Equipment Guide

There are a several things to consider when selecting which type of equipment to choose, including age, budget, ability and the terrain you want to access. Below is a guide on our equipment to help you select which equipment is best for you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Skis

Under 16's should base their choice upon their age:

Child- 3-6 years old

Junior- 7-12 years old

Teen-  13-16 years old

Adults should base their choice upon their ability: 

Firstly, select the Ability level which applies to you 

  • First time - I've never been on skis before

  • Beginner - I can comfortably descend green and some blue runs

  • Intermediate - I am confident descending blue runs and venturing onto easy red runs

  • Advanced - I enjoy descending fast on red runs and tackling some black runs

  • Expert - I am confident exploring the whole mountain 

Secondly, compare your Ability level against our recommendations table below. For those who wish to spend a little more, we recommend going up no more than 1 category above your ability & for those who wish to spend a little less, we recommend going no more than 1 category below your ability.

What's the difference between Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum skis?

This is a question we regularly get asked. The difference is not the quality or how new the skis are, it's generally about how stiff the skis are (on-piste). Bronze skis are the least stiff and allow the skier to turn more easily with less effort (great for beginners) whereas Gold and Platinum skis are a lot stiffer and require more effort to be able to turn, however you're able to go a lot faster and carve on them as the skis are more stable (great for more advanced and expert skiers).

Within the Silver, Gold and Platinum categories we have women's specific skis. Women's skis are more lightweight than the equivalent men's skis in order to get a comparable level of response. The centre of gravity of the ski is also slightly differently from a men's ski as a women's centre of gravity is in her hips compared to a man where it's his chest. 

Ski boots

Ski boots are one of the most important pieces of equipment to ensure fit perfectly on your ski trip. A poorly fitting ski boot can ruin a trip so our expert fitters are here to ensure that you get the ultimate fit so that you can concentrate on enjoying yourself and not on your painful feet!

We have a wide selection of ski boots available in a huge range of sizes, a variety of stiffness's and suitable for everyone from narrow to extra wide feet! Being fitted at the shop means that you get to try on as many boots as you need to in order to find that perfect fit.

We will measure your feet at the shop to ensure you get the best fitting boot and we work in 'Mondopoint' sizing which is universal for all ski boots across the world.

What should I bring to the fitting?

  1. A pair of ski socks (We do not recommend wearing 2 pairs of socks as it means that you'll need bigger ski boots and after a couple of hours of skiing the socks will compress and you'll get movement in your boots which can cause rubbing and blisters. You may also then need to tighten your boots to stop the movement which can cause numb feet, often mistaken for cold feet!) 

  2. Trousers or leggings that you can roll up to your knee (trousers must not be tucked into your ski boots as this can create pressure points and rubbing)

  3. Any insoles that you would wear in your normal shoes or sports shoes

We know that sometimes you'll try a pair of boots on in the shop and they'll feel great however when you get out onto the pistes, they're not quite right. If for any reason in your stay, your boots aren't feeling great, please come back to to shop and we will adjust or refit your boots for you, for absolutely no cost.

Snowboards

We have a range of options for the snowboarders from first timers taking to the slopes for the first time through to experts wanting to explore off piste or hit the snowpark. Check out our full range of snowboards here.

Snowboard boots
We offer Head and Rossignol snowboard boots. All boots we stock use the BOA System which allows snowboarders to tighten their boot with a twist of a button and loosen them by simply pulling the button. The BOA sytem allows even pressure across the foot when tightening the boot to ensure maximum comfort.

We will measure your feet at the shop to ensure you get the best fitting boot

What should I bring to the fitting?

  1. A pair of snowboard socks (We do not recommend wearing 2 pairs of socks as it means that you'll need bigger ski boots and after a couple of hours of skiing the socks will compress and you'll get movement in your boots which can cause rubbing and blisters. You may also then need to tighten your boots to stop the movement which can cause numb feet, often mistaken for cold feet!) 

  2. Trousers or leggings that you can roll up to your knee (trousers must not be tucked into your ski boots as this can create pressure points and rubbing)

  3. Any insoles that you would wear in your normal shoes or sports shoes

Helmets
We stock helmets in a range of sizes to suit everyone, our kids helmets even have flashing lights on them!
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