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Gear & Equipment

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 HELMETS: PLANETSKI PUTS THE BEST TO THE TEST

Keep your noggin safe and sound with one of our Six of the Best lids…

SKI GLOVES: PLANETSKI PUTS THE BEST TO THE TEST

There’s nothing worse than cold fingers when you’re skiing – avoid that becoming an issue with a good pair of gloves. Here are Six of the Best…

SKI GOGGLES: PLANETSKI PUTS THE BEST TO THE TEST

You gotta be able to see where you’re going come sun, snow or sleet – here are Six of the Best ways of doing so…

SKI JACKETS: PLANETSKI PUTS THE BEST TO THE TEST

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

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

DOGS IN SKI GOGGLES

Loveland’s powder-hound sports a pair of ski goggles. He is not the only dog to wear them! PlanetSKI investigates. NEW

ALL ABOUT THE APP

Secret to the slopes: Ski guide app Skadi helps to navigate the mountain, work out ‘journey time’, check lift line length and it’s for free! NEW

ARC’TERYX RECALLS SKI BOOT

A defect has been discovered in some Procline boots, which may lead to injury. Around 4,400 pairs of boots are being recalled.

CLAPPED OUT

Too worn out, too painful. I could be talking about my ageing body but, no, it’s my ski boots and they’ve got to go.

ALL ABOUT E-BIKES

The craze has taken off in the mountains allowing cyclists of limited fitness the chance to enjoy the hills. So what exactly is e-biking?

Snow report

Twitter

Finland lifts travel restrictions for 17 more European countries but not UK and Sweden, Falls Creek remains open for some snow activities as lifts close + New Zealand to limit people flying into country to align with available quarantine accommodation.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-5/

Crowds descend on resorts in New Zealand to enjoy 'epic' #snow conditions ➡️ https://planetski.eu/2020/07/13/epic-conditions-at-new-zealand-ski-resorts/
@MtHutt @CoronetPeak @TheRemarks @CardronaNZ
#ski #snowboard #NewZealand

What will #apresski look like next season?

If the example of some of the summer party hotspots in anything to go by then the answer is very different.

Is apres an essential part of your holiday or are you not bothered?

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/13/what-will-apres-ski-bars-look-like-next-season/

#FallsCreek remains open for some snow activities as lifts close due to #covid19

The resort will still run some cross country skiing, tobogganing, snowmobile tours and back country tours.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-5/

#covid19skiing #coronavirusskiing #skiinginaustralia

The date is set and the countdown begins as indoor snow centres in England can open - 4 months after covid-19 restrictions shut them. https://planetski.eu/2020/07/10/the-snow-centre-announces-it-is-to-reopen/

New Zealand to limit people flying into country to align with available quarantine accommodation.

The skiing conditions are currently described as “epic”.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/12/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-5/

11-year old from Scotland become youngest person to climb the Matterhorn.

HUGE congrats to Jules Molyneaux from Perthshire.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/01/julys-news-in-brief/

Has your local slope reopened yet? We've collated information about reopening dates of facilities across England on our website.

Find out if your local slope is open or planning to open soon ➡ https://bit.ly/ReopeningInfoSE

Who has ever tried packing up the car and setting off to the Alps on the road? Once you arrive, you can enjoy the freedom of driving to neighbouring resorts to explore new slopes... ❄️⛷️

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