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Salomon Celebrates 75 Years

Iconic French ski company and the worldwide leader in winter sports equipment sales Salomon is celebrating 75 years in business. The company, still based in the historic old town of Annecy, has launched a series of initiatives to celebrate the achievement, including a four-part YouTube series highlighting the company’s innovative history across winter sports as well as other outdoor and action sports and a call on the company’s fans to share their own memories. Salomon started as a family wood saw and ski edge shop in 1947 and has grown into a globally recognized outdoor brand with more than 1600 employees worldwide, including approximately 750 at its global headquarters—the 33,500m2 Annecy Design Centre Known as the ADC. It is home…

Major Manufacturer Announces “Highly Recyclable” Skis Going on Sale this Autumn

Following a challenging 2020-21 winter season, in common with most businesses around the world, the Rossignol Group is recording a strong rebound for winter 2022 with 28% growth in activity across its portfolio of brands. The French group which has more than a century of history has announced that it plans to build on this momentum and accelerate its transformation with further commitments toward sustainable development, eco-conscious design, product life-cycle and recycling solutions. Rossignol say they will launch their first “highly recyclable” ski, The Essential, in Fall 2022, as part of their goal of developing one third of their ski ranges through a sustainable and circular economy approach within the next six years.  The all-new ski, designed to be easily…

Sustainable Skis From Finland

A sustainable material tech company and a ski manufacturer have announced a collaboration to create a skis from all natural materials. The premium alpine skis will replace the glass fibre and carbon fibre used in modern skis with fibre made out of wood or waste, making them more sustainable. The new skis are the brainchild of Finnish ski maker PUSU and sustainable material tech company Spinnova, who have already partnered with brands such as adidas and The North Face. Since the end of the wooden-skis era in the 1960s, modern ski manufacturing has relied on non-renewable materials like plastic, glass fibre and carbon fibre blends. However, as the world has woken up to the problems this approach causes, PUSU has…

Make Your Own Skis

A company called First Track Lab has been building a reputation for creating prototype skis and snowboards in just a matter of hours.  The company has been working with a variety of brands in the capacity of a research and development business. However this autumn the Fast Track Lab has opened its doors to regular members of the skiing public, giving everyone the chance to design their own skis! The ski creation process involves choosing the shape of your skis then taking part in two half-day sessions and discovering all the stages involved in making a ski. Budding designers can take part in each part of the manufacturing process before testing their babies out on the Verbier ski area. The…

World’s Oldest Pair of Skis Reunited after 1,300 Years

Archaeologists in Norway have found what they believe is the second ski in a pair that were lost  during the Iron Age 1,300 years ago. The first ski emerged from thawing ice due to climate change on Mount Digervarden in 2014 and now the returning archaeologists used GPS to locate the second ski in the set seven years later.  They then used poling water and chipped away at the ice to get to the second ski. Unlike it modern times though, the two skis are different. The first ski was 170cm long the newly found one 187cm in length. The newly found ski is also 2cm winder at 17cm compared to 15cm.  The skis show signs of repair indicating they…

Sustainable Skiwear Rental Platform Launched

A sustainable skiwear retailer has launched an online, sustainable skiwear rental service in what it believes is a world first. EcoSki Rental, described by the company as, “a contemporary, sustainable skiwear rental service” is the result of a collaboration between EcoSki and rentals business My Wardrobe HQ. “For many of us, skiwear only comes out of our wardrobe once or twice a year. Quality, well-made kit comes with a price tag to match. As a result people are often driven towards the cheaper, poorer-quality alternatives. This is what I want to help change – making high-performance, better-quality (and often kinder) kit more accessible and affordable for all. I hope the EcoSki Rental service will make skiers feel like they are…

Home Ski Slopes Sales Boom During Lockdown

Artificial ski slope manufacturer Skitrax has reported a mini-boom in sales of mini-ski slopes for home use during the pandemic lockdown. “Many young people in Germany have decided to build a small fun park themselves. Dozens of kids have bought between 15-30 sqm of our Slopetrax mats and added their own obstacles to further increase the fun!” said Wolfgang Schmidt of Skitrax. One snowboarder, Tom Avisic, built a launch ramp with a height of about 2m out of wood. A few metres of wood were then laid across at an angle of inclination of approx 25% to create the slope with the Slopetrax surface attached with wood screws. For the run, the sliding mats were then laid on the lawn…

A New Online Sustainable Skiwear Shop With Repairs Service Launches

A “one-stop online shop” for sustainable skiwear has launched with the stated aim of: “…(helping) champion the most environmentally and socially conscious winter kit on the market and kickstart a sustainable skiwear revolution.” EcoSki.co.uk offers a carefully curated selection of ski and snowboard clothing and accessories for men, women and children, all hand-picked from brands which claim the highest social and environmental credentials. EcoSki also offers a repair service for all ski garments bought via its own website and a re-selling platform for “preloved” ski and snowboard wear via its Instagram shop EcoSki’d to help “close the loop” and prolong the life of hard-wearing winter kit, offering a more sustainable way to enjoy winter sports. Founder Rachael Westbrook decided to…

SPYDER is SKIING

Spyder has been the world’s leading ski specialist brand for over 40 years! Founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1978 by David L Jacobs downhill ski champion he had a mission to create the best ski products! Spyder was born to push the limits of performance – to elevate ski apparel and transcend the boundaries of athletic achievement, leading the industry in innovation and progression of fabrics with a focus on moisture protection and insulation whilst maintaining comfort! Spyder gear is built for skiing and built to last, here are a few of my favorite pieces for all the family… Mens: I have chosen the Hokkaido GTX Jacket - FEATURING GORE-TEX® POW POW 2.0 SNOW-SHEDDING STRETCH FABRIC Named after the powder…

Amazon Patent Drone-Pulled Ski Tow Lift

Amazon have patented a drone-powdered-ski-lift designed to tow a skier up a slope or a water skier across water. The tows cable looks very like a “Poma” or “J bar” surface tow ski lift, it’s just that with the drone pulling it it doesn’t have to be fixed on any one slope and, so long as the drone has power, it can keep ongoing up. The concept of drones pulling skiers or snowboarders isn’t new. Amazon originally put in for their patent in 2016 and pack then a Santa-on-a-snowboard-pulled-by-a-drone video went viral too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At3xcj-pTjg However Amazon say one big part of their technology is that the drone can be steered by the user – something that has proved tricky to…