STYLE ALTITUDE for Skiing and Snowboarding

15th MAY

A GIANT LEAP FOR FREERIDERS: DISCIPLINE OFFICIALLY RECOGNISED BY FIS

Freeride World Tour 2024

At the FIS Congress that took place in Reykjavik on 5th June, Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding was approved as an official discipline by the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS).

This historical decision brings freeriding closer to becoming an Olympic Sport. "This is an important day for the freeride community," declared Nicolas Hale-Woods, Founder and CEO of FWT. "The recognition of Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding as an official discipline within FIS will elevate the sport and provide new opportunities for athletes worldwide. We are excited about the future prospects this brings to the freeride movement and beyond."

The Freeride World Championships will now be included within the FIS framework, paving the way for a structured and unified approach to competitions and athlete development.

Main image: Winning freerider Zuzanna Witych at the FWT Verbier Pro. Photo: Dom Daher

    OTHER SKI NEWS

    KICK OFF NEXT SKI SEASON WITH FREE BEER AND WINE WITH EARLY BOOKINGS. To celebrate the upcoming European Football Championship, Iglu Ski will include a case of 24 bottles of beer (or six bottles of wine) with new bookings over £2,500 made before 30th June 30, 2024.

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Gear Reviews

April 24
Cardo group communication review for skiing

THE CARDO PACKTALK OUTDOOR SKI INTERCOM REVIEW

It's over and out for Walkie-Talkies as there's now a better way to communicate with friends on the mountain.

We've now used the Cardo unit numerous times as a comms system on the mountain, the first time at the SIGB Ski Test. Cardo's tech pedigree is that they have been producing communication headsets since 2005, primarily for the motorcycle market.

What sets the Cardo Packtalk Outdoor apart from the likes of Motorola / BCA walkie-talkies is that it is far simpler to use. No pressing a button to talk, having to ask 'did you get that?' or a group of Italians suddenly chattering on the same frequency.

The system is far less cumbersome, as you are in continuous contact with whoever else is linked wirelessly to you and without having to rely on data or a phone signal, plus it's totally hands-free...

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Features

MAY 2024
Digital nomad working from ski resorts

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When Italy launched a digital nomad visa in April, 2024, it was a momento fantastico for anyone outside the Schengen Area of the EU, who wants to work remotely and ski in the Alps or Dolomites for the whole winter season, while enjoying endless Italian lattes.

For those skiers and snowboarders who have a laptop and will travel, the mountains are calling...

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The Ski Blog

1st May
self arrest when skiing

CAN YOU SELF-ARREST WHEN SLIDING OUT OF CONTROL ON ICE?

There's a YouTube video that's had nearly 7m views. It's titled, '1100 metre piste slide with no skis (82Km/h)'. The description under the video contains a cautionary note from the free faller, who warns: 'Be very careful on steep, icy slopes and learn how to self arrest'.

This winter, I also found myself hurtling downhill on my butt, similar to this guy but not nearly as far. It was the first run in the morning, following rain the previous day with overnight freeze. Higher up the pistes were in great condition but then sheet ice on the last leg of a black run. I lost both skis ending up sliding at ever increasing speed and unable to stop.

So I'm on the lookout for any tips on how to self-arrest for future icy incidents. Check out what I discovered in our latest Ski Blog...

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