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Top tips for the UK’s 60 million virgin skiers

Feb 1, 2012
Top tips for the UK’s 60 million virgin skiers

With 46 ski hire shops in the French Alps and in the Pyrenees (including Andorra), Ski Republic’s expert staff really know their twin tips from their carvers. But with only 1 million Brits taking a ski holiday each year, that leaves over 60 million Brits out in the cold when it comes to knowing what to wear, where to go and what to pack.

To get Britain skiing Ski Republic has come up with its expert view of the top ten essential things that a virgin skier needs to know:-

1. Sofa surfing : Book your ski equipment hire online from your sofa and your skis and boots will be ready and waiting for you on arrival – you only have to try the boots on! There’s no need to book ski hire via your tour operator, better deals can be found online, check out’s `two for one’ ski hire offer.

2. The first resort: When choosing your first ski resort think about what you want to do, your party size and how it’s made up. Ski resorts market themselves according to ski standard, what to do when not skiing, and the level of non-ski and après ski abilities. Lastly, make sure you’re never far from a Ski Republic store,

3. Fit, not fat: Fit in some exercise before you fly, everything will hurt anyway, but give yourself a fighting chance with a few visits to the local sports centre. Once on the piste, try stretches, a few arm and ankle rotations and remember to stretch out afterwards too.

4. To pack, or not to pack: There really is no need to take tea-bags and Marmite and you won’t need books, unless your bed end is wobbly. Fill your case with warm layers, hats, watertight shoes and boots, (heels are not cool) and asprin for the apres ski shots.

5. Putting the boot in: Ski boots are THE most important part of your ski equipment, they transfer your movements to your skis and must be snug (not cramped), warm and dry. If they don’t feel right, take them back. Ski Republic’s expert fitters will try to get it right every time, but will freely exchange them, while warming racks and anti-microbial boot liners keep boots comfortable and odour free.

6. Functionality, not fashion: Don’t be poser on the piste, go for practical, brand-name ski wear; warmth and comfort are paramount. Oh, and if you do go `designer’, remember to peel the protective film off the ski goggles.

7. Layer up: Wear layers rather than thick woollies as thin layers of fabric trap air between them and it’s the warm air that insulates, not Grandma’s scratchy home-knit.

8. Look after the extremities: A good pair of ski socks is essential, they have padding in all the right places and will make the difference between a good day or sore feet. Ditto for ski gloves, don’t skimp, cold equals miserable.

9. Safe skiing: Always, always keep within your limits and your ability and always wear a ski helmet, Ski Republic loan them free with every ski and snowboard set hired.

10. Polite skiing: The skier in front of you always has the right of way. Whether you’re crossing a slope, turning or stopping, it is your responsibility to avoid him!

Ski Republic are the first company to have changed the face of ski equipment hire, with modern equipment, anti-stink boot liners, warming boot racks, and the ability to pre-book all ski and snowboard equipment online in advance. Equipment will be ready and waiting on arrival in resort, everything will have been prepared in advance from the online booking and all that remains is to try the boots, make any final adjustments and it’s off to the piste.

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Press information is available from Mary Stuart-Miller, 01403 738844,


Right, a photo taken with in collaboration with the Team of SKI REPUBLIC Tignes Le Lac, warm thanks to them!

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