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Ski and Snowboard Technician Training Courses

Introduction to servicing skis and snowboards and boot fitting courses

The Skiers Lounge | 05/03/2020 12:10:14

The servicing offered by the Skiers Lounge // Ski & Snowboard Wax is of the highest quality helping us to previously win awards for the care, attention and knowledge we put into every service we undertake, and now you can take the first steps to become a competent ski and snowboard technician, following the very same training that anyone who has worked with us here or previously at Edge & Wax wintersports.

Our training courses have been running for almost 10 years, and we have helped private technicians understand their equipment better and how to service it, through to seasonnaires who have ended up scattered around the world – some as far away as New Zealand and North America, and indeed some have never returned to the UK!

You can book to take part in part or the full course depending in your needs. We also offer limited 1-to-1 courses for individuals who want to learn more about servicing their own kit at home.

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Our Private 1-to-1 sessions with our senior ski and snowboard technician Scott Hargrave

Having serviced and repaired thousands of skis, snowboards and blades since 2005, Scott has a depth of knowledge on all things wintersports tech. He is also able to communicate technical information and demonstrate how to do things correctly in an easy to understand and confidence inspiring way. After all, as he says, “If I can be a ski tech then anyone can!”. If you would like to go “full nerd” though rest assured, Scott can nerd with the best of them!

Our individual 1-to-1 courses offer the same benefits as having a private instructor on the mountain – you get to learn a lot more, focussed on WHAT you want to learn, in much less time. It’s tailored for your needs.

Our 1-to-1 courses with Scott take place from 10am to 3pm at our West Sussex workshop premises and are by appointment only (and can be purchased as a gift). They are intended for one attendee only to ensure you get the best from your course, although we do also permit couples or a friend to attend and will accommodate you in our large dedicated facilities. We offer full discretion for VIP enquiries too, who like all attendees find switching off from the world and learning something new in a quiet focussed environment for a few hours highly rewarding - and therapeutic too. Drinks and locally made biscuits are provided, and parking is right outside and free.

Pricing for Private Session

1 Person - £240.00
2 People/Couple - £400

To view availability please take a look at Scott’s booking calendar where you can book online 24/7, call us on 01403 915 655 or contact Scott directly via our contact form. This is a bespoke session, if you have a specific date and time in mind we can normally accommodate your requirements

View Our Private Session Dates

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Our Group Ski & Snowboard Technician Training Courses

Here are the 3 courses we offer which can be taken as 1, 2 or 3 day courses. Those attending our 2 day and 3 day courses will receive a certificate of attendance to add to your resume if you are seeking work in the industry at home or abroad.


Day 1 – Beginners (Ideal for DIY technicians and those looking to work in resort)

An introduction to the role of a ski and snowboard technician. We go through the construction of skis and snowboards, our goals at technicians, and the tools required to work safely and productively. We walk through the 3 stages of servicing – Bases, Edges, Waxing.

For day 1 the balance is more theory with a little practical. For more practical hands on experience it is worth attending day 2 of the course.


Day 2 – Advanced (Ideal for those looking to work in resort and more advanced DIY technicians)

A more advanced step this day of our course goes through more advanced repairs work such as patch repairs and deep base gouges and edge repair. We also cover advanced use of workshop machinery to base and stone grind, and how to tune a ski or board to racing level for maximum performance.

There will then be time to practice what you have learned, overseen by the course instructor to give real time feedback on your work and how to obtain perfect results.

Day 3 – Boot fitting and Custom Insoles (Ideal for those wanting the widest introduction to maximise employment opportunities)

The course now moves from the workshop to the fitting floor and lab, where we go through the basics of foot anatomy and leg/body alignment, which will assist in sizing up of ski and snowboard boots, and dealing with common issues on the mountain whether renting boots or selling them.

We explore the equipment available to stretch, punch and grind ski boots for a perfect fit, and the various customisations available.

You will be personally measured for your feet to better understand your own needs, and the impact of boot fit on your skiing or snowboarding.

You will also be moulded for a custom insole assist in the finishing of the footbed and take it away – worth £95.00

Our Group Course Pricing

1 Day (Beginner Workshop Tech) - £220.00
2 Days (Advanced Workshop Tech) - £335.00
3 Days (Boot Fitting & Custom Foot beds) - £450.00

A non refundable deposit of £50 is included in the above prices. Prices included VAT.

We can also offer bespoke training courses for companies, please contact us for a bespoke quotation

Buying as a gift? We can produce a gift certificate and card for the purchased course to send to you to give to someone as a present.

Our Workshop Facilities

We have one of the most advanced workshops in the UK, and more importantly over 15 year’s experience in ski and snowboard tuning and boot fitting. Your course will be given by our lead technician and boot fitter Scott Hargrave, who has trained many people before at the Boot Camp training facilities at Edge & Wax and now here at The Skier Lounge.

Our workshop is located on the A24 south of Gatwick and Horsham in West Sussex. The nearest train station is a 12 minute taxi ride away – Horsham train station, and there is accommodation available locally in nearby Partridge Green (2 miles) or in Horsham (6.6 miles)

Lunch is not included and we suggest bringing your own as we are in a countryside location (There is a Co-Op and McDonalds 2 minute’s drive away but not on foot), but drinks will be on offer and a selection of snacks.

What do I get from the course

Along with years of experience on ski and snowboard technician work, ski boot fitting and custom insole moulding, you will receive the following:

  • • 15% Discount on the day on tools/waxes
  • • Follow up useful information PDFs by email
  • • Certificate of attendance (2+3 day courses)
  • • 1 Pair of £95 custom insoles (3 day courses)
  • • Drinks and snacks included
  • • Free parking
  • • Access to our equipment to service your own equipment (2+3 day courses)

Our Group Course Dates for 2020 – 2021

Maximum group size is normally 6 people, unless by prior arrangement. During the current situation with Covid-19 we are reducing this to just TWO attendees per date:

Date Duration Day 1 Basic Day 2 Advanced Day 3 Boot Fitter
April 13th,14th,15th Up to 3 Days limited spaces spaces spaces
May 11th, 12th, 13th Up to 3 Days spaces spaces spaces
June 15th, 16th, 17th Up to 3 Days spaces spaces spaces
No Courses In July X X X
August 10th, 11th, 12th Up to 3 Days spaces spaces X
September 14th, 15th, 16th Up to 3 Days spaces spaces X
October 12th, 13th Up to 3 Days spaces spaces X
November 16th, 17th Up to 3 Days spaces spaces X
December 7th 1 Day spaces X X
January 4th 2021 1 Day spaces X X
February 1st 2021 1 Day spaces X X
March 1st 2021 1 Day spaces X X

Make a booking

You can make a booking online and check availability 24/7 below. Alternatively you can call us on 01403 915 655 Please note that courses must be paid in full to be confirmed, so we will contact you once you have made your booking. In the event you need to cancel your booking there is a non-refundable £50 deposit. Rescheduling your appointment is free subject to availability.

Once you have your booking confirmed we will send you an information pack with further details about your course, and what you need to bring with you along with useful contact information.