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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…

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…