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Should My Feet Ache In My Ski Boots?

Ski boots, believe it or not, are the comfiest boots of them all! If fitted correctly, you should be able to survive an entire day out on the slopes with no pain and no bruising.

When in the market for a pair of ski boots, remember to be fitted by a Master Fit Boot Technician. They hold the highest qualifications in the industry and are incredibly knowledgeable in their field. They will assess your feet taking special consideration into individual size, width, flexion, strength and skill level.

A handy tip when putting your ski boots on: Always kick your heel back after forcing your foot into the boot, this will encourage your foot to sit in the back of the boot allowing more toe room. Proceed doing your buckles up, fastening the middle buckle first. This will lock your ankle into the correct position of the boot. Then fasten the top buckle and power strap. Your toe buckles should be left rather loose as they are only there to allow for the boot to open up. They do nothing for you skiing! Finally, when you take your boots off, remember always always always to fasten the buckles back up again. This will maintain the plastic memory shape and increase the life span of your favourite ski boots! For more information and handy boot hints click here

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    Should I Buy New Or Second-Hand?

    As we all know, snow-sports can get very expensive. Buying secondhand can definitely cut some of the cost, especially on kids gear. When looking at secondhand items, it is important to look for indications of quality, such as waterproofing ratings, seam-sealing (waterproofing tape running along the inside of seams) and brand reputability. Also check for working zippers and holes in liner pockets etc.

    Some items you will need to buy new, because of safety and hygiene reasons, such as goggles, socks, gloves/mittens, and helmets. Do not buy helmets secondhand as you never know if they have had a good smash and the foam shell could be cracked. New outerwear can be quite affordable, with prices starting at about $100 each for jackets and pants. The advantage to buying new is that the gear is usually covered by a manufacturers warranty (if your item is faulty) and come with a factory waterproofing. With secondhand gear you run the risk of garments having been washed incorrectly, diminishing waterproofing quality.

    Pros and cons considered, secondhand gear is an excellent place to start if your new to skiing/snowboarding, if you have young children who are going to grow out of clothing quickly, or if you’re on a budget. There is a wide range of pre-loved gear at Ski and Board Recycle Online Community or Affordable Ski and Snow Gear at Ski and Board Online

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    How Often Should I Get My Skis/Board Waxed? When Is It Time For A Service?

    Skis need to be waxed regularly to keep them in good condition and to keep the base from drying. Depending on conditions and they type of skier that you are, skis should be waxed approximately every 3-8 days of riding. When the base starts to look dry and flaky or white it is a sign that it’s time for a wax.

    A full service will include an edge sharpen, and a base grind and clean before new application of wax. When your skis have seen better days, with scratches and the start of rust on the edges, a service is definitely in order. In a service, you can have your DINS or binding settings checked to ensure they are right for your height, weight, age and skiing ability. Correct settings are very important for your own safety on the hill and it is best to have bindings set by a professional.

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    Ski Helmet Safety For Kids

    Ski Helmet Safety For Kids:

    Here at Ski and Board Online we have a great selection of Giro helmets to meet every child’s personality enabling you to make safety a priority when at the snow. A kids helmet for skiing and snowboarding is one of the most important items you can purchase as a parent to keep your children safe when on the mountain.

    Important Information:

    The Australian Ski Area Association (ASAA) has recently reviewed and updated its guidance on helmet’s use in alpine and snows sport environments and recommends the wearing of helmets by Australian Skiers and Snowboarders. The ASAA recognizes that a helmet may make a difference in reducing or preventing injury. Its important to note that helmets are most effective at providing protection at speeds of 20kmph or slower. Helmets are now compulsory for all children participating in any Ski and Snowboard school lesson or seasonal program. Children not wearing an accredited helmet will not be able to participate in skiing or snowboarding lessons, race training or coaching.

    Getting it Right:

    Ski and Snowboard helmets are specifically designed for skiing and snowboarding usage. Wearing another sports helmet, such as a bicycle helmet may not provide you with adequate protection at the snow. This includes safety and comfort considerations. The most important consideration when purchasing a helmet is the fit. A properly fitted helmet will be comfortable with no pressure points, and it’s best to try on with your goggles, because if there’s a gap on your forehead between eyebrows and hairline this exposure will get wet, cold and give you the worst kind of ice cream headache. Its important the goggles work together with the helmet, providing you with the correct amount of airflow for your goggles and your helmet.

    How does the sizing work ?

    Ski helmet sizing is measured similarly to your bike’s. Measure a tape or string around the circumference of your head and this will give you a centimetre measurement. Brands measure differently and have different adjustments on the helmet however a general guide goes like this: Small Kids XS – S, Bigger Kids S – M, Teens S – M – L, Adults S – M – L, Most Women S – M, Most Men M – L, Men with big heads L – XL. Most kids heads are mostly grown by the time they are 9 years old, so don’t worry about them growing out of it as usually they last a few years.

    Can I rent one on the mountain ?

    Some resorts rent snow helmets to those who don’t have one and want to have a lesson. This is certainly a budget option to consider however you should also know that linings are not removable and cannot be washed. Certainly renting one is a much better idea than going without.

    What about a cheap one from a discount store ?

    As safety is paramount for your kids at the snow, we would not recommend budgeting for a discount store or a second hand one. Once majorly impacted, they should be replaced immediately as the structure and safety has been compromised. The risk is up to you.

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    Can We Use Any Of Our Gear We Already Own?

    Utilizing your own clothing that you already own is a great way to get you started. If you are just starting out it’s always a good idea to have a look at your existing clothing to see what can be used. If you own cotton or woolen skivvies,  good thick woolen socks a beanie, polar fleece jumpers and a waterproof quilted jacket then this is a good start.then these are a good start.  You can then built on your gear and replace when necessary.

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    What Should I Buy First If I Don’t Have A Lot Of Money?

    If you don’t want to outlay a lot of money on gear then have a think what you will buy first.

    Buying thermals and gloves is a good start as you will hang onto these for a long time. You can shop for affordable range of snow gears at Ski and Board Online.

    If you have some spare dollars goggles are another item you may want to purchase before clothing etc. again if you look after them then they will last a long time. Here is the link to goggles that are for sale at Ski & Board Online.

    If you were to put an item last on your list to buy it would probably be the skis as there are many good ex demo and rental skis available to hire and this is an advantage because you can determine which skis you prefer after trying a few out.

     

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    Which Gear Is The Most Important To Get Right?

    When buying ski gear some things are much more important to get right the first time as you will hold onto some of your gear longer thans other items. Boots are very important to get right the first time as they are probably the more expensive of items you will buy and you will spend many hours in them.  Once you visit a store and are fitted with what seems to be the right boot for your foot style then take time to walk around the store  and make 100% sure that you feel comfortable in them. If you have any hesitation talk to the boot fitter who will be able to answer any of your questions.  Often boots feel very stiff and restricting at first because you may not be used to the fit and weight of  the ski boot, once you have become accustomed to them they will feel great and the more your wear them the more they will mould to your foot. Check out the information on ski boot fitting here from Ski & Board Surrey.

    Skis are also important as again these are costly.  There are many different brands and types on the market, discuss with the shop assistant, the type of skiing you will be doing, your level of skiing ability, the conditions of the snow you will usually be skiing in, this  is a good start to finding the right ski for you.

    Clothing is not the most important purchase you will make, although you want to know that you will be dry and warm. Clothing is something you may keep for years or get sick of in a short time and want to turn over as the fashion/colours technology changes.   You can also purchase good recycled jackets and pants, Ski & Board Surrey have a great range available.

     

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    How Can I Make My Gear Last Long? How Should I Look After My Gear?

    Purchasing new ski gear isn’t always cheap so looking after it is a must.  At the end of the day take time to hang up your gear and make sure they are put in a drying cupboard to complete dry, boots also need to be dried off completely.  This is a good habit to get into and will prolong the life of your gear. It  will dry quickly and you will not run the risk of the items getting mouldy and smelly.

    At the end of the season if you feel your clothing needs to be washed then there are professional washing products on the market to keep your gear in tip top condition which Ski & Board Surrey stock and only these should be used.

    During the season if you happen to get any marks on your gear spot clean the affected area as soon as possible so the stain doesn’t become too stubborn.  Boots need to be thoroughly dry and fastened up (not tightly) at the end of the season.  Gloves can be washed in the professional cleaning product if required.  If you require information on all the products stocked at Ski & Board Surrey click here.

     

     

     

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    When Is The Best Time To Buy Snow Gear?

    If you are planning ahead the best time to buy snow gear is at the end of the season when prices are heavily reduced.   This is not always possible but worth keeping in mind if you already have most things but need a top up with other items.   It’s exciting to see all the new colours and styles that come in at the beginning of the season and buying then gives you the best chance of getting what you want.

    Ski boots are best purchased at the beginning of the season as retail shops have usually placed the order for these over 12 months prior to receiving the delivery and once they are sold it can be hard to track down particular styles and sizes.   Gloves, beanies, helmets, goggles, thermals and socks are usually available most of the year.

    Ski & Board Surrey have an extensive range of clothing, equipment and accessories in store and on-line, check out our items for sale here.

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    Should I Hire Or Buy My family’s Ski Gear? On Or Off The Mountain?

    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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