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NEVA Ski Poles – Link up with your mobile on the go! + GPS features

May 13, 2012 in Weekly Update

Awesome! Check out these rude boys. Let us know what you think!? Would you use them?

Salt Lake City-based Anthony Griesel spent the past winter creating and testing ski poles that would let skiers stay connected on the slopes. His invention would allow skiers to answer their iPhones or Android devices with a finger swipe, read short text messages and view the time, temperature and elevation.

But now Griesel needs help putting his invention into more hands. He’s turning to crowdfunding platformKickstarter to raise $100,000 to mass produce his “smart ski poles.”

So far, 60 people have invested nearly $9,000 for the “Neva” ski poles project.

If funded, the poles would feature 0.96-inch OLED screen, Bluetooth adapter, rechargeable battery, rubber grips and dual density plastic. The poles would also come with a app to manage settings, calculate slope data and track routes.

For adventurous back-country skiers, the Neva poles’ screen would display slope angle and terrain details.

Creative minds routinely use Kickstarter, which has seen 2 million backers dish out $200 million since 2008.

While not all projects reach their funding goals, some people have found major success on Kickstarter. One project — to produce watches that interact with your smartphone — is sold out, raising more than $10 million with 6 days left for people to invest.

Would you use these poles on a ski slope or lift?

Let us know what you think


source – mashable

The Snow’s nearly here! New Zealand – Queenstown Resorts

May 10, 2012 in Weekly Update

Ok so I’m down under at the moment in Queenstown, New Zealand. Not only is this town the extreme sports capital of the world but it’s also home to a good yearly dumping of fresh, white powder and some awesome ski resorts! The towns all abit of a buz at the moment as the last few weeks have seen the first snowfall on the mountains.

Snow lovers heading to the slopes in New Zealand’s South Island this winter can enjoy an array of improvements and changes at the Queenstown and Methven ski areas.

Coronet Peak and The Remarkables in Queenstown, and Canterbury’s Mt Hutt have been busy over summer to ensure their teams are all set to provide a jam-packed winter full of fun for visitors.

The Mt Hutt crew is looking forward to getting loads of families up the mountain as part of the Methven ‘Kids 4 Free’ campaign. They’re delighted to offer a ’10 and under’ ski free deal for youngsters, part of a resort-wide community promotion that will see kids 10 and under stay, eat and ski for free for the entire winter season.

Mt Hutt ski area manager James McKenzie said that as colder weather set in, enthusiasm around the deal grew by the day.

“Mt Hutt is really proud to be part of the Methven Kids 4 Free deal and the feedback we’ve had from families, especially those with two or three children, is that it’s re-ignited their passion for a winter ski holiday and means record numbers of families will be able to realise their dream of taking the kids on a skiing holiday.

“Mt Hutt really is an all-round adventure playground for kids,” he said. “We’ve got the infamous Dinner With The Stars on Saturday nights, complete with huskies and snow groomer rides, plus we’ve given the kids centre a refresh over the summer.”

In another move to improve the ease of the overall experience, the mypass card that was launched in 2010, and removed any need for the paper and wire lift ticket, has reached a new level of use.

Guests can now preload money onto their mypass card, known as mypass money, leave the wallet at home and use it at any of the three NZSki mountains. It becomes an on-mountain debit card, used as easily as swiping a credit card at mountain outlets such as cafés, ski schools or the rentals department.

Mypass money can also be used at Coronet Peak’s hugely popular Icebar at the top of Greengates. Credit card and EFTPOS facilities have been installed at the Icebar, trialed last year for the first time, so guests can use their preloaded mypass money to pay for drinks and snacks.

Coronet Peak ski area manager Hamish McCrostie said the Icebar would be bigger and better than before.

“Last year’s trial showed us just how hugely popular an outdoors bar with amazing views could be,” he said. “It became ‘the’ spot to be on the mountain last year even though we could only take cash, so over summer we installed the equipment to enable electronic transactions to make it easier for guests.”

Another trial at Coronet Peak in 2011 has meant the expansion of the kids Funzone in the novice and beginners areas. This year small boxes and features will be available for kids to ‘have a blast’.

Work’s also been undertaken at the Race Arena at Coronet Peak’s Rocky Gully so international race teams visiting the resort to train will have access to a full-time Giant Slalom course.

Mr McCrostie said mountain visitors would be thrilled to know that all race activity would happen at Rocky Gully, meaning no more race events or training on The Hurdle or Eighth Basin.

Investment in new product continues across the valley at The Remarkables with new snow groomers being added to the fleet. The Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence said the new groomers would suit the terrain at the Remarks especially with new earthworks carried out over summer.

“We’ve been working really hard to improve the trail network that we focused on the previous season,” he said. “This year we’ve concentrated on the improving the flow of trails and opening up more terrain for our visitors, which is especially good news for intermediate and beginners.”

Guests visiting the Queenstown ski areas will also benefit from further investment in the performance rental range, meaning more guests than ever before will be able to rent ‘top-of-the-line’ ski and boarding gear.

“Last year we tested the popularity of high performance rentals equipment and it was huge,” said Mr Lawrence. “People visiting our ski areas need to know they can get the latest equipment and not have to compromise.”

Mt Hutt ski area will also update equipment in their performance ski rentals department.

Back in Queenstown, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables have invested in two brand spanking new buses to take ski and boarding buffs up to the mountains, and they’ve introduced a new five and ten trip concession pass so people can buy multiple trips at a discounted rate.

Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt ski areas are scheduled to open on June 9 and The Remarkables on June 16, subject to conditions. For more information on each ski area go to For more information on the Kids 4 Free campaign, go to


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The McMillan Ski Cup: A race back in time

January 31, 2012 in Weekly Update

The McMillan Ski Cup: A race back in time!


On February 2nd one of Britain’s oldest ski organisations, The Downhill Only Club, will hold its unique 83rd annual ski race, The McMillan Cup. Founded in 1929 the race is one of the last remaining traditions of its kind after its ‘en masse’ starting technique fell out of favour in the 1930’s due to advances in timing technology.


The race involves up to 60 skiers simultaneously starting the race at the top of a two mile course above Grendelwald in the Swiss Jungfrau Region, specifically used as the piste is wide enough to accommodate all entrants. Starting in two rows, one behind the other and set five yards apart, the race allows male and female DHO skiers of different abilities and experience levels to take part.


The cup was originally presented to the DHO by the McMillan family in memory of Douglas McMillan, an early RAF aviator killed in an air crash in 1928. All ages are welcomed to compete with a variety of different category prizes available, one for each ten year age span and the varying levels of ability from novice to experienced. The race is also popular with the older members of the club who are recognised with their own prize categories including the ‘Heavenly Bowl’ for the over 70’s and the ‘Coffin Cup’, donated by DHO member Peter Liddell when he reached his 80th birthday.


The skiing authorities in Wengen and Grindelwald actively support the traditional and unique annual event, encouraging many DHO members make the trip to Switzerland especially for the occasion to continue the traditions of British ski racing.


For more information about the Downhill Only Club please visit

Bench’s up to 70% off Secret Sale!

January 12, 2012 in Weekly Update, Welcome Info

Starting today, Bench’s up to 70% off Secret Sale goes live! As a Bench partner we get told about these things before anyone else. We also get access to these special offers which in turn we share with you guys!

·         Exclusive  sale items with up to 70% Off
·         New Lines available
·         Technical Skiwear for discount prices.

Ends:  Sunday 15th January

Highlights from the Secret Sale

Frankie (men’s jacket) Now £29! -52%

Abductor Jacket (men’s jacket) Now £28! -44%

Anarchy (men’s jacket) Now £27 -54%

Winter (women’s top) Now £21

Polly (women’s coat) Now £35 -40%

Doug (women’s top) Now £50! -50%


Bench Technical Skiwear


Men’s Technical Jacket- Herbert Hood Was £200 Now £60 That’s 70% Off!

·         Mid weight insulation 60GM

·         Durable 2 Layer Fabric to withstand 5,000mm Hydrostatic pressure

·         Breathable fabric to transmit moisture at a rate of 5’000G/M2


Women’s Technical Jacket -Hoody Hou Was £200 Now £59 –Over 70% Off!!

·         Durable 2 Layer Fabric to withstand 10000mm Hydrostatic pressure

·         Breathable fabric to transmit moisture at a rate of 10’000G/M2

·         Cosy hand warmer pockets


Take the Lake Triple Jump Line Competition

March 19, 2011 in Media, Uncategorized, Video's, Weekly Update

Alpine Meadows is gearing up for our 2nd annual Take the Lake Triple Jump Line Competition – the Lake Tahoe area’s richest jump line competition with $15K on the line for the top professional or amateur riders and skiers who throw down biggest over the 40-, 60- and 80-foot jumps in Alpine’s Shreadows Terrain Park, March 18-20.

We are also producing a live webcast of the final day of competition – Sunday, March 20 from 11:50 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) – which we’re making available FREE to any online media outlets/blogs that would like to host the stream.


Live webcast of Take the Lake Triple Jump Line Competition at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort

The finals schedule for Sunday, March 20 is as follows (conditions permitting):
(All times are Pacific Daylight Time)
· 11 a.m. – noon: Practice, Ski Finals competitors
· 11:50 a.m.: Live webcast begins
· Noon – 1 p.m.: Ski Finals (best of 2 runs)
· 1 – 2 p.m.: Practice, Snowboard Finals competitors
· 2 – 3 p.m.: Snowboard Finals (best of 2 runs)
· 3 p.m.: Live webcast ends

* For snowboard-specific or ski-specific outlets that don’t wish to highlight the other sport, feel free to only stream the webcast live during the specific time frame of the sport you are interested in. And we will produce and make available snowboard-specific and ski-specific highlight edits after the event has finished.

All we’re asking, in return for the free content, is that you make an effort to promote your hosting of the Take the Lake live webcast via your own social media, email and other promotional outlets.

Feel free to link to our social media accounts in doing so if you’d like:
· Alpine Meadows Facebook Page:
· Alpine Meadows Twitter Profile:
· Take the Lake Twitter Hash Tag: #takethelake
· Take the Lake web page:
· Take the Lake live stream on

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Don’t Gamble on the slopes, Be covered, Be Insured

February 21, 2011 in Insurewithease, Ski Holiday Insurance, Weekly Update

DON’T TAKE A GAMBLE ON THE SLOPES THIS HALF TERM reminds families to get winter sports insurance
in case of accidents

As the countdown starts for half-term breaks, many families will be planning to hit the slopes. But leading online ski insurance provider,, is warning about the financial and emotional risks, if skiers don’t get the right travel cover. It only takes a broken limb to see medical costs abroad start to soar, according to which saw the average cost of a winter sports claim come in at just under £500. Yet a Winter Sports Travel Insurance policy for a whole family* could cost as little as £300.00 with

“Whether a family are snowboarding in Bulgaria or skiing in the French Alps, the first rule of winter sports is get adequate insurance,” says Sarah Findlay, Online Marketing Manager for “Not many people can afford to add another £500 onto the cost of their holiday, at short notice, but that could be the reality if you come a cropper on the slopes, without travel insurance.”

“An accident as simple as a torn ligament or sprain could set a family back hundreds of pounds in medical bills. And this can quickly soar into several thousands if someone needs an air ambulance to lift them from the slopes to a hospital.” claims data shows that 55% of winter sports claims are for medical reasons, with fractures and broken bones being the biggest cause of a claim at 15%. While the average cost of a claim is £478, a serious leg fracture in US resorts such as Colorado or Lake Tahoe, could cost as much as $43,000(USD), or in Eastern Europe charges could reach £10,000.

Families heading to the EU should apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which entitles them to some free or reduced price medical treatments. However, the EHIC won’t cover the cost of air ambulances, trip cancellation or repatriation, so the best protection is adequate travel insurance.

Findlay concludes, “Anyone travelling to winter sports resorts without winter sports insurance could find themselves paying considerably more for their holiday, if they have an accident.

“ offers a range of flexible policies including free cover for children on single trip policies, all in a matter of clicks. Even a short trip can end up costing thousands if someone falls ill or has an accident, so travelling with the right level of insurance is crucial for that added peace of mind. If the worst does happen, holidaymakers will want to know that their costs are covered and that they will be taken care of when they need it most.” Winter Sports Travel Insurance provides a full range of ski insurance policies catering for families, couples and single holidaymakers. The policy gives travellers the essential elements of travel insurance cover for their trip, with the flexibility to adjust the policy to fit personal requirements.

Key benefits
− FREE cover for children on single trip policies
− Cover for your own or hired equipment, ski passes and ski packs as well as avalanche and piste closure cover
− Excess waiver available on all policies
− Airspace closure cover available
− Travel dispute cover available
− 24-hour worldwide medical emergency assistance
− Text message service providing policy number and emergency assistance details

January 2011
*Quote based on a five day winter sports trip to France for a family of two adults and two children, correct as of 28 January 2011.

Support The British Winter Athletes

February 19, 2011 in Weekly Update


17th Feb 2011

Youth Olympic Games Interview with Pat Sharples from British Winter Athletes on Vimeo.

Tomski Robinson, Chill Factore local and uber shredder has found himself a sideline supporting the British Winter Athletes cause as a Press Packer promoting the Youth Olympic Games for all GB Winter Disciplines.  In the first of a series of interviews, he shows us his interviewing skills whilst posing some super tricky questions to freeski legend and coach extroadinairre, Pat Sharples. Watch on to find out all you need to know about the Youth Olympics and what the up and coming athletes have to do to be in with a chance of competing plus Pat’s hopes for what disciplines we can hope to see. Filmed and edited by the very talented Marcus Haywood-Alexander.

Help support our British Winter Athletes in their bid for the Youth Olympics, join them on facebook for updates, links and photo’s!

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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

* 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 -
Switzerland – Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
Austria -
France -
Norway -

The SLF (Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research) website,, 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


Buckmans Media Alert

October 7, 2010 in Weekly Update

Contact: Sarah Webster – Web Marketing and PR Coordinator

Email: |  Phone: 610-495-7495 ext. 248



What: In order to celebrate a newly renovated and expanded store in King of Prussia, PA, Buckman’s Ski and Snowboard Shop is having a Grand Re-Opening Event for their customers.  The Grand Re-Opening Event is taking place during the Pre-Season and Tent Sale, so on top of great savings on excellent equipment and apparel, Buckman’s is going to be doing tons of give-aways and customers will have the opportunity to meet and get autographs from some of the best skiers and snowboarders in the industry.

Buckmans on SkiAndBoarding

Over the summer, the Buckman’s Ski and Snowboard Shop in King of Prussia, PA was completely renovated and expanded.  There are now three floors of retail space, an elevator, and extra parking spaces for customers.  When the store opens its doors to the public on October 1st, they will remain open all year long.  The Buckman’s in King of Prussia is the first of any Buckman’s Ski and Snowboard Shop to remain open all year long and will now be carrying lifestyle, casual, and skate apparel.

Buckmans Tear Out

Buckmans Tear Out

Who: Buckman’s is offering their customers the opportunity to meet some of the best skiers and snowboarders in the industry.  Pro snowboarders Danny Kass, Bjorn Leines, Louie Vito, Gretchen Bleiler, Mikey Leblanc, and Luke “Dingo” Trembath and pro skiers Seth Morrison, Glen Plake, Cody Townsend, Michelle Parker, Pep Fujas, and Daron Rahlves will all be at the King of Prussia store meeting customers and signing autographs!  Many of these athletes have won Olympic and X-Games medals and have truly influenced the ski and snowboard industry.  Buckman’s is proud to be one of the only retail establishments to provide their customers with the opportunity to meet athletes of such a high caliber.

When: Friday, October 15, 2010

Autograph Session #1 – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Autograph Session #2 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Buckman’s Ski and Snowboard Shop

740 Dekalb Pike

King of Prussia, PA 19406

For more information or to inquire about interviewing the athletes that will be at the store, please contact Sarah Webster by email at or by phone at 610-495-7495 ext. 248.

*Photo and Interview Opportunities Available*


Quick global update

September 24, 2010 in Weekly Update

The Stubai Glacier in Austria is now open for the winter season, operating six lifts this week. Lots of snow, over 40cm, is expected at many Austrian resorts between the weekend and early next week.

Good summer riding can be enjoyed at Val Senales in Italy along with Saas Fee and Zermatt in Switzerland. Typical late summer conditions exist and the temperature is lower than at the height of the summer season so the snow really does firm up overnight and stays firmer for longer during the day.
The skiing is good in Australia, although there hasn’t been any new snow since last week and temperatures have been up to near 10°C. You can expect lots of skiing under warm sunshine.

It is a very different situation in New Zealand. Cold and wintry weather is bringing lots of new snow to the resorts although the strong winds are affecting lift operations. Turoa on the north island reports the best conditions they have had all season.

All bar two of our Chilean resorts have now closed for the 2010 ski season. The remaining open resorts are Termas de Chillan and Valle Nevado.
Spring continues to dominate in Argentina although the ski season has now ended at Las Lenas.

Thats all for now…

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