WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?
We offer Chamonix's ONLY delivery focused ski hire shop. Our aim is to make your holiday hassle free and deliver your ski equipment to your accommodation when you arrive in resort. We will then come back with any midweek changes that are needed and pick your skis up from you at the end of the week.
WHAT IF MY BOOTS DON’T FIT OR SKIS ARE THE WRONG SIZE?
Our delivery van always carries different types and sizes of boots to ensure you all get the boots that fit you perfectly for your weeks skiing. The same applies to skis and we come fully stocked to deal with any changes. If for some reason we don't have the right size for you we will nip back to the shop and bring you the correct pair.
WHAT IF I HAVE A PROBLEM MIDWEEK WITH MY EQUIPMENT
We are more than happy at any time during the week to come back and change your equipment or if you are passing our central shop you can do the swap in there.
WHERE IS YOUR SHOP?
We're based right next to the Aiguille du Midi in Cham Sud. You'll find a map of Chamonix town by clicking on the map button on our home screen.
WHAT LEVEL OF EQUIPMENT SHOULD I USE?
Although all of our equipment is of the same high standard, we aim to provide different levels of riders with the approporiate equipment. If you are unsure we always advise that you use our beginner intermediate range.
HOW DO I PAY?
If you have booked online we take a deposit to reserve your booking. If you are collecting then you can pay the balance in the store. If your equipment is being delivered it is usually dependent on your accomodation. If you have arranged hire with your stay then your accomodation provider will take payment. If you have contacted us direct via phone or email or your accomodation provider doesn’t arrange payment then we accept card payment or cash even on delivery.
HOW DO I RETURN MY EQUIPMENT?
Equipment can be returned to our store if you collected it. If you were a delivery client we will arrange a collection time. We aim to collect all equipment at 6.00PM so please ensure it is back at your accomodation by then.
INSURANCE - I’VE LOST OR DAMAGED MY EQUIPMENT!
Don’t panic! We do not provide insurance for the equipment in the case of loss or damage. In the event of loss then the cost of the equipment is charded to the user HOWEVER This can be recuperated from almost all ski holiday insurance policies. If the equipment is damaged then this cost is assessed on an individual basis. The cost for lost equipment will vary depending on the equipment in question.
SKI BINDING SET UP
Each binding needs to be adjusted to the correct length for the users ski boot sole length.
Different sizes of ski boots can have different sole lengths, as well as different models of the same size. This is the total length of the sole of the boot.
SKI DIN SETTINGS
This is the tension setting in the binding which controls the release of the ski boot from the binding in the event of a fall.
SNOWBOARD BINDING ADJUSTMENTS
Snowboard bindings can be adjusted in many ways including the strap lengths to go around different girths of boots, the forward lean to the high back and the angle of the binding to the board.
The high back of a snowboard is the part than runs up your calf. If this leans forward more it will affect the strength of your heal edge. The further forward the harder the edge can dig into the snow but the more uncomfortable it is to the user.
Riding a snowboard right foot first.
Riding a snowboard left foot first.
Everyone will like their board set up differently. There is a basic set up that is used but as you progress you will develop your own style and way of setting up your bindings.
When your binding is setup in a way that both you feet point away from each other on a snowboard.
This is a relitively new advance in ski and snowboard technology that continues the rise of the tip gradually further down the length of the ski or board. It makes the ski float more in powder but can give you less edge contact on piste.
This is the eliptical shape running down the side of a ski or snowboard. The deeper the ellipse the bigger the ‘sidecut’ A bigger sidecut allows the rider to turn faster. It can also make a ski more unstable at high speed. You’ll notice a slalom ski has a large sidecut and a downhill ski has a shallow sidecut.
Snowboards are generally always a twin-tip which means the board has a raised end at both ends. In the last decade skis have started this. Initailly to allow the rider to ski backwards for tricks but this has made its way into most skis now to help release the tail during turns