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Good day people, I hope you can help me. I'm new to the forum but more than that I'm new to the snow!
My friends are planning a Ski trip next year so I need help!
I'm based in Wales, UK and I need Ski lessons I also need kit (all of it) so please post links with your recommendations!
Finally any insider tips and/or advise would be AMAZING!
Thank you! Very Happy
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Got a budget in mind @JollyKelly??
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If it's your first time out, consider the Nevica route from Sports Direct. Also, TK Maxx is a goldmine if you're willing to dig around!!
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http://www.sportsdirect.com/skiing/

Don't get lured buy cheap goggles though. Others on this forum will put you in the right direction for them.
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I have no idea what its should cost @letsgetpiste

Brilliant idea about TK Maxx I didn't think of that!
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You can spend hundreds or thousands...
Whereabouts are you heading?
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eBay, is another gold mind if you know what you want. Brought some really good gear at some silly prices.

Saying that, get yourself to a local dry / indoor slope, have a few lessons!!

Ps Welcome
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@JollyKelly, I,ve seen people do well on 'Learn to ski in a day' at Tamworth snowdome.
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Oh my gosh, just realising how much I need, it's a little daunting.
All I've bought so far is this http://www.jollyclothing.com/collections/originals-womens/products/women-s-ski-t-shirt-cherry-red I think I have my priorities all wrong!
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Thanks @Dzmarc I've arranged for a dry slope lesson next week, but people say it's really different to the snow so shouldn't do dry first?! Do you think it's still worth me going to the dry slope?
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Are there any good brands I should look out for on ebay, or when shopping?
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@Cad99uk is that a dry slope? Thanks for the suggestion Very Happy
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@JollyKelly, Definitely worth while. Don't get me wrong it is a lot harder to ski on than on snow, but you'll pick up the technique and when you get on snow you'll find it so much easier, and be able to enjoy it a lot more.
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Thanks @Dzmarc that's been really useful.
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@JollyKelly, No Tamworth is a snowdome. 'Snow' not as good as the latest snowdome but perfectly OK. Stay over at the holiday inn next door and make a trip of it.
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@cad99uk ha ha ops! Silly me. Thanks for the suggestion I think I'll book a trip there for the New Year.
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@JollyKelly, if any of your friends have skied before, why not ask them for a shot of any old/spare ski gear for the week?
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JollyKelly wrote:
Thanks @Dzmarc I've arranged for a dry slope lesson next week, but people say it's really different to the snow so shouldn't do dry first?! Do you think it's still worth me going to the dry slope?


Both my kids learned to ski, right up to an advanced level, at the Midlothian Snowsports Centre, which is a big dry slope on the edge of Edinburgh. "Dry" is a bit misleading by the way. The mats that you ski on are lubricated by a fine water spray at boot level.

The advantage is that it's not as expensive as going to a snowdome or a holiday abroad, but the disadvantage is that it's not as forgiving as snow. Some folk try the dry slope and think that skiing is hard, dull and sometimes painful, whereas if you're in a lovely resort with great scenery and the chance to stop for a hot chocolate and admire the posers, then it puts a different complexion on it.

If you can, go with someone who will be supportive and encouraging, because it's undeniably hard at first, just like anything from riding a bike to driving a car. Fairly soon it all clicks into place and you will be at the next stage.
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dode wrote:
@JollyKelly, if any of your friends have skied before, why not ask them for a shot of any old/spare ski gear for the week?

+1
No shame in begging and borrowing! There are wardrobes full of unused and unwanted ski gear looking for love! Hit up your social network friends!
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Is it a coincidence that JollyClothing.com, as per link, are based in Wales as is the OP JollyKelly?
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@Slippery Slope, And the username wasn't a clue either....... Happy
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Or that Kelly White is in charge of Marketing at Jolly Clothing........

Ah the wonderful world of google Happy
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If you have any outdoor gear then make the most of that. A baselayer is a baselayer and a fleece is a fleece. A technical shell jacket with fleeces is perfectly fine, you don't need ski specific stuff to start with. it does need to be waterproof and breathable for comfort though.

The only thing which doesn't translate is trousers, get proper waterproof and insulated trousers (you may find yourself sitting down unexpectedly!). Gooutdoors and Decathlon have perfectly good own brand stuff. Do get decent socks though and wicking baselayers.

Finally, it depends when you are going. The alps in late Feb/ March can get very warm and sunny but you can always hit a cold/stormy day. Layers are your friend so you can adjust.
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Oh @JollyKelly,
I feel dirty and abused... Crying or Very sad
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Oh @JollyKelly,
I feel dirty and abused... Crying or Very sad


A t-shirt is fine for a trip to the Alps isn't it? Pair of bootleg jeans below and you are all set. Blush
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I do work for Jolly Clothing, but I am going skiing next year and do actually have questions, if you feel the link is not right then admin please delete. Thank you for all your help and advice so far I do value your time and tips and they have been really useful!
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Hi @JollyKelly, don't worry we aren't going to hang you yet Happy.

We get a lot of people trying to covertly advertise their own company or set up fake reviews on here so we are a cynical lot when links start being posted.

As long as your asking questions about skiing and not ramming those delightful little tops manufactured by a family business in wales down our throats you'll be fine and we will be friendly Happy

On the flip side though, as marketing you may wish to contact admin as he may (and I stress may) allow you to advertise and provide all us snowHeads with a discount for the privilege Happy
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Thanks @Col the Yeti I thought I was going to need all ski gear, nice to know that some of my winter clothes can come in handy. I have a friend who's my size so she has said I can borrow her old boots, so you'd say a pair of proper waterproof ski trouser are a must? I've just been looking at 'Nevica' goggles are these a good make?
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Thanks for your understanding @PaulC1984 it's not my company I've just been brought in for the Christmas season, but it's my day off and I need to try and get in the know for this blinking holiday. Have no idea what I'm doing! Maybe I shouldn't have posted the link but it really is the only thing I've bought so far (I thought it would look cute in the bar, not for the slopes obvs)!
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I wouldn't fret too much about it - there are plenty of perfectly good goggles available in resort shops, at all prices. There's no need to spend a fortune.
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I wouldn't fret too much about it - there are plenty of perfectly good goggles available in resort shops, at all prices. There's no need to spend a fortune.

Don't, whatever you do, wear that T shirt for skiing. Cotton is absolutely wrong. OK for apres ski, but likely to be covered up by a big jumper......
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Thanks @pam_w What CAN'T I hire or buy when i'm out there that i should really invest in before i go?
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pam w wrote:
I wouldn't fret too much about it - there are plenty of perfectly good goggles available in resort shops, at all prices. There's no need to spend a fortune.


This is good advice.

I'm first to admit I spend a fortune on gear but then I need it to perform and I wear it a lot.

There are tonnes of bargains out there though. Tkmaxx, sports direct, aldi etc etc.

Are you a hot or cold person? No I don't mean personality Happy. Some peoples bodies are naturally hot and don't feel the cold so a shell (none insulated) jacket with a base and mid layer suit them. For the really nesh ones your better with an insulated jacket.

Most important things are waterproofing, and breathability.

Try to go for merino wool base layer, it draws and moisture away from you, keeps you warm and unlike synthetics won't smell at the end of the day. Aldi at some point in the season will sell merino base layers for £5ish or you can pop on the internet and buy icebreaker ones for £70ish - they do the same thing
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Ha Ha. This thread is highly amusing.
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JollyKelly wrote:
Thanks @Col the Yeti I thought I was going to need all ski gear, nice to know that some of my winter clothes can come in handy. I have a friend who's my size so she has said I can borrow her old boots, so you'd say a pair of proper waterproof ski trouser are a must? I've just been looking at 'Nevica' goggles are these a good make?


Are your friend's boots ski boots or out door boots. Ski boots need to be a good fit, if your or your friend's feet are outside the norm they're unlikely to fit properly. There's nothing more miserable than a pair of ill fitted ski boots. snowHead
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yep thats the thing @PaulC1984 I don't want to spend a fortune and then it turns out I'm crap at skiing and never go again!
I am ALWAYS cold!!!
This is great advice thanks Paul, I'm going to research these coats and try and find one that will keep me toasty! Very Happy
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Ok thanks @NeddySkiGoon I have no idea what they are, she just said I have some boots you can borrow Puzzled I guess it's worth investing in a decent pair of Ski boots, I guess hired ones are pretty crappy too?!
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http://www.jollyclothing.com/pages/mens

Not sure myself, tiny bit camp for me.
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@JollyKelly, Hired ski boot are fine for your first trip, get the middle or better package. They should feel tight, not comfy.
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