Ski into sav­ings

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Front Page - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

OF­FI­CIALLY snow sea­son kicks off this year on June 11. Skiers keen to or­gan­ise dis­counted cloth­ing and equip­ment can be­gin their search un­der the Snow Gear sec­tion in Week­end Shop­per.

Shop­per spoke to Equip­ment Man­ager, Ruth Davies from Snow­cen­tral, Keperra, one of the biggest ski and snow­board re­tail­ers in Aus­tralia. Ruth pro­vided ex­pert ad­vice and tips for shop­pers look­ing at pur­chas­ing sec­ond-hand ski and snow equip­ment.

“Peo­ple look­ing at buy­ing skis should con­sider the length of the skis. Those over 170cm aren’t pop­u­lar any more; they’ve now be­come shorter and wider where they were once long and thin,” Ruth said.

“Which ski a per­son buys also de­pends on their height and weight. We can give cus­tomers the ad­vice they need to buy the right ski.

“In re­la­tion to both skis and snow­boards, you need to look at the con­di­tion of it; in par­tic­u­lar the base of the ski or board. There will be scratches and some­times rust but this is just cos­metic.

“It may be dry and the edges may be blunt. They should be sharp to cut into snow or ice. If the base is dry it needs to be waxed. And if the edges are blunt they need to be sharp­ened. These is­sues can be fixed by tun­ing the skis or boards.

“We can tune sec­ond-hand equip­ment here for $65. We also pro­vide a hot wax for $15 or a sharpen and hot wax for $35.

“Tun­ing ba­si­cally means grind­ing off the scratches and sharp­en­ing the edges which makes the item look brand new.

“Snow­cen­tral has just bought an au­to­mated Win­ter Steiger tun­ing ma­chine from Aus­tria.

Ac­cord­ing to Work­shop Man­ager Chris For­ryan, it’s the only one of its kind in Aus­tralia.

“It does a job 10 times bet­ter than we could by hand, it grinds the base of the board and puts a nice struc­ture on it and sharp­ens the edges. It re­ally does a great job,” Chris said.

Week­end Shop­per also ad­ver­tises sec­ond-hand snow cloth­ing in­clud­ing boots, jack­ets and chil­dren’s clothes at greatly re­duced prices. Mean­while, skis and snow­boards range be­tween $25 and $300 depend­ing on the item.

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