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 selcect which equipment is best for you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Skis
U16 Skis (based upon age)

Child- 3-6 years old

Junior- 7-12 years old

Teen-  13-16 years old

Adult Skis (based upon ability)

Bronze- Suitable for Beginners skiers e.g. those skiing green and blue runs.

Silver- Suitable for Intermediate skiers e.g. those skiing blue runs confidently and venturing onto easy reds

Gold- Suitable for Advanced skiers e.g. Those who enjoy skiing fast on red runs and some black runs

Platinum- Suitable for expert skiers who want a ski for specific conditions e.g. those that want to ski powder or carve down a race piste on slalom or GS skis.

So what's the physical 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 (we have brand new skis in every category each season), it's generally about how stiff the skis are. Bronze skis are the least stiff and allow the skier to turn more easily with less effort (great for beginners) where as Gold 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 skiers!).

The Platinum race skis are even stiffer than the Gold skis with the Slalom skis perfect for those who want to ski fast doing short turns down the piste and the Giant Slalom skis ideal for those wanting to ski fast down groomed pistes with long flowing turns.

We also have powder skis in the Platinum category for those wanting to venture off piste to find some fresh lines and new for the 2019/20 season we have all mountain skis in the Platinum category.

Within the Silver and Gold categories we have women's specific skis. Women's skis more lightweight than the 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.

What should I bring to the fitting?

  1. A pair of ski socks (yes, you just need 1 pair!- wearing 2 pairs of socks 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 offer a couple of different options for the snowboarders, for beginner and intermediate boarders we have the Rossignol Trickster board, these are 'twin' boards which means that they are stiffer under the binding areas for better pop and balance underfoot with a softer waist for easy manipulation and control.

For advanced men we stock the Salomon Sabotage board and for advanced women we stock the Salomon Gypsy snowboard, both are 'twin' boards that are lightweight and stable with the ability to carve on the piste or hit the boxes or jumps in the terrain park.

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 (yes, you just need 1 pair!- wearing 2 pairs of socks means that you'll need bigger snowboard boots and after a couple of hours of snowboarding 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 or bindings 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!

Opening Hours
Monday- Sunday
08:30-19:00
Heures d'ouverture
Lundi à Dimanche
08h30-19h00

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