Our Guide to essential kit and equipment for beginner skiers and snowboarders.
At first glance, the list of clothing and equipment needed to get out skiing or snowboarding can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Although you may hear experienced skiers and riders talking at length about the merits of this or that model of ski or board, the best jacket, the latest boot technology… when you’re just starting out it’s best to stick to the basics!
It’s usually easiest to hire your equipment when you’re learning. Local slopes in the UK have a range of rental equipment. For your first trips to the mountains, it makes sense to hire your equipment too, plus Ski Club members can make great savings on ski, board and boot hire.
You may have heard the quote “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes”. Having the right clothing can be crucial to enjoying your time on the slopes. It goes without saying that if you’re wet and cold to the core your enthusiasm may flag a little. While some regular skiers and snowboarders will invest a lot of money in having the latest and greatest technical materials and the fashion-conscious may get a new outfit each season, when you’re starting out you just need to focus on having functional clothing and layering up correctly. For your first taste of skiing or snowboarding, it’s often best to borrow from friends or purchase some of the affordable packages available at high-street retailers. By the time you’ve notched up your first couple of snowsports holidays, you’ll have a pretty good idea of where your hard earned cash is best spent.