In the first post of his month-long blog series, Ski Club Member James Forder arrives on the Japanese island of Hokkaido to find some of the world’s best powder in the tiny resort of Kiroro Snow World: This time last year I had no idea about the skiing on offer in Japan. However, whilst spending some time skiing in Canada, […]
In recent years I have noticed an increase in people skinning up the piste under perfectly good lifts. I always wondered whether they were cheapskates not wanting to buy a lift pass, fitness freaks or just nutters. Like lots of unknown or untried activities, I have been through the thought process of ‘disinterest’, ‘must be nutters’, ‘OK but not for […]
Words by Angelica Sykes – Competitive Freeride Athlete. It’s that time of the year again; retailers are having their pre-season sales, flights are still reasonably priced and now is the time you should be booking your tickets to the Ski and Snowboard Show, Freeze Festival and, of course, Snowbombing. Now, either you’re a seasonaire, in which case you’ll be in […]
Staged over five legs each winter, the world’s best freeride skiers and boarders compete for the Swatch Freeride World Tour title at the final event in Verbier, Switzerland in late March. The winners take home a chunk of the $400,000 prize fund but perhaps more importantly can lay claim to being one of the world’s very best all-round, big-mountain skiers […]
Heading to Austria and want to have more than just one resort at your disposal? Chris Taine takes at a look at a few of the ‘super’ ski passes available. Decisions, decisions… Spending more time in Munich, it has become apparent that a season pass will prove a worthwhile investment this year. But there are a lot of resorts, not […]
Ski Club TV dropped by the Rossignol tent during the 2013 SIGB Ski Test to check out what’s new for the coming season. Rossignol’s S7 and Super 7 freeride skis have been hugely popular the past few years, however this season the entire range will have a whole new look. The Rossignol Soul 7 – a brand new addition to the range – proved to be particularly popular amongst the Ski+boad test team, and will no doubt be a popular choice amongst those in pursuit of the elusive one-ski quiver.
The SIGB Ski Test takes place in the pretty little Tirolean resort of Kühtai at the end of February each year, giving UK retailers and media a chance to check out all the ski kit and equipment that will be hitting shelves the following autumn. While it’s a fantastic opportunity to try out skis from some of the smaller brands that are less known in the UK, it’s also a great chance to see what some of the major brands have in the works, as this often reflects wider development within the ski industry. Ski Club TV caught up with Mountain Guide and Ski Club Safety Officer Nigel Shepherd to hear about what’s in store for Salomon Freeski this season, including the Guardian 13 hybrid touring binding, Quest boots and their new line-up of skis.
Each year at the SIGB Ski Test the biggest ski brands showcase their latest and greatest, but as well as the major players there’s always a handful of smaller manufacturers in attendance too. You might not see their skis lining the walls of ski shops throughout the UK, however in some cases these skis can be well worth the effort of tracking down…