HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR EQUIPMENT

  • How to choose your skis:

If you want to enjoy a problem-free ski holiday, you must choose the correct equipment, adapted to your skiing level (beginner, good level, intermediate or expert) and the kind of skiing you do (freestyle, free ride or piste).

There are several categories of skis according to the type of skiing you prefer.

For skiing on the piste: opt for the versatile skis called “carving skis”, which are wider at the ends and narrower at the bindings. Take skis that are 5 cm shorter than your height.

For off-piste or free ride skiing: choose longer skis with wider tips, 10 cm above your height.

For freestyle skiing: choose more flexible, narrower skis with wide, curved tips at both ends which will allow you to ski in either direction. The ideal length of this type of ski is 10 cm shorter than your initial size.

Remember that the longer your skis are, the more difficult they are to handle and the shorter they are, the less stable they are, so take your time and choose the right ones!

  • How to choose your boots:

If you neglect your ski boots, you may have to deal with blisters, pain and/or frozen feet, so make sure you take boots that are appropriate for the shape, size and volume of your feet for maximum comfort.

A flexible boot will be much more comfortable but less precise when you turn (preferable for beginners or "leisure" skiers).
A stiff boot holds your foot well and offers more precision on turns (preferable for more sporty or experienced skiers).

To know what size you need, you just need to measure the length of your foot and add 1 cm. This will give you the size of your ski boots according to the Mondopoint standard, then you can refer to the size conversion table.

Alternatively, ask a professional! The choice of a pair of boots should not be taken lightly: our Intersport Tignes Val Claret Centre technicians can advise you and guide you in choosing the ski boots best adapted to the type of skiing you do and your level.

  • How to choose your poles:

Choose your ski poles carefully. They help you on turns and to keep your balance. Check the quality of the baskets and the wrist-straps.
For a versatile ski: take a standard size basket
For on piste skiing and slalom: take small baskets.
For free ride: choose large baskets.

To know what size poles you should take, put one in front of you, holding it under the basket and your arm should form more or less a right angle.

  • How to choose your snowboard:

Choose your snowboard according to how you want to use it. There are several types of snowboards, each for a specific use.

Freestyle: choose a “directional” snowboard (the tip and tail are different shapes) that is easy to handle and versatile for use on all types of terrain.

Free ride: choose a snowboard with a symmetric shape so you can surf in either direction; a fairly wide, short board will be more stable, lighter and more flexible.
If you like to surf in the powder, opt for a snowboard with pointed tips and a swallow tail


Board width:
Your boots should not overhang the board when you stand on it so that you do not touch the snow when you turn. They should not be too short either, or you will find it difficult to turn. Your board should therefore be the width of your boots (according to the incline).

Board characteristics:
The more flexible a board is, the easier it is to handle and therefore to control. However, at speed, it will quickly become skittish and unstable. On the other hand, if it is rigid, it will hold the snow better but will be more skittish and therefore harder to control. Rigid boards are therefore recommended for experienced boarders.
As regards the size of your board, you have to consider your height, your weight and your level. The smaller the snowboard is, the easier it is to handle. The longer it is, the more precise and stable it is.

Size of your board:
As regards the size of your board, you have to consider your height, your weight and your level. The smaller the snowboard is, the easier it is to handle. The longer it is, the more precise and stable it is.

  • How to choose your boots:

At Intersport Tignes Val Claret Centre, we offer soft snowboard boots with a semi-rigid shell that allows a certain amount of flexion while ensuring a certain rigidity and a firm hold for your foot in the inner boot. This type of boot will ensure comfort when you snowboard and absorb bumps, so is adapted to beginner and intermediate snowboarders.