Showing posts from November, 2012

How to Ski Powder

It’s not easy: the moment you steer off the groomed piste and into the deep stuff beyond. Fitness, technique, equipment, snow quality, mental attitude – they all contribute, and often in different ways on different days. Here's what WElove2ski had to say; 1. Go FAT Not sure if your skis are right for the powder? Then get a fatter pair . Fat, rockered powder skis are where it’s at right now, and they’re a joy to ski in the deep stuff. Having this much ski under your boot may look stupid – but the balance and stability you’ll get from such width will quickly convince you otherwise. You should look for some rocker in your skis as well. A rockered ski is one that bends or rises more dramatically at the tip and tail – making it easier for the skier to float over the snow, and stay centered over the ski. (There’s a common misconception that rockered skis are impossible to turn on groomed snow, but if you get a pair with side-cut – a difference of about 20mm betwe

How to Ski Better on Pistes

Ski Technique: How to Ski Better on Pistes by   Welove2ski There are few better places to boost your ski technique than on the groomed pistes of Morzine, France. Welove2sk.comi give  some tips on how to ski these slopes more smoothly. We whittled the list down to four key points to think about while you’re carving: 1. Stay Centred Over Your Skis Your weight needs to be evenly distributed right along the length of your feet, which means you’ll be able to maintain downward pressure right along the full length of your skis. Don’t lean back. RIGHT WRONG 2. Even Up the Weight Distribution Between Your Feet Read on...

Insurance company insists on helmets

Insurance company insists on helmets  Monday November 5, 2012 - Courtesy of PlanetSki Essential Travel has made wearing helmets on the ski slopes a requirement within the terms of its winter sports Insurance policies. There is no accurate data on the exact benefits of wearing a helmet but use has risen sharply in recent years. Research by the travel insurance specialist claims that 77% of skiers and snowboarders wear a helmet. It is a 15% increase since 2010. In a survey the company says 73% felt that they should be rewarded for their decision to protect themselves by paying lower travel insurance premiums. It is now mandatory to wear a helmet in order to benefit from the protection offered on all Essential Travel's Winter Sports Insurance policies. Skiers who do not wear a helmet will risk invalidating their policy. "Whilst it is true that a helmet does not reduce all sports injury, it seriously reduces the risk of potentially fatal in

What’s Next for Salomon?

Following the news of Greg Hill leaving Dynafit for Salomon , we asked ourselves, “Why would a mountaineer known for touring 2 million vertical feet in one year ditch his lightweight gear for an arsenal that’s, well, not as light?” So Skiing Business caught up with Jesse Malman, Salomon’s sports and community marketing manager who is in charge of Salomon’s international athlete team and heavily involved in the brand’s future products, to find out what the company is up to in the backcountry realm. While he wouldn’t divulge the brand’s budget or ultimate investment, he says the new push is backed by Salomon’s global headquarters and has full support of its North American office too. So Greg Hill? Yeah. We’re entering the backcountry market this year with the launch of the Guardian binding, and that’s only the beginning. Salomon’s invested in making a wave in the backcountry touring market, and that will include skis, boots and bindings. We know where the money is invested fro

Defining Waterproof

Every outdoor adventurer owns waterproof gear, yet few people fully understand it. Part of that’s because there are no standards, and companies often use tests that favor their technology. “There (are) different methods which can allow the fabric providers to make their product look better than another one just based on the numbers,” says Chad Kelly, eVent Fabric ‘s global product manager. “This doesn’t actually mean it will be the most comfortable product out there, or the highest performing.” And Jeff Dorton, The North Face ‘s materials commercialization director agrees. “If something makes their product look not so good, they tend to shy away from that test method even though it might be the best way to test it,” he says. Still the Mullen Burst Test, and the ISO 811 test are two of the most common methods. Both measure the amount of pressure it takes for water to penetrate the fabric, but the Mullen measures the pressure in pounds per square inch while the ISO measur

Face Time; Salomon's Mark Abma's

Canadian Mark Abma, who appears in the latest release from Matchstick Productions, " Superheroes of Stoke ," is known as one of the most environmentally conscious pro freeskiers. In this video, he gives us a tour though his property in Pemberton, British Columbia, where he has harnessed the energy from a creek running near his property to power his home and his outdoor amenities. Abma is hoping one day his property will supply all of his energy needs. "Essentially getting us that much closer to being off the grid," Abma says. 

The Environmental Impact of Making Snow

Coutesy of  —Mary Catherine O'Connor Pointing to the sacredness of the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff, Arizona, a coalition of Native American tribes has been fighting the development and expansion of Arizona Snowbowl ski resort since 1979. It remains defiant, reports the New York Times , despite having suffered a key legal defeat this winter. A federal court ruled against the tribes in a nearly decade-old lawsuit that claims the ski resort's plans to use treated wastewater from Flagstaff's sewage system to make artificial snow for the resort would interfere with religious practices and mar the mountains.  Wait. The resort will use sewage to make snow? Technically, yes. That's why the story has garnered lots of attention. But recycling treated wastewater for applications that do not require potable water is not nearly as icky, nor as uncommon, as it might sound. This type of water is commonly used for irrigating golf courses and

The Avalanche Problem

The lives they lived A tribute to the 34 people killed in U.S. avalanches in 2012 Originally Published: October 8, 2012 By Megan Michelson | T he day before their last day, Johnny Brenan, Chris Rudolph and Jim Jack all went skiing at Stevens Pass, Wash. It was Feb. 18, one of many stormy powder days during a high-snowfall year in the Northwest. More than 12 inches of new snow had fallen overnight. Around 4 p.m., Jim , the head judge of the Freeskiing World Tour, showed up at Stevens' Foggy Goggle bar with a smile so big, you couldn't help but smile back at him. The Faces We Lost Images of the 34 people killed in avalanches in the U.S. last winter. Gallery Chris, the marketing director for Stevens Pass, was at the bar, too. He'd orchestrated a women's ski demo that opportune day -- an event I was a part of -- and led a dozen or so female skiers around the resort. We'd spent the entire day getting some of the deepest turns of