Skiing has been around for years, and the equipment has been improving at the speed of light. In the 1950’s, Vail Mountain was just a simple idea. Skiing was already very popular and gaining traction throughout the world. It was already a huge sport at other Colorado ski areas. Vail was going to be the best ski hill in Colorado. Little did the founders know that Vail would light the way for the best skiing innovations in the world and house some of the best athletes in the world.
At the very beginning, skis were just merely carved and cambered wood with extremely dangerous bindings. As time went on, the more people skied, the more improvements they made. This is still true today. The skiing industry is at an all-time high and experts are at the top of their game with new technology.
Throughout Vail, you can find rare relics of old ski equipment. Some old K2’s or even an original pair of wooden skis are hung up in rustic restaurants or the humble local abode. But you won’t find them on the slopes. Today’s technology is very hard to keep track of. You might be wondering why people have really fat skis, long skis, twin tip skis, and what’s a camber? The truth is that there is a pair of skis for every occasion, terrain, and ability.
You will find that there is a specific ski for park skiing or freestyle, big mountain skiing, mogul skiing, ski racing, and downhill skiers. Groomers or skis that will mostly be skiing on groomed runs will usually be a thinner ski underfoot and will be around 80-90mm. These can carve better on groomed runs and have a much smaller turn radius and you can easily turn much quicker. This will also give you more control on variable snow or any ice patches you might encounter. Fat skis are being seen more and more throughout the mountain and not only on powder. These skis are usually classified as above 100mm underfoot.
Technology is so rapidly changing that you can buy a pair of skis and within a few months your equipment is outdated. This makes the sport very expensive when you are buying equipment all the time. Not to mention trying to sell your skis, nobody wants to buy outdated equipment. This is why renting from Bridge Street Ski Haus is the best option to rent high quality and top of the line ski equipment. In addition, you won't need to worry about what type of ski you will need for the conditions. At Bridge Street, you can switch out your equipment to match your ability and the conditions.
One of the most critical parts of the ski is the edge. The metal edge that lines your skis needs to be taken care of properly. If your edge is dull and rusty you will have a hard time on the mountain. With a dull edge, your skis might slide out from under you and you will be more prone to falling. Skiing is a fast and fun sport and is even better when you can carve and stop with precision.
Because safety is the number one priority with skiing, ensuring that your ski equipment will handle the mountain and keep you safe is what Bridge Street Ski Haus is best at. Freshly tuned and waxed skis are critical for your Vail ski trip.
Back in the day, bindings were designed to hold you to the ski no matter what. People quickly learned that bindings need to release in case of a fall. To protect you from a broken leg, ski technicians need to know your height and weight to set the DIN correctly. This is the release weight on the binding. It needs to be high enough so you don’t eject while carving at high speeds, but low enough to eject you in time to protect your legs and body.
Professional downhill skiers have been recorded at speeds above 90 miles per hour at several races throughout the world. These athletes would never trust cheap equipment to keep them safe at these speeds, so why should you use anything but the best ski equipment? With high-quality ski equipment, you can trust that you will be safe on the mountain.
Starting out as a leather lace-up boot to now having heated and comfortable ski boots, you can say that boots have come a long way. Ski boots have been designed to withstand variable snow conditions while providing the most comfort and protection possible. Having high-quality ski boots is not just a luxury, it’s a necessity.
You get what you pay for; performance level is higher with top-notch ski boots. As your skiing ability improves, you need to have the best equipment to complement your improvements and speed. Many of the regular rental ski shops don’t have as much focus on high-quality ski equipment; therefore your equipment might be years old and severely beat up from years of use. Bridge Street is set apart because they truly care about safety, quality, and you.
Ski equipment is very specialized and needs to fit together flawlessly for safety and performance needs. From your boots to your skis, each piece of equipment is designed with a purpose to protect and improve performance. High-quality rental ski equipment means that you can trust your safety whether you’re on the mountain, lift, or walking through Vail Village. Not only does Bridge Street have the high-quality ski equipment, but also has trained and knowledgeable professionals to help every step of the way. Have our team take care of you and your ski rental equipment the right way, and contact Bridge Street Ski Haus today!
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