Essential Ski Equipment

An MD with long surgical experience, Dr. Terry McEnany transitioned away from a 30-year career in medicine to dedicate time to public service and studying literature in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During the winter, Terry McEnany, MD, resides in Colorado, where he provides ski instruction at The Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen.

Proper gear can make the difference between having a good or bad ski experience. Skiers should make sure they have all the essentials for safe skiing. When adjusted by trained ski professionals, bindings reduce the potential for leg injuries during falls by releasing the boots from the skis. A helmet with a fastened chin strap is also important during falls and collisions, and a skier should make sure it is an actual ski helmet and not a helmet designed for other sports in order to have enough space for goggles and ventilation.

Goggles and sunglasses offer eye protection from blinding reflections and environmental hazards like tree branches. Sun block is mandatory because of the high altitudes and reflection of sun from the snow.In addition to keeping the hands and fingers warm, ski gloves make it easier to grip poles while skiing.