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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…

Trail-Maps-On-Lens-Cloths Company Moves into Mask Production

Wipeout, the small-business built around owner Julie Slaughter’s genius idea of printing trail maps on to high quality lens cloth that can also be used to clean goggles and sunnies – has branched out in to producing face masks for use during the pandemic. Julie started making the masks for her local town/ commune in France, with her sewing machine and bare hands soon after lockdown began, “My usual work of dealing in Wipeout Microfibre Piste Maps was quickly replaced by home schooling (in French) and the fresh re-stock of products just arrived for the latter half of the season, were now ‘on the shelf’. A few weeks into lockdown, there was a drive by the community to provide a…

What did we discover during lockdown?

Back when we all thought the world would end due to the Millennium Bug (it didn't), we made a t-shirt. It was the first one we produced and features an early logo derived from the fridge in our home office. If you're like us, you may have whiled away some lockdown hours tidying your shed. "be part of snow-forecasting history with a chance to own one of our first ever t-shirts!" That's what I did, and in a Tesco bag full of broken snowboard bindings I discovered this rare example. It gave us an idea: make a limited run of these shirts and surprise the first few hundred Snow-Forecast.com fans who subscribed by sending them one. Now you can own…

Ski Manufacturer Switches To Face Shield Manufacture for Healthcare Workers

A Utah-based ski manufacturer have teamed-up with three other companies from outside the ski industry to go into the production of medical-grade reusable polycarbonate face shields for the medical community in response to the COVID-19 crisis. DPS Skis have joined forces with Goal Zero, Petzl and Eastman Machine Company to manufacture the masks for the Utah Department of Health. “Our entire team is proud to be contributing to the nationwide effort of PPE production and are humbled by the enthusiastic support of key partners that are helping make this possible. With a 15 year history of rapid prototype-to-production manufacturing, we are in a unique situation to convert a major portion of our operations to produce protective medical face shields,” said…

New Secondhand Skiwear Reselling Site Launched

A new website where skiers can buy and sell send hand skiwear has launched. The site’s co-founders Nicola Davenport and Sally Warren say they were inspired by the  #ClimateEmergency and the success of the trend for second-hand fashion to create their peer-to-peer marketplace: WhoSki.com “Outdoors clothing is almost impossible to recycle because of the mixed fabrics and specialised coatings. In landfill, it takes literally hundreds of years to decompose. At the charity shop, it’s hard to shift. If you haven’t got a family or friends network to pass on your unwanted or outgrown ski wear, it’s unlikely to find a new home,” said Nicola Davenport. WhoSki.com is marketed as, “…the off-piste way to boost you and your family’s on-piste style…

Leki Performance S GTX Men’s Gloves

It’s the eternal search for skiers, to find a ski glove that’s affordable but does a good job of keeping your hands both arm and dry, but not sweaty. Leki Performance S GTX gloves fit the bill perfectly though. “Performance” is indeed the name of the game as these gloves are both waterproof and breathable thanks in good part to the use of Primaloft® material in this high-end, extra-warm ski glove. Thanks to its Gore-Tex® membrane the glove is also totally wind proof, and the softshell on the outer hand I means it is breathable too, providing that perfect climatic comfort we all want on the slopes. Providing an extra warm level of warmth, the glove’s palm is made of…

Kathmandu Styper Snow 3 in 1

New Zealand-based adventure gear manufacturer Kathmandu have a great range of skiwear and other kit available for winter 2020. Unlike many competitors, the company’s Styper range of jackets for both men and women come in every version you might prefer – a shell, a fully insulated jacket or a 3-in-1 jacket that combines shell and a fleece inner. We got hold of the 3-in-1 jacket to test out the company’s pitch that for 30 years, they have designed their gear to take on the rugged landscapes of their homeland, using Kiwi ingenuity and an open mind to continuously adapt their gear to endure different weather conditions, diverse terrains, and different needs. So we took the jacket out on the slopes…

Leki Neolite Airfoil Pole

Ski poles should be a bit of a no brainer but they can be surprisingly clumsy and hard to get a handle on if you’re unlucky enough to end up with a low quality pair. Leki are however masters in the art of pole design and with their new Neolite pole, available in the UK through Ellis Brigham, they’ve created a low profile, lightweight pole with superb grip. The poles feature Leki’s new Pro PAS grip which has been designed around the racing grip created on poles used in World Cup racing – where ole design and grip are a crucial issue that’s studied in incredible detail to create the best performance where hundredths of a second and incredibly high…

Burton Snowboards Founder Jake Burton Carpenter Has Died

Jake Burton Carpenter who creator the Burton snowboarding empire, a name synonymous with boarding since the early years of the sport, has died of cancer at the age of 65. Burton, founded his company in Vermont in 1977 selling 300 snowboards in its first year.  In the more than four decades since Jake Burton and his company, which now employs more than 1,000 people with offices worldwide, has been as key driving force behind the sport of snowboarding. The included initially getting ski areas to accept snowboarders on their slopes, then promoting the creation of terrain parks and in the 1990s pushing for the inclusion of snowboarding in the Winter Olympics. A statement on his company’s social media says, “It…