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By Jessica Smith, brought to you by Rebel Sports

Everyone remembers their first pair of skis. Just like with a first car, and other big steps, it can be tough to let go. But eventually, the skier’s skill will begin to surpass that starter equipment. For those hoping to reach the next level in conquering mountain slopes, the next level of skis is essential.

Seth Dumph has been skiing since he was 3 years old, and has been calling Summit County home for the past 10 years. As a shop technician at Rebel Sports, he services hundreds of skis and snowboards, and is used to doling out advice, so we chatted with him about how equipment affects performance out on the mountain.

What are some signs that you’re ready to move on to a higher level of ski equipment?

I would say if you’re able to make continuously linked turns all the way down the mountain, utilizing both edges on both skis, really that’s the key. After you have that mastered, then you can get better quickly.

What does a good beginner ski look like?

A good beginner ski is going to be something with a little bit of a parabolic shape to it, and it’s also going to be a softer ski, something that flexes easier, a softer feeling ski, and something with a tip rocker. … A tip rocker helps you initiate turns easier.

What would be a good intermediate ski?

Again, you’re just going to be moving up in how flexible the ski is, so a medium level ski is going to be a little bit stiffer, usually a little bit longer. The shorter the ski is the easier it is to turn, but the longer the ski is the more stable it will be at speed or making longer arcing turn.

What’s the first thing a skier should look for when they’re in the market to try a new ski for new terrain (moguls, trees, powder, etc.)?

The thing to look for is to narrow it down to what you want the ski to do. There’s no such thing as the perfect (ski) … It just doesn’t really exist. So if you’re going to be mainly skiing bumps, you want to look for a ski that is designed for bump skiing. If you’re mainly skiing powder, you want something that is wider and works great in the powder. There are some skis out there that try to be a little bit of everything, but it just doesn’t translate perfectly.

What difference can tuning make for a skier who wants to move past a plateau?

Tuning can make a huge difference. Having the correct wax on for the snow temperature as well as having the correct edge angles helps a ton, depending on what you’re out there doing. … A sharp edge is imperative to be going able to make a nice linked turn.

What tips do you have for at-home care of new gear?

Depending on how long you’re leaving it for, always try and keep it in a dry, room temperate environment. If it gets wet and freezes and thaws and freezes and thaws, obviously that’s not going to be good for it. If you’re putting it away, be sure you put it away completely dry. … If you’re leaving it for a longer period of time, let’s say you’re done skiing for the year and are going to put them away until next year, we do what we call storage waxes. Basically we put on a very thick layer of wax that covers the base and the edges and that stays on the ski until you’re ready to ski in the fall. (Then) that’s scraped off and keeps everything in pristine condition. What we see a lot is people putting skis away in a bag wet and that gets things very rusty. If you’re putting them in a bag, make sure (they’re dry).

What’s the difference between shorter and longer skis?

Shorter is always going to be easier to control, and it will help you make those turns quicker. So if you’re at the point (where) you’re just working on making consistent turns, a little shorter ski will do that easier for you. As you get more proficient, if you go up in length — which will make you more stable while you’re making those turns — and allow you to go a little faster at a certain point.

“We always tell people if you’re not falling at least once you’re probably not trying hard enough!” -Seth Dumph

Rebel Sports

220 Main St., Frisco

(970) 668-2759

Rebel Sports

1121 N. Ten Mile Dr., Frisco

(Across from the Holiday Inn)

(970) 485-6167

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