You can choose either to take all your own equipment with you, or hire when you get to the resort. We would advise taking your own equipment for comfort, fit and for the fact that you would be used to using it. Having your own equipment takes away the need to visit a shop and perhaps also prevent the possibility of having an uncomfortable days skiing with an uncomfortable boot for example, or skiing on a ski that you do not feel good on.
We work very closely with Ski Service in Verbier who hire the very latest and very best equipment if you do plan on hiring. The staff are professionally trained, and will do their best to kit you out when in resort.
Through experience we know that boots are a very specialised personal thing and it is possible that your foot does not fit comfortably in any of the boots available to hire. You may need special footbeds or need to have the boot worked on by a specialist boot fitter beforehand. For this reason we advise that you pay particular attention to your boot and get one that fits well beforehand or book in with Ski Service to purchase some boots and have them custom fitted and aligned for your feet and body.
Essential equipment for skiing includes:
The fit and comfort of your ski boots is one of the most important things in skiing. Therefore we would not advise hiring them if at all possible. We always recommend getting your own boots professionally fitted to maximise both performance and comfort.
A good all mountain ski is preferable if you are only taking one pair of skis (80-100mm underfoot). If you have a powder ski and a piste ski and are driving, then do bring them as snow conditions can vary during the week. Snow and Rock and Ellis Brigham in the UK are both leading specialists in ski equipment sales and have a high standard of professional staff on hand to advise you on the skis that would be best for you. You can find them online or, if you have access, visit one of their UK stores here.
Ski Service in Verbier hire the very best and very latest equipment and offer reduced rates if booked through their website www.skiservice.com.
If you are taking your own skis and boots, then take your own poles too to save yourself a trip to the hire shop. However, if you do not have poles, these are available at the ski hire shop at a very minimal charge.
We strongly advise you wear a helmet. It is not only the ‘extreme’ skiers who wear helmets, but recreational skiers, piste skiers and children alike. There are occasions where another skier may lose control and collide with another skier, so we advise helmets as a precaution. For all our off-piste focused courses a helmet is mandatory!
If you are attending any of our off-piste skiing courses* (Supergroup), then the following equipment is essential:
• Back pack
This can be hired in resort through our partner shop Ski Service if you do not already own. Though please book this in advance and if at all possible collect the day before the course starts.
*We do not advise any off-piste skiing without a qualified professional.