According to avalanche.org, last season (2013/2014), there were 35 avalanche fatalities in the U.S. The problem is, there is no one data that could accurately predict it and thus, even the most experienced skiers may fall victim to this natural hazard. The key to understanding this hazard is knowing what’s under your feet, which skiers, snowboarders and snow patrollers and the likes attempt to foretell by doing the time consuming and backbreaking snowpack test that involves digging out a chunk of the snowpack. I know right? Even such advancement in technology, mankind is still unable to efficiently understand the snow under our feet to help us avoid this unavoidable natural occurrence. There is no way avalanche is going to cease and neither will activities like skiings and snowboardings, and so it becomes apparent that we need more quicker solution to understanding the snow. This is where startup AvaTech comes in. Continue reading This Snow Probe Will Help Skiers Understand the Snow and Possibly Avoid Avalanches
we don’t want to go to length, trying to explain why getting stuck at the peak with bad binding is a snowboarder’s nightmare, because you should have the tools to get it fix anyway, but do you really want to lug a toolbox up there? no, you don’t. you want this handsome piece of made-for-snowboarders multi-tool, the Leatherman Hail + Style PS Snowboard Tool, to be by your side the next time you hit any snow-covered peaks. working in collaboration with Signal Snowboards, Leatherman has essentially created the ultimate accessory that no snowboarders should go without. Continue reading Leatherman Hail + Style PS Snowboard Tool
ski poles are largely single function equipment, well, unless you count stabbing another person with it as another function, but seriously, we don’t encourage that in anyway. however, a Salt Lake City-based upstart thinks otherwise (and their idea definitely does not involve stabbing) and has completely rethink how ski poles should function, such as for binding adjustments or even popping open a bottle of booze. yes. ski poles. screwdrivers and bottle opener, and those are exactly what the CHAR Poles will do, which effectively turns it into a multi-tool. while it may not be the keychain-friendly kind of multi-tool or even look like one, it is in fact, blessed with a couple of screwdrivers – a phillip head and flat head screwdrivers – one in each pole’s bike-style grip. using the screwdrivers is a matter of unscrewing them from the ski poles’ handles. Continue reading CHAR Poles – Multi-tool Ski Poles
who would have thought a simple snowflake shape could be harnessed into an exceedingly handy and useful multi-tool? neither did we. well, that’s exactly what two dudes Alex and Nate did – design a snowboard tool around one of the products of Mother Nature: snowflake. the HexFlex Compact Snowboard Tool, as it is called, took advantage of the nature’s perfect shape and incorporates an astonishing 15 tools cleverly blended into one unibody multi-tool that measures just a little over 2 inches and weighs a mere 2.3 ounces (65 grams). in fact, it has 16 functions in all, if you count paracord splice as one of them. we’d be lying if we say we weren’t impressed by the effort the duo made to get to this design. Continue reading HexFlex Compact Snowboard Tool
seriously, if you are at the top of the ski slope, the last thing in your mind is to trek down to the pro shop to tweak a loose binding and yet, you won’t be lugging around basic ski or snowboard repair tools with you when you ski or snowboard, do you? the solution? the Click Carabiner Snowboard and Ski Binding Tool (officially, it is known as ‘Cl!ck Carabiner’) which has the snowboarding specific wrenches, screwdrivers, and even a bottle opener (well, maybe the bottle opener is not quite a ski or snowboard essential, but still…), all packed into a super handy carabiner form. derived from Click Carabiner’s skate carabiner tool, two models are available for seeing to your snow sports on-site repair needs: a Click Ski Carabiner and the Click Snowboard Carabiner. Continue reading Click Carabiner Snowboard and Ski Binding Tool
(credit: screenshot from Troy Hartman’s video)
what happens when you put a homemade jetpack on your back and slipped on a pair of skis? an exhilarating 47 mph ski down the snowmobile trail! at least that’s what Troy Hartman did. in fact, Hartman’s jetpack was originally meant to be used to fly out of an airplane at 8,000 feet. something which i would never imagine doing. however, before becoming a rocketeer, Hartman decided to use the jetpack on skis first and the result was what you see in the video after the break. still, Hartman’s ultimate goal is making the jump with his jetpack and we wish him all the best. Continue reading must watch: homemade Jetpack with skis
(image credit: Audi)
Hublot isn’t the only non-sports related firm to exhibit a beautiful snow-related equipment in the recent World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Audi has a pair of beautiful crafted skis to show off, and skiers will get a chance to try out these prototypes skis too. dubbed the Audi Carbon Ski concept, the skis are designed and developed by Audi Concept Design in collaboration with ski manufacturing specialist, Head and the German Ski Association.
beyond its carbon fiber exterior lies a wooden core, surrounded by layers of aluminum and titanium and the result is a pair of ultra light weight skis that weighs just 960 grams per ski. with this design, the skis will flex on moguls, achieving maximum grip but not twisting on icy patches. this enables the skis’ steel edges to maintain constant contact with the icy surface throughout its entire length. the ultra light weight is also said to result in a highly maneuverable skis.
this pair of concept could be a reality by next winter, though there’s no indication on its pricing but we suspect it will be beyond the reach of many. from the look of the skis, we all know it will goes straight into the luxury goods category (read: pricey). however, if it becomes a reality and you eventually get yourself a pair – then you can proudly proclaim your Audi is 100% zero emission (but it’s not a car, duh!)
(image credit: Hublot) The Hublot Sledge | US$tbc | www.hublot.com
not contented with just churning out gorgeous and ridiculously expensive time pieces, Hublot has a series of lifestyle products including skis, bikes and now sledges (or Luge). dubbed The Hublot Sledge, it is the result of a collaboration between Hublot and ECAL (Lausanne University of Art and Design) as part of its Masters in Luxury Design and Industry program which Hublot is one of the main sponsors since 2008.
make no mistake, this isn’t your ordinary run-of-the-mill sledge. every aspect of the sledge is the result of a fusion of artistic design with cutting-edge technology, thus fulfilling Hublot’s philosophy of the “art of fusion.” the sledge features an ash wood structure, hand-sewn leather seat, carbon fiber handles and steel runners. the Hublot Sledge is limited to just 10 units worldwide, and it will make its debut (on display) at the Alpine World Ski Championships 2011 in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany (February 7 to 20, 2011).
no words on its pricing and availability but when it is from Hublot and it has only 10 pieces worldwide, you know it’s going to cost an arm and a leg, or perhaps even more. but for design aficionados (i mean, the rich bunch), this will be the ultimate sledge to get even if sliding down a snow slope isn’t your cup of tea. it simply look awesome and if i had one, i won’t even let it touch the snow! check out more images of The Hublot Sledge after the jump.
via Born Rich
(image credit: Skizee) Skizee | US$2,500.00 | skizee.ca
if you are an avid skier and don’t have the luxury of snowy mountains to make a downhill run, there’s this little single track machine called Skizee that can push you around the snow with its 10.5-hp, 4-stroke engine. at glance, it look almost like the British Mark I tank but of course, it isn’t. the Skizee is part snow mobile, part human skier and it has a foldable control bar that let skier controls it. constructed out of light aluminum, the Skivee comes complete with electric start and braking control. Continue reading Skizee is a track vehicle that pushes skier around