Skis & Snowboards

It all starts with the right equipment.

Eldora Mountain Resort features state-of-the-art rental ski and snowboard equipment. For new skiers and riders, we offer special rental equipment designed to make learning easy and fun.

When you are first issued your equipment, it may look like something out of a science fiction movie. This page will help you get familiar with the features of the equipment and how it is used. Take a few minutes to review the information below and you'll look like an old pro when you get to the rental shop!

The first piece of equipment that you are issued is your boots. The rental technician will need to know your street shoe size to assure that your boots fit properly. Your boots should feel snug around your foot, but not tight. Once buckled, you should be able to wiggle your toes, but your heel should not move when you pull up on it. If your boots feel too loose or too tight, please do not hesitate to ask for a different size!

Skis
Next, you will receive your skis. Our skis are all shaped skis, which mean they have a very deep sidecut. A deep sidecut makes the skis easier to turn. You will also notice that your skis are quite short. This is a good thing for learning — trust us!

On the top of your skis you will find complicated looking devices called bindings. These miracles of modern engineering not only hold your feet on the skis, but they also know when to let you go if you fall. A binding technician will set your bindings based on your weight, height, age, and ability level. Please be as accurate as possible to assure proper settings!

Once you are out on the snow, your instructor will show you how to use your bindings to attach your skis to your feet. It's actually quite simple — place the little ledge on the front of your boot under the front binding piece (called the toe piece), line up your heel and press down. To get out, you simply press down on the lever in the back with your ski pole. If your ski comes off during skiing, the ski brake will stop it from continuing down the hill without you!

Snowboards
Snowboards work pretty much like skis do. The big difference is that they are much wider, and you only get one. They have a sidecut just like skis, and turn the same way a ski turns.

Snowboard bindings have one big difference from ski bindings — they don't release! Once your feet are in, they should stay there. Getting in your snowboard bindings is easy, you basically line up the little rods on either side of your boot with the notches in the binding and step down. To get out, you pull the lever on the side and step out.

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