Having the right gear and equipment

Whether you’re a board hound or a ski bunny, it’s important that you have the right gear, that it fits and feels right, and that it’s suitable for your needs.

In addition to skis or boards and boots, you’ll also need to protect yourself with a helmet (mandatory for kids) and maybe wrist guards if you’re trying snowboarding.

We recommend you dress in layers which will prepare you for all types of weather conditions, and remember that the more you ski or board, the more you’ll warm up and probably want to peel off some of those layers.

Hiring your gear at the resort gives you a real chance to test equipment while you’re in the snow and you can talk to retailers to find out what gear is best. You also won’t have to haul it all the way from home, and you can avoid buying any items you won’t necessarily need.

Snow sports equipment like skis, snowboards and helmets are available for hire at the resorts, while others like gloves and goggles are not. It’s important to check with the specific resort you visit to see what types of clothing and equipment are available.

After your first visit you might decide you’ll be back as a regular visitor, and if so you may like to buy your own gear. A great way to do this is to buy a piece or two each time you visit the snow. That way you can add to your collection without spending a huge amount upfront.

Make sure you have the right equipment.

Check out Snow Victoria’s ski resorts for more information on gear and equipment hire.

Mt Buller    Lake Mountain    Mt Hotham    Falls Creek    Mt Stirling    Mt Baw Baw

Ski Equipment

The right equipment can mean the difference between a great day on the slopes or a frustrating one. There are ultra-fast professional skis for more advanced skiers, and slower, more easy-to-manoeuver skis that are more suited to beginners.

The rental shop will match your height, weight and foot size to the right equipment. And it’s not just skis that make a difference, keep in mind that ill-fitting goggles and unsuitable clothing can also make a difference to your performance and enjoyment on the mountain.

Equipment Checklist

  • Helmet
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Base layer long T-shirt (thermals)
  • Fleece
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Base layer pants or thermals
  • Waterproof ski pants
  • Ski socks
  • Ski boots
  • Skis
  • Ski poles

HOP TIP: It’s a good idea to wear sunblock – it may be snowy and wintry, but the UV in the clear mountain air is very strong. Also layer your clothing – you’ll get warm skiing and may need to remove a few layers as the day heats up.

Snowboard Equipment

When it comes to snowboarding, it’s all about the perfect fit.

You should feel as though your board is an extension of your feet and a part of your body. Remember it’s you that controls the board, not the other way around, so it’s important to make sure your boots, binding and board all fit together well. The staff at the equipment hiring place will help you get this just right.

And don’t forget, a helmet is a must, and wrist guards are highly recommended.

Equipment Checklist

  • Helmet
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Base layer long T-shirt (thermals)
  • Fleece
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Base layer pants or thermals
  • Waterproof boarding pants
  • Thin woollen socks
  • Snowboarding boots
  • Snowboard with bindings
  • Wrist guards (optional)

HOT TIP: Snowboarding boots must fit perfectly, provide support, keep you warm and hold your heel firmly and snugly, and you should be able to wiggle your toes.