Get your gear sorted, where to hire or buy.
Gear can be divided into hard-wear such as skis, snowboard, boots, helmets, etc and soft-wear like jackets, gloves, etc.
If you are a complete beginner, it’s best to hire your hard-wear, but you might want to buy your own helmet – there’s nothing worse than a smelly second-hand helmet that’s been worn by hundreds of people over a season. Once you’ve been skiing a few times, your first big hard-wear purchase should be ski or snowboard boots, as finding the right pair for fit and function is the key to happy skiing or snowboarding.
A good pair of ski socks really helps with the fit of a ski boot, so make sure you have a pair with you when choosing your ski boots. It’s also very easy to opt for a pair of boots that are too big, as they feel comfortable in the shop – just make sure your heel doesn’t lift up inside the boot when you flex forwards.
When you’re buying soft-wear, you should look for layering options and if you want to get more value from your ski jacket, chose one that can be worn in the UK without looking out of place.
When you are buying softwear, you should look for layering options and if you want to get more value from your ski jacket, chose one that can be worn in the UK without looking out of place!