Wednesday, 24 October 2018

13 Tops Tips For Beginner Skiers | All The Equipment You Should Need | Including Ski Helmets From Simply Hike*.

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Around the world skiing is incredibly popular with over 14.6 million people in Germany skiing each year, 18.6 million in France and 6.3 million in the UK. In Germany there are 498 ski areas, 349 in Italy, 325 in France and 321 in Russia. (Source

With more and more people taking up the sport every year, there is of course a higher risk of injuries and fatalities. But this shouldn't dampen your enthusiasm for the sport, you should definitely get out there on the slopes if that's what you're into, just perhaps take note of these numbers and protect yourself with ski helmets and all the other safety equipment available. 

This will ensure you can enjoy skiing safely and without the added worry of 'what ifs' hanging over you. It's just like having insurance, you hope you'll not need it but it's all the better having it in place anyway. (Please also ensure you do have proper travel insurance in place before you go skiing and please ensure that skiing is covered on your insurance before buying it.) 

"According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA): During the past 10 years, about 41.5 people have died skiing/snowboarding per year on average. During the 2011/12 season, 54 fatalities occurred out of the 51.0 million skier/snowboarder days reported for the season. Thirty-nine of the fatalities were skiers (33 male, 6 female) and 12 of the fatalities were snowboarders, (10 male, 2 female). The equipment type was not reported for three of the 54 incidents. Regarding helmet use, 36 of those involved were reported as wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. The rate of fatality converts to 1.06 per million skier/snowboarder visits" (Source

So although there is an element of danger I reckon that's what makes it fun. The danger element makes us feel more alive and the added adrenaline rush which courses through your veins pushes you to do more and more. The high lasts for so long and of course when you're skiing you're doing it again and again so it's like you're on a never ending high! 

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Beginner skier's shopping list 


Skis boots and poles

Hire don't buy, especially if it's your first ski trip, it's quite normal for you to hire equipment at your resort and it can save you sometimes hundreds of pounds! 

Ski jacket and pants 

You can borrow these from your friends and family so again no need to buy! There are plenty of places to hire these from, if not the ski resort then perhaps an online shop such as Simply Hike should be able to sort you out! 

Goggles

You don't have to spend a whole lot on these but ensure you try before you buy so they fit well. Sunglasses are all well and good but they'll not protect your face from the wind and snow! 

Ski helmet

An absolute essential if you want to ski safely. Snow and ice can be deadly especially when you're travelling at speed down a blue run! You can buy one before your holiday, ensuring you have plenty of time to find one which fits well and will protect you on the slopes. If you don't manage to get one beforehand, you can more than likely rent one with your skis and boots. 

Gloves or mittens

Waterproof and breathable gloves are your best friends out on the slopes, especially if you're learning and falling over a lot! For really cold hands, mittens are warmer than gloves and thin glove liners add an extra layer of warmth. 

Base layer

Base layers or thermals are well worth the investment and can be easily bought before your ski trip. It provides no thermal insulation whatsoever it is designed to stay dry no matter what or how wet the clothes on top get - again brilliant for those beginners amongest you! This is essential when there are periods of intense activity followed by rest in the freezing air. 

Mid layer

You'll need this between December - March, sometimes later. Ideally you'll wear a lightweight down jacket which gives an extra layer between the base and your outer layer. However you can wear more or less what you want in between if you have a good base layer and ski jacket. Layers are essential if you want to stay warm and are great for adding or subtracting layers according to the temperature. 


Neckwarmer

Optional as you could just wear a scarf but these are made from soft fleece, merino wool or a breathable fabric will be warmer and stay in place all day. They help fill that nasty gap between your ski jacket and helmet - stopping the wind from whistling down your neck or the zip from rubbing against your chin - bbrr! In extremely cold weather it's best to wear a thin balaclava that fits under your ski helmet.

Ski socks

Thick socks don't equal warmth, modern day boots are well insulated and thinner socks allow for a tiny cushion of warm air between the inner boot and your foot. You should be able to wiggle your toes! 


Backpack

Pretty handy for storing extra layers for in case it gets cold, or for stripping off in the ski resort if the sun comes out. A rucksack also gives you the option of taking a water bottle, chocolate bar and sandwich up the mountain each day and saving a fortune on the cost of lunch. Ideally, you want a rucksack with straps across the chest and around the waist. But for your first week any smallish day sack (from about £25) will do.

Sunscreen

It may be winter, but the sun, at altitude, can be brutal. Buy a small tube of SPF30 to SPF50 for your face before you leave home. It costs a bomb in the mountains.

Wintersports insurance

Don’t leave home without it. Many tour operators charge more than they should for ski travel insurance, so check out the specialist brokers first. Check that other winter sports such as snowmobiling, husky sledding, tobogganing, paragliding, zip-wiring, ice skating and ski racing (even the weekly ones the ski school puts on) are included – if you plan to do any of these. Like I said previously, it's always better to be safe then sorry! 

Borrowing or hiring for the beginner skier

If you want to save money and are unsure whether or not you will be making a repeat visit to a ski resort, then borrow what you can from friends. If that’s not possible, then you can hire much of what you need.
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So there you have it, a comprehensive list of all the equipment you'll need should you be fancying yourself as the next Bode Miller or Alberto Tomba! Don't forget to check out Simply Hike for your ski helmet needs, they have an extensive range from brands such as Bolle, Giro and Anon, so you can rest assured you and your family will be protected once you hit the slopes. 

In my opinion, your safety is paramount when undertaking dangerous sports such as snowboarding and you should never gamble with your life or that of your loved ones. The designs available nowadays are so varied that there's bound to be one to suit everyone's tastes! 


Love, Sarah
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*Post written in collaboration with Simply Hike, I have been compensated for this in the form of a gift from their website. All opinions my own. 

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