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March 2017

Tree wells

Whoever heard of tree wells? Everyone knows about avalanches, but isolated ski fatalities from tree wells don’t attract the same hysterical coverage. Some figures claim tree wells are responsible for a whopping 20% of ski deaths, and in recent experiments carried out in N. America where volunteers were placed in tree wells, 90% were unable to free themselves. Yet they can be avoided. First, check out this very illustrative video below then read on... A tree well is where snow fails to compact around the bottom of the tree trunk, prevented by the lower branches. Extremely common after heavy snowfall, coniferous trees with big lower branches weighed down by snow leave a bowl shaped mini-crater around the trunk. Loose powder,

The state of the Ski Industry

Luxury Ski Chalet operator Consensio recently released a report combining data from a wide range of ski operators that gives and interesting insight into the state of the industry - especially from the point of view of French and Swiss ski resorts. Some of the key findings include: Val d’Isere remains the resort of choice in France with over 30% of the market votes Verbier remains the most popular resort of choice in Switzerland, with Zermatt following a close second. According to the report, chalets were more popular than hotels with an overwhelming majority of 81%, however this particular statistic does seem to contradict other reports that say hotels are more popular. ============================================ What are the most popular ski resorts

Oakley Goggle Lens Guide

Oakley have always been the iconic brand for snow glasses and goggles, but the sheer number of lenses on offer mean if you intend on doing your homework, choosing a new pair is like embarking on a postgrad thesis. More complicated than adjusting your TV, there’s contrast and light transmission, then coatings and colour filtrations - and what about which wavelengths you want to keep and which ones aren't welcome? We've summarised and simplified it for you. How they work Usually goggles have just one lens. That means your one pair of goggles is only suitable for one type of light – be it morning, afternoon, twilight, spectacularly bright, or a white out. Ideally, you need more than one lens

The best powder Skis & Snowboards for 2017

Freeride, off-piste, sidecountry, backcountry – whatever you want to call it – make the most of the amazing snow conditions with our pick of the best powder skis and snowboards available as we head into Spring 2017. 2017 has been an amazing season in terms of snow records - especially in the USA. It doesn’t matter if you’re a skier or boarder, if you’re headed to one of the resorts in North America – or you’re from that side of the pond and about to take a trip – you want to make sure you’ve got the right gear to make the most of the unprecedented levels of pow. So here are our picks of the top powder-friendly weapons of choice

Yoga for Skiers & Snowboarders

The yoga videos below are a series originally made by Sian Leigh of Health Shed for Whitelines snowboard magazine. They aim of the series is to help winter sports enthusiasts in the lead up to their trips to avoid the injuries that beset many people to one extent or another. The first video is great for complete beginners or those out of practice and progress as you do. The main secret with yoga is to listen to your body, and to be kind to yourself. It’s a practice, not a punishment! Part 1: 45-minute beginner yoga for skiers & snowboarders This is the first in the series to prepare you for your time on the snow. We will be opening

How to stay safe off-piste and avoid avalanches

[The following post has been adapted from an article Henry's Avalanche Talk] It is safe to say that there are two types of skier or snowboarder. There are those who are happy to stick with the popular slopes and those that crave more excitement. For some of us the lure to adventure ‘off-piste’ will be inevitable. The call to find fresh, untouched powder to carve through in the back country is all to appealing. You are keen to challenge yourself whilst taking in beautiful scenery and avoiding the hustle and bustle of the kept pistes. If the latter is you, it is important to understand the risks of doing so and to prepare accordingly. One false move or lapse in

Why you should pre-book ski & snowboard gear before your trip

For a lot of skiers and snowboarders, one of the key considerations when planning any trip is whether it's better to rent equipment at their chosen resort or to bring their own. For those who might be classed as novices to the sports or who maybe ski/snowboard less frequently, more often or not the preference will be to rent. For those who perhaps take the sport more seriously the perceived notion is that you should look to own your own kit as soon as possible. Is this the best advice? The answer in short is it depends! There are pros and cons for both and it of course depends on where you ski/snowboard and how often. We've partnered with Skiset

Freeze Yourself Fit

FREEZE YOURSELF FIT 5 benefits of training cold Train hard and train cold. One of the simplest training methods known to man, but recent studies from the world of sport and military science show it could also be one of the most effective. That’s because scientists have linked cold-weather training to everything from an improved immune system to accelerated fat loss. Is it conventional? Nope. Does it work? Absolutely! Miles away from the warmth and comfort of any gym, here are 5 ways you can Freeze Yourself Fit…   Burn More Fat: Training in the cold can burn more fat! It’s a bold claim I know, but research from the Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise wanted

Snowboarder rescued from a crevasse

This guy was extremely lucky to fall 50 feet into a crevasse in Chamonix and live to tell the tail, via footage recorded while he awaited rescue. The important message from this is to be prepared for the dangers when you're out in the mountains and take the necessary precautions. An extended article on this survival story can be read here. Featured image credit, original author (Brendan K)