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Ski goggle mistakes not to make next season

Ski goggle mistakes not to make next season

Each year, as millions of people head to the snow-covered slopes to make the most of the winter sport, Ski instructors Jo and Alex spend the season teaching skiers of all abilities how to improve. Now the season is all wrapped up, we caught up with them to ask what they learnt this year and if there are any tips they can pass on when looking for ski goggles and sunglasses for next year.

“What were the common mistakes you saw people make?”

“What were the common mistakes you saw people make?”

Jo: “One thing that I noticed, especially in the spring time when it started to be a lot brighter, was that there were lots of beginners turning up with their brand-new Prada or Ray-Ban sunglasses. I think that it is an easy mistake to make, but these sunglasses just really aren’t up to the job once you get on the slopes. They might look good in photos at après, but after you take your first proper fall and your new £100+ shades are in pieces in the snow, you’ll realise they aren’t going to do the job.”

Alex: “Yeah, I agree with Jo on this, it’s a common thing with the ski gear some people were bringing. I know I’ve always found it quite hard to find women’s ski goggles that I like, and I can’t deny that style is important for most skiers, including me! But this has its limits, especially when the ski equipment people are turning up with doesn’t give you the protection you need.

This year I saw a lot of young people turning up in their parent’s retro gear, their hot pink jump suits and old jackets. These might be ok in the spring months when the conditions are a lot milder, but in the middle of winter when the temperatures get down really low it can be quite dangerous to be in gear that isn’t going to protect you from the cold.”

“Did you see something similar with the ski goggles and sunglasses your students were wearing?”

“Did you see something similar with the ski goggles and sunglasses your students were wearing?”

Alex: “Absolutely. The whole kit. And a lot of the old ski goggles and skiing sunglasses that people were bringing just haven’t held up over time. The technology in the new gear that Jo and I use is so important.

One thing that I tell my students is, although skiing is obviously fun, you’ve got to be conscious of how dangerous it can be. So, you need to make sure you can see where you are going – because it’s not just you that you are putting in danger, it’s the people around you as well. So, I think that people should really make sure their goggles are up to scratch instead of bringing old stuff just because retro is cool right now.”

Jo: “I definitely saw similar stuff. But I would be careful putting people off using old shades and goggles completely. I think that the difference is the quality of kit that you are using. For example, my dad only just replaced his Oakley goggles that he bought 20 years ago.

I think that the difference, overall, is that a lot of the new budget ski and snowboard goggles you can buy now have the same tech that the top of the range kit had 20 years ago. I think that’s a good example of both why it is worth replacing your old kit with some of the great new options available and why you should invest in top quality equipment now, as it will last you 20 years if you are lucky.”

“Do you have any tips for more advanced skiers?”

“Do you have any tips for more advanced skiers?”

Jo: “Well, this year was actually pretty crazy for us when we were in Austria. So much snow fell in one go that, once the storm passed, we just had fresh powder for weeks. Even on the busiest runs it was like we were skiing off-piste for a while.

A lot of people noticed that they couldn’t fight off the fog when their goggles kept getting wet from all the powder. So, if you are an improver looking to work more on your off-piste skiing, I would say it is probably worth making sure that you get goggles with really good anti fog.

Alex: “For me, when you are out there for the whole season you realise how the ski goggles and sunglasses you need change over the months as the conditions and the visibility change. So, I would say if you are going to be going out a couple of times next year make sure you get goggles that have changeable lenses, it saves you having to get two pairs.”

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Big thanks to Jo and Alex who shared some of the knowledge that they learnt on the slopes this year, teaching hundreds of beginners and improvers how to make the most of the season’s snow.
Make sure to check out our full range of sunglasses and ski goggles to get ready for when you head out again next season.

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