Preparing for Whistler Winters: How to Wax Your Skis at Home

The air is crisp, your skis are on and you’re breezing up the lift with your favorite ski bum. You can’t wait to tell them about how your latest hot wax changed your life. “And the best part is, I can do it myself now! It saves time and hassle and the results are so smooth!”

Sound appealing? Learning to wax skis can give you an edge on the slopes.

Waxing your skis protects from kinetic, wet, dirt, and static friction. The wax stays in the small pores of your ski bases. This helps them work well in any condition.

Keep reading to find out how to wax your skis.

Types of Wax

It’s time to channel Sheldon Cooper because things are going to get scientific. Ski and snowboard waxes are made of compounds and elements. Each works in a different way which is why racing wax is different from everyday wax.

Hydrocarbon

As the name implies, hydrocarbon wax is made from the hydrocarbons paraffin and microcrystalline. They’re also made from other synthetic wax materials.

Together, these materials create the perfect, everyday ski trifecta. Synthetic wax materials are the muscle of the operation, making wax stronger.

Paraffins are the soft and gentle element of your ski wax trio. They create that breezy glide you crave on fresh powder or just-groomed slopes. If you’ve ever had a paraffin treatment with your manicure, you know how amazing this stuff is.

Finally, the muscle. Microcrystalline gives hydrocarbon wax what it needs to last you all night long.

Fluorocarbons

Florine repels water. Fluorocarbons have all their hydrogen atoms replaced with fluorine. Skis glide better in wet conditions when they’re not attracting extra moisture.

Moly/Graphite

Moly (short for molybdenum) is similar to graphite but better. The Moly element (which is also a great name for your next band), keeps your skis from getting too dirty in wet and sticky snow.

Moly prevents electrostatic energy from slowing you down in dry snow conditions. Most people agree Moly is better than graphite and usually use it to get better speed on their skis.

Arm Yourself

Ready to swap out that scientist hat for a do-it-yourselfer hat? Before you do, you’ll need the right tools. Here are three essentials you need for waxing skis at home.

An Iron Will

You’ll also need an actual iron. If you’re keeping things thrifty you can use any old iron. Just make sure it’s designated for your skis.

Sharing ski irons with clothes irons may end with you needing a new wardrobe. Thus, defeating the purpose of saving some cash with the cheap iron.

If you’re willing to spring for it, you can find designated ski waxing irons. Swix makes a popular iron that retails for around $45-$50.

A Scrapier Whit

Or just a scraper. These are usually plastic or stainless steel. They’re easy to find at any ski shop and cost $10-$15 on average.

A Brush of Class

And a ski brush. Serious shredders have a collection of brushes with bristles made from horsehair or even metal. If you’re an everyday ski bum who enjoys the simpler tools, you can get a nylon-bristled brush.

Nylon ski brushes retail for about $20.

A Band Made of Rubber

You’ll need a few rubber bands to hold your skis in the right position. Make sure they’re strong enough to hold your skis locked. It might be a good idea to keep a few extra nearby just in case.

A Few Clamps

You need a straight, elevated surface to hold your skis in place while you work on them. Vice clamps like pros use cost around $150. If you decide to make something similar with the tools you have, just be sure it’s a flat, elevated surface that won’t scratch your skis.

Since you can work on one ski at a time, you probably only need three vices.

A Block Wax

Most DIYers will use a block of ski wax. You can also buy liquid wax that uses a rag for application. Ski wax is pretty easy to find online or at a ski shop.

You can spend as little as $10 or as much as $110 on a block of ski wax. Just make sure you’re buying from a legitimate retailer.

A Stone or Pad

A hard gummi stone or scotch pad will get all the sharp/scratchy things off your skis before you start work on them. A hard gummi stone will set you back around $10.00.

A Prep

Some base prep will help get the old greasy grime off your skis before you wax them. Some recommend using any mild citrus-based cleaner. Be careful, too much or the wrong kind of base prep can permanently damage your skis!

Location, Location, Location

Prepping your wax area is an important step in the wax-at-home process. Follow these space prep tips before you dive it.

  1. Always wax in a comfortable temperature. Waxing in a cold garage or outside will result in poorly waxed skis.
  2. Make sure you have plenty of space for skis and tools.
  3. Get a drop cloth because you’re about to make a big mess.
  4. Get all your tools ready before you start so you don’t have to run around finding things mid-process.

You need a good sturdy table or surface for your work. If you don’t want to drop $150 to buy one, you can build a ski waxing bench for less than $15.

The DIY

Once you have everything set up, it’s time to wax skis (one at a time, of course).

1. Brake

Loop a rubber band around one brake, the binding, and the other brake. This will lock them in place and out of your way.

2. Smooth

Take your gummi stone or Scotch Brite pad and run it along the bottom of your skis. Without damaging the surface, make sure there’s nothing sharp sticking out. Anything sharp could cut your finger or damage your tools.

Try to avoid using your finger to test for smoothness. This could result in extra steps requiring medical attention to said finger.

3. Inspect

Your edges and bases should all be in pretty good shape. Lay a ruler over them to see if there are any big differences in height. If you see bigger issues with the edges and bases of your skis, it’s best to let a pro shop handle those before you go to work on them.

4. Base Prep

Now you need to prep the ski bases. Apply a small amount of base prep to a clean cloth or rag. Wipe the cleaner up and down, covering the entire ski base.

Don’t overdo it, though. Too much can cause irreversible damage.

5. Wax On

Now it’s time for the main event. Heat your iron to the temp stated on the wax. Once your iron is ready, take the wax block and hold it up to the hot iron over your ski base. You should have a small drip stream drizzling onto the ski.

Continue drizzling up and down the ski (most people work from tip to tail). Now go back and iron the wax on, covering the entire base surface. Make sure your iron is always moving. Stopping or pausing can cause burns to your skis!

6. Let It Dry

The wax should dry for at least 30 minutes. If you don’t have 30 minutes to wait, don’t start the process. Trying to dry your skis by setting them outside or other short-cut methods can cause damage.

7. Scrape It

Now you get to use that handy dandy scraper tool. Make sure it’s sharp first. As smoothly as possible, scrape the dry wax off your ski base. Get it all off but don’t be too aggressive about it.

8. Brush, Brush, Brush

First, bust out your brush and go to town. Start at the tip and end at the tail. Remember your muscles because this process can take up to 20 minutes.

Brush until there’s no more wax flying off the ski. Next, grab your Scotch Brite pad (or a finer ski brush) and repeat the process.

9. Admire

When it’s all said and done, you should be able to see your reflection on the newly waxed base. After all that scraping and brushing, you might want to freshen up a bit before you hit the slopes.

Wax Skis, Save Time

If you enjoy the great outdoors in winter, you don’t want to spend your precious vacation time in a ski shop. Learning how to wax skis at home can save you precious so you can get straight to the slopes.

Now that your skis are ready to go, you should be, too! Whistler Retreats has everything you need to enjoy your next ski-cation. We have one, two, and three-bedroom condos.

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A Guide to Whistler’s Neighborhoods

A Guide to Whistler's Neighborhoods

Did you know that the name for Whistler Mountain comes from the high-pitched whistling sound the local Western Hoary Marmot makes?

Located just a short drive from Vancouver, British Columbia, Whistler is known as one of the largest and most beautiful ski resorts in the world. Though it boasts an average snowfall of 33 feet per year, there are many outdoor activities at Whistler that you can enjoy year-round.

Whistler’s Green Lake offers many water sports including speed-boating, swimming, and canoeing. There are hundreds of kilometers of trails in the Blackcomb Mountains for hiking, trail running, mountain biking and so much more.

Learn about the Whistler neighborhoods in our guide and discover the many appeals of this beautiful mountain getaway.

The Whistler Neighborhoods and Their Features

The Whistler resort town boasts over 14,000 permanent residents, with even more seasonal residents in many areas. The soaring peaks of the mountains and the crystalline waters of the lakes attract thousands of visitors every year. They enjoy a great selection of vacation retreats and affordable condos at any one of the beautiful Whistler neighborhoods.

Whistler North

The trails and beaches of Spruce Grove in the Whistler North neighborhoods appeal to outdoor enthusiasts. Up by the Lost Lake Park, there’s an impressive trail network that offers snow-shoeing and cross-country hiking in the winter. In the summer these trails offer hiking and mountain biking.

Emerald Estates overlooks Green Lake and has breath-taking views of Wedge Mountain and the Armchair Glacier. You can rent a lakeside cabin as a vacation rental in this neighborhood.

If you love golfing, you might want to check out Green Lake Estates which is positioned right next to the famous Nicklaus North Golf Course. You can find affordable condos in this area and you’re still within walking distance of some of Whistler’s fabulous Green Lake beaches.

If you want to take a floatplane tour that will circle by the glaciers and alpine lakes, this neighborhood is the place for you!

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Whistler Village

The Whistler Village neighborhood is the beating heart of Whistler’s nightlife. Located at the base of Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, it boasts world-class restaurants, sensational shopping, museums, and parks in a pedestrian-only area.

You can start your day at Crêpe Montagne then stroll over to the Whistler Museum. You can enjoy handmade Australian pies at the Peaked Pies restaurant and take in some afternoon shopping at the many sports stores.

You have many choices of fine dining depending on your taste. There’s a choice of anything from craft beer and smoked meats at the Hinter Gather Eatery to the European flavors at Caramba, you can take your pick.

If it’s action you’re looking for, The Core Fitness and Climbing Zone is available for a rainy day. You can also hop on a rented bike and enjoy the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

You also have a huge selection of accommodations in Whistler Village. You can opt for a weekend getaway in any of the many hotels, inns, resorts, and lodges. You can also choose a vacation rental and stay for longer.

The Upper Village now offers a brand-new 10-person Peak-2-Peak gondola that has become very popular with skiers and snowboarders. It runs year-long so if you just want a lift to the top of Blackcomb’s peak to enjoy the scenery, you can also ride it in the summer.

The neighborhood of Blackcomb Benchlands is characterized by its amazing places to stay. It can also offer a vacation package that includes accommodations with ski-in and ski-out access.

In this Whistler neighborhood, you’ll be able to find your ideal ski resort. In the summer this area has ready access to hiking and golf.

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Whistler Center

Alta Vista neighborhood is a quieter alternative for those who are looking for a hiking or skiing getaway that includes stunning lake views. You can stay here and walk to one of the best beaches in the area at Lakeside Park.

Blueberry Hill has an area zoned exclusively for tourist accommodation. It allows for nightly rentals. Some of the best golfing can be done here at the Whistler Golf Course.

Whistler Center has the doggie beach you’ve been looking for at Rainbow Park. The area is great if you’re a dog lover and take your best friend along with you on your vacation retreats. Be sure to follow all municipal rules regarding leashing and picking up waste.

Whistler Cay Heights and Whistler Cay Estates are residential areas in close proximity to an elementary school. They are also within walking distance of the Nicklaus North Golf Course.

In these Whistler neighborhoods, you have stunning views with quieter accommodations. The best feature is that you’re still close to the humming nightlife in Whistler Village.

Whistler South / Creekside

Whistler South neighborhoods are the oldest in the town since this is where the first village was established.

The Creekside neighborhood is where you can catch a ride up the mountain on the Creekside Gondola. You can ski or snowboard down the mountain or take the Big Red Express Chair up to the Peak-2-Peak Gondola.

Creekside is the hub of Whistler South and boasts Whistler’s only gas station. Kadenwood also has a private Kadenwood Gondola and offers ski-in and ski-out access to Whistler Creek.

Function Junction is the commercial hub of the town and can be found about nine kilometers south of the Village. Here you can enjoy many different events year-round including Art Walks and Block Parties.

Whistler South neighborhoods are also not far from the great outdoor adventures you expect from this lovely resort town. There are many access points to the Valley Trail system, parks, lakes, and biking trails.

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Enjoy Whistler Wherever You Stay

Every one of the Whistler Neighborhoods have unique features and reasons for you to visit. All offer breathtaking views and access to parks and recreation options. No matter where you choose to stay, you won’t be disappointed.

Book your accommodation today and discover the wonders of Whistler, British Columbia!

Fun Facts About The Whistler Bike Park

Whistler Bike Park is a paradise for mountain bikers from around the world.. Here are nine amazing facts about one of the best parks in the world. 

70 Marked Trails

Whistler Mountain Bike Park has up to 70 marked trails. The trails span over 80 kilometers and 4,900 vertical feet. The park has four zones, namely Fitzsimmons Zone, Garbanzo Zone, Peak Zone, and Creek Zone. Each zone features trails for different riding abilities and stunning views. 

Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Map

Trails Are Classified

To make trails easily identifiable, they are classified using different colors. Green trails are suitable for beginners and blue trails are for intermediate riders. The black trails are for advanced riders, while double black trails are suitable for experts and red trails are marked for professionals. Whether you have never ridden a mountain bike before or you are an advanced rider with years of experience under your belt, there is a trail for you at Whistler Bike Park.

100,000 Bikers

Whistler receives an estimated two million overnight and non-overnight visitors each year. It is not only a winter super sports destination but also a popular spot for extreme sports in the summer. In particular, downhill biking is a sport that’s loved by adults and kids alike. The Whistler Mountain Park specifically attracts an average of 100,000 bikers each summer. You can expect a well-balanced mix of people.

Biggest Mountain Biking Festival

Take the biggest mountain biking festival and combine it with the best mountain biking park in the world, do we need to say more? The Whistler Mountain Bike Park has celebrated Crankworx since 2004. And if you’re lucky, you might just witness some mountain-biking legends.

While it was cancelled due to COVID in 2020 and 2021, it is scheduled to return in 2022.

Hosts Exclusive Events

The well-known mountain park hosts several events, which attract hundreds of participants.  One of the most popular events is Women’s Nights with Liv, which is held every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-7:30. The park also conducts Men’s Night,  Summer Gravity Camps, and  Phat Wednesday.

4,926+ Vertical Feet of Lift Service

Traveling to The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is an experience in itself. Since the elevation is so high, visitors have to take the Fitzsimmons and Garbanzo quad chairlifts, the Whistler Village Gondola, or Creekside Gondola to access different trails. 

Home To Biking Enthusiasts

It’s not just the gravity-fed trails and magnificent views that make the Whistler Mountain Bike Parks one of the best in the world. Whistler is also enriched with a deep biking culture. In fact, the average rider that lives here is likely to be better than 90% of riders from other bike parks. 

Perfect Berms

A perfect berm can leave you with even more speed than what you started with. And the Whistler Mountain Bike Park has plenty of them. And by plenty we mean you can find them everywhere. They are huge and often feature jumps around the corner. 

So. Many. Jumps

There are no clear stats on how many jumps there are in the park. But let’s just say, there are more than enough to satiate every adrenaline junkie. 

 

What To Do In Whistler When It Rains

Whistler is not just a great place to go snowboarding and skiing. The village offers more, especially on rainy days. Below are things to do in Whistler when it rains. Let us know which one you like best or get in touch if you have more suggestions on rainy day activities in Whistler.

Have a Staycation

Consider going on a short vacation with your significant other or family, and enjoy the comforts of home at a condo. There are several vacation rentals in Whistler that offer great accommodation with good amenities. You can spend the night with your loved ones enjoying a hot tea or coffee by the fire or have some gourmet dinner with gorgeous mountains as the backdrop. Staycations will relax and de-stress you; it’s one of the best activities you can do on a rainy day in Whistler.

Plan an Afternoon Swim at an Indoor Pool

Do you love to swim? Why not look for indoor swimming pools in Whistler and enjoy an afternoon dip? Choose locations that also have great restaurants, bars, or spas so you can do a lot more than swimming. Some resorts even have spectacular views of the mountains. It’s a great way to enjoy a rainy day.

Go to Escape! Whistler

Escape Whistler

Care for some adventure on a rainy day? Then head to Escape! Whistler and have fun solving some clues and escape from a locked room. It’s a great activity for families or groups of friends. You can do this after a relaxing activity in the morning or after a delicious lunch at your favorite restaurant.

Go Rock Climbing

If you want to stay fit while having fun, we recommend Whistler Core Climbing and Fitness Centre. It’s a family-friendly activity as your kids can also learn climbing basics. They have workout machines that you can also try on. Rock climbing activities are ideal for both beginners and advanced climbers, so there’s something for everyone.

Visit the Local Shops

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you can always head to the shops and buy some handicrafts or other stuff you need at home. Also, try to visit shops that you have not been to; who knows, you might find some rare gems there or great souvenirs.

Go to the Movies

When it comes to rainy days, a great movie with delicious snacks is always a good idea. You can always go to a local cinema or watch movies at home or during a staycation. Get a Netflix subscription, so you have many options or find out what’s movies are showing at the local cinema. Grab some snacks and then enjoy the film.

Grab Some Drinks

Whistler is home to a lot of great restaurants and bars. So why not grab a few drinks with friends and enjoy a good conversation while also enjoying natural views outside? It’s an excellent way to meet your friends on a rainy day.

What Do You Plan to do on a Rainy Day?

We hope you like our Whistler things to do when it rains. You’ll never run out of things to do in this village, especially when you want to relax on a rainy day while enjoying a hot chocolate or coffee. The best way to do this is by booking great accommodations that also offer breathtaking views. Check our affordable condos and vacation rentals, and let us know when you plan to book your stay. Contact us if you have questions.

9 Frequently Asked Questions About Downhill Biking

Downhill mountain biking is a sport of thrill and adventure. As you ride down the hill, you can feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins.

However, the lack of proper knowledge and experience can turn a downhill ride into a fatal journey.

Here are 9 of the most frequently asked questions about downhill biking, if you’re just getting started.

Question 1: Can I ride a downhill bike on the road?

It’s important to note that downhill bikes have bulky tires and squishy suspension. For this reason, it is generally difficult to ride downhill bikes on the road. Even if you take it out on the road, it’ll be super slow and inconvenient.

Question 2: Are hardtail mountain bikes good for downhill?

Many hardtail bikes can be very sturdy and can comfortably withstand jumps as high as two feet above the ground.

If you do not have another option, your hardtail bike will be good for your downhill adventure, though you’ll lose significant comfort over rocks and roots.

Question 3: How to choose a downhill bike?

Keep the following factors in mind:

  • Your height
  • Your level of expertise (if you are just starting out, you may not need the most expensive bike on the market)
  • Service requirements
  • Brand reliability
  • User reviews

Question 4: How to get into downhill mountain bike racing?

Practice on authorized trails. Connect with academies near you. Be active in the circuit and build connections. Keep an eye on the downhill bike racing trials for your age and expertise. Practice regularly and maintain fitness.

Question 5: Should I buy a downhill or enduro bike?

The answer largely depends on your reason behind buying a bike. If you want to go downhill at fast speeds, a downhill bike will be your best bet. However, if you want to go uphill and downhill on the same bike, at moderate speeds, go for an enduro.

Question 6: What size downhill bike do I need?

The chart below will help you decide.

Rider Height (in)Rider Height (cm)Frame SizeFrame Size (in)Frame Size (cm)
4′ 10″ – 5′ 2″148cm – 158cmXS13″ – 14″33cm – 37cm
5′ 3″ – 5′ 6″159cm – 168cmS15″ – 16″38cm – 42cm
5′ 7″ – 5′ 10″169cm – 178cmM17″ – 18″43cm – 47cm
5′ 11″ – 6′ 1″179cm – 185cmL19″ – 20″48cm – 52cm
6′ 2″ – 6′ 4″186cm – 193cmXL21″ – 22″53cm – 57cm
6′ 4″ +194cm +XXL23″ +58cm +

(Source)

Question 7: What are downhill bikes good for?

Downhill bikes are specifically designed for going downhill at high speeds while maintaining control. Downhill bikes are very sturdy but not meant for the road, apart from getting you to and from the moutain.

Question 8: Are downhill bikes worth buying?

In our biased opinion, 100%. If you plan on biking regularly it’s a great investment. If not, or you’re just testing it you, you can consider renting.

Question 9: How to get into downhill mountain biking?

It’s best to start by getting a downhill bike and getting some instructions (click here for Whistler Blackcomb’s training options). They’ll train you and may offer opportunities considering your skill level.

Getting Your Downhill Bike Ready For The Season

Now that the days are getting warmer, and the mountains are opening, it is the ideal time to give your bike a tune-up for the summer season. 

Considering there are several components in a bike, the maintenance process can seem daunting. But getting your bike ready in the spring can be made easier with a maintenance system in place. Regular and timely bike servicing is necessary to ensure a comfortable and safe riding experience.

In this post, we’re sharing expert tips to get your Downhill bike ready for the season.

Start with a Clean

Even if you kept your bike under a tarp in the garage, it has likely accumulated a lot of dust and grime over the winter months. Spring is the perfect time to give your bike a deep clean. 

You don’t necessarily need to buy some expensive bike-washing liquid. A solution of warm water and detergent is good enough to effectively clean it. Use a sponge to thoroughly clean every part of the bike. When you’re done, use a clean cloth to wipe it dry. 

Next, apply a degreaser to remove any residual grime. 

Inspect Tires

If you haven’t taken your bike out for a ride in months, then the tires may have deflated. Check the pressure and use a pump to re-inflate them if required. Apart from air pressure, you should also check the treads. Because of worn-out treads, the tires lose grip on the road and also become susceptible to punctures.

Check the Chain

After you’ve cleaned your bike, it is necessary to lubricate certain parts such as the chain. This should be done after you have wiped it with a degreaser. However, if you failed to properly clean the chain before storing the bike, then it may have corroded over the winter. In this case, you may need to replace it. 

Test The Brakes

Testing the brakes is crucial to ensure you safety. You hardly want to hit A-Line with weak or failing brakes. The three components you need to pay attention to are brake calipers, rotors, and pads. Calipers should be adjusted if your bike is making a scraping noise. Next, if the rotors are jiggling, you should fix them with a realignment tool. Lastly, replace worn-out brake pads. 

Replace Cables

Thoroughly examine gear and brake cables. Because of the change in weather or excessive wear, cables can stretch, fray, or deteriorate over time. If that’s the case, you should immediately replace worn-out cables. Moreover, if you are having trouble braking or shifting through gears, the cables should be replaced.

Check Suspension

Your bike’s suspension plays an important role in helping you control the bike, especially on rough terrains. If there is any clonking or sticking in the suspension, consult an expert for necessary repairs. 

Look at Nuts & Bolts

There are a number of tiny nuts and bolts holding your bike together. It may seem cumbersome, but take some time to make sure all the nuts and bolts are in place. If any nut is loose or missing, you should fix it with a suitable wrench. 

Go Over Your Gear

Apart from your bike, your gear and accessories are also important for biking safely and comfortably. And of course, make sure your Camelback has all the necessary tools for basic repairs such as fixing a flat tire. 

While some maintenance tasks are easy to do on your own, for others you might need a professional’s assistance. In addition to a safe(r) riding experience, essential maintenance also prolongs your bike’s life. So instead of skipping required adjustments, give your bike the TLC it deserves.

How To Choose New Ski Boots

If you like to ski, you know the importance of ski boots. As the link between your body and mountain, having the right kind of boots that correspond to the size as well as the shape of your feet are a prerequisite. They don’t just protect your feet and keep them comfortable throughout your day but they play a part in controlling your ski. 

If you are planning on buying new ski boots this winter, here are some key considerations that you must not ignore:

Rigidity Or Flex

The most important factor to consider while buying ski boots is the rigidity of the boot, which is known as the flex. It is determined by the flex index, which is measured on a scale of 60 to 150. While a lower flex index is apt for beginners, more experienced skiers should opt for more rigid boots with a higher flex index. 

The rigidity of your ski boots should correspond to your expertise and experience level, as well as your body shape.  

If you are a beginner, select boots with a flex index between 60 and 90 (for men) and 60 and 70 (for women). If you are on an intermediate level, opt for boots with a flex index between 90 and 110 (for men) and 70 and 90 (for women). If you are on the advanced level, select boots with a flex index of more than 110 (for men) and over 90 (for women). 

The high-level competitors require the stiffest ski boots with a flex level between 140 and 150 as they facilitate the better transmission of power from your legs to the skis. 

Your Style

Go boots shopping, and you will realize that the shops are full of different kinds of boots. Given the popularity of skiing, the boots manufacturers offer an assorted range of boots to suit the tailored needs of the skiers and requirements of different terrains (as well as aesthetics). 

Here’s how you should select the ski boots according to your skiing style:

  • If you always ski on groomed slopes or ski occasionally for leisure, look for comfortable and lightweight boots that are easy on your feet. Don’t buy boots with a flex index of more than 90. 
  • If you ski on groomed slopes at a high level, look for boots with a flex index between 90 and 130 (for men) and 70 and 110 (for women). By the virtue of their high cuff and narrow fit, they offer better control, which is what you need for performance skiing or racing. 
  • If you are into ski touring, look for touring boots that are light in weight. These boots are very flexible and allow you to walk comfortably. 
  • For freeriding, look for free ride boots with around 100 mm width and a straight cuff. The flex index should be between 100 and 120. You will further find different options, such as boots with walk-mode or rubber soles. 
  • For freetouring, buy lightweight boots that work well for climbing, as well as descending. Buy boots with inserts for hybrid bindings or touring pin bindings. 
  • If freestyling is your style, flexible boots with plush cushioning on the heel area are apt for you. Make sure that the width of the boot at the ball of your feet is 100 mm to ensure comfort while skiing. 

Your Size

Selecting a boot that fits your size is essential to have a comfortable skiing experience. The boots should fit your foot exactly. Buy a boot that allows your toes to move freely and doesn’t compress your foot. 

 The length of the ski boot is determined by the Mondo Point or MSS- Metric Sizing System, whereby the size of the boot corresponds to the longest part of your foot, which is measured in centimeters. 

Coming to the width of the ski boot, it is measured across the ball of the foot. Select the width as per the precision you desire. If you are looking for ski boots for competition or need precision, go for narrow boots. Otherwise, buy boots with an average width. 

Having a ski boot with the right length and width ensures comfort and control over the ski. So, do not compromise on the fit. If your measurement is between two sizes, get half a size smaller.

Ski Boot Liners

When it comes to ski boot liners, you will never fall short of options. The majority of boots feature heat-moldable material. The non-moldable liners also offer stability and a good amount of padding. Custom moldable liners adapt to a customized fit with the help of an artificial heat source, whereas thermoformable foam liners get custom fit with the help of the heat of your foot.

Other Considerations

Apart from these basic considerations, several other factors need to be taken while buying ski boots. 

  • If you hike up in the search of untracked powder, invest in boots that allow you to remove the upper shell from the lower boot to facilitate walking in the snow. You can lock the shells while skiing. 
  • If you ski on different terrains, look for boots that allow you to adjust their stiffness as per the kind of skiing. 
  • Do not base your decision on the number of buckles, instead prioritize the fit. Of course, a four-buckle design will allow you to loosen or tighten your boot, but if a three buckle design offers a snug fit, go for it. 
  • If you wish to get a very precise fit, get boots with micro-adjustable buckles that allow you to lengthen or shorten the buckle and adjust the tension between the two settings. 
  • Lastly, to eliminate the chances of calf, shin, or toe-bang, buy boots with added padded features, such as padded tongues, padded heels, padded toes, and padded spoilers. 

Takeaways

Your ski boots can make or break your skiing experience, and hence, make sure you choose the boot wisely. Whether you are a snow bunny or a professional skier, these tips are surely going to help you find the best ski boots. Happy buying. 

2020 COVID-19 Update: Fun & Safety In Whistler

Note: It is important to stay up-to-date with the guidelines put out my the province of British Columbia before making any travel plans.

You will find the current recommendations here.

Welcome The Ski Season In Style! Here’s How You Can Plan Your Fun With Safety For Your Next Skiing Adventure

Fall is bidding farewell and the winter is knocking on our doors. It is the time of the year to ditch the confines of your home, put your ski gear into the trunk of your car, travel to the charming ski resorts of Whistler, and let yourself loose in the gorgeous snow-laden mountains. If the concern for your safety amid the ongoing pandemic situation is hovering over your ski adventure plans, Whistler Blackcomb has made all the provisions for a safe ski season. 

Whistler Blackcomb is putting several safety measures in place so that you can have an adventurous winter with your loved ones. Here’s what we’re doing here. 

Registration system to control the capacity limit

November 26 is going to be a gala day for all you ski lovers as Whistler Blackcomb will set its most anticipated and most loved winter operations in motion. Once again, you will be able to enjoy the high-octane activities, like skiing and boarding in the snow-capped mountains. 

The joy, the fun, the adventure, and the frolic will be the same, except that you will be bound to follow certain rules and regulations to safeguard your safety during this pandemic. 

To manage the capacity limits on the mountains, Whistler Blackcomb has brought in a reservation system, whereby you will have to buy the tickets in advance to reserve your place in the lap of the majestic mountains. You can buy the tickets online

The pass holder reservation system has been designed owing to the norms of social distancing. With fewer people on both the mountains, you will be able to maintain a safe distance from them and enjoy your adventure without having to worry about contracting an infection. The maximum capacity will be governed by factors such as the size of the resorts, weather conditions, operating plans, historic visitation numbers, and local regulations.

Reservations for every day will be needed at every resort. Once you get the pass, you will get the priority access to book your preferred days (up to 7 days). While using your Priority Reservation Days, you can book additional reservations (depending upon the days of access left on your pass). Furthermore, you can make week-off reservations within a week of your ski or ride day. However, it is subject to availability as well as your pass access on that particular day. 

As far as the lift ticket is concerned, once you buy the lift ticket, your reservation for the specific day will be confirmed automatically. 

The online reservations for the Core Season (From Dec 8, 2020  to April 4, 2021) will begin from November 2020 for 2020/21 pass holders. The lift tickets will go on sale on Dec 8, 2020. You will be able to make reservations at epicpass.com or  call. 

If you are a pass holder, you can make multiple reservations in Early Season (subject to availability) depending on capacity and pass access. In the Early Season, you will have the privilege of being the only guests on the mountain, while also getting the opportunity of exclusive access to confirm reservations for the Core Season (Nov 6, 2020 to Dec 7, 2020). 

Whistler Safety Guidelines

Whistler Safety Guidelines

Whistler Blackcomb has created several guidelines to ensure your safety and keep your fun unbesmirched from the current pandemic. 

To ensure that you ski and ride across the mountains peacefully, Whistler Blackcomb has mandated wearing face coverings in the mountain, resort, lift lines, lift, and gondolas. Further, only the guests skiing or riding together will be allowed to sit together on chair lifts and gondolas.

A four-person lift will carry two singles seated on opposite sides and a six-person lift will carry two doubles seated on the opposite sides. Only two people will be allowed in gondola cabins. 

Norms on similar lines will be followed to ensure proper physical distancing in ski and ride schools and on-mountain dining and recreational outlets. 

By following these guidelines, you will ensure yours and your loved ones’ safety without compromising on fun. 

Welcome To Whistler

We’ve prepared, and now we look forward to welcoming you to Whistler.

Book your room, and reserve your days on the mountain early to guarantee the spot you want, and the vacation you deserve.

Q&A w/ Canadian National BBQ Championships’ Helluva “Q”

bbqWR: Your name, Helluva “Q”, seems like it must have a story behind it, would you care to share?

Helluva Q: No story, just sitting around having a few beers and running through a bunch of names and making sure it wasn’t already being used it project plan.

WR: How long have you been BBQing and how did you get started?

Helluva Q: Started 10 years ago with our friend Kevin Lunn who went into Well Seasoned Store and saw a BBQ class and found out about one in Whistler. He went and then we competed.

WR: What sparked your team’s interest in competing in Bulleit Bourbon Canadian National BBQ Championships ?

Helluva Q: Just the fun of the people

WR: Helluva “Q” is competing in the Canadian National BBQ Championships in Whistler, BC. Will you be competing anywhere else this year?

Helluva Q: Just a couple this year. We were at the Red Barn Burner in Chilliwack. Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ, McKinley Springs Vinyard and Mount Lake Terrace.

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Canadian National BBQ Championships at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ.

WR: What is your top five must have ingredients for BBQ?

Helluva Q: Spices, mustard, Charcoal, Meat and Tequila.

WR: A lot of BBQ gurus swear by their secret ingredient, do you have one?

Helluva Q: If we tell you if wouldn’t be a secret.

WR: If you could only BBQ one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Helluva Q: Burgers.

WR: What advice would you give to somebody who wants to begin competing in BBQ?

WR: Stick with it. The teams are great and there is always help.

The best of the best BBQ pit masters will be going head to head at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ in the Creekside area of beautiful Whistler, BC.
Starts: 07/31/2015 5:30PM
Ends: 08/02/2015 4:30PM
Dusty’s Bar & BBQ
P.O. Box: 2040 London Lane
Whistler, BC
V0N 1B2
Canada

Preparing for Alpine Backpacking: Staying Safe in the Backcountry

Backpacking is a great way to connect with nature, get some exercise, and explore the backcountry. Alpine backpacking is rewarding but also a challenging adventure. Before you hit the trail, make sure you’re properly prepared so that you can enjoy your hike and make it back safely.

Destinations and Directions

Choose your hiking trail and destination carefully; be sure to select a hike that fits your physical abilities and your experience level. For their first time out, beginners should consider a one-night trip and stick to well-traveled trails. Be sure you know where you’re going, map the trail ahead of time, and know the average distance you can hike each day.

Share your plans and itinerary with someone not joining you, so if you don’t return on time search teams will know where to look. Before you go, check with forest rangers or anyone else who knows the area well; they should know who is in the backcountry at any given time and can provide current information on trail conditions and fire danger levels.

Physical Preparation for Hiking

Backpacking isn’t a simple walk in the woods. It requires a greater level of physical fitness due to the heavy pack you carry and potentially difficult terrain you navigate. Shorter training hikes are a good way to prepare your body for the rigors of hiking. It’s also important to get regular exercise to strengthen your muscles so that you can handle the weight of your pack without straining your back look at this now. Both strength training and cardiovascular training for endurance are vital to getting your body ready to take a backpacking trip.

Choosing the Right Gear

A good backpacking trip depends on packing the right things so that you’re not carrying too much yet aren’t without the basic essentials. Make sure your pack contains these main essentials at minimum:

  • A map and compass for navigation
  • A first aid kit
  • A source of light – flashlight, headlamp, lantern, with extra batteries
  • Sun protection
  • Extra clothing for layers to keep your body temperature level
  • A foolproof method of starting a fire
  • Food and water – enough for more days than you anticipate in case of emergency
  • Basic tools including a knife
  • Some form of shelter

Certainly you can bring some luxuries along on your backpacking trip, but it’s important to pack a bag that has everything you need without making it too heavy. Start with the basics, then add extras if there is space and you can handle the extra weight.

Gear is only as useful as your knowledge of how to use it. Practice starting a fire, using your tools, and take a first aid course before you go so that you will be ready to respond to any need.

Getting Ready to Go

Dressing in layers is the best way to handle a backpacking trip. Choose lightweight fabrics that keep moisture away from the body, and be sure to have a waterproof top layer in case of rain or other inclement weather. Wear proper footwear, including sturdy shoes and socks that will keep moisture off your feet and prevent blisters.

Pack your backpack carefully to create a balanced load and easy access to the items you will need most frequently. Getting your pack on requires a cautious approach to avoid back injury. The simplest way is to have someone lift it for you from behind so that you can slip your arms into the straps. If you don’t have assistance, lower yourself to the pack and stand up carefully, making sure to put the weight on your legs and not strain your back.