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A Handshake with the Mountain

A Handshake with the Mountain

By: Richie

There are some uncomfortable feelings in the world of snowsports that are easily avoidable. Why compromise your day gliding through the sweetest snow when your boots are uncomfortable? Imagine a sloppy hand-shake with the mountain, it leaves you with an awkward feeling and it’s downhill from there. That feeling of slop is exactly what I feel when my boots need to be replaced. Fortunately there is a solution to get a better feel for the mountain and make sure your relationship with it is a positive one. 

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It is crucial that every part of your foot is supported so that you can transfer movements to your equipment. The age old cause and effect methodology stands true here. If you make an adjustment with your lower leg, there needs to be a direct response to your board. To ensure this, a perfect mould of my foot was made to ensure the footbed would match perfectly to my hobbit-feet. 

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It is always a pleasure to meet up with Kazu at the Wanaka store and help me with my boot fit. Because I spend approximately 25 hours a week in my boots, mostly on Treble Cone, having a simple yet effective approach to making sure I never get pressure points is important to me. Kazu chose a snowboard boot specific inner sole for me and the fitting took place. 15 minutes later I knew that I was going to get the most out of my new Solomon Malamute boots and my ‘hand-shake’ with the mountain would be a pleasure… Bring on tomorrow!

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Ski Tuning

How Often Should I tune my Skis/Snowboard?

Winter is officially here in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. You may be in the market for a new snowboard or skis,  maybe you’re just dusting of the cobwebs from your last year’s gear. But before you head up the mountain when was the last time you had your skis or snowboard tuned?  Ask yourself what has been done to your new skis or snowboard fresh out of the wrapper?

Maintaining your skis or snowboard will prolong the life of your gear and is vital to the performance of your equipment. If you notice your skis or snowboard aren't gripping as well, initiating a turn as easily, sliding on the snow as fast, you've waited too long for a tune. A general rule of thumb is to wait no more than 6-8 days for a tune. Drop your skis and snowboards into our Ski workshops in Queenstown and Wanaka, and talk to the experts.


By waxing your skis or snowboard they become hydrophobic, meaning that they will repel water. The more hydrophobic your skis or snowboard the faster they will be and easier to turn. Wax reduces friction, drag and the build up of snow particles on the base which can cause a sticky feeling in warmer snow conditions. You can never wax your equipment to much, but it is important to have them waxed properly in relation to the snow temperatures and match them to the correct wax temperature ranges to provide efficient performance. Colder wax has a higher melting temperature and is more resistant to coarser snow.

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Montana Wax Future, state of the art infrared hot waxer. Outside Sports NZ.

5 steps to Maintaining your Skis and Snowboard

Get into the routine of checking your gear at the end of each day;

  1. Separate your skis and dry then off to avoid rusty edges.
  2. Check your bindings, din setting and brakes.
  3. Check the bases of your Skis or Snowboard for scratches and core shots. If you see white in spots on the base then they need waxing. If you notice parts of the base that still have wax on them, usually circular spots, this means that your bases aren't flat anymore.
  4. Run you finger (be careful) along the edges of your skis or snowboard, if you can feel burrs it’s time to get your edges sharpened.
  5. Take your finger nail to the edge and try to shave the top of your nail off, if nothing happens this means that the edges are dull and need sharpening.

Outside Sports offers the most precise ski and snowboard tuning and repairs. Our qualified team of international technicians use their tuning skills to ensure that your equipment gives you the ultimate performance.

Looking after your equipment on a regular basis will help keep the repair bills down, give it a longer life and ensure that it is always at peak performance.

Whether your skis or snowboard are in need of a wax, edge, sharpening or precision tune, head to Outside Sports. Overnight service, repeat-service discounts and special deals through the season. 

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Opening Hours:

Queenstown Ski Workshop

Open June 2nd - October 30th*

Everyday from 9.00am - 8.00pm

*Ski mounting and waxing is available all year round


Wanaka Ski Workshop

Open June 1st- October 30th

Everyday from 8.30am - 6.00pm


Can we Fix it?- Yes we can. Check out our Ski Technicians blog- step by step core shot repair.

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Get Ski and Snowboard Fit

Is your Body ready for winter?

The snow has fallen here in the Southern Alps of New Zealand but are you ready to get back on the Skis or Snowboard and hit the slopes this winter? There's less than 3 weeks to go until opening day and with the right preparation for strengthening your hamstrings, quadriceps, back and core, you won't have to risk injury or suffer from the usual aches and pains that you may normally experience at the start of each season.

Follow these 5 exercises to get you ready for our El Nino winter ahead from Mike Morin, U.S. Winter Olympics Ski Team coach.

1. Toy Soldiers- for flexible hamstrings

How to: To start, stand up straight with your left arm out to your side at shoulder height. Without bending your knee, kick your right leg while extending your left arm out in front of you to touch your toe. Repeat with the left leg and right arm. Complete three sets of 10 to 12 reps on each side, alternating legs, moving forward with a step in between each kick.

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2. Step-Ups- for leg strengthening.

How to: Stand facing a box, step or chair and place your right foot on the flat surface. Step your left leg up to meet your right, by pushing into your right foot and using the muscles in the right leg to propel you (rather pushing off your left foot). Step down with your left leg, then your right. Complete three sets of 10 to 12 reps and then switch legs.

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3. Physioball Hamstring Curl- to strengthen the hamstrings.

How to: Begin laying on your back, palms down on the floor, with your legs extended and your feet resting on top of a large exercise ball. Using your leg and core strength, begin to draw the ball in toward your body until your knees are bent and you're in a shoulder bridge position. Hold this position for a couple seconds before returning to the starting position. Need more of a challenge? Try single leg curls to really test your hamstring and glute strength. Repeat for three sets of 10 to 12 reps.

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4. Planks and Side Planks- for strenghting the core.

How to: Balancing on your forearms in a push-up position, use the strength of your abdominals and glutes to keep your hips raised to shoulder height, taking extra care not to sag in the midsection. For the side plank, shift from a plank position onto one hand, with the other either extended into the air or on your hip and your feet stacked. Complete three sets (one regular plank and one on each side) of 30- to 60-second holds.

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5. Supermans- lower back strengthening.

How to: Start by lying on your stomach with your arms extended out in front of you. Slowly lift your arms and upper body, keeping your neck in a neutral position. At the same time, lift your legs off the ground, keeping your ankles as close together as you can. Hold for a few seconds before returning your arms and legs back to the floor. Complete three sets of 30 to 60 second holds.

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It's a tempting mad rush on opening day to be one of the first on the chairlift, but remember that a few reps of dynamic moves like toy soldiers and step-ups will get you warm and limber so you can really enjoy that first ski/ snowboard of the season. Look after your body after a day of skiing or snowboarding with some long, static stretches and a hot tub or hot bath to ensure your muscles are ready for day two and the season ahead.

A well balance diet and a hydrated body will also help before, during and after exercise. See our range of Sports Nutrition at Outside Sports for aid in Sports performance and recovery.

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New for Treble Cone Ski Area, NZ 2015

What's New?

Voted winner of 'New Zealand's Best Ski Resort' at the World Ski Awards for 2 consecutive years in 2013 and 2014, Treble Cone Ski area in Wanaka, New Zealand has announced new developments for winter 2015 including; earthworks for intermediate trails in the Saddle Basin and a new open-air cafe at the top of the Home Basin, serving barista made Allpress coffee and chef cooked-to-order lunches, with spectacular views across the lake and the snow capped Southern Alps. The existing base cafe will also see upgrades with a 'ready-to-go' food court style outlet and a more intimate, table serviced dining experience.

Treble Cone is the south Islands largest ski resort with terrain like no other. The new developments will only improve the already outstanding ski area. Treble Cone has also introduced a Flexi Pass in conjunction with Wanaka’s other amazing ski area, Cardrona Alpine Resort. The Flexi pass can be purchased online or on-mountain at both Treble Cone and Cardrona for a 3 or 5 days lift pass. Meaning skiers can enjoy both mountains on one flexible ticket.

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What's new on Treble Cones trail map?

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Where are the New Trails?

Earthworks have taken place in the Saddle Basin creating an intermediate groomed trail, located adjacent to Raffills Run creating a wide intermediate run. The Saddle basin is well known for its reliable natural snow and quad chairlift access. Raffills Run will be re-aligned to deliver a new wider and easier entrance off High Street, to replace the previous narrow entrance to this popular trail.

Nearby, Saddle Back will have a new wider and gentler entrance making the previously difficult to locate, advanced trail into a fun, sweeping intermediate run through the heart of the Saddle Basin.

The new intermediate trails which include earthworks and snow fencing to create additional groomed intermediate options in the Saddle Basin, plus the introduction of a new open air mountain top cafe in the Home Basin, deliver the ski area's most exciting developments since the installation of the Saddle Quad Chairlift in 2005" Jackie van der Voort, General Manager.

Other upgrades include: beginner features to the Jazz Park, new Saddle Basin live snow cam, new storage lockers and rental fleet upgrades in the Treble Cone Rentals shop.

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Book your Ski rentals with Outside Sports in Queenstown and Wanaka for top quality ski and snowboard hire.

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PowderPak Parks Queenstown

The first PowderPak Parks is opening soon in Queenstown, NZ.

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PowderPak Parks Queenstown is a dry slope terrain park for skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels to learn and progress.

The team at PowderPak Parks Queenstown are in the process of designing and building New Zealand's first indoor dry slope ski and snowboard terrain park.

The park will provide permanent and interchangeable features for people to learn, practice and progress on all year, any weather, any time. It's perfect for all levels of riders from first timers all the way through to experienced riders for practicing.

Beginners and early learners are able to pick up the basics and practice for the real thing at the snow resorts, for experienced riders, there’s the opportunity to practice new tricks and perfect their style on a year round basis as we will be replicating certain features from the surrounding ski resort's terrain parks.

Click here for further information and to make and enquiry.

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