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Winter sports tips for beginners

Always fancied trying out a winter sport?

Now is the perfect time to give it a try, especially as there are sports to suit every experience and interest. From skiing and snowboarding to ice skating and sledding, there are plenty of choices available.

Check out some of our top recommendations and tips for beginners…


Take a lesson
Consider taking a skiing lesson from a qualified instructor to learn the basics of balance, turning, and stopping.

Start on easy slopes
Begin on gentle slopes designed for beginners to build confidence before attempting more challenging terrain.

Gear up properly
Wear appropriate clothing, including waterproof, insulated layers and of course, ski goggles too. Make sure your ski equipment fits well to avoid any it coming loose, losing grip or causing obstruction.


Learn about stance and balance
Practise your stance and balance on flat terrain before attempting slopes. A lesson with a certified instructor can be very helpful and teach you the basics beforehand.

Invest in protective gear
Wear wrist guards, a helmet, and other protective gear to reduce the risk of injuries. We would recommend our Bollé range for goggles as they have been specially designed for winter sports, and offer protection, visual clarity and reduced glare.

Practice falling
Learning the correct way to fall is one of the most important parts of snowboarding. You need to perfect the correct way to fall to minimise the risk of injury.

Ice skating

Choose the right skates
Pick skates that fit well and provide good ankle support. Most rinks offer rental skates if you’re just starting so this is definitely something for beginners to consider.

Learn to fall safely
Similarly to other winter sports, falling is inevitable when you’re learning to skate. You will need to practise falling, on a soft surface then on the ice, to ensure you don’t injure yourself.

Practice stopping
Prepare yourself to stop by using the inside edges of your skates or using the ‘forward snowplough stop’ technique which involves creating a V shape with your feet to slow down movement.


Buy the right snowshoes
Ensure your snowshoes are the right size for your weight. Most rentals include poles for added stability which is a good idea for anyone just starting out.

Start on flat terrain
Begin on flat, open terrain to get used to the feeling of walking with snowshoes. This will make movement much more natural once on the snow, which otherwise may feel strange.

Layer up
Dress warmly by adding extra layers to your outfit but also be prepared to take them off as you warm up during your activity.


Choose a safe hill
Start by picking a hill that is not too steep and has a clear path without obstacles. This will allow you to get used to the sport without putting yourself in immediate danger.

Check the weather
Check the weather forecast well in advance, especially if you are travelling internationally. This means that you can make sure the snow is packed and not too icy for a smoother ride.

Safety comes first
Follow any rules or guidelines set by the sledding area, and consider wearing a helmet and goggles for added safety.

Remember to start slow, take breaks, and have fun while learning. Safety should always be a priority, so make sure to follow any guidelines provided by the facility or instructor.

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Rest of Europe

Delivery to the rest of Europe has a flat fee of just £10.00, fully tracked and insured. This service typically takes 3-10 days. We also offer faster courier services if delivery is needed more urgently.

At this point in time, all items are shipped from the UK and may therefore be subject to customs/import charges on delivery, as the UK is not currently part of the EU. You will be responsible for these charges, so please research them before you buy. We value our European customers and the previous relationship we had with EU countries and are looking to find a better solution to this within Europe in the near future.

Rest of the World

Delivery outside of Europe has a flat fee of just £15.00, fully tracked and insured. This service typically takes 5-21 days. We also offer faster courier services if delivery is needed more urgently.

At this point in time, all items are shipped from the UK and may therefore be subject to customs/import charges on delivery. You will be responsible for these so please research them before you buy. 

Returns Policy
We want you to be happy with your new sunglasses! Returns are therefore accepted without question and no explanation is required, although we are always keen to hear any feedback that you do have. 

To be eligible for a return, items must be returned within 30 days, in the same unused condition that you received them (trying on is of course OK!), and should be returned complete with any included cases, accessories and manufacturer’s packaging.

Return Shipping
To return your product, please contact us at info@genuinestyle.com to request a return authorisation and a free shipping label.

We would obviously advise you contact us for a free label but our return address is:

Genuinestyleuk Ltd
Po Box 792
SO23 3RQ

Exchanges and Refunds
Please indicate when arranging the return whether you wish to exchange for another product or to receive a full refund.

Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. and confirm the the approval of your refund or exchange.

Once approved, your refund/exchange will be processed immediately, and either your new item will be sent (same day) or a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment (within 7 days, typically sooner).

Please contact us at info@genuinestyle.com with any questions at all regarding the returns and refund process.

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