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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…

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…