Professional downhill skiers are sleek and fast. When they whip down the slope at top speed this winter, it will be hard to notice anything but the speed at which they do it. But a successful run requires a lot more than just the will to go down a mountain. Here are some ski slope essentials that professional skiers depend on and that the recreational skier can benefit from, too.
- Helmet–A helmet is always a good idea, especially when a skier is reaching speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. A racer’s helmet doesn’t need to be bulky or heavy, but it does need to be dependable. Head injuries are some of the most serious that can occur whether you have years of experience or are just starting out.
- Goggles–Soft snowflakes can feel like sharp glass on the slope without a pair of goggles. Tinted goggles provide protection from the sun, but clear ones give you a less distorted vision of the route.
- Long underwear–Professional skiers have a special suit they race in, but what goes under that suit is up to them. Many outfit themselves with a good pair of long underwear. Cotton doesn’t have the ability to wick moisture, but wool, silk, and polyester blends are all good options.
- Foot support–anyone who has gone downhill skiing knows that ski boots aren’t the comfiest footwear on the market today. Professional skiers depend on boot liners and orthotics. Foot support is just as important for the recreational skier. Ski boots exercise muscles in the foot that aren’t used to being exercised and often times, inner-arch pain results. A pair of orthotics can improve the experience of swishing down a ski slope–be it bunny or black diamond!