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Gear & Equipment

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 DECATHLON

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. NEW

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?

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. NEW

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 NEW

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

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?

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

Snow report

Twitter

With the Italian school break starting this week we know exactly where PlanetSKI is heading today in the #AostaValley: #Torgnon.
Where?
https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/20/avoiding-the-crowds-in-the-aosta-valley-next-stop-torgnon/
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It’s getting hotter and hotter in the Alps… set to be +12 at 2,000m in places this w/wend with freezing level well over 3,000m.
See our latest snow report:
🌞❄️⛷️🏂🗻🍻 https://t.co/lwGdIMTbgy

Some of our latest snippets in #SkiingSecrets: ❄️🤣
– Girl dangling off chairlift rescued at Elk Mountain
– Moose stampedes through queue of skiers
https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/01/february-skiing-secrets-2/

The reigning Olympic #downhill #ski champion @akselsvindal comes out of retirement for a different kind of ski race 😉 https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/21/retired-ski-champion-svindal-to-race-again/
@redbull #Janteloppet #Hafjell #Norway

International Ski Travel Market prepares for Chamonix & announces new summer event.
Read more here: https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/21/international-ski-travel-market-heads-to-chamonix/
#istm

Tributes flood in from former GB team mates after trailblazing #freestyle #skier Rowan Cheshire announces her retirement at 24 ➡️ https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/20/gb-world-cup-winning-skier-rowan-cheshire-retires/
@Rowancheshire @GBSnowsport

Have you ever skied in Torgnon in the Aosta Valley in Italy? No, neither had we until yesterday. We’re going back tomorrow…. https://www.planetski.eu/2020/02/20/avoiding-the-crowds-in-the-aosta-valley-next-stop-torgnon/
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