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skiing equipment Skiing is one of the world's oldest winter sports, second only to ice skating in age.  Skiing developed originally as a cross-country means of transportation during winter months, only later developing into a recreational activity.  In this latter capacity, skiing is sometimes thought of as the adult version of sledding.

Snowboarding is a more recent development and an alternative form of skiing.  Snowboarding is derivative of surfing, using a single board rather than two independent skis.  Snowboarding relies on the same principles as surfing, as well, with the back foot acting as a rudder when trying to perform turns.  Snowboarding is more popular with "extreme" athletes, as it often involves acrobatic stunts and tricks.

Basic skiing equipment requirements include two independent skis, complementary ski boots, and ski poles.  Ski designs vary depending upon their intended use.  For example, cross-country skis are longer and thinner, whereas those who plan to engage in slalom skiing will want shorter skis to help facilitate more pronounced turns.  Ski poles are predominantly for helping maintain balance, although they can also be used to assist in turns and other maneuvers.

Snowboarding doesn't require ski poles since snowboarders use their own weight and center of gravity for balance and control.  Both sports do require special boots, but they are often made standard to a particular board or ski design.  Replacement boots and hardware are always available.

Ski Equipment Dealers

  • Backcountry.com
    Offers a wide range of name brand skis and ski equipment for Alpine skiing, Telemark skiing, and cross country skiing.
    www.Backcountry.com
  • REI - Snowsports Equipment
    This specialty outdoor gear and clothing supplier offers snow sports equipment for skiing and snowboarding activities.
    www.REI.com
  • Ski Equipment at BobWards.com
    Montana-based source of popular sporting goods and outdoor equipment.  Bob Wards was founded in 1917 and features a series of branded concept shops online.
    www.BobWards.com
  • Al's Ski Barn
    Located in Maine, this family owned business of dedicated skiers has over 30 years experience in the ski industry business.
    www.Untracked.com
  • SkiCentral
    Skiing and snowboarding search site features a directory of leading ski equipment suppliers.
    www.SkiCentral.com

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