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DRAGON NFX 2 GOGGLES REVIEW

DRAGON NFX2 £149.95 www.thesnowboardshop.co.uk Another pricey option, but the NFX2 does come with two lenses, one for sunny conditions and one for cloudier skies, which means you’re well-armed for any weather conditions. However, it’s Dragon’s excellent ‘Swiftlock’ lens change system that has made the NFX2 one of the company’s best-selling goggles – you simply flip up a small locking lever integrated into either side of the goggles’ frame to remove the lens, drop in the new one, flip the levers back up and away you go. The whole process takes seconds and can even be done with gloved hands. The NFX2 also features Dragon’s 'LUMALENS Optimised Colour Technology' which provides ultra-high definition across the entire spectrum of light conditions while…

JULBO UNIVERSE GOGGLES REVIEW

JULBO UNIVERSE £140 www.julbo.com EDITOR’S CHOICE You get the option of different lenses with the Universe and this model features Julbo’s Cameleon photochromic lens, which utilises NXT lens material for light weight. This is also virtually unbreakable and optically perfect, but the best thing is that since its photochromic the Cameleon lens will work in any light conditions. The Universe uses Julbo’s Minimalist Frame Concept to offer the maximum field of vision from any angle, and it’s highly effective; these goggles offer some of the best peripheral vision out there, which you notice straight away. This is in large part thanks to the fact that there’s no bulky frame protruding on the edges of your vision. The flexible frame and…

CÉBÉ STRIKER GOGGLES REVIEW

CÉBÉ STRIKER £35 www.cebe.com BEST BUY Even cheaper than the Sinner Olympia is the Cébé Striker, which cost less than a round in most ski resorts – but unlike the frothy pints in Val d’Isere you don’t get short-changed with the Striker. They come with an optical quality cylindrical double lens which has both anti-fog and anti-scratch coatings, and the double-density face foam gives a comfortable fit against your face (they’re designed for medium to large faces). You can get different lenses for different light conditions, and the understated looks of the Striker will probably appeal to anyone who doesn’t like their gear to be too blingy.…

SINNER OLYMPIA GOGGLES REVIEW

SINNER OLYMPIA £65 www.sinner.eu New for winter 18/19, the Olympia offers superb peripheral vision and great looks, making it a really good value option and proof that you don’t need to break the bank to get a fine pair of ski goggles. They come with a Cat 3 blue mirror lens which matches well with blue outriggers and a blue minimalist frame (with silicone-backed strap to keep it in place on your helmet), and the lens has an anti-fog coating plus good-sized, foam-covered vents top and bottom to further prevent fogging. The Olympia’s hypoallergenic face foam is really soft and snug against your face, and the goggles are helmet compatible, so you’ll have no problem wearing them with your lid.…

SUNGOD REVOLT SKI GOGGLES

SUNGOD REVOLT £95 www.sungod.co The Revolt was so popular it sold out last season, which tells you a lot. They’ve been promoted as the ‘world’s first interchangeable, fully replaceable goggles…customised by you’ so if having your own unique look is important, the Revolt may be just what you’re looking for – after all it’s not often you can be in a big ski resort like, say, Les Arcs and know that no-one else on the mountain has the same goggles as you. Basically, you go onto the Sungod website and choose your own combination of frame colour, lens colour and strap design to create a pair of personalised ski goggles. With four frame colours, six lens tints and ten strap…

First Successful Ski Descent of K2

One of the few remaining great achievements in skiing has been realised with the first successful descent on skis of K2 on Sunday, July 21st. The full story of the descent of the world's second highest mountain by Polish ski mountaineer Andrzej Bargiel, along with the first pictures, is only just starting to reach the wider world. At 8,611 metres K2 in the Karakoram mountain range is just a little lower than Everest, which has been skied and snowboarded down multiple times over the past two decades, but for climbers and skiers alike is regarded as the much greater challenge. The 30 year old attacked the summit on Sunday and when he finally reached the peak, simply strapped on his…

Aussie Slopes Get Big Dump

Australia’s ski slopes have seen big snowfalls over the past few days and with skies due to clear whilst temperatures stay low it’s looking like a powder weekend for many. Hotham in Victoria province (pictured above and bottom) reported the biggest snowfall with 24cm in 24 hours taking its base past the metre mark to 102cm, believed to be the first resort in the country to do so this winter. Perisher and Thredbo in New South Wales reported slightly smaller accumulations and that their bases are up to 99cm apiece. https://www.facebook.com/PerisherResort/videos/10155406516945653/   The Australian snow follows some good snowfalls in South America earlier this week which saw Portillo in Chile post 35cm of fresh snow in the past 72 hours…

Ski Areas Merger To Create “New Zealand’s Biggest Ski Area”

The amalgamation of two ski areas close to  Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island should create the country’s biggest ski area, the operators of Cardrona Alpine Resort claim. The centre’s operators, the Real Journeys Group, say they have reached an Agreement with the owner of the Soho Basin cat skiing area which owns the adjacent terrain to combine the two areas in to one, with a combined area of more than 900 hectares, more than double Cardrona’s existing size. Currently Mt Ruapehu on New Zealand’s North Island claims to be the country’s biggest with around 1,800 hectares of terrain but that’s by adding together ski run totals at the unlinked Turoa and Whakapapa ski areas. Cardrona this week and pictured…

Has the 2018 – 19 Ski Season Already Started?

The news that the Swiss ski resort of Saas Fee has re-opened for snowsports on its glacier today less than three months after closing its 2017-18 ski season in April set us wondering when does one ski season end and the new one begin?  Some ski areas are open all year round – the Hintertux glacier in Austria (below) and Zermatt in Switzerland for example, but most resorts, even those with far longer than average ski seasons, open in late autumn then close in early spring. So that main season is pretty obvious.  But several ski areas that opened in early autumn last year – the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in Austria or Timberline on Mt Hood in Oregon are STILL open…