Handy information for first timers to veterans. 

{slider=What type of skier are you?}

What type of skier are you?
Determining your skier type is your responsibility!
Your skier type, height, weight, age, and boot sole length are used by the shop to determine the release/retention settings of your ski bindings. Be sure to provide accurate information, as any error may increase your risk of injury.
Consult these descriptions to select your classification:

 

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Type I
“Cautious skiing” (usually: entry-level skiers uncertain of their classification).
Prefer slow to moderate speeds.
Prefer gentle to moderate terrain.

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Type II
“Moderate skiing”
Prefer a variety of speeds.
Prefer varied terrain.
Type II skiers are skiers who do not meet all the descriptions of Type I or Type III skier types.

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Type III
“Aggressive skiing”
Prefer fast speeds.
Prefer steep terrain.

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{slider=What defines a child and what age is too young?}

A child is under 14 years of age and under 50kg: basically if they are older or heavier than that they need adult equipment.

so what age is too young?: Generally under three is considered too young. This is due to the coordination of motor skills is underdeveloped and the child's skeletal system being too soft to withstand the pressures of twisting and turning that skiing requires. Five is considered a better age to start snowboarding. 

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{slider=Time to get fitted out}

Time. Getting fitted out with all that gear is going to take time, expect to take twenty minutes to an hour. If the place looks like Sydney Fish Market before Christmas then you need to be resigned to the fact that this could take a while, but be rest assured the the staff will attend to you as soon as possible. One way to avoid this is to come outside of the school holiday period. Another is to come in the early morning or mid afternoon as these are the quieter times in the hire shops. 

We let you pick up your gear for the next day on that afternoon. It does not cost any more and is a far more relaxed atmosphere when it feels like you're not missing out on valuable skiing time. 

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{slider=Am I too old to ski or board?}

No! The magic of skiing and boarding is the accessibility to literally all ages. Younger than three is maybe getting too young!

 

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{slider=Are twin tips only for park riding}

Yes and no! Most do perform better as a park / pipe tool but a few are good as all mountain skis as long as it isn't too firm!

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{slider=How do I know if my boots fit?}

If you are buying boots then a decent boot fitter is your best option. Everyone should have half-decent footbeds (at the very least), know how to correctly buckle their boots and use proper ski socks. Generally you should be able to wiggle your toes but your foot should not be moving around in the boot - it should feel firm and secure. If you are experiencing pain or major irritation then you may need a different boot. Some people do have very odd shaped feet and the final solution may be an injection molded boot.

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{slider=What size ski should I ride?}

Gone are the days when a ski was as high as you could reach up... Technology and materials have come a long way in the past twenty years with torsional twisting being greatly reduced and combined with new sidecut shapes to make skis that are much shorter and yet still able to turn harder and faster. So what is the magic height? That greatly depends on what sort of skier you are. If you like to charge fast and hard and would be considered and advanced skier you would want something a little longer, say between eye to forehead height. If you like to just cruise around and don't really go off piste adventuring then a shorter ski that is between chin to nose height will perform well and let you recover from any unexpected bumps or catching an edge. As a beginner something close to shoulder height will do well for you, they will be easier to get around on and less likely to separate in undesirable directions. As a general rule for better skiers the ski tip should touch between your nose & forehead. Novices below the chin. Err on the short side for stiff high speed carvers and on the long side for softer, wider rockered skis.

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{slider=What width, Skinny, mid fat, of fatter?}

The width of a ski underfoot is a good simple measure of the terrain the ski will prefer: 1: For on-trail carving < 85mm 2: For all mountain, all conditions 85 – 100mm 3: For mostly soft snow > 100mm BUT don't be surpised how well some skis between 95mm & 115mm perform everywhere!

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{slider=Freestyle or All Mountain?}

Freestyle boards will generally have a centred stance and the same (or very similar) tip / tail shape for easier switch riding in the park and pipe. All–mountain boards will have a set-back stance and be more directional in shape and sidecut.

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{slider=Do you hire goggles and gloves?}

No. This is often the biggest expense for people hiring for the first time but goggles and gloves are a worthy investment. Also it is a hygiene issue.

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{slider=How do I care for my goggles?}

You will enjoy riding much more when able to see clearly. that means taking care of your goggles. The following points will help you get the best from them and keep them in good condition. 1.Lenses will scratch (especially mirror), so don’t rub them when they are wet (use a goggle wipe) and don’t lay them on their face. 2.Quality goggles have an antifog coating on the inside to help absorb moisture and keep vison clear. This coating is quite soft and should not be touched if possible. If you get snow inside just tap it out or dab it as dry as you can (wiping will scratch it), then dry it under a hand drier (approx 30cm away). 3.If your goggles fog up when you are waiting in a lift line leave them on your face - they will clear once you get moving again. 4.Goggles are not waterproof. In wet conditions use the hand drier regularly to keep them dry. N.B. Manufacturers will not replace goggle lenses if you rub away the antifog coating.

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{slider=I get cold feet so should I wear thick cotton socks?} Answer Definitely not! Ski socks should be thin, made of polypropylene, polyester or wool and go above the top of your boots. They will remove sweat from your feet, improve circulation, minimize sock creep & wrinkles and trap a thin layer or air around your feet, all of which contribute to warmer footsies.

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{slider=Is this jacket Gore-Tex?}

Gore-Tex is a proprietary waterproof / windproof / breathable membrane laminated to an outer fabric. However these days all companies can make laminated outerwear many of which perform as well as Gore-Tex. Some companies will have Gore-Tex and their own laminates in their clothing ranges.

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{slider=What should I wear underneath?}

Your base layer should be made from polypropylene, polyester, wool or a blend of these. These materials have excellent wicking properties to keep you dry from perspiration. NEVER use cotton as it doesn’t remove sweat and thus keeps you cold!

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{slider=Will my goggles fit a helmet?}

If you are considering buying a helmet bring in your goggles, if you want new goggles bring in your helmet, as not all combinations work perfectly – even if the goggles say ‘helmet compatible’!

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{slider=Will this jacket (or pants) keep me dry and warm?}

Almost all outerwear will state waterproof / breathable ratings usually on the swing tag. The higher the no. the more waterproof and breathable the garment will be. Also check seam sealing (or taping) – fully taped is better for keeping out water and wind. Clothes can be shells or insulated (warmer) but most of the warmth should come from your mid layer. We call the outerwear your weather layer not your warm layer.

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{slider=How often should I wax?}

Ideally get a proper iron-in hot wax every 5 to 7 days riding. Keeping a good rub-on wax on hand is the next best thing. Wax on....wax off....wax on....wax off

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{slider=Is it that important to keep my skis or board properly tuned and waxed?}

Absolutely, totally, definitely, completely, for sure, without a doubt, hell yes!

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{slider=Do I need chains for my car?}

Answer 2-Wheel drive vehicles are required to carry chains in the national park on the Perisher road and on the Alpine Way BEYOND Thredbo. 4WD and AWD vehicles are exempt. Remember to fit chains to the drive wheels and only when told to by an authorised officer.

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{slider=I get cold hands - what should I do?}

Buy gloves! Seriously though, some gloves have zippered pockets for heat packs e.g. toasty hands, which really do help some people.

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{slider=What's the best resort?}

They all have their pluses and minuses so love the one you are at (or going to).

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{slider=What's the snow like?}

Cold and white (mostly).

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