From skis and boots to gloves and goggles, picking the correct ski gear can be a troublesome and an exorbitant decision, particularly for amateur skiers.

Surrounded by three-year-olds swooshing around me effortlessly, I was frantically trying not to fall while my ski teacher was shouting “bend your knees”.

Before the end of my one-hour ski lesson the underlying sentiment of dread and disappointment was supplanted with energy. I have spent whatever is left of the evening rehearsing my snowplow turns, in fact spending more time in the snow than on it.

In any case, I cherished it! I adored it so much that the following day I went to my nearby Decathlon store and purchased the full apparatus.


What do you require as a novice skier?

The primary interesting point is the expense. Until the point when I was prepared to wind up an average skier and knew precisely what I required, I decided well actually skis and the greater part of whatever is left of the gear I purchased was beginner level.

The second interesting point is the place you ski. Living on the French Riviera, I was well on the way to do Alpine skiing (for example downhill skiing, instead of Nordic, or crosscountry skiing) at elevations between 1,500-2,000 meters with moderately mellow temperatures between – 5°C and 5°C.


My underlying thought was to hire skis for the initial couple of ski trips. Be that as it may, the last time I leased a couple of skis and boots from Skiset in Auron I paid €30 for the day. So when I saw a second-hand pair of skis at €70 I figured I would recover my investment before the end of the season.

Nuclear SX 9.2 – unreasonably progressed for learner skiers

The skis I purchased were Atomic SX 9.2 (this model has been stopped). I made a blunder as SX 9.2 are elite skis, intended for speed and experienced skiers, not for solace and learning. I surmise I will value them in the long term yet by and large I ought to have something more appropriate for learning.

I asked Atomic which skis they would prescribe for apprentice skiers and they prompted the Vantage X run, with the least expensive model being Atomic Vantage X 75 C at £385. In the event that you would prefer not to spend as much for a pair of skis, you might need to consider Wed’ze Archtec Boost 300 at £105 (see video beneath).

Skis come in various lengths and widths. Shorter skis are more flexible at slower speeds consequently better for learner skiers. However, in a perfect world you ought to go for the ski length which is somewhere close to your jaw and the tip of your nose. Longer skis have a greater amount in contact with snow so they’re more steady. They may require more force when turning at the same time, as an amateur skier, you will find this to be favorable.

Different things to consider are rocker/camber and flex, yet these are best discussed with the expert in your ski shop. When in doubt, search for skis with some tip and tail rocker (essentially, they bend at both ends) and have a medium to medium/delicate flex.

I additionally purchased a basic ski bag (£8) to secure and carry the skis, just as a pair of light-weight poles (£10) with flexible wrist lash, both from Decathlon.


There are numerous viewpoints to think about while picking your boots, for example, inflexibility for support, flexibility for decreasing exertion while altering course, flex, and so forth. Yet, as a fledgling skier I didn’t worry excessively with the wording and I focused on two things: solace and cost.

Solomon Quest Access 80 – perfect for novice skiers


I began by experimenting with the least expensive boot on the rack and after that lifted the following model up, Salomon Quest Access 80. The distinction in cost between the two was just £30 yet the Salomon boots felt quite a lot better. It was anything but difficult to put them on gratitude to the slide-in liner and similarly as simple to affix on account of three clasps which were easy to change.

I made the amateur blunder: when I put the boots on, my toes were touching the front of the boot and I thought the boots were too little. All things considered, this is ordinary, since when you ski your knees twist and your foot moves back.

The “80” in Salomon Quest Access 80 alludes to the flex rating. The higher the flex, the stiffer the boot is. Apprentices will welcome a milder, progressively flexible boot while advanced skiers lean toward a higher flex meaning a greater amount of the energy is exchanged straightforwardly to the poles and the skis. A perfect flex for apprentices is somewhere in the range of 60 and 80, so Quest 80 are edging between the amateur/middle of the road level.

I purchased my boots at Decathlon for £150. I likewise purchased the exact fundamental boots bag (£8) and a couple of warm ski socks (£4), additionally from Decathlon.