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Gear & Equipment

London Ski & Snowboard Festival Is Back

It’s returning to Battersea Park this October.  The new organisers are promising a ‘snow sport event like no other’.  So what’s new? UPDATED

Revolutionary Ski Kit For the Future

It’s being hailed as a game-changer: the world’s first folding high-performance all-mountain ski. We have a look at what the manufacturers say about the Elan Voyager and another innovation, an avalanche transceiver that talks to you. 

All Mountain Ski Jacket

In our occasional feature on new gear this season we take a look at the Jolner jacket from the Swedish brand Klättermusen. They’ve been around since 1975 so know what they’re doing when it comes to making durable, stylish outdoor gear.

Sat Nav for the Ski Slopes

We all use sat navs in our cars as second nature. But would you want an automated voice giving you instructions on the slopes? Snonav thinks the answer is ‘Yes’.

Christmas Presents for Skiers and Snowboarders

We’ve dived into Santa’s sack to find the best on offer. We all want nothing more than to ski this Xmas, but for most of us that’s just not gonna happen, so here are some pressie ideas from ski jackets to ski books to keep you going until the lifts open again.

Quarantine Is the Key to Unlocking Winter 2020/21 For UK Skiers 

That is the claim from the rental company Intersport in a survey. It is released as UK quarantine is reduced from 14-days to 5-days.

Battle of the Ski Face Masks

Selecting one’s snowsports outfit used to be one of the pre-season occupations for every fashionable skier or snowboarder. A mask is now part of the decision making process.

Details of New UK Snow Show Unveiled

It takes place in a year’s time at the NEC in Birmingham and promises to be quite an experience. Will it be able to succeed where others have failed?

Ski Entrepreneur Josef Fischer Dies At 90

The Austrian, who was the son of the founder of the Fischer Ski brand, died at the end of August. The company and the International Ski Federation pay tribute to the ‘visionary’.

Tributes to French Ski Industry Legend

Laurent Boix-Vives has died at the age of 93. He helped create and develop the ski resort of Courchevel before acquiring Rossignol in 1956 at the age of 29.

PlanetSKI’s Summer Gear Review

It may be awkward to get to the Alps at the moment, but summer is around the corner and restrictions are set to lift in June. Take a look at our top tips for gear this summer – in the Alps or here in the UK.

LOOK AFTER YOUR SKI KIT FOR NEXT WINTER

Bored at home under lockdown? Now might be a good time to ensure your ski or snowboard kit is in tip top condition ready for next winter.

PLANETSKI PUTS NEXT YEAR’S SKIS THROUGH THEIR PACES AT THE GLENSHEE SKI TESTS

Major brands pulled out of the Italian Ski Tests with worries about Covid-19. Instead a smaller event was relocated to Glenshee in Scotland where PlanetSKI tested the latest innovations from Atomic, Salomon and Elan.

PLANETSKI AT THE GLENSHEE SKI TESTS

They were supposed to take place in Italy & we were poised in the Aosta Valley. Worries about the coronavirus led people to pull out, but that didn’t stop PlanetSKI covering the tests.

HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TO WEAR TO SKI

It shouldn’t be that difficult, but it is, especially for the inexperienced.  Our friends at Maison Sport come to the rescue.

MESSYWEEKEND

We have all had them, but have you ever had a messy weekend on your face while skiing or snowboarding?

NUROKOR MiTOUCH PRODUCT REVIEW

It’s a hand held bioelectronic device, the size of a smartphone, designed to aid with pain reduction, pain control, inflammation and recovery after an injury and post-exercise. Read Alf’s review.

FOUR TOP WAYS FOR KIDS TO CARRY THEIR SKIS

It’s half-term week and that means kids on the slopes. So how should they carry their skis? Our friends over at Maison Sport have been offering their advice.

PlanetSKI Tests The New Wedze Skis From Decathalon

We’ve been putting them through their paces on the steeps of Argentière. They’re now competing with the big boys at a fraction of the price.

OAKLEY CLIFDEN MOUNTAINEERING GLASSES

We’ve been looking at sunnies. While a tad expensive these mountaineering sunglasses offer excellent eye protection and can be easily adapted for summer use.

PLANETSKI PUTS DECATHLON TOURING SKIS THROUGH THEIR PACES

There is no surer sign that ski touring is becoming mainstream. Decathlon is selling its own brand & we’ve been testing them out. Are they any good & why walk uphill in the first place?

Want to Save Money on Your Ski Gear?

Look no further than Decathlon and its own brand of Wedze. Good gear with affordable prices to match.

SKI PIONEER DIES IN PLANE CRASH

Dave Goode was the first to develop pure carbon fibre skis and ski poles.  He was killed when his light aircraft crashed in Utah.

SKI RENTAL MARKET CONTINUES TO GROW

More and more of us are renting skis rather than buying them. There has been a sharp growth in the rental sector. Why?

SKI/BOOT ROOM OF THE YEAR

It’s the Awards Season at the moment with many taking place. PlanetSKI has decided to hand out its own alternative & occasional awards.

HELMETS CAN INCREASE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY

That’s the disturbing finding from a new 8-year long study in the USA. PlanetSKI reports on the protection helmets offer.

ESSENTIAL WINTER EYE WEAR

We’ve been eyeing up the vast collection of goggles & sunglasses for the winter. We select our two favourites.

WE LOOK AT THE LIFE & LEGACY OF JAKE BURTON

A founding father of snowboarding, described as its soul, has passed away. We look at his remarkable life & assess his influence on snowsports.

DISABLED BOARDER BUILDS OWN SIT SKI

A former snowboarder suffering from a debilitating illness is building an adaptive ski to get him back to the slopes.

TRIBUTES CONTINUE FOR JAKE BURTON

The founder of Burton snowboards has died from cancer aged 65. He was quite simply one of the most influential men in snowsports.

HOW TO STOP YOUR SKIS GETTING STOLEN…

Our friends over at Maison Sport have a few tips if want to avoid your skis getting pinched.

IS THIS ‘THE’ SKI JACKET FOR 2019?

The right jacket is almost as essential as the right skis. We select one of our favourite jacket & pants combo.

PLANT BASED SKI WAX HITS THE US MARKET

The eco-ski wax is the first environmentally-friendly ski wax according to the company that makes it, MountainFLOW.

DISCOVER OFF PISTE WITH ELLIS BRIGHAM

The retailer will be showcasing its backcountry gear in the Tamworth Snowdome next month. Fancy going?

LOOK AFTER YOUR SKI KIT THIS SUMMER

Winter’s just about done so here’s another chance to read our advice to ensure your kit is in tip-top condition come next winter.

BUYING BOOTS

PlanetSKI looks at why every keen skier should own their own boots. We head to the specialists, Profeet.

NEW YEAR SALES

Alf Alderson is a Les Arcs ‘Ambassador’. Here’s what’s going down at the Ambassador’s Residence this week.

SKIING WITHOUT SKIS

Try snowskates instead – skates that glide on snow. BTW it’s not April 1st.

GOING DIY

Pre-Xmas PlanetSKI has been on a last minute short break self-catering ski trip to the French Alps. So, what was it like?

ELLIS- BRIGHAM: THE TOP 5 SKIS

We’re rolling out some Top Fives in gear, starting with the most exciting piece of kit: skis.

BASE LAYERS FOR THE BACKCOUNTRY

The new FLŌA technical base layer is designed for backcountry skiers & snowboarders. Its kickstarter campaign ends in a week.

SIX BEST BASE LAYERS

It’s what you wear close to your skin that’s important. Here are Six of the best base layers, tested by our reviewer.

SIX BEST SKI JACKETS

The right ski jacket is almost as essential as the right skis – here are Six of the Best.

SIX BEST SKI PANTS

You gotta have the right pants for a comfortable day on the slopes – here are six of the best.

SIX BEST SKI HELMETS

Choose a helmet with ABS features, or one with built in speakers, or a photochromatic visor.

SIX BEST SKI GOGGLES

You gotta be able to see where you’re going to get the most from your skiing (and be safe) – here are six of the best goggle options.

SIX BEST SKI GLOVES

Keeping your mitts warm on the slopes with hi tech insulation. Check out our selection of the six best gloves on the market.

WHAT TO WEAR ON THE SLOPES

PlanetSKI selects the best baselayers, gloves, googles, helmets, jackets and ski pants. Which ones come out on top?

BASELAYERS FOR THE BACKCOUNTRY

The new FLÅŒA technical base layer is designed for backcountry skiers and snowboarders. NEW

STORING SKI KIT OVER THE SUMMER

What to do with all your gear now the season is over? Read on for advice on how to ensure it’s in tip-top shape come next winter.

DECATHLON SKI TESTS

It’s not just value ski gear that Decathlon is developing; it has skis & touring equipment for next season & we’ve been seeing what they’re like.

DECATHLON OPENS NEW LONDON STORE

The outdoor sports retailer has opened a new shop in Kensington this week. ‘So, what?’ you may well ask.

PLAN IN YOUR PJS

125 resorts are covered in the upgraded Ski Explorer app so you can plan your route, research mountain must-sees and look forward to lunch.

SKIS OF THE YEAR

Ellis Brigham releases the top skis for Winter 17/18 under 8 categories: Men’s, women’s, piste, carve, all mountain, freestyle, freeride.

GOT YOUR GEAR?

Decathlon expands; the affordable sports equipment & clothing retailer is embracing snowsports. More shops & more gear.

INTERSPORT’S NEW RANGE

The French ski hire chain has four new ski and snowboard packages this winter, promising to stock the best kit available. We’ve had a preview. NEW

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

First scam ski chalet websites, now it’s online ski shops. Be careful this cyber-Monday, they’re after your credit card details.

SIX OF THE BEST

PlanetSKI selects the best baselayers, gloves, googles, helmets, jackets and ski pants. Which ones come out on top?

SKI BASELAYERS: PLANETSKI PUTS THE BEST TO THE TEST

A good base layer is essential if you’re to stay warm, dry and comfortable on the slopes – here are Six of the Best.

SKI PANTS: WE PUT THE BEST TO THE TEST

Good strides are essential when you’re on the slopes – here are Six of the Best

Snow report

Twitter

PlanetSKI’s ‘Skiing Snippets’…

- Transceivers Withdrawn After Technical Problems
- Worth a watch
- Third Wave Fears in Chile

See here for the full details:

https://planetski.eu/2021/03/28/planetskis-skiing-snippets/

Grace Harrison skiing at @Chill_Factore this week.

Brilliant to see activity back up and running - send us your best photos/videos so we can celebrate the return of the sport together. ⛷ 🏂

Wow! They’ve started to dismantle one of the lifts at the Médran #Verbier ... @verbier4Vallees @VerbierResorts

Twitter feed video.Wow! They’ve started to dismantle one of the lifts at the Médran #Verbier ... @verbier4Vallees @VerbierResorts
Verbier4Vallées@verbier4Vallees

Et voilà, après 37 ans de bons et loyaux services, le démontage de notre télécabine 6 places Médran I est en cours... 👋🏻

Elle va vous manquer cette cabine? 🥴

Ne vous inquiétez pas, nous la remplaçons par quelque chose de mieux!

#verbier4vallees

The worst #ski season of the millennium. The verdict of the 2021 International Report on Snow & Mountain Tourism

https://planetski.eu/2021/04/14/the-worst-ski-season-of-the-millennium/

@LaurentVanat

PlanetSKI’s ‘Skiing Snippets’:

-#Whistler Sees Largest Outbreak of #VariantVirus Outside #Brazil
-Norwegian Ski Jumper Injured in Horrific Fall Has Successful Surgery
-Air Canada Sets Target of Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050

https://planetski.eu/2021/03/28/planetskis-skiing-snippets/

We are delighted to announce that Blue Sky Ski Holidays Ltd will be exhibiting at the National Snow Show in October. ⁠Blue Sky Ski-ing Ltd pride themselves on their first class customer service. ⁠

http://www.blueskyskiholidays.co.uk

#nationalsnowshow #themountainsareours

PlanetSKI’s ‘Skiing Snippets’…

-#Sundance Improvements Set to Go Ahead
-UK Passport Office Urges People to Apply Early
-Japanese Policeman Goes Snowboarding While On Duty
-Canadian Resort of #SunPeaks Sees #Covid19 Spike

See here for details:

https://planetski.eu/2021/03/28/planetskis-skiing-snippets/

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