Ski into savings
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.