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Gear & Equipment

TESTING TIMES

Next season will see a new range of skis on the market and PlanetSKI will be posting a comprehensive review of them in the Autumn in conjunction with our great friends over at Ellis Brigham.

PLANETSKI GOES SKI TESTING

We’re in Ischgl with the team from Ellis Brigham testing skis for next season. It’s a hard job but someone has to do it. UPDATED

OPTING FOR SKI HIRE

Leaving her all time favourites at home, Sarah Vizard enjoys travelling light and uses ski hire for the first time in years.

HERO MASTER – THE FIRST SMART SKI

Ski manufacturer Rossignol and electronics company PIQ introduce the first smart-ski displaying real-time analytics. NEW

GUIDED BY MOBILE ANGELS

A Lithuanian software company has launched a new app, SKADI, that creates a personalised itinerary of a ski resort tailored to different levels of skier and snowboarder. NEW

SKI BOOT AGONY

What do you do when you simply can’t find a pair of boots that fit? Ski boots – the ultimate pain. PlanetSKI reporter Katie Bamber sought help from Profeet in West London.

SKI HELMETS: THE ANSWERS YOU NEED

The vast majority of people now wear a helmet. But how much protection do they offer? Should they be compulsory? Do insurance policies insist upon them?

NEW SEASON, NEW SKIS

The rental shop, Intersport, let PlanetSKI pick some new season models to play on in the French Alps. And you can do the same this winter.

ALDI IN THE ALPS

We take Aldi’s low-cost ski gear to the Alps to be tested. But how does it go down in the glamorous resort of Val d’Isère where people are more likely to be in Arcteryx than Aldi?

bagSOLO

Bring your own skis on holiday without carting them to and fro. bagSOLO does the leg work to bring your equipment to resort before you arrive. NEW

RENT OR BUY?

For many it is a no-brainer when it comes to skis. Rent. And you even get the chance to become a ski tester as you have the option to change them as many times as you like with Intersport. PlanetSKI reports.

KITTED OUT FOR UNDER £60

Discount supermarket chain Aldi has launched its winter 2016/17 range of ‘super ski essentials’, and for bargain prices.

BUY YOUR KIT IN BRITAIN & SAVE £s

For the first time in years ski and snowboard gear is cheaper in the UK than in Europe, with savings of up to 25 per cent. No wonder we’re being urged to buy before we go.

STRETCH NOW – SKI BETTER LATER

The Warren Smith Ski Academy is on a UK tour with its off-snow ski technique training sessions. It gives tests, stretches, advice and PlanetSKI has been along to sample and see what it offers.

HOW SAFE ARE SKI HELMETS?

They may not offer as much protection as you think, though a new survey argues they are well worth wearing.

Woolen hat that doubles as ski helmet

A prototype bobble hat has been developed that could offer as much protection as a ski helmet. PlanetSKI has been given exclusive access to see and test the product.

Atomic launch new touring ski

The Backland UL will be on the market next season and you can test it for free next month in Scotland. Other skis from the 2016/17 Atomic range will also be available.

Woolen hat that doubles as ski helmet

A prototype bobble hat has been developed that could offers as much protection as a ski helmet. PlanetSKI has been given exclusive access to see and test the product. NEW

Avalanche App

Meteo France has launched a new App that warns of avalanches. Like all such devices it has its uses and its limitations. NEW

Thule launch new ski roof box

The company has unveiled the Thule Flow that it claims is the best ski roof box on the market. NEW

The drones are coming

A company in the USA has been granted permission fly in two resorts and it hopes to expand the service.

Avalanche airbags

With the help of Ellis Brigham we take a closer look at how they work and the key styles to help you choose.

BUYING KIDS THEIR FIRST SKI BOOTS

It is a dilemma many parents of young skiers face: when and where? Boots do not come cheap and feet grow, but the advantages are obvious.

Cheap ski gear goes on sale at Aldi

The budget store has launched its ski range. Last month PlanetSKI had a sneak preview of what is on offer.

Cheap ski gear goes on sale at Aldi

The budget store has launched its ski range. Last month PlanetSKI had a sneak preview of what is on offer.

Quality at a price

Earlier we reported on the range of cheap skiwear being offered by the discount store Aldi. Now we look at the other end of the scale with Ellis Brigham.

Quality at a price

Earlier we reported on the range of cheap skiwear being offered by the discount store Aldi. Now we look at the other end of the scale with Ellis Brigham.

Playboy back on board

There is some snow in the Alps & the Pyrenees with more resorts opening last weekend. PlanetSKI now declares the season of 2015/16 underway.

Playboy back on board

There is some snow in the Alps & the Pyrenees with more resorts opening last weekend. PlanetSKI now declares the season of 2015/16 underway.

The Big Ski Test

It all kicked off last weekend as 100s of models are available to test in three indoor centres in the UK. Next weekend it is in Milton Keynes. UPDATED

Aldi ski gear set to go on sale

The discount supermarket Aldi is about to launch its skiwear for the coming season, with the promise of kitting out a family of four for less than £175. PlanetSKI has had a sneak preview of the range.

Aldi ski gear set to go on sale

The discount supermarket Aldi is about to launch its skiwear for the coming season, with the promise of kitting out a family of four for less than £175. PlanetSKI has had a sneak preview of the range.

The Big Ski Test

It all kicked off last weekend as 100s of models are available to test in three indoor centres in the UK. Next weekend it is in Milton Keynes. UPDATED

Resorts ban drones

The North American Ski Areas Association has advised a ban until a more detailed policy can be worked out. The organisation represents 330 ski areas.

Resorts ban drones

The North American Ski Areas Association has advised a ban until a more detailed policy can be worked out. The organisation represents 330 ski areas.

Further calls for helmets to be compulsory

This time they come from a Canadian coroner at an inquest into the death of a snowboarder. What is your view? The accident happened on Grouse Mountain in 2013. A…
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Further calls for helmets to be compulsory

This time they come from a Canadian coroner at an inquest into the death of a snowboarder. What is your view? The accident happened on Grouse Mountain in 2013. A…
Read more >

Getting the gear

Ellis Brigham is offering a range of new kit for next winter. If you like your snowsports gear then read on…

GETTING THE GEAR

Ellis Brigham is offering a range of new kit for next winter. If you like your snowsports gear then read on…

Skiing with a drone camera

Some tout them as the next big thing and others claim they might even make other sports cameras obsolete. But what are the rules about the use of drones in ski resorts?

Skiing with a drone camera

Some tout them as the next big thing and others claim they might even make other sports cameras obsolete. But what are the rules about the use of drones in ski resorts?

Skiers with diabetes warned

New research indicates a diabetes monitor or insulin pump can alter the signal of an avalanche transceiver. People are advised to keep the devices as far apart as possible.

Skiers with diabetes warned

New research indicates a diabetes monitor or insulin pump can alter the signal of an avalanche transceiver. People are advised to keep the devices as far apart as possible.

Avalanche transceiver recalled

Ortovox is recalling all of its US S1+ avalanche beacons amid safety concerns. It was servicing one unit when it found a safety flaw.

Avalanche transceiver recalled

Ortovox is recalling all of its US S1+ avalanche beacons amid safety concerns. It was servicing one unit when it found a safety flaw.

Bargains galore!

The end of season ski sales are upon us. Ellis Brigham is slashing the prices of some of its skis and clothing by up to 40%.

Waxing time

The season is over and skis and snowboards are being put away in cellars, attaic and garages. Perhaps the time to do a bit of self-servicing.

Questions raised over safety of wide skis

New research done in America indicates the wide underfoot ski may cause extra pressure on the knees and ankles.

And the winners are…

Atomic, Dare 2b and Scott Sports take home the honours in the Slide Awards 2015. It celebrates what is hot for next winter.

Some ABS airbags unsafe

The manufacturer has recalled some products after a fault has been detected. It comes in the middle of the season with significant danger in the snowpack in the Alps.

89% of skiers in Switzerland wear a helmet

The latest figures come from the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention and show a steady rise in recent years.

The Ellis-Brigham ski tests

We are spoilt for choice with all manner of shapes, sizes and designs. Everything from long fat powder skis to short stiff slalom skis. Ellis-Brigham has been out testing them.

ALDI sells skiwear

The cut-price store has just filled up its shelves with ski clothing. It claims it can kit out a skier for a fraction of the price of elsewhere. We sent our fashion correspondent along as the doors opened.

Fed up with carting your skis around?

If you make multiple trips to the Tarentaise area of the French Alps a new service allows you to store your skis. They are then taken to the next resort you visit.

Fancy testing some skis?

Ellis-Brigham will be at Tamworth indoor snow centre next week with hundreds of pairs to test for free. This is your chance to see what is new for 2014/15.

Boot sales surge

It is the first rise since 2008 as the economic downturn has hit hard. The retailers claim further grounds for optimisim as the fall in the sales of skis and snowboards bottoms out.

New ski app released by Crystal

The latest version of the Ski Explorer app is out with a range of new features. It is a pocket tool to help skiers and their friends get the most of the mountain.

PlanetSKI tests new avalanche airbag

The Black Diamond JetForce is the first avalanche airbag to inflate without the use of canisters. There is currently only one model in the UK and we have been taking a first look.

Google glass app for skiers

Squaw Valley in California is set to be the first ski resort to offer one. It will be available for the coming winter season. So is it a useful accessory or a total gimmick?

Ski racers to wear airbag vests

With increasing concerns about safety and rising injury levels they are to be introduced in December. It follows a period of trials and testing. Will the rest of us follow suit?

Snow report

Twitter

#IndoorSnowCentres in England to Open in Mid-July?

Govt hopes to open gyms & leisure facilities in England in mid-July.

It is likely, though not certain, the indoor snow centres will come into the same category.
@snowcentre

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/05/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-4/

Melbourne goes into lockdown with people barred from nearby ski resorts + ABTA calls for more government support for outbound tourism

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/05/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-4/

Rockfall Warnings in Scotland

A warning has been issued about large loose boulders, some 1m wide, on melting snow.

Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team issued the warning about the "significantly-sized boulders" at the top of Black Spout, in Deeside.

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

Check out all the latest news on the coronavirus impact on snowsports.

Ski train cancelled, further restrictions in Sweden, Australia ski resorts busy + new mask requirements in Austria and Switzerland.

https://planetski.eu/2020/07/05/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-and-snowboarding-4/

Looks like there’s fabulous snow in Las Leñas but sadly the slopes are empty ❄️

Twitter feed video.Looks like there’s fabulous snow in Las Leñas but sadly the slopes are empty ❄️
Las Leñas Depto #ThinkSnow@laslenasdepto

Nuestra querida montaña en su mejor momento! 🙌🏻🙌🏻❄️❄️🏔
Feliz de verte así y tristes de no poder disfrutarte! #ThinkSnow

#LasLeñas #cordilleradelosandes
#LasLeñasDepto #ownerdirect
#COVIDー19 #enfriamientoglobal ?

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