Surviving Ski Holidays with Toddlers

Activity Vests

Tips for Surviving Ski Holidays with Toddlers – plus a GOTCHAkids Giveaway

At GOTCHAkids our aim is make young children feel confident about learning to ski and snowboard for the first time, and to have a lot of fun in the snow. This was the motivation behind our GOTCHAkids activity vests; a simple design with a vertical strap on the back that makes a sturdy handle for guiding and steering little ones on the slopes, helping them on and off chair lifts, and also works as a holder to let them carry their own skis. So handy for parents too! (more…)

How to Become a Ski Instructor

Instructors on a CASI course
Instructors on a CASI course

Fancy being a ski instructor?

Yeah in your dreams!

Well it doesn’t have to be a dream.

If you can execute tidy parallel turns on an intermediate piste and you’re over 15 years of age, then you CAN train to be a ski instructor.

The same applies if you’re a snowboarder – if you are able to demonstrate comfortable and safe riding skills on intermediate terrain you CAN train to be a Snowboarding Instructor.

For the last 17 years Instructor Academy has operated in Soldeu, Andorra, making available excellent value, high quality on snow courses as a licenced provider for the Canadian organisations C.S.I.A and C.A.S.I.  Many thousands of young (and not so young!) snow addicts have made it through our system and now teach in Europe, Canada, New Zealand and all over the UK on artificial surfaces. (more…)

Top Tips For Winter Trips

Car driving in the snow

Car driving in the snowNow the season is well under way and we head into winter back here at home too, we’ve teamed up with the RAC, the UK’s leading suppliers of breakdown cover, to offer you some tips to make sure you’re safe and sound on the roads this winter.

Winter Driving Tips from the RAC

1) Check Your Car Before You Set Off

The cold weather can cause all sorts of issues for your car but if you take the time to do some simple preliminary checks on these components, you might just save yourself a frozen fiasco: (more…)

The World of HD Helmet Cameras

Drift HD Ghost Helmet Camera

ADrift HD Ghost Helmet Cameran Introduction into the World of HD Helmet Cameras

If you’re considering purchasing an action camera this winter, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s never been a better time to do so. 2012 has been an exciting year where action cameras are concerned and competition between top manufacturers is fiercer than ever before.

But first things first, what makes an action camera any better for a winter sports excursion than the humble handycam?

Action cameras, as the name suggests are designed for action. They are built to withstand the harsh elements, which come with skiing or snowboarding, such as snow & ice, sub-zero temperatures, high speeds and physical impact. (more…)

Skiing For the First Time – What to Wear

Children in various coloured ski clothing

If you are taking part in the exhilarating sport of skiing for the first time, maybe with a partner or friends, you will want to look good. However, it is also important to wear specific clothing to be safe and make sure you are protected from the cold.

It is possible to look great and also dress well for skiing. A major thing, to ensure that you can ski properly and not fall over as much, is to wear a pair of boots that fit you properly, teamed with a comfy pair of ski socks. A pair of thick ski pants are essential, in order to protect you from the cold.

Children in various coloured ski clothing

The great thing is, that there are so many different types of skiing websites out there now, complete with skiing clothing to purchase. This means that you can find a warm but fashionable pair of ski pants for you, whether you are male or female, they come in all different makes and colours so have a look around. A ski helmet will keep your head warm and will also protect you if you fall, these are very important especially when skiing in dangerous conditions.

Helmets aren’t mandatory, however there have been so many accidents during skiing which have tragically resulted in fatalities, so in these circumstances safety comes before fashion. However, just like the ski pants, the range of ski helmets out there is huge. Maybe if you look for a helmet on the same website that you bought the pants, you can look for one that matches. You can even get a customised helmet, so if you are a bit of a diva and want to bring this to the slopes, why not add some glitter or sparkle to your helmet.

It is important to wear a few layers of clothes on your upper body, to ensure maximum warmth. I would recommend two everyday tops, followed by a warm fleece, and finally a protective ski jacket on top. The ski jacket is the only item that you should be concerned about looking good, because it is the only item that will be visible. Ski jackets come in all different colours, so if you get one that is similar to the rest of your outfit you will look stylish and coordinated. Complete your look with a pair of warm ski gloves, and you are ready to hit the slopes.

This post was supplied on behalf of Simply Piste, online ski clothing store.