classic boot or a very good quality Combi boot (used for both skate and classic). A comfortable and well fitting boot is really important. If you are renting, you need to get a boot that fits the NNN or Salomon Pro-Link binding. Do not get any boot designed for the Salomon Pilot or SNS!
CLOTHING: Gear West and other ski shops have all nordic ski-specific clothing you need as well as running specialty stores. It is ESPECIALLY important to get the right type of gloves/mitts/lobster mitts, buff, hats/headbands and socks. These can be a huge factor in comfort and use. Form-fitting is important for ease of movement. Thin and breathable is also preferable. Running shops also have almost the exact type of clothing. It is MORE important that the clothing stays dry and reduces wind, not much in the way of insulation is NOT needed unless you’re warming up, your done skiing or just watching. Sweat will make you wet and cold.
Other: If you do shop “online” do not buy anything you have not tried on elsewhere for sizing and fit.
GEAR WEST- Here we come!!
Reminder, tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov 29th) is “GEAR WEST LAKEVILLE TEAM NIGHT” For Lakeville Skiers and families! We will meet at Gear West Ski at 6:00pm for our “special treatment” upon our visit. Not only will we be given priority assistance in our search for ski stuff, but special team pricing. So you don’t have to go home for dinner after practice, Gear West will provide us with pizza, beverages and homemade cookies for dinner so you won’t go hungry! Skis/bindings, boots, poles, clothing, etc… will all be available for our team pricing special. Here is their webpage for “Gear Guide” and packages. They may also offer “rent/lease to buy” option if you are not sure about buying until after using them a full season. This has been a deal they have run in the past, I think it is still available. It’s a bit of a “hike” to get there, especially at 5:00pm, so we’ll make the trip worth it. Meet you there! LOCATION of GEAR WEST
Direct Links to Gear West High School Skier Guide
No snow, no problem! (but, we would really appreciate a snow dance)
We’ve had tremendous team energy and positive attitudes to start out the season in spite of a slow start to our desired snowfall. With almost 70 skiers on the High School teams and close to 20 skiers on the middle school team, we’ve got a “full house” of skiers doing dryland training and having super-fun, working super-hard, getting super-fit in preparation for the season.