Many of our camp customers ask us about the suitability of their current ski equipment, and what they should bring to camp. Your choice of skis, boots, and bindings has a large influence on the progress you'll make with your skiing during a camp session.
Having well-aligned boots means that you will ski with symmetry; you'll use the least amount of effort; and you'll have the most success with control, carving, and linking turns. To achieve this, your boots need to fit well (not too tight, not too loose), and they need to permit cuff alignment (click here to learn more). Most skiers prefer the convenience of having any underboot alignment installed on their boots rather than under-binding, so this is another consideration. Many boots these days have "walking soles" which do not permit underboot canting. Check with us if you intend to buy new boots at a different shop prior to camp. Many popular models lack cuff canting, or are not underboot alignable, or both. If you have boots that lack these features, we are very limited in what we can do to improve your alignment.
If you want to make the best progress during camp, contact us soon after enrolling to book an alignment appointment at our ski shop in the days prior to camp. If your current boots are suitable for you, we will happily work with them. If your boots are going to hinder your progress, we have new models to purchase that will help you ski better.
Skis with a lot of "shape" and a turning radius less than 15 m will be much easier for learning and will speed up your progress.
Narrow-waisted "carving" skis are the best choice for camp. The make it easiest to balance on edge, to transfer balance, and to change edges. They are the quickest to roll from edge to edge. A tight turn radius means that the ski does more work, tightening your turns and providing speed control. We recommend skis with a waist width of 78 mm or less (preferably closer to 70 mm), a turn radius of 15 m or less, and a length between chin and eye height.
If you do not have skis like this, contact us right away after enrolling. We have a limited number of skis that you can rent during your camp session. They are previous-seasons' demos and will make it easier to learn during camp. We also have skis like these at our shop that you can purchase so that you can ski better and more easily at camp and on all your ski days!
There is an aspect of bindings that plays a large role in fore/aft balance: the difference in height between the heelpiece and the toepiece, known in the industry as "delta". These days, many common bindings have a low, zero, or negative delta (when in the binding, the heel of the boot is only slightly above, is even with, or sits lower than the toe of the boot). What we have observed at our camps is that these bindings make many skiers struggle to stay forward on their skis. Having your balance aft while skiing is an invitation to losing control and becoming injured. Being able to stay forward over the feet is critical to advance as a skier.
The skis that we rent during camp and sell at our shop have a higher heel compared to the toe. We have observed that for many skiers, this makes it easier to stay forward.