Buying Skis for Anwärter


Buying ski equipment can be a very expensive task. I hope to guide you on buying not only the right skis for anwärter exams (Austrian level 1, more or less equivalent to international level 2), but also skis that will be suitable for you throughout your first season / seasons.

Buying the right Skis for Anwärter

Normally buying skis is quite a personal thing, but for ski instructor exams and teaching you will need the right tool for the job. The Anwärter is mostly focussed on turning you into a beginner instructor, you will re-learn how to snowplough and ‘plough-steer’. The Anwärter also has some performance ski testing of short and long turns.
Although it is possible to pass your exams and work using your park skis, none of your fellow students, or your own future students will appreciate the spray your twin tips are flicking up as they follow close behind you.

A more appropriate choice would be a good race carver. Usually a turn radius of around 16-20m depending on ski length. They are aggressive enough for the performance testing but still manageable enough for the snowplough.
My personal favourite for price vs performance is the Rosignol Hero Long Turn   TI. HERO-ELITE-LT-Ti
This ski is suitable for Anwärter level. It is also stiff enough to take off piste and aggressive enough for your Landes 1 and 2 exams.

Some other alternative race carvers would be:

  • Head WC Rebels I.Spead
  • Fischer RC4 Worldcup RC
  • Atomic Redster G9
  • Völkl Race Tiger GS
  • Salamon X-Race SW
  • Nordica Dobermann GSR RB EVO
  • Blizzard WRC Racing WC Piston


Length really does depend on your ability. At Anwärter level you should be buying a ski length that reaches your eye level from ground or higher. If you can handle higher then it will pay off for your Landes exams. It is important to buy a ski you can handle though so don’t ever reach.

Where to buy

Although you will find some cheap prices online, if you have not tried these skis before it is quite a risk to buy online. If you are not able to test any before you begin your anwärter, do a ski test while you train. Often you will get a small discount if you are a ski instructor or training to be one. If you are on a low budget then ring ahead to a ski shop, you might be able to rent some ski’s and even purchase the rental skis at a good price.

If you are doing a pre-course to prepare you for your exams it is worth checking with them before buying. They may be able to recommend equipment for you and sometimes have a deal with a local ski shop giving you good discounts.


If you have any queries or anything to add then please do so below.
Happy buying to you and good luck with your course!

Hestra Army Leather GORE-TEX Three Finger Gloves Review

Hestra GORE-TEX Range

A couple of years ago I was searching for a ski glove that would be warm and durable enough to survive the daily wear and tear of ski instructing. I stumbled across a recommendation for Hestra Army Leather gloves and after some further research I bought the Hestra Army Leather GORE-TEX Three Finger Gloves. At the time they cost me £125 which I considered very expensive, I was really hoping they would live up to the hype and survive at least one full winter.
Hestra Army Leather GORE-TEX three finger glove

The Test

When they arrived I was really impressed with the quality and comfort. My winter started with training on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Austria. We experienced very warm weather of around 15℃, followed by the extreme cold of -32℃ within the first few weeks and i wore these gloves throughout.

The Hestra Army Leather GORE-TEX gloves are very warm so although my hands were warm and even sweaty, the gloves remained odourless unlike many of my friends with cheap gloves.

During the cold times my hands were sometimes cold but again I was coping a lot better than those with cheap gloves. Often it would be my index finger that felt the cold, this is the downside of the three finger compared with the mitten. In these instances I would just move my index finger into the same compartment until it warmed up again.

The Hestra Army Leather GORE-TEX really does keep your hands dry. Being an instructor I work through any weather including rainy days and these really do perform. When the gloves have been cared for and waxed as per manufacturers instructions they will keep you dry all day long.
I only got wet hands when I allowed the leather to dry out (no wax for a couple of months), or when rain water was running in off my sleeve.

Gloves with a wrist strap are a must for me, I need quick access to my phone, tickets etc. and these make life much easier. Also included is a carabiner, this keeps them safe whilst i’m not wearing them. Just be careful not to drop snow in them, if you have any snow in the cuffs make sure you remove them with your hand upwards so that that snow doesn’t fall in.


Hestra Army Leather GORE-TEX gloves usedThe durability of the Hestra Army Leather GORE-TEX gloves have really impressed, I have now used them for two long seasons (12 months of total use). There are a few cuts from careless ski carrying but they have not cut all the way through. The only other damage is the  leather thumb patch stitching on my favoured ski carrying hand.

The inside is nowhere near as cosy and soft as they originally were but the functionality has not deteriorated. If this will bother you then perhaps look at the none GORE-TEX versions as the liners are replaceable.
Used Hestra Army Leather GORE-TEX

You can see that the white has yellowed which is normal, the dark stains are from the daily set up of training areas and barriers.


To summarise, I highly recommend these gloves. If you are working or just holidaying in the snowsports world, these gloves will endure and are well worth the extra money.

Check out their full range on the website

Review by Ben Cordingley