Equipment, whether hired, borrowed or owned by the school or students, must be in a safe condition and suitable for the activity.
All students must wear sunglasses or goggles to protect their eyes from glare off the snow, which even on cloudy days can lead to snow blindness. Sunglasses complying with Australian Standard (AS/NZS 1067) for sunglasses will provide the best UV protection. They prevent at least 95% of UV radiation from reaching the eyes.
First aid kits
First aid kits appropriate to the location and level of training must be carried.
Gloves or mitts to prevent sunburn, frostnip and abrasions while skiing must be worn.
Helmets should be worn by students and staff if high speeds or collision with solid objects or people are likely.
Due to the environments in which downhill skiing and snowboarding are conducted, helmets are strongly recommended for use by students and staff.
To determine whether students should wear helmets, consider:
- skills and experience of students in relation to the terrain students are likely encounter
- artificial hazards in the activity environment (e.g. poles, barriers)
- natural hazards in the activity environment (e.g. trees, water courses)
- other users of the slope.
Helmets designed and approved to BS EN 1077 (Specification for helmets for alpine skiers) must be used. For more information on helmets for skiing see the
SNELL Memorial Foundation
Skis and poles
Skis and poles should be matched to the skills and experience of each student and the type of ski experience.
Ski boots and bindings
Boots must fit comfortably, be appropriate to the nature of the skiing experience of each student and bindings must match the skis being used. Ski binding release settings should only be adjusted by qualified or experienced staff.
An all round free-riding board is best, and should stand roughly between chest and nose height. Boards should be wide enough to accommodate the rider's foot. Alpine or race boards should be avoided unless used by a very experienced rider.
Snowboard boots and bindings
Soft boots, which allow easy flexion of the ankle, are advisable. Plastic or hard shell boots should be avoided, particularly for beginners.
A basic two-strap binding with high back support is best to help control and reduce fatigue when riding on the heel edge. The binding should have adjustable stance widths and angles. Step-in bindings are not recommended because most have no high back support and are often difficult for students to operate on steeper slopes or when the bindings are filled with ice and snow.
All snowboard bindings must be fitted with a safety leash that attaches to the riders boot or around the leg.
Snowboard riders must wear protective wrist guards due to the high incidence of wrist injuries.