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Salomon 1080 Skis – Review

February 27, 2011 in Hardware, Ski Reviews

Salomon 1080 Skis Review

Salomon 1080 ski’s the history through to Present  - Arguably the most influential ski’s to freestyle skiing as we see today, Salomon produced their first twin tipped free ride skis in the late 90′s the inspiring story of the birth of freestyle skiing is told in this video by the Salomon team.

The skis originally designed as free ride skis really do have the ability to ride nearly all terrain. The hugely respected brand and the competency of the manufacture make these skis one of the best bets for free ride skiing. One draw back to the skis however is that they are quite costly. However Skiandboarding.com see it as you pay for quality.

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Piste- ❄❄❄❄❄
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Design- ❄❄❄❄
Price- ❄❄

Overall score: 19 ❄

The Salomon 1080 ski is definitely one ski that should be taken into consideration for a season.

Wipeout Goggle Wipe – PISTE MAP!

February 1, 2011 in Clothing & Accessories, Goggles

How about a map that doubles up as a goggle wipe? Well we’ve found one!

The Wipeout is a microfibre lens cloth that is also a full-sized piste map – printed on both sides. As well as freeing your goggles of smears, dirt and water, the Wipeout provides a clear and durable piste map that you can fold up and slip into your pocket without it getting soggy.

The map is printed to a high resolution and quality, and the cloth is a good size to incorporate detail (about 30x40cm) – so easy to scrunch up in your pocket. This neat little gadget is a cool idea that’s eco-friendly too – you won’t need to bin it at the end of the day, and it’s dual-purpose.

At present Wipeout piste maps are available for several of the mega French resorts (such as Chamonix, Avoriaz and Courchevel) plus Verbier in Switzerland. – Available from our friends at Snowear.. Call and get yours ordered now! Perfect gift to yourself before you hit the slopes!

Snowear Ltd
136 London Road
Southborough
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN4 0PL

Tel: 01892 517 807
Fax: 01892 517 808

Email Address: sales@snowear.co.uk

GoPro LCD Screen for your 1080p HD HERO camera

February 1, 2011 in Clothing & Accessories, Hardware

Buy your LCD SCREEN @ GoPro.com

Well If you didnt know already GoPro® have today launched their latest  accessory for the GoPro® 1080p HD Hero Cameras… The LCD BacPac is a detachable LCD screen for your GoPro® 1080p HD HERO camera

GoPro

GoPro

. As a removable accessory, the LCD BacPac keeps your camera as small and light as possible, yet provides the convenience of an LCD screen when attached.

Enhanced Convenience:

Use your HD HERO as an everyday camera
Frame complex scenes, see what you shoot
Playback footage instantly on your HD HERO
Simple one button design for easy control
Integrated speaker with volume control
What’s included:
• 1 LCD BacPac screen
• 1 Waterproof backdoor for HD HERO housing
• 1 Waterproof backdoor for HD Wrist housing
• 1 Non-waterproof Skeleton backdoor for
HD HERO housing
• 1 Non-waterproof Skeleton backdoor for
HD Wrist housing
• 1 Year Warranty

Buy your LCD SCREEN @ GoPro.com

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NITRO ROAD WARRIORS: ANYWHERE

January 13, 2011 in Media, Video's

No funny titles here just good honest shredding. The Nitro Road Warriors are exactly that as they hit the tarmac travelling from Eastern Europe to China, Scandinavia and the Alps. Sign up a list of insane riders and throw in some epic shots and you’ve got one hell of a movie.


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‘To Off Piste’ or ‘Not To Off Piste’ that is the question!!

January 11, 2011 in Uncategorized, Weekly Update

Here’s a really useful guide we here at SkiAndBoarding found that we just had to share with you guys…

Before you head off piste, as well as getting kitted out, you need to consider some other factors:

-          Group size

-          Speaking to others/ experts

-          Don’t go if you are tired

-          Don’t be overconfident

If you are in a group you feel happy with and feel prepared this is a good starting point.

You will also need to assess the avalanche risk for the day. Every day before you go off piste you should check the local International Scale of Avalanche Hazard Rating. This 1-5 scale (5 being the greatest risk) will help you assess the potential dangers of riding off piste from one day to the next. Just because it was safe yesterday does not mean it will be today! Even on a lower hazard rating, risk of avalanche can exist.

European Scale of Avalanche Risk

Grade of risk: 1. Low
Stability of snow pack: The Snowpack is generally well stabilised.
Probability of release: Release of avalanches is only possible on very few and very steep slopes. Only small spontaneous avalanches are to be expected.
Sign: Yellow
Grade of risk: 2. Moderate
Stability of snow pack: The snowpack is only moderately stabilised on some steep slopes* but otherwise generally well stabilised.
Probability of release: Large additional loads** may release avalanches, especially on steep slopes of the stated altitude and orientation. Larger spontaneous avalanches are not to be expected.
Sign: Yellow
Grade of risk: 3. Considerable
Stability of snow pack: The snowpack is only weakly to moderately stabilised on many steep slopes*.
Probability of release: Release of avalanches are likely by moderate additional load** on the most steep slopes. Occasional spontaneous avalanches are possible.
Sign: Checked Black and Yellow
Grade of risk: 4. High
Stability of snow pack: The snowpack is weakly stabilised on the most steep slopes*.
Probability of release: Release of avalanches are likely from low additional load** on steep slopes. Occasional medium sized, sometimes also large spontaneous avalanches have to be expected.
Sign: Checked Black and Yellow
Grade of risk: 5. Very High
Stability of snow pack: The Snowpack is generally weakly stabilised and mostly unstable.
Probability of release: Numerous large spontaneous avalanches have to be expected.
Sign: Black

Note:
* The terrain with avalanche risk is generally more described in more detail in the avalanche forecast (ie. altitude, orientation, terrain forms etc).
** Additional load – large: e.g. group of skiers, track mobile, avalanche blasting.
- moderate: e.g. jumping skiers, pedestrian.
- low: e.g. single skier.

There are national organisations in most countries who supply a daily avalanche forecast. These are a great resource both for checking current conditions and avalanche warning levels, but also a good place to gather historical information.

Scotland – Sport Scotland Avalanche Information Service - http://www.sais.gov.uk/
Switzerland – Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF http://www.slf.ch/
Austria - http://www.lawine.at/
France - http://france.meteofrance.com
Norway - http://www.ngi.no/snoskred/

The SLF (Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research) website, www.avalanche.org, is one of the best resources for finding out more about avalanche awareness as well as avalanche bulletins (current and historical) and avalanche statistics. They have a lot of their information in English.

Thanks to the Ski Club of Great Britain for providing the above content

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The Freedom of Flex… Radiopaq Headphones

January 11, 2011 in Audio, Clothing & Accessories

Yet again we’re here to bring you the latest in cool gear to make your life easier on the slopes!

Radiopaq on Amazon

Radiopaq have today launched the new Flex earphones – a unique designer sports headset that is secure, lightweight and tailored to fit for use during even the most vigorous sporting activities! Perfect for the slopes.

SkiAndBoarding Radiopaq ski

The Freedom of Flex…

Flex headsets from Radiopaq deliver outstanding audio performance in the gym, on or off the road, track, field or piste and of course Après Workout…

The thoughtful and robust design is accentuated through a choice of highlighted colours, including this seasons sought-after copper. Cutting edge technology is complemented by high quality manufacturing and attentive use of materials in the Flex.

Key Features

o Semi-flexible ear hooks are lightweight, comfortable, secure and   keep loose wires away from the front during training
o Two interchangeable cable lengths (up to 1.2m)
o Flow away cable to reduce tangle
o Genuine Apple remote Chip and Mic
o Easy to use single touch-button remote control on the cable
o 3 sizes of silicone earphone cushions for a perfect in-ear fit
o Automatic transfer to incoming phone calls and restores to music   once the call is terminated
o Unrivalled, superior audio performance and quality for price.
o Thoughtful stylish design and robust practical construction.

Secure Fit and Comfort

Unlike traditional sports earphones which are often rigid and harsh to wear, the Radiopaq Flex headphones offer a unique over-the-ear design made from a combination of rubber silicon and industrial plastic to offer the perfect balance between stability and comfort across all ear sizes and shapes. The super lightweight and semi-flexible ear hook is designed to help prevent the ear piece from being pulled from the ear and keeps the wires towards the back of the head to avoid them getting in the way during serious training sessions.

The Flex earphones come bundled with a selection of three sizes of silicone ear-cushions to provide a customised earpiece that firmly fits even the knobbliest ear-canal. This choice of ear cushions make the Flex not only more comfortable to wear than other traditional sized and more bulky or rigid options, but ensures a sealed fit inside the ear delivering excellent sound isolation as it effectively cuts out more of the ambient background noise – reducing the maximum volume needed to clearly hear audio, and so allows safer audio levels for ears.

SkiAndBoarding Radiopaq ski 4

Audio Performance and Effortless Control

The Flex incorporates a convenient touch-button remote control on the cable, featuring volume controls, play, pause and track selections for easier control on ground, ramps or in air.

Automatic call cut-in makes answering phone calls with your iPhone effortlessly hands-free using the built-in mic on the remote control –and will restore back to the music once the call has been terminated – so no more fumbling for your phone in the middle of high powered action.

Radiopaq’s remarkable Flex headsets produce a sound quality to rival far more expensive models, performing to the highest acoustic standards producing clear high quality, Hi-Fi audio even whilst the user is in motion.

Flex deliver performance across all frequencies from high to low; for bass without rumble and crystal clear vocals. See evaluation document at www.radiopaqproducts.com for full criteria.

Quality Construction

Eschewing flimsy plastic construction, the Flex range is thoughtfully designed featuring the highest quality, most suitable materials:

o Flex also feature a soft rubber silicone cable finish, helpfully   making the cable tangle-resistant – so no more knots or messy   pockets, giving you full freedom to twist and turn.
o To ensure best sound quality during transfer, Flex also feature a   gold-plated, 3.5mm stereo jack plug so are perfect with any iPod,   iPhone, or  other MP3 and MP4 players.

Radiopaq Flex Compatibility

o Any Apple iPod
o Any Apple iPod Touch
o Any MP3 Player with a 3.5mm Stereo Jacket socket
o MP4 Players
o Laptops, Notebook, Netbooks and Computers
o Portable DVD players

SkiAndBoarding Radiopaq ski 3

Pricing & Availability

RRP £24.99 inc VAT and available in store now at HMV, Game, and online from Radiopaq on Amazon, LA Muscle and radiopaqproducts.com.

See following link for regularly updated stockist and pricing information: www.radiopaqproducts.com

Technical data
Frequency Response                 18Hz @ 20KHz
Sensitivity                                    120dB
Impedance                                  16 ohms
Driver Type                                 12mm
Noise Isolation                          -26dB
Cable Length                              1.2 Meters interchangeable long and  short
Cable Type                                  Dual core 7 strand
Connector Type                        Gold Plated 3.5mm Stereo Audio Jack

Colour options

The Flex offer a stylish hint of colour in the following choices:
Graphite Black, Graphite White or Graphite Copper.

About Radiopaq:

Radiopaq are a privately owned UK company. The goal is to develop a high quality range of portable audio, superior acoustic devices and state of the art multimedia products.

A UK based Design and Development team are tasked with bringing the latest innovations and the Intelligent Portable Audio Range to the country, including the Custom Tuned earphones in 2009 and dots. Range in 2010 – both of which have received outstanding and positive feedback with press.

The mantra of the company is to bring out the highest quality products, with top of the range features and benefits, whilst offering exceptional value for money.

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Meribel Resort Review

December 22, 2010 in Resorts, Reviews

Meribel Ski Holidays

Meribel has a fantastic location right in the heart of the 3 valleys. Ski chalets, apartments and hotels are all available to book for those perfect Meribel ski holidays. It is without doubt one of the finest and largest linked areas to ski in the world. The area has plenty of snow cannons, a good snow record and a virtual guarantee of skiing from Christmas through to Easter. The main village is built on a west facing hillside and is mainly made up of wooden chalet style buildings so a pretty village compared to some of the newer French purpose built resorts. As Meribel was founded in 1938 by a Scotsman called Colonel Peter Lindsay, there is still a strong British influence to be found. The satellite resort of Mottaret located a couple of miles up the valley is centrally placed offering easy access to Courchevel, Val Thorens and Les Menuires.

Meribel Skiing and Boarding

Meribel suits all standards of skiers and has a highly efficient lift system on offer. Most of the slopes are above the tree line and there are still some tree runs available for those white out days. With 150km of piste on offer in Meribel and 600km throughout the 3 valleys you really can rack up the miles if you want.
There is something for everyone with cruisy blues, bumps, steep blacks and fantastic off piste to keep all varieties of skiers and boarders occupied.
Beginners will be happy learning at the Altiport where there are wide green runs to play on through the trees.
Intermediates will just love the mileage available that will keep any piste basher happy and more advanced skiers will love the Ladies Olympic downhill.
Off piste adventurers should hire a guide and try some of the couloirs on offer or the likes of the powder on Saulire.
Why not trek out for some fresh tracks? Snowboarders return year after year to Meribel for the varied terrain. Most lifts are chairs or gondolas which saves the hassle of the drag lifts! There is also a snowboard park for some fun.

Meribel après ski

The best place to start the après ski in Meribel is of course the Rond Point. There are live bands on the terrace and always plenty of fun before the final ski and board down to the village. Jack’s Bar and the Cactus bar near the main lifts are popular as well. There are a few bars around the main square at the tourist office that are good for a drink before dinner such as the Taverne and the Pub just across the road. It also has a pool table and sometimes has live music. If you still have the energy to head out of your chalet after dinner then Dick’s Tea Bar will keep you dancing and full of amazing cocktails till the early hours.


Apart from all the partying there is still plenty to do as there is an ice rink, swimming pool, climbing wall and a spa. There is also a good few marked walks throughout the altiport area and down to Les Allues.  The market comes once a week giving you the chance to sample delicious cheeses and sausages. There are also plenty of shops, boutiques and patisseries to explore.

Meribel Lift Passes

Adult Local Area Pass £172

Adult Full 3 Valley Area Pass £208

Child Local Area Pass (5-12yrs) £120

Child Full 3 Valley Area Pass £157

Review from www.skieuropeonline.co.uk for www.SkiAndBoarding.com

Ski Europe Online dedicates their time to you and booking your perfect ski and snowboarding holidays in the Alps. Check our website or call 01350 728869

D-Pad Session by Nike 6.0

October 29, 2010 in Video's

Well its another sick snowboard video from Nike

Found and shared by us – check it out!

For more awesome snow related videos check out our SkiAndBoarding YouTube Channel!

Winter X Games Tignes

August 25, 2010 in Video's

Welcome to the X Games, one of our collection of videos from the X Games, this time its held at Tignes… Some incredible tricks, slick landings and just moves that will blow your ski and boarding mind to pieces. So why not check it out!

Enjoy – Comment – UPLOAD your own :)

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Another Freestyle Video, Awesome

August 25, 2010 in Video's

How about this Video Ladies and Gentlemen! Freestyle … He’s going, going, going ohhhhh and he’s gone!! Awesome video found on the web and brought to you by SkiAndBoarding

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