Snow sports are heavily gear oriented and ski gadgets are part of every self-respecting snow-bum’s kit list. You can even convince yourself that a ski holiday is completely impossible without the latest NASA spec technical equipment. Nevermind that people have been getting about on planks of wood without bluetooth-piste-side-manufacturer-support for centauries.
There is one thing for sure – snow sports are considerably more comfortable now than they were even 10 years ago. The advent of super hi-tech fabrics, lightweight skis and boots and the heated gondola has gone some way to making life on the slopes more bearable but it’s the completely unnecessary thingimies that have made ALL the difference!
The pre-season mecca that is the Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show is the place to showcase the latest kickstarter style snow sports innovations.
Here’s our pick of ski gadgets from Battersea and the web for this season.
5) Drysure boot dryers
Boot heaters are a no-no in our opinion. Unless your boots are bone dry to begin with, all that’s going to happen when you stick a heated element in them is that you’re going to get an outbreak of some sort of toe-munching bacteria. At the very least, they will end up smelling like wet Labrador and that’s not ok. Drysure is made of fancy reusable silica oxide bead sack and a plastic case – no electricity required. It sucks up the moisture and then you leave them out or stick them in a warm oven to dry out again. Perfect for #vanlife bums like us. Very clever, no-nonsense, British invention. There are also shorter versions for shoes.
4) Massive solid state hard drive
No snow sports enthusiast can go on a ski holiday without an action camera, a 360 camera, a drone and an SLR with a wide-angle lens. One day of collecting footage will consume a colossal amount of your laptop hard drive so take a solid-state drive with you to download your content each night. Our pick is the Samsung T3.
3)EDZ Merino Socks
If there’s one thing that people from Cumbria know about it’s cold, wet feet. That’s why we chose EDZ. This is one place where a bit of old fashioned sheep’s wool is the undisputed solution to combating foot related misery.
2)BoblBee – backpack and spine protector
In lieu of a ski-sherpa to carry our bits and bobs, a backpack is a good alternative. I resisted a backpack for years, offloading lip balm and wallets on other people. I gave in this year and have concluded that carrying a backpack is awesome. You don’t have to justify every little thing you want to take and if you’re traveling in a motorhome like we are, being able to take valuables is really important. The Boblbee is our choice – designed exclusively to protect baguettes from crush injuries (and spines too), it also doubles as a bench/ sledge and has loads of accessories you can customise to your particular needs.
1) Heated Gloves
There are tonnes of hand warming products on the market but the Ember heated gloves and mittens get our vote. James feels the cold really badly – really really badly. The Ember products have 4 settings which means you can pre-heat them, top them up and our favourite, ‘stuck on an open chairlift in a blizzard mode’. They’re also bright which is nice because mostly gloves are really boring.
There you have it. Fail safe ways to make your ski holiday infinitely more enjoyable.