Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Ski shopping.

I don't know what it is, but when it comes to buying ski equipment, some women leave the whole process to someone else.

Does this make sense? We, who're known as the greatest shoppers in the world; who wouldn't dream of buying clothes without trying them on (well, we might -- but we'd sure as heck take them back if they didn't fit!).

I know; it's incomprehensible.

All the same, I can't tell you how often men take over the job of selecting skis for their wives/girlfriends/daughters. And though I'm sure many of us appreciate some help -- picking out skis can be a daunting process, given the wide variety of brands and models -- the ultimate decision-maker should always be you. After all, you're the one who's going to have to use them. So you're the one who should be happy.

What it all comes down to is this:

First, evaluate your skiing ability before you make any decision. Be honest. You're not doing yourself any favors if you're a beginner and you end up with expert skis. Or vice versa.

Second, do some research. Talk to people -- your friends who ski, people in ski shops. Consult gear reviews. There are a lot of ways to collect information about equipment (the internet discussion forum for women skiers, TheSkiDivacom, comes to mind). So take advantage of them.

And third, be sure to try before you buy. Lots of mountains offer demo days where you can try out equipment from various manufacturers. Some ski shops rent demos, and apply the cost of rental to the purchase price, if you decide to buy.

The right skis are out there waiting for you. So go in peace. And have fun shopping.

Be sure to visit TheSkiDiva.com, a new internet forum especially for women skiers, where women skiers can connect with one another to talk about everything and anything ski-related.

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