Hiring Your Gear
There are quite a few options in this topic. If you new to the sport you may wish to hire all equipment and clothing first. I would recommend that you hire the equipment which includes skis, ski boots and boards on the mountain when you arrive, by doing this if anything goes wrong or you require adjustments to your hired equipment this can be done straight away. You may also want to swap your skis/boards and try different ones after a day or so to get a feel for what you may like if you enjoy the sport and think that you may continue with it. You should allow up to an hour to fit your ski boots on your family.
It is recommended that you hire your clothing for your family before you leave for your snow trip. The advantages to this are that when you arrive at the mountain you are equipped for any bad weather. It is usually very cold, below zero temperatures on arrival and can be wet this is the time that you reach for your jackets to keep warm. You will need jackets, pants and Apres boots. Usually the hire of clothing before you set off on your family snow trip is in better condition, less used and is cleaned thoroughly for hygiene purposes. Ski & Board Hire Gear.
Helmet & Goggles
It is recommend that you wear a helmet and goggles at all times when doing any activity on the snow slopes. You may not think you require a helmet if you are only skiing on the beginner slopes but if you happen to fall and a skier comes up behind you and doesn’t see you or can’t stop then serious injury could occur especially to the head and face areas. If you are attending ski school or having private lessons it is compulsory to wear a helmet, you can hire a helmet from the ski school.
Goggles are a must for protecting the eyes and visibility. Goggles and thermals are items that you should never hire due to hygiene reasons. You can purchase very inexpensive goggles that do the job perfectly. Ski & Board Surrey Goggles & Helmets for sale.
Buying Your Gear
If you are wanting to purchase your snow gear then there are many options: You have different entry levels on clothing and can be surprisingly inexpensive. There is the top end gear if you think you may want to continue yearly and also if you are able to pass down clothing then this can sometimes be a worthwhile way to go. Inexpensive items often have a waterproofing of 3,000 – 5,000 rating and a breathability of the same rating. This is perfectly o.k., in basic terms the waterproofing is 1,000 equalling 1 hour of the product staying dry so a 5,000 rating would give you up to 5 hours but generally if the weather was that bad you probably wouldn’t be staying out there on the mountain for that long anyway. The breathability can be an individual thing in that if you tend to sweat more and get quite hot then by having a lower breathability would increase this so if that is the case you are best to go with a higher rating in this area.
Another option is to buy your boots which are then professional fitted by a qualified fitter and hire your skis as boots are very important and you must be comfortable with whichever option you go for. Once you have your boots as an adult it’s an item that you would keep for quite some years so it would be money spent well.
Ski and Board Surrey have a buyback program for boots and skis for kids. This means that you will be fitted professionally into new boots and skis each year. You would return your boots and skis before the 12 month mark from the first purchase date, they would be traded in and new ones fitted again. The outlay for the first year is the cost of the boots and skis, (you can do one or both of these) then when you return them back the following year you will receive an agreed amount back, this amount can then go towards the new ones. If you decide to discontinue doing this then you will still receive your agreed money back, the items then go into stock for resale. Ski & Board Surrey Buyback Program Information.
There is also the option to purchase jackets/pants/boots/skis second hand. There are lots of variety in this area and you can usually find something that suits your needs. There are also boots/skis that you can buy from the buy back program which have only been used for one season so are usually in tip top condition.
Thermals, Gloves/Mittens, Socks and Neck Warmers
On top of the above you will need thermals, gloves/mitts, good quality socks and a neck warmer. These are items that you would probably buy and are also items that can easily be passed down. Depending on the weather you would have a thermal next to your ski and another top on top of that then your jacket, a good second layer and one that I always use is a micro fleece pullover which come in many different colours and styles. These can also be used in winter when not visiting the ski slopes. Goretex gloves are usually the better option giving you more waterproofing that the normal ones but again depending on your budget you can go with either. It is also a personal preference on whether you go with mittens or gloves, generally mittens are far warmer than gloves. Socks are also important, if you are hiring your ski/snowboard boots then you will usually go for a thicker sock as the boots are worn many times over and loose their padding. If you own your own boots a thinner ski sock is preferred.
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