Sailing the Ski Gear’s Ocean


Everybody knows how difficult is to find the equipment that fits our needs when developing any activity. It happens in professional and amateur environments. Making the right decision without any qualified advise can be a funny process and you can even learn a lot from it. But it can also turn into a nightmare when we try to get it done quickly. That becomes apparent when we practice that activity just for having fun.

In the case of ski gear, one has to consider not only the equipment but also make an objective assessment of himself. Quite often, we value our needs or knowledge (theoretical or practical) higher than they really are. Sometimes they just happen to be the opposite. Therefore, the first two essential and useful tips to successfully sail through the ski gear’s ocean are:


  • We must analyze how we ski, how many days per season, what kind of snow we usually find in our favourite destinations, what’s our personal taste in relation to the technique, terrain and speed. In short: how we like to ski.
  • Ask a professional. Ask a ski instructor that also works in a shop, or ask a shop dealer. They can make us think about the ideas explained above without having the feeling of being lost. We must be sincere and open minded in order to have the best guidance. Keep in mind we will always be advised on behalf of our own answers. Therefore, it is necessary, I’d rather say vital, to be fair and avoid any over or undervaluation of our skills. Good questions often lead to good answers, so don’t be worried too much about this.


SkiReviewer’s Buying Skis Guide


1.- Sailing the Ski’s Gear Ocean – An introduction to variety

2.- To Buy Skis or To Rent Skis? – How worth is to own your skiing gear

3.- All Types of Skis Quick Guide

4.- Types of Skis – Explained one by one

5.- The Skiing Terrain – The conditions of the snow, terrain and weather can vary a lot even in the same country

6.- The Skier’s Height and Weight – And some other important considerations

7.- Ski Size Chart – Which size to choose depending on your height, weight and the type of ski. All in one chart

8.- The Ski Size Chart explained – Tips and ideas for choosing the right ski at first sight


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Albert Valbuena - English (84 Posts)

My name is Albert and I am from Barcelona. I started skiing when I was 10. At the age of 32 I started this project called Ski Reviewer after having been professionally involved into the skiing world since 1999. I started from the bottom but after several years of dedication and hard training I achieved the official Ski Instructor Certification (ISIA certified) in 2006 at ETEVA. From then on I spent several seasons as an instructor as well as a kid's trainer in the local club. I was also a member at the core team in the ski resort for racing and events management. That period ended on 2011 and now on 2014 I've started Ski Reviewer.

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