How to choose your equipment ?

  • How to choose your skis ?

To make the very most of your holiday and your skiing time, you have to be properly equipped.

The first questions you need to ask are :
What kind of skiing ? Freestyle, freeride or on piste ?
What is my level ? Beginner, good level, intermediate or expert ?

There are several categories of skis according to how you want to ski.

If you prefer skiing on the slopes, you should take versatile, ‘carving’ skis: these skis are wider at the ends and narrower at the bindings. This type of ski allows you to ski perfectly on a groomed slope or in the powder.
The ideal length of your skis is about 5 cm less than your height.

If you are more adventurous and do freeride and off-piste skiing, you should choose longer skis; about 10 cm more than your height, with wider tips.

Finally, if you prefer freestyle and jumps, and you like to ski in the snow park, you should take more flexible, narrower twin tip skis that let you ski in either direction. The ideal size for this type of ski is 10 cm less than your initial size.

Remember that the longer your skis are, the more difficult they are to handle! You should therefore choose the size of your skis according to your level !!

  • How to choose your boots ?

To avoid blisters and pain that might put you off skiing, it is better to choose a pair of boots adapted to your shape and the size of your foot, but also to your build, to guarantee maximum comfort when you ski.
The more flexible the boot, the more comfortable it is but the less precise when you turn.

If you are a "leisure" skier, choose boots with a more flexible shell that will be more comfortable.

More sporty skiers should opt for boots with a fairly rigid shell and thick inner boots.

If you are an experienced skier, take a pair of boots with a rigid shell and heat-moulded inner boots.

To find out your size, 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; you will then just need to refer to the size conversion table below.
Otherwise, ask a professional. Our Intersport Val d’Isère technicians can advise you and guide you in choosing the best-adapted ski boots.


  • How to choose your ski poles ?

The choice of ski poles is often neglected. It’s true that it is a simple steel tube, but the quality should still not be neglected; particularly the baskets and wrist straps.
A medium-sized basket is recommended for skiing in a variety of terrain, small baskets for skiing on the slopes or doing slalom and large baskets for freeride and deep snow.

To choose the right size pole, put it in front of you, hold it under the basket and your arm should more or less form a right angle.

  • How to choose a snowboard ?

Like for skis, you must consider your choice of snowboard according to how you want to use it. There are several types of snowboards, with specific uses.

For freestyle :
If you have the soul of a freeboarder, choose a “directional” snowboard, i.e. one with a differently shaped tip and tail which is for all-terrain use. Freestyle boards are easy to handle and versatile.

For freeride :
If you are a fan of the snow park, choose a snowboard with a symmetric shape that allows you to surf in either direction; a wide, short board for greater stability, lightness and flexibility. If you like to surf in the powder, opt for a snowboard with pointed tips and a swallow tail.

Board width :
To know what board width to choose, you need to stand on your board with your boots, which should not overhang, 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.

  • How to choose your boots ?

At Intersport Val d’Isère, we offer soft snowboard boots:
A soft boot with a semi-rigid shell that allows a certain amount of flexion while ensuring a certain rigidity and a firm hold for your foot, and an inner boot which is comfortable and absorbs bumps.
With this type of boot, you can use soft bindings.
This type of boot is adapted to beginner and intermediate snowboarders.