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Essential gear for winter sports

While new or used ski equipment including skis, boots, poles and a helmet are necessary for those hitting the slopes this winter, there are also other must-have items to make participation safe and comfortable. Whether you enjoy downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding or any other winter sport, it's important to wear the proper clothing and outerwear as well.

According to a recent post on LiveStrong.com, the cold, wet conditions regularly encountered by those taking part in winter sports makes choosing the right apparel necessary. Layering is ideal, so items can be removed or added if necessary. Long underwear is a great base layer, as it keeps participants warm by locking body heat in.

It's also important to wear warm socks that wick sweat away from feet as well as waterproof gloves to keep the hands dry. A water-resistant jacket as well as snow pants are necessary as well. Additional items such as hats, scarves and mufflers may also be necessary, depending on the weather.

Goggles or sunglasses may also come in handy, as the slopes can get windy, snowy and bright. Remember that the snow reflects the sun, so sunscreen and lip balm are often recommended.

While it may be tempting to purchase winter sport gear or apparel that your child can grow into, experts say this increases the risk of injury. It's best to take the advice of a trained technician when choosing the best equipment for you and your children.
 

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