How do I Buy the Right Equipment?
It may surprise you, but if you decide to purchase your own equipment rather than hire whilst holidaying in Val d’Isere, purchasing within the resort is your best option as there is a vast range and a lot of the shops offer you with the ability to try before you buy.
• Skis/Snowboard: Purchase within the resort itself as opposed to back at home; this allows a broader selection and enables you to try out various versions. Do research and attempt to establish the equipment you prefer before you come out to Val, the majority of snow sport magazines print regular articles about buying skis/snowboards and offer an impartial specialist viewpoint.
• Testing: As soon as you are in the resort reserve an entire day to test your new equipment at the start of the holiday. Look for a shop that is trustworthy and contains a dedicated test centre instead of the typical rental versions which might be out-dated and worn. Make certain they have knowledgeable employees who speak English; speak to them regarding your possible purchase and supply details regarding your preferred design, capability and fitness, as well as your budget. Be ready to try out alternatives especially if they are recommended by the shop staff as they are usually all ski and snowboard enthusiasts. In the end, slim down your choices to three versions to test because more than this makes things too complicated.
• Boots: Again, purchase within the resort so that you can try out the ski boot and, if you have probelms, you can take it back to the shop to adjust or to replace – so much easier than suffering with sore feet for a whole week and then being left with boots to sell on.
Snowboarding and Val d’Isere have been pals for a very long period of time, just as you would expect from a resort that is “with it.” There is a great deal to please boarders of all ranges in the Espace Killy, whereby children who are only 14 and 15 years of age can be seen expertly turning 360’s within the terrain park.
The Snowpark is among the world’s biggest at 35k sq. metres, and includes two boardercross, quarter pipes, a half pipe, big air, bumps and tables, along with music. There is even a station for board repairs.
Boarders who are seeking to increase their technique have a wide selection of public and independent tuition choices, such as the Billabong Snowboard School that specialises in off-piste. It is possible to board throughout the year on the adjoining glacier at Tignes, with summertime boarding on Val d’Isere’s very own glacier during mid-summer.
You can also visit the Trampoline School, on a snowboard in the summertime.
If you happen to be searching for some high-class French ski chalets to stay in whilst you are on your snowboarding holiday, then Le Chardon Mountain Lodges within an extremely exclusive area of Val d’Isere, can provide you with a selection of lodging choices influenced by how big your group is, each with ski in and ski out accessibility to and from the slopes.
Our accommodation varies in size from Le Kilimanjaro that caters for around eight people to the biggest chalet, Le Chardon, which is perfect for groups of up to 20 people.
With 2 massive snow shows planned for this year in the UK, everything is in place for the best day out ever for wintersports fans. First is the Ski and Snowboard Show in Earls Court, London, from 19th-23rd October, followed by the British Ski + Board Show at the NEC, Birmingham, from 28th-30th October.
Featuring competitions, fashion shows, food pavilions, jobs fairs, music, and the best manufacturers displaying their latest products, tickets for the shows will be hot property when they go on sale in the next few weeks. We hope to bring you regular updates on exhibitors and displays over the next few months.
As your mind turns towards the gear you might need for next season, think about booking your French ski chalet soon to ensure you get the dates you want – don’t leave it too late…