The ski season is in full swing around the world (well, depending on your latitude, admittedly). All over the place, people are sashaying down slopes, sitting on slowly chugging lifts back up, before rinsing and repeating.
Whether you8217;re skiing or snowboarding, there aren8217;t many pastimes that can so comprehensively distract you from your everyday life, and pack in some beautiful mountain sights while you8217;re at it. Still, though, skiing isn8217;t exactly the cheapest activity, so it can be a bit daunting to consider it.
Something that could make your life a bit easier, though, is some tech 8211; whether you8217;re looking to learn how to ski, or perfect your downhill game, there are a range of gadgets you could take with you for support. We8217;ve gathered some of the very best on this list for you.
Our pick of the best ski tech to buy today
Whether you8217;re pretty new to skiing or are reaching the point where you8217;re not sure how to improve your technique, a coaching companion would be ideal, wouldn8217;t it? Teachers are hugely expensive though and can be a bit restricted in terms of the time spent with you.
Thankfully, Carv has arrived on the scene to offer personalised coaching entirely digitally. The app connects to sensors that you wear in and on your boots, which tell it in minute detail how you8217;re skiing and whether your balance is as it should be.
It8217;ll tell you how you did after each run, and what you need to improve on, plus show you how to do that, all through your headphones so that you don8217;t have to fumble around on your phone each time you need an update. It8217;s a great little gadget that will really help you to develop your abilities and confidence.
Garmin8217;s latest flagship watch is pretty much the marker to beat when it comes to sports tracking and metrics. It8217;ll keep track of every detail of your health and fitness, as well as offering pinpoint maps and GPS data to boot. Plus, on the top-range version, you8217;ll even get some power back through solar charging to expand the battery life a bit.
It8217;s rugged and hardy, too, which makes it perfect for a skiing holiday. You8217;ll be able to track your progress around a resort or mountain without needing to pull out a frozen phone every couple of minutes.
Coincidentally, the Apple Watch can also now do ski tracking.
Safety is a serious business on the slopes 8211; we8217;re completely opposed to the idea of not wearing a helmet while pelting down a mountain on some sticks, personally. If you want to meld safety with some smart features, though, then Livall8217;s helmets are godsends. In particular, there8217;s ability to play music via Bluetooth without needing headphones,
The RS1 will let you listen to music (or, for example, Carv8217;s instructions) clearly through its earpieces, but won8217;t drown out the surrounding world, to help you avoid other skiers or hazards. Plus, they look great and aren8217;t too much pricier than a normal helmet.
Once you8217;re sorted on the helmet front, though, you might be vulnerable to some goggle-envy out on the piste. There are all sorts of designs and aesthetics you can go for, but one problem is likely to persist 8211; fogging up.
Abom8217;s Heet range are impressive goggles that get rid of that issue by building in heating elements to keep the goggles free of mist. That means that you8217;ll be able to see perfectly while you ski, with the added bonus of a range of finishes to choose from. Of course, it also means that you8217;ll be short of one potential excuse if you wipe out, so bear that in mind.
Anyone that8217;s been up a mountain recently will know the anxiety of taking your phone out after a few great runs to find it worryingly freezing and inexplicably low on battery. That8217;s because modern smartphones aren8217;t anywhere near hardy enough for seriously cold temperatures, and battery life takes a serious hit as a result.
Sidestepping that whole issue isn8217;t too challenging, though, thankfully 8211; pick up a Phoozy pouch for your phone, pop it in your in your pocket or bag, and relax in the knowledge that it8217;s both protected from water and rain ingress, and from extreme temperatures. When you need to check it, you should find that it8217;s happy and performs normally.
Once you8217;re a bit more sure on your feet, let8217;s talk about action cameras. There are few activities that lend themselves better to filming than skiing 8211; even mediocre performances look great in wide-angle slow motion. If you8217;re looking to film your descents, GoPro is the obvious choice.
Its latest Hero camera is the 8 Black, and it8217;s predictably the best it8217;s made yet. You8217;ll get amazingly smooth video even without a stabilizer, and crystal-clear resolution will mean that your memories are preserved forever.
For our final entry, though, we8217;re returning to the question of safety. Skiing and snowboarding are amazing fun, but there8217;s also the question that they8217;re a damn sight more dangerous than most alternative pastimes. Crashing is one thing, but when you8217;re up in the mountains there8217;s a background risk of an avalanche that8217;s a little terrifying, especially if you venture off-piste.
Mammut8217;s range of Airbag Backpacks could save your life if you are caught in an avalanche 8211; they have expanding Airbags built-in which could ensure that you8217;re not buried too tightly, letting you manoeuvre and either escape or call for help to do so.