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Buying your skis

For first time seasonaires you will want to buy all of your equipment before you go skiing or snowboarding. This means you will no longer have to rely on second hand rented ski equipment – joy!

Although it sounds like an expensive shopping trip, buying ski equipment is reasonable (even more so if you target sale times) and also much more cost-efficient than renting. Bear in mind that your skis will also last for years to come.

Skis

If you’ve decided to buy your skis, the choice of which to buy comes down to your ability and personal preference. If you are a beginner, you would edge towards a more general ski vs if you do a lot of off-piste skiing where the ski would be wider to accommodate the thicker snow.

Boots

When buying ski boots you ideally want to be trying them on with someone who can fit them. As tempting as it is to order cheaper ones online, if you don’t have correctly fitted boots there is a higher chance of damaging your feet and potentially having to repurchase some out in the Alps.

Ski boots are fitted based on a number of things; your ability, feet size and preference of agility. Getting this right the first time is pretty essential – if you want to go a step further you can add moulding to your boot, this can be a lifesaver for those who need extra support or who might have unbalanced feet.

In-person ski boot stores

Snow + Rock (boot fitting and moulding service)

Ellis Bringham (boot fitting and moulding service)

Online ski boot stores

Glisshop
Snowinn
Absolute Snow
Evo

Online snowboard boot stores

Blue Tomato
Glisshop
Absolute Snow
Evo

Bindings

If you’ve bought skis without bindings you’ll need to calculate which types of bindings you need based on the width of your skis, your ability and ski type.

Bindings guide

Evo

Online bindings stores

Glisshop
Blue Tomato
Snowinn
Absolute Snow

Poles

Buying poles is based primarily on your height. Use the guide to the right to find which pole size you need.

Helmets

If you’re tempted to ski without a helmet because it looks or feels better, please don’t. Out on the slopes where anything could happen, you must prioritise your safety.

In case you’re on a budget, you can buy a helmet on Amazon that doesn’t break the bank.

Goggles

When it comes to goggles one thing to think about is having a pair that is able to adapt to the changing sunlight on the slopes. Depending on the brand you go for you will either need to buy different lenses or a goggle that is auto adapting.

Online goggle stores

Absolute Snow
Glisshop
Evo


Ski Bag + Rucksacks

To travel over to the Alps with all of your equipment you’ll need a ski bag. A good tip is to head over to eBay as there is always lots of second-hand options in good condition if you’d rather not splurge on a new one.

And then for when you are on the mountain you’ll need something to hold your water, sunscreen and snacks that is waterproof.

Ski bags + rucksacks

Glisshop
Evo
Snowleader

About us

Fresh Powder was created out of frustration and difficulty in trying to find the most up-to-date and relevant information when it came to booking a ski season in the French Alps.

To help other skiers who are planning to do a ski season – or if you’re just going on holiday – we have collected all the steps you need to take, all the links you need to look at and answered all the pre-season + on season questions you could have to give you an effortless experience!

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