There are several types of skis currently on the market but the majority of the skis that INTERSPORT Val d’Isère stocks are carving skis which suit all levels of skiers.
Carving skis, which have a large sliding surface, are shorter than classical skis and more practical to use; their versatility means that they can be used on several types of slope. Carving skis, which we sell at Intersport Val d’Isère, give you better control on your descents.
The advantage of carving skis is that they give you more of a thrill on turns!
To choose your skis, opt for a specialist ski brand and a model that suits your level, your size, your weight and the type of skiing you do. You will then have to choose the most appropriate width and length and pick boots, poles, sunglasses or goggles and skiwear…
If you are not sure which skis to pick, our team of expert skiers will ask you the appropriate questions to determine your skiing level and the type of skiing you like to do, in order to suggest the most appropriate model of ski for you.
LITTLE DICTIONARY OF WHAT A SKI IS MADE UP OF :
Tip = the front of the ski Waist = the middle of the ski Tail = the back of the ski
The wider the tip is, the easier it is to turn.
The wider the waist is, the more stable the skier is.
The wider the tail is, the easier it is to carve turns.
You will find all the equipment you need for skiing at Intersport Val d’Isère: ski equipment, ski boots, bindings and ski poles as well as ski clothing. We have all the kit for the perfect skier in the shop!
Ski boots must be comfortable and warm to protect your feet from the cold and any bumps. They help you to go from one edge to the other on the slopes. There are several criteria to respect to choose the right pair of ski boots.
- size: you have to add a size or a size and a half to your usual everyday shoe size. Your foot should not touch the end of the inner boot and should not be compressed.
- the inner boot: choose a comfortable, heat-moulded inner boot, which will adapt to your foot’s shape to stop you getting cold feet.
- the shell: there are different types of shell that are more or less flexible. If you choose a flexible shell, your ski boot will be comfortable; if you choose a rigid shell, your edging will be more precise.
You also need to consider how the ski boots do up: micrometric, aluminium, metal, Velcro or macrometric adjustment buckles… for a technical explanation, ask our specialists in the shop. At Intersport Val d’Isère, your ski equipment specialist in Val d’Isère, our technicians are at your service throughout the season!
Bindings fix your boots to your skis and are made to let you go if you fall, thanks to the springs that are part of the binding.
Bindings are made up of two parts: a front binding that holds the front of your boot and a back binding that you click the back of your boot into with a sharp, downward push.
There are several criteria used for adjusting bindings: the skier’s size and weight, and the length of the base. Once these criteria have been established, there are then 4 others to make a final adjustment to the bindings: the skier’s level, age, physical condition and the type of skiing he does. These criteria are defined in accordance with international standard ISO 11088.
A badly fixed or wrongly adjusted binding can cause repercussions if you fall and can result in serious injury. It is therefore essential to get a professional to adjust your bindings unless you know how to do it yourself.
At Intersport Val d’Isère, our team is at your service to put your bindings on to your skis. We have a range of bindings adapted to the models of skis that we sell in the shop. Ask for more information in the shop!
Once you’ve got your skis, your ski clothes, your boots and your bindings, you just need ski poles and you’re ready to hit the slopes!
Intersport Val d’Isère sells poles that are light and strong with a large enough basket to support you in deep snow.
Poles must be the right height: when a pole is planted in the snow, the skier’s arm should be at a right angle to the top of it.
Poles keep a skier balanced and help him to turn. Even if beginners find that they get in the way, they really are useful. This item of equipment is an integral part of your ski kit and therefore should not be neglected.
There are also curved poles but they are used mainly in competition.
Snowboarders use one of two positions : “goofy” or “regular”.
“Goofy” is when the right foot is positioned in front and the left foot behind on the board while “regular” is the opposite position: left foot in front and right foot behind.
If you are a beginner snowboarder, our team can help you decide which will be the best position for you (according to your landing foot).
The position that you choose isn’t really important when you choose your board as all the snowboards currently on the market adapt to both positions.
Bords usually go up at both ends, (we say they have a “twin tip”) so that you can slide in the direction you prefer.
At Intersport Val d’Isère, we offer a wide range of snowboards: snowboards for the slopes, ‘multi-purpose’ snowboards, freestyle snowboards and freeride snowboards. Our advisors, who are expert snowboarders, are at your service to help you choose the board that will give you the most thrills on …or off piste!
Different types of boards in stock at Intersport Val d’Isère, your snowboard rental specialist in Val d’Isère:
For expert snowboarders who are comfortable doing jumps and tricks and fans of the snow park, a freestyle board is usually wide, short, symmetrical, twin tipped, flexible and light.
Its advantage : better stability on landing jumps and doing 360°s.
With this type of snowboard, soft boots are usually worn with soft bindings. See the section on “snowboard boots”.
Freeride boards are mainly for beginner snowboarders. They are versatile and make it easy to snowboard on all types of runs and all types of snow.
Freeride boards are short, wide and solid and only have one tip at the front. They are boards that adapt well to riding in powder since their width means that they are stable on this type of fresh snow.
The most used snowboard boots at the moment are soft boots. They allow your feet freedom of movement whilst holding them firmly and keeping them warm and dry.
Soft boots are comfortable as they have a heat-moulded, padded inner boot which adapts to the shape of your foot. What is more, the inner boot protects your feet from the cold and any bumps, together with the outer part of the boot which is rigid and waterproof.
As regards lacing, some brands have single laces whilst others prefer more detailed inner and outer lacing systems like the rapid lacing systems.
There are two types of soft boots:
“Standard” soft boots: used with strap bindings (also known as soft bindings), which are the most common bindings today.
“Step in” soft boots: used with flow-in bindings, made famous by the FLOW brand, which are easier to get in and out of and are used more and more by snowboarders.
See all the models of boots that we stock at Intersport Val d’Isère: a wide choice of the top name snowboard boots. We stock different types of soft boots, from a beginners’ model to an experts’ model.
At Intersport Val d’Isère, you will find a wide choice of bindings for your snowboard. Soft bindings (strap bindings) are currently the most common bindings. They are compatible with “standard” boots and all types of snowboards. We also stock flow-in bindings to clip into and out of more quickly with your “step in” boots.
So as to prepare your board with the best-adapted bindings, our team is at your disposal to determine the stance (distance between the bindings) that suits you.
Below is an easy rule to calculate the stance that is the best for you, knowing that you can adjust it differently according to how you snowboard (see below) :
- For women : height in mm x 0.27 = distance between the central inserts of your board.
- For men : height in mm x 0.29 = distance between the central inserts of your board.
After you have determined your stance, the bindings might not be symmetrical in relation to the centre of your board, which our technicians will be able to explain. It’s a parameter that is quite normal and which can determine how much you can control your snowboard.
The further back you surf, the better you can control your board in the powder.
For freestyle : + 0 – 1 cm further back towards the tail
For freeride : + 1 – 4 cm further back towards the tail
For on piste snowboarding : + 0 à 2 cm further back towards the tail
TYPES OF SNOWBOARD BINDINGS IN STOCK IN THE SHOP :
Find the different types of bindings for sale at Intersport Val d’Isère. We have snowboard bindings that are ideal for beginner snowboarders (with asymmetric base plates and the possibility of adjusting the spoiler with pump buckles) as well as snowboard bindings reserved for versatile riders (asymmetric base plate again, with a double density pedal)…