This page is for all of the Frequently asked Questions from you, our customers. If you can't find what it is you're looking for here, please don't hesitate to ask us, via the online chat, e-mail or by telephone. We will do our utmost to answer those questions for you!
Frequently asked questions
1.1 What Ski is for me?
- We believe that every ski we stock is a great ski and we also feel as we have skied them all we know what we're talking about.
- When purchasing any ski the things to take in mind is your height, your abilities and the type of skiing you enjoy.
- Sizing skis isn't hard. If you're looking for a piste ski you want the height of the ski to come up to your eye or middle of forehead.
- If it's more of an all mountain, powder or freeride ski you want more head height, this is because this type of ski tends to have a rocker or early rise tip and sometimes tail which means theres less ski on the snow.
- If it's a race ski, it's the same as a piste ski (depending on which type of racing your looking to do).
- If it's a Freestyle ski, it's the same as a Powder ski, this is again down to the amount of ski on the snow as they will have twin tips.
- Your ability is ranked in Beginner, Intermediate, Advance, Expert. Be honest with yourself and decide which area you feel best sounds right for you. You can then use the Filter option on our skis page to decide filter skis.
- Which type of skiing you enjoy can only be answered by you. There are many types which may make it feel confusing but just think back to your last trip, where did you spend the most of your time? (Ps if its the bar then a piste ski is going to work just fine for yourself).
- We hope this helps, but any questions don't hesitate to ask us!
1.2 Do race Skis come with Bindings?
With some shops they offer all their skis with bindings included in the price. For us here at Snowfit we tend not to except for some models. We don't do them as a package because we believe that not every binding will match the skier but the ski when the ski does. This tends to be down to the Skiers weight and ability.
1.3 What size Ski Boots do I need?
It is important to know that not always will your ski boot size reflect your shoe size. Ski boots use mondo point sizing which measures the length of your foot but we also consider the last width, which is the widest part of your foot. Best to speak to your local store and get measured.
1.4 What is the flex rating on ski boots?
The flex rating of the boot is also worth considering when purchasing a new pair of boots. For men's boots the flex ranges from 80-130, for women it is 70-110 and racing is 70-140. The higher the flex rating, the harder it is to flex the boot. Therefore, a beginner/intermediate would be better off choosing a softer flex rather than struggle with a stiffer boot. In some cases the flexes can feel different between models and brands so it is always best to try boots on, flex them yourself and see how they feel.
1.5 How do I know they are the right fitting ski boot?
The general fit of a ski boot is fairly simple. When you initially put your foot into the boot, your toe should touch or just brush the front of the boot and once you fasten the buckles and flex the boot forwards, you will feel your foot move back so your toe is no longer touching and it feels secure around your ankle. Most importantly, it should feel snug (like a firm handshake) and comfortable!
1.6 How long does a ski boot last for?
Generally speaking, 8-10 years is a considerable time frame for a ski boot. However, this depends on how much the boot has been used and the general wear of the boot. If you are unsure, take your boots into your local store and see what they say. An old and worn out ski boot can potentially be dangerous to use.
1.7 How do I look after my ski boots?
After every use it is best to do up the clips to retain the shape. If the boots feel damp after use you can use boot dryers to help or remove the liner from the shell and leave them to dry out. Try not to store them in areas where heat will fluctuate as this can affect the plastic.
2.1 What angle should I have my Snowboard bindings?
If they are new to the sport recommend 15⁰, -15⁰. If they have a preference. They will normally know.
2.2 Does the shape of the nose or tail do anything to the snowboard?
Mostly no but having a flat-shaped nose or tail can help with Ollie's as you have something flat to spring off of.
2.3 What size Snowboard do I need?
You probably know this but normally shoulder to nose hight.
Like skis. Depending on what they are doing, weight, level. All that jazz.
2.4 What flex Snowboard should I use?
For beginners, a more flexible board does help to a degree. Helps with turning, learning to peddle on the board.
2.5 Does flex in Snowboard boots and bindings do anything?
The flex help's how much response thought the board. but you can mix and match a bit. I like mid-flex bindings and soft boards. need to get a scope of what the customer wants to do. leaning, park or just want a chilled ride. go for soft bindings and boots
mid-flex is great for everything, a good amount of response going through the board and bindings. would say you need to have a basic riding level to feel it. making this for riders who are comfortable on their ability and looking to further there riding.
stiff boards and bindings are hard work to ride if you don't know how to work them. being a strong rider is needed to some degree. you need to put the power though if that being weight or technique. the same principle with skis but mixing and matching is a bit easier I think. like having stiff bindings with a soft board would be super responsive.
2.6 What's the difference between Women's and Men's Snowboard?
The materials that are used. a lot of the time they don't need to be and strong/stiff as women are a small build typically.
3.1 Do I need to bring anything with me for treatment?
Please bring any medical records, COVID questionnaire, X-rays or scans and
comfortable/suitable clothing for treatment. Face mask is compulsory in
accordance with guidelines set by CSP, HCPC and local UK government health
authorities. For any more information please see NEWS AND UPDATES under
physio clinic heading.
3.2 Can I bring someone with me for the physiotherapy appointment?
Yes, you are very welcome to bring one family member or friend with you for the
physiotherapy appointments. For any patient under 18 yrs of age should be
accompanied with a parent or guardian for the initial consultation.
3.3 Is there a waiting list for treatment?
There is normally limited waiting time. Most patients will be seen within 24-48
hours of their enquiry.
3.4 How long is a treatment session?
The initial consultation normally is about 1 hr, which includes thorough
assessment and some initial treatment. Follow up treatment sessions are either
30 or 60 min depending on condition(s) and treatments.
3.5 What sort of conditions do you treat?
Our in house physiotherapist treats most sports and work related injuries.
Typically aches and pains in neck, shoulders, back, elbows, wrists, hips, knees,
ankles and feet. Conditions relate to issues with soft tissues (muscles/ligaments),
biomechanical structure (bones/cartilage) or nerves.
If you are unsure about whether our physiotherapist can treat your problem,
please call 01603 716655 for free advise and recommendation.
3.6 What does treatment involve?
Our Physiotherapists use different treatment methods depending on injury,
nature and severity of the condition(s). May require:
Pre- and post surgery treatment
Manipulation or mobilisation of joints
Soft tissue and sports massage
Therapeutic exercise therapy
Taping and kinesiology taping
Electrotherapy (Ultrasound, TENS)
Custom orthotics (insoles) and or braces
3.7 Do I have to see my GP before I come for treatment?
Unless using private medical insurance, there is no need to see your GP before
you come into clinic, just give us a call at 01603 716655.
3.8 Can I use my medical insurance?
Please contact GP and notify insurance company prior to attending treatment in
order for them to authorise your claim. Dependent upon the insurance company
and your individual policy, you may be liable to pay an excess or a proportion of
the treatment fee if your insurance company does not meet this in full.
3.9 Do you offer home visits?
Yes. Home visits can be arranged for patients who are too ill to attend the clinic
3.10 What if I am unable to attend and need to rearrange an appointment?
If you are unable to keep an appointment then please call 01603 716655 and
notify and rearrange as soon as possible.
4.1 What does Photochromic mean?
- This lens was created when silver-based crystals were applied to the molten glass and it was discovered that the more intense UV exposure the darker the lens got, the silver-based crystals allow for the lens to be nearly all clear indoors but extremely responsive to sunlight.
- (Scientific definition) Photochromic technology : Molecules are imbedded into the lenses which allow for reversible darkening capabilities. These molecules change shape when activated by the sun which in turn makes them appear darker, as the light from the sun fades, the molecules revert back to their original shape making the lense appear clear. They expand and change faster to light than they reverse back to clear, this is how automatic darkening to sun-light in the lenses is guaranteed.
- (non-scientific): When light sensitive lenses engage the photochromic technology which in turn adapts to sunlight intensity.
- A massive advantage to having these is that there are no moments of temporarily blindness due to being unable to focus our eyes when stepping into direct sunlight. This can prove to be frustrating and disorientating which can be extremely dangerous.
4.2 What does OTG mean?
OTG stands for over the Glasses fit. The way this works is the frame and foam is slightly positioned at a wider profile than standard fit goggles. Some Models are made in OTG as well a regular fit.
4.3 What does Lumalens Mean?
Dragon have a number of different goggles and the majority use this technology. The way this works is by optimising filtered light, the way we see is though colour, when these colours cross it makes it very hard to pick out objects. So, what Lumalens does is it works to separate these colours giving precise depth perception and helping you judge distances, objects and other people.
4.4 What does Swiftlock mean?
This is the system dragon use on some of the models of their goggles. It’s simple, secure and fast to do. It works with two levels (one of each side on the goggle), pull them up and the lens will come away from the goggle. The system has THREE multi point sockets which are designed to accommodate the studs on the lens. To fit the new/ next lens on, push them on the frame which will locate the sockets and simply lock the levers back down.
4.5 What does Panotech Mean?
Panoramic lens, Dragon now have the largestbest amount of panoramic view goggle on the market. Panoramic lens makes your amount of range of sight side to side much larger making you have a better view of your surroundings.
4.6 What Does Chromapop Mean?
Chromapop is a system that has been developed by Smith Optics to help with sight when on the snow.
Eyes see light through THREE colours, Red, Green and Blue. Individually these colours are easy to identify but when any of them, or all of them cross, your sight becomes distorted and it's hard to distinguish which is which, making looking out at objects harder.
4.7 What Does Amplifier Lens Technology mean?
Amplifier Lens – The human eye sees through colour, red, green and blue. When these colours are crossing seeing objects in the distance are hard to make out. The Amplifier lens takes the three colours and draws them apart from each other. When you put on Scott goggles it’s almost like putting on glasses, they make your view ahead clearer which for snow sports is ideal.