Ski Gear & Ski Tuning
The whole idea on this page is to give you the very best information possible without a lot of
window dressing. I'll let you know about cool products I test, refer you to the best places to answer
your ski tuning and tech questions, and point out where to get great gear. A good place to start is your local
ski shop, but it never hurts to do a bit of research before you buy. -- Jim
SKIWALKING.COM and the American Nordic Walking System is the place to
go for the hottest new fitness activity in the country. Can't get to a ski hill? No problem, just grab your
SkiWalking fitness poles and head out for a wonderful workout. All fitness poles are not created equal, but the
ones from SkiWalking.com and the American Nordic Walking System are top of the line and custom fitted. (Note: I
walk with these poles almost every day. Walking with the poles produce a better workout, and adds to your upper
body strength. I've found that extra strength has improved my golf game. I'm less fatigued on the later holes
during a round and I've added 10-15 yards of distance to every club. -- Jim)
Tognar Toolworks is the most
tremendous source of ski tuning/tech information I've ever found. I buy all my ski tuning gear from their catalog,
which has literally thousands of tuning tools, wax, gadgets and gizmos. I highly recommend sending for their
catalog and I guarantee you'll have fun reading it even if you never order a thing. In addition to ski tuning tips
offered in the catalog, Tognar has a nice website with tuning hints and good links. The best thing about dealing
with Tognar is that when you call the shop with an order you get to talk directly to the tech guys, and they always
have solid answers to your ski tuning questions.
Helmets are "essential gear" for many skiers, but with the vast array of manufacturers and styles it's
difficult to select the right helmet. SkiHelmets.com sorts through the
maze with product information, ratings, articles, and pictures.
Women can improve their skiing dramatically by using women's ski gear, moving their bindings forward, and
properly adjusting their boots. Jeannie Thoren does women's clinics across the country and her website explains her
theories. This is a MUST CLICK for women who want to get the most from
the skiing experience.
If you're into Telemark skiing, the coolest tele site on the Net is TelemarkTips.com. All sorts of gear information, ratings, and places to buy.
Plus, wonderful instruction, complete with pictures and videos. Another good Telemark gear site is TelemarkSki.com. the shop is in Crested Butte, Colorado, but Michigan natives
work there. They have a neat "Rent-A-Jig" program for those who want to mount Tele bindings.
This season is a great time to get your ski boots in shape. Performance Zone is a Michigan business specializing in custom orthotics and
stance alignment for all sports -- including skiing. Check them out.
SKI Equipment -- Looking for ski equipment? Check out About Ski Schools ski equipment page. Find a detailed list of
ski equipment with descriptions, types, photos, and some suggestions about where you can buy or rent them.