We understand that you’ll have questions, which is why we’ve put these detailed frequently asked questions sections together. If you can’t find what you’re looking for drop us a message, email or give us a call.

The cost to purchase your own equipment using discounts available through our Partner Programme with Bründl Sports would be much cheaper than the cost of renting.

No need to worry about this option as all equipment that is not suitable can be adjusted, returned or swapped as part of our Partner Programme, if they are unsuitable or are causing you issues . Our Canadian courses will have the option to test equipment first before buying due to the differing conditions in North America.

Until we actually check your equipment on arrival and see you using it, it will not be possible for SIA to approve any pre-purchased equipment. As previously mentioned your boot may be from a reputable manufacturer and be good quality, but this does not mean that it is the correct boot for your skiing or boarding. The stiffness, flex and volume of the boot are just some of the issues that will either make or break your first few weeks on the piste and there is no point in making the effort and financial commitment to do a course when your equipment is holding you back. Skis and Snowboards also come in so many different types that a participant is highly likely to make an expensive error by purchasing new or second hand equipment before arrival. You should of course bring any decent equipment that has been well maintained and may be of use to you on a course. Your booking questionnaire asks you to disclose clearly the type of ski/board and boots you already may have including the size and age. This way we can advise you if it may be possible to use it. Once again we must stress that a final decision can only be made once you are in resort.

Together with our equipment partners at Bründl Sports, we have developed Equipment Packages for our students enabling you to purchase your equipment in advance of your course to avoid having to travel with additional money, pay for shipping or for those funding their course and wish to have an all inclusive invoice total or simply if your wish to take advantage of favourable exchange rates. Full Equipment Packs start from €780 Euros, and partial packs from €450.

Because we’re all individuals, we offer open packages that do not favour a specific brand, but allow us to use the full scope of available material that suits your needs. The most important decision is the boot and your foot position combined with body type and ski ability is the deciding factor, not what looks good or is a cool colour!

See our Essential Equipment Guide for more info on our Equipment Packs.

Yes! A helmet will be compulsory on all SIA courses and exams. You may choose to purchase this in resort or before arrival. Please make sure that it is approved for ski and snowboard usage.

If you purchased your equipment through the SIA Partner Programme in Austria it will be adjusted free of charge. Anyone with their own equipment will be charged at the standard shop rate for adjustments. Depending on the level of customisation required there may be additional charges for equipment purchased with our Canadian Equipment Partners.