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PICTURE VISK SKI PANTS REVIEW

Picture Visk ski pants £289.99 As ever with Picture, eco-friendly production comes to the fore with the Visk, which is made from 46% recycled polyester and uses a PFC-free durable water repellent (DWR) treatment to protect against wet snow and rain. Naturally enough the Visk is waterproof and breathable and very lightweight – it’s focussed on backcountry action, and also has good stretch along with body mapping construction, so provides great ease of movement. It comes with a high waist and attached braces (which may not appeal to everyone) and these, in turn, are attached to Velcro waist adjusters, below which lies a full-length zip running down the outside of each leg; this allows for great venting as well as…

HELLY HANSEN FORCE SKI PANTS REVIEW

Helly Hansen Force ski pants £230 www.hellyhansen.com The Force presents pretty much everything you need in a pair of ski pants, particularly if you’re after a bit more than a shell, since they come with strategically placed Primaloft Black 40g insulation and a soft, stretchy lining to keep you warm, whilst the weather is kept on the outside thanks to durable waterproof and highly-breathable four-way stretch, fully seam-sealed Helly Tech Professional 2L fabric that provides good freedom of movement if you want to start pushing things a bit. Should you start warming up too much there are zippered leg vents, and you get four pockets, all with zips – there are two rear and two hand. An adjustable Velcro waistband…

ARC’TERYX RUSH LT SKI PANTS REVIEW

Arc’teryx Rush LT ski pants £410 www.arcteryx.com The Rush LT is, as the price indicates, a ski pant for serious skiers/boarder, and in particular those who like to head into the backcountry. The pants’ light weight (575g) makes them ideal for those long schleps on skins, whilst the loose, articulated cut and Gore-Tex fabric with a backing of Gore-C-Knit, which offers better breathability and softness, help you stay comfortable both going up and coming down. The Rush LT features a low bib and braces to help keep out snow, and there are big side zips to help with temperature control. Since there’s more chance of scuffing the pants when you’re both climbing and descending in them the lower leg is…

CMP MAN SKI PANTS REVIEW

CMP Man ski pants £164.95 www.cmp.campagnolo.it These less-than-inspiringly named ski pants are actually more interesting than the name would suggest and make a great value option for piste skiers on a budget. They come with a decent range of features and a selection of bright, cheerful colourways. The features include detachable braces, a Velcro-adjustable high rear waistband for added warmth and large belt loops (if you decide to do without the braces), whilst there are two zipped hand pockets for stashing your stuff; more pockets wouldn’t have gone amiss, but that’s not the end of the world by any means. The pants’ four-way stretch fabric provides a comfortable fit and being of Italian origin you won’t be surprised to find…

PATAGONIA POWDER BOWL SKI PANTS REVIEW

Patagonia Powder Bowl ski pants £270 www.eu.patagonia.com The classic ski pants from Patagonia, the Powder Bowl has been cleverly designed to appeal to just about every kind of rider out there. And they’re eco-friendly too, of course, featuring a 100% recycled polyester GORE-TEX face fabric, which is tough and well as waterproof/breathable and windproof, whilst a DWR finish helps to shed snow and water. On the inside you get just the right amount of insulation to keep you warm but without overheating (and there are external mesh-lined thigh vents for when it does heat up) - a combination of brushed mesh and polyester taffeta line the seat, upper thighs and down the legs to regulate your temperature as well as…

HELLY HANSEN MAROI WOMEN’S SKI JACKET REVIEW

Helly Hansen Women’s Maroi ski jacket £500 www.hellyhansen.com This bomb-proof jacket from Helly Hansen is packed with features and built to withstand all that you and the winter can throw at it. The outer is made from super tough waterproof/breathable Helly Tech Professional fabric which, say the manufacturers, will over time ‘…create a personalised look much like your favourite jeans’ – not essential, of course, but it’s quite nice to have a jacket which develops an individual ‘patina’ of use after a season or two. There’s an integrated and removable 3D mesh ‘H2Flow’ vest in bright orange and black for use on colder days – it’s light and takes up very little space so can easily be stashed in your…

PATAGONIA POWDER BOWL SKI JACKET REVIEW

Patagonia Powder Bowl ski jacket £380 www.patagonia.com I’ll cut straight to the chase and say that this is probably the best all-round ski jacket I’ve reviewed so far this season – it will work admirably for everything from serious backcountry forays to cruising the pistes. The Powder Bowl features 100 per cent recycled, two-layer polyester GORE-TEX face fabric, which has a reassuringly burly feel without being too heavy and also provides excellent waterproof/breathable and windproof protection. It also has a DWR (durable water repellent) finish to help shed rain and snow. I’m not normally a fan of lined ski jackets as they can be heavy and bulky, but the Powder Bowl features a great brushed-polyester mesh interior to wick moisture…

$35 Million Spend Planned for Queenstown Ski Areas

Two ski areas near Queenstown in New Zealand are about to see significant upgrades to their lift  fleets ahead of winter 2019 in the southern hemisphere. Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski fields, where winter 2018 ended last month, are in line for   $35 million (NZ) in upgrades including a new 6-seater express chairlift from the base of The Remarkables, opening up access to brand new trails and providing fast laps through Remarks Parks; four parks plus the Southern Hemisphere’s only Burton Stash terrain park. The new lift is part of a large project that involves the entire redevelopment of the centre’s Sugar Bowl basin. This incorporates the new high-speed D-line Doppelmayr 6-seater chairlift starting from the base area and…

Where’s Open to Ski or Board Already in November?

It's early days of course and it might yet all go wrong but October has been a very promising early start to the 18-19 season, and we begin November with about 30 resorts already open, many of them having seen several feet of snowfall already. The USA received some record-breaking biggest-ever-October snowfalls in the middle of the month allowing Wolf Creek in Colorado to claim the kudos for being the first on the continent to open, but since then eight more have joined it from East to West coasts, and November will see dozens then hundreds more open through the month. In Europe things weren't looking great until the final weekend of the month when huge snowfalls arrived in the…

Weekend of October Snowfall Totals Up to 1m In Alps

A huge snowstorm currently hitting the Alps has now deposited up to a metre of snow over the past 72 hours, and some areas may see another metre before the end of October, with the heaviest snowfall yet expected today, 29th October. Passo Stelvio in Italy (pictured top yesterday) has reported a metre of snow.  It is a summer ski area open for six months from May to November and scheduled to end its 2018 season  this coming weekend.  The Diavolezza glacier ski area in Switzerland's Engadin region reported 85cm in 48 hours yesterday.  It opened for its 2018-19 ski season just over a week ago. In Austria, Solden, which was staging the first weekend of Wild Cup racing for…