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Gear & Equipment

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?

Half price ski service

The middle of summer many not be the ideal time to get your skis or snowboard serviced. It is if you want the best prices.

Snowboard sells for $31,313.13

It is not just any old snowboard though, it is a 1977 Burton experimental prototype. It was snapped up on eBay. But who is the mystery buyer?

Rent or buy?

More people seem to be renting skis and snowboards, but buying their own boots. Good call we reckon at PlanetSKI as we go renting and testing in the early season snow in the French Alps.

Fancy being a ski tester?

You can next weekend at Braerhead in Glasgow. It is the final event as Ellis Brigham tours the country with 200 skis allowing people to try them out. It is the biggest event of its kind in the UK.

Fancy being a ski tester?

You can next weekend at Braerhead in Glasgow. It is the final event as Ellis Brigham tours the country with 200 skis allowing people to try them out. It is the biggest event of its kind in the UK.

The backpack with solar panels

A new bit of kit allows you to charge your phone, iPod, laptop or tablet while out on the slopes. The solar panels allow you to keep powered up while on the move round the mountains.

The backpack with solar panels

A new bit of kit allows you to charge your phone, iPod, laptop or tablet while out on the slopes. The solar panels allow you to keep powered up while on the move round the mountains.

What to wear this season

Each year there are new cuts, colours and creations. Bright seems to have been in vogue in recent years but what about the season of 2013/14? The PlanetSKI fashion correspondent has been to take a peek at what is in store.

What to wear this season

Each year there are new cuts, colours and creations. Bright seems to have been in vogue in recent years but what about the season of 2013/14? The PlanetSKI fashion correspondent has been to take a peek at what is in store.

OUT WITH THE OLD

Today I retired my ski boots. They have served me well over the past 10 years but the passage of time has taken its toll. They are now down in the cellar collecting dust having visted more resorts than most people see in a lifetime.

Want to ski in Reading this weekend?

Ellis Brigham is teaming up with the Skiplex to offer skiing and some great reductions on clothing. There is free skiing and up to 50% off North Face clothing. It all takes place this weekend.

What does your ski clothing say about you?

What to wear and how to look is a vital for many. PlanetSKI reporter Clare Meaney knows a thing or two about fashion as she has worked in a very up-market ski shop in Kensington atiring the rich & famous for their time on the slopes.

Balance is the key to skiing

It is no secret but how do you achieve it? There is not only a training device that can help but also a course to show you how to use it correctly.

Ski jacket becomes holy relic

Pope John Paul II is set to be made a saint and therefore his past possessions become holy relics. One is a black ski jacket.

Minutes left to bid for Lindsey Vonn cat suit

The bidding closes at 6.40pm UK time so if you want to own a race suit worn by Lindsey Vonn you better hurry up. It is currently going for $2,5000.

What your DIN setting says about you

One of our partners at PlanetSKI, Intersport, has published an interesting and humorous article on DIN settings. That’s how tight your boots are attached to your skis. It comes from the editor of Fall-Line, Nicola Iseard.

New airbag for UK

The giant airbag will help GB freestyle athletes train ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics and will boost grassroots involvement in the sport. It will be based at the Chill Factor in Manchester and be taken to other indoor and dry slopes.

Atomic recycles its ski waste

The ski manufacturer is selling on surplus waste rather than sending it to landfill or buring it. It claims to have reduced its waste by two thirds to 600 tons per year.

What your DIN setting says about you

One of our partners at PlanetSKI, Intersport, has published an interesting and humorous article on DIN settings. That’s how tight your boots are attached to your skis. It comes from the editor of Fall-Line, Nicola Iseard.

Saving the life of a child

The chance of an avalanche coming onto a marked run is very, very low. It rarely happens but it does occur and children have died as the rescue services are unable to locate them. A new device aims to change that.

Iglu goes mobile

The snowsports travel agent has launched a mobile web site where you can look at over 700,000 holidays on your phone.

New App to plan 3Valleys ski route

People can now use the resort App for advice on where to ski. The ‘live itineraries’ feature helps people plan a route before they set off in the morning.

New Skiplex slope opens in UK

A new Skiplex rotating ski slope has opened at Woodley near Reading. Its the company’s second, opening only a year after the first at Chiswick, SW London. PlanetSKI has skied on the slope in Chiswick.

Helmets compulsory in Canadian ski area

Nova Scotia is the first region in the world where wearing a ski helmet has become compulsory. It has come into force for this season.

Renting ski equipment

Our content editor has his own skis that he normally uses and boots that he always takes with him. It was therefore with some trepidation that he decided to rent.

Tirol launches emergency App

At the push of a button it gives a GPS position and establishes a telephone connection enabling the emergency services to reach an incident quicker.

Rental is best

It is nice to own your own gear but the cost, the hassle of transportation and the fact you have to pay for service and can not swap as conditions, or your abilities, change is making some think twice. Here we look at the advantages of renting with our partner, Intersport.

Muppets on a snowboard

Burton has teamed up with graphic designers from The Muppets to put some of the characters on its snowboards. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy on a snowboard!

Helmet debate hots up

One recent report out of the USA says head injures have risen despite more people wearing helmets. Now another says they reduce injuries.

New ski app

The travel agent Iglu has just launched an app to make booking a group ski holiday easier – and more fun.

The £1000 ski jacket

Would you spend that amount? The luxury clothing manufacturer, Killy, has one for sale if your answer is Yes. It has a number of features but you will have to like black. That is the only colour it comes in.

Insurance company insists on helmets

Essential Travel has made wearing helmets a requirement for its policyholders. There is little data on the exact benefits of wearing a helmet but use has risen sharply in recent years.There are questions about how much protection they offer.

Rolling Stones on skis

Cant afford a ticket to the shows in London or New York? Even if you can you may want to spend your money on something more lasting. A pair of Rolling Stones skis.

Triumph or turkey?

The RS1 ski could be the answer for people learning to ski or just another idea that will soon be forgotten. A ski that has an adjustable tail. PlanetSKI asked an instructor at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead to see what she made of them.

How much protection do helmets offer?

It is a timely question as a New Zealand coroner urges people to wear a helmet, and yet a recent US survey reveals head injuires have gone up 50% despite greater helmet use. Are we being duped into the level of protection they offer?

Saving money with ski hire

If you book online and in advance you can save 50% on snowsports equipment hire with Intersport. It includes the savings on hefty airport baggage fees.

Head injuries rise despite greater helmet use

That is the conclusion from a US survey presented to a meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians. The survey has been widely reported and the statistics raise some important questions.

Breakthrough or gimmick?

The RS1 ski could be the answer for people learning to ski or just another idea that will soon be forgotten. A ski that bends in the middle and can be adjusted.

Sheep storm St Anton sports shop

A flock of sheep was being herded along a street in the Austrian ski resort when one passed a door sensor, the automatic doors opened and in went the sheep. Check out the video.

Check out the video!

Here at PlanetSKI we are huge fans of the videos, Every Third Thursday. A bunch of people from Signal Snowboards come up with a wacky idea for a customised board and video it. This month is one of the best ever. It is for a disabled pro-snowboarder.

Avalanche airbags recalled

Snowpulse airbags are being recalled in North America after a potential safety fault in one of the models. People are being told not to use them after concerns over the cartridge.

3G connection for Everest

Mount Everest climbers can now use the internet and make video calls through a 3G network. It is being run by the Nepalese telecoms firm Ncell. Not everyone welcomes the development.

Fifty shades of everything except grey

There is red, yellow, green, orange, blue, pink and purple. Our fashion correspondent at PlanetSKI has been looking at what clothing is on offer next season with the help of Ellis Brigham. We are spoilt for choice but grey is a bit hard to find.

PlanetSKI goes gear testing in Dorset

It is July and our content editor has been trying out new kit from Salomon on a dry slope in Christchurch. The new gear is interesting and the slope surprisingly good. Rather bizarrely the new boots from Salomon need to be placed in an oven before wearing.

The 2012 Outdoor Show

More colour, even lighter materials, and increasing social and environmental awareness are the main trends of the outdoor industry. PlanetSKI reports from the most important Trade Show of them all.

Outdoor Show 2012 opens

The International OutDoor 2012 Trade Fair opens its doorson Thursday at Friedrichshafen in Germany. 800 exhibitors from 40 countries, including all the leading brands, will be showing their latest wares. PlanetSKI is there.

Get rid of your old gear

A website is running to help people sell, donate or swap all outdoor gear, including snowsports stuff. It seems a good way to clear out you old clothing and equipment.

Tweeting on your sat phone

Just in case you are travelling to a remote corner of the planet and get the urge to use twitter then we have have the details of how to do it. As long as you have a sat phone in your rucksack.

Black Diamond expands

The US clothing and equipment company has bought POC Sweden AB for $55m. It is part of an expansion drive of the company.

Factory set to make 1m skis a year

A factory in Bulgaria hopes to make the number and the country is set to become the largest ski manufacturer in the world. Amer Sports is expanding production in its factory.

Ski pole boss dies in plane crash

Klaus Lenhart was the owner and CEO of German ski pole maker Leki. He died this week in a plane crash in Germany’s Black Forest.

Ski goggles pioneer dies

The American, Bob Smith, who is credited with inventing the modern ski google has died. He was 78. His invention has helped every single one of us out on the slopes.

Snow report

Twitter

Looking good in #StAnton in the #Tirol as it reopens part of its ski area with free #Covd19 tests on offer.

Updated:



@StantonReview @VisitTirol #snow #schnee #sun #springskiing https://t.co/wVzl0i59gC

Latest news on #Coronavirus impact on snowsports:

- Some Restrictions Ease in #Switzerland From Monday
- Italian Resort of #AltaBadia Closes for Rest of Season
- Coping with #Covid19 in New Zealand

https://planetski.eu/2021/02/22/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-29/

Latest news on #Coronavirus impact on snowsports:

- St Anton Reopens for Skiing
- Tougher Restrictions in Two Ski Regions in Italy
- Ski sales surge for next season
- Owner of British Airways Calls for Digital Health Passes

https://planetski.eu/2021/02/22/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-29/

Two Ski Regions in Italy Set to See Further Restrictions

#Piedmont & #Lombardy to be declared #OrangeZones as cases continue to spread.

Ski resorts are currently closed in the regions, and it means there is no immediate prospect of them opening.

https://planetski.eu/2021/02/22/coronavirus-impact-on-skiing-snowboarding-29/

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