During your ski trip, you might have overheard from fellow skiers a few bits of misinformation that you may have initially believed. Today, we will demystify 5 common myths that we hear about skiing.
Powder skiing without fat skis? Impossible!
Many skiers are quite dependent on thicker skis and can't imagine skiing deep powder with skis less than 100 mm underfoot. Believe it or not, thicker skis were not always the trend and straight skis were manageable for powder skiing using different techniques.
Moreover, some would agree that fat skis have taken the special quality out of really deep-powder days. Floating on top of 6 inches of powder with fat skis feels like on the top of 20 inches.
Moguls prevent skiing smoothly
The fear of moguls push ski resorts to spend millions each year just to flatten those bumps. However, with little knowledge and techniques, skiers can use bumps to their advantage… The rounded backs of moguls are perfect for making turns. A curving sideslip around the mogul can be used to scrub speed. The back of a big bump can even be used to slowdown while continuing down the slope.
Wear helmets for invincibility
Ski helmets are made for safety. Unfortunately, cases of skiing fatalities have not significantly dropped despite the use of helmets. Still, the use of helmet on your ski vacation is highly recommended to reduce or mitigate the severity of some head injuries.
The thicker the socks, the warmer it gets
It’s a classic mistake to double up on socks (especially cotton ones). Sweat caused by doubling your socks leads to cold feet. Thus, in your ski vacation, a pair of thin and breathable socks would be a better choice. Thick socks make ski boots too tight, reducing circulation.
You'll break your leg
Leg fractures were the typical ski injury a long time ago. However, changing technology in skis and bindings minimized the possibility of getting leg-bone injury. Unfortunately, cases of tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee have become dominant. So during your ski vacation, stay safe.
Do you agree with this list? What other common myths of skiing have you heard or were told on a recent ski trip? Let us know by posting on the comment section below.