We give pretty much everything we have on board on our motorhome ski trips a massive hammering – last season was the most brutal in 40 years in the Alps so we’re pretty confident that everything that survived has a Winterized quality seal. We were also fortunate enough to test a lot of ski kit – we’ll include this gear and equipment too because if it can put up with motorhome ski life, it’s got our vote.
WED’ZE SKI MITTENS REVIEW
We’re mitten converts. Having gone through a 20 year period of firmly believing that, like Mini Milk lollies, mittens are banned from the age of 12, it was exciting to learn that mittens are back – and all the grown ups are rocking them.
REVIEW: WED’ZE 900 SKI SOCKS (ADULT)
These are the top of the range Wed’ze ski socks and unless you have very poor circulation, are as much as you need to keep your tootsies.
KIT RESTORATION: NIKWAX REVIEW – TECH WASH AND TX-DIRECT
Can British household name ‘Nikwax‘ restore relegated but beloved garments and catapult them back into the premier league of ski gear?
REVIEW: QUECHUA SH500 SNOWSHOES
Reluctant to give up our days on the hill to a glorified walk – we made a pretty big mistake. We did not get snow shoes – and we should have.
AUTOGLYM ULTIMATE SCREENWASH -45ºC
Autoglym embarrass the competition.
HELLY HANSEN MAROI SKI JACKET (WOMEN’S)
Helly Hansen kit is for you if you want classic pieces – If you’re the girl (or guy) who spends big on some seriously nice ‘staple’ and timeless items.
REVIEW: WOMEN’S KEEN WINTERTERRA BOOTS
The Keen Winterterra boots are a hardy and worthy competitor to their Canadian rivals Sorel. Waterproof, all leather upper and toastie as heck.
REVIEW: HONDA EU20i GENERATOR
We have nothing bad to say about the Honda EU20i generator – primarily because had we not had it, we would have been taking a very early bath on our first motorhome ski adventure.
REVIEW: LANDROVER EXPLORE SMART PHONE
I love the Landrover Explore smart phone. There, I said it. Why? Because I have come to realise I only have three basic requirements from a ‘mobile’.
REVIEW: SPEAR & JACKSON GRAIN (SNOW) SHOVEL
Whether it’s shovelling powder and making paths or hacking your wheels out of ice puddles, a plastic snow shovel isn’t going to cut it. You need an agricultural grain shovel.
REVIEW: VAN COMFORT SILVER SCREEN (FIAT DUCATO 2007+)
This is an essential for motorhome skiing. If you’re in a 7.5t A-Class, a coachbuilt motorhome, a van conversion or a camper – you need a screen cover.
REVIEW: KARCHER WINDOW VAC (WV2)
Our review of the Karcher Window Vac. Motorhome skiing essential.
INTERMEDIATE SKIS – TRIED AND TESTED BY INTERMEDIATE SKIERS
Intermediate skis – tried and tested by intermediate skiers.
Whale Vs The Beast from the East
Reading Time: 5 minutesYou barely even think about your heating systems at home until they stop working (unless you’re a plumber!). Facebook Twitter LinkedIn StumbleUpon Pinterest
OUR ZERO BS MOTORHOME SKI CHECKLIST
Reading Time: 8 minutes Lots of people have asked us what we’ve taken on our motorhome ski adventure – our natural instinct for over planning meant that we researched this extensively before we left, tried to get the best deals on everything we needed, and this is what we now live with on a daily basis. It’s worth noting, we have a finite amount of space… as do you if you’re going on a motorhome or campervan skiing holiday. Our list is based on the fact that we don’t have an external garage and we don’t want to carry a single thing that we don’t consider essential – life in a motorhome is cosy enough without too many ‘in case of emergency’ items. Some of the lists we’ve read seem bonkers – unless you’re travelling in a 7.5t RV, we have no idea where you keep all this stuff, let alone why you need it. Add to that the monumental expense and suddenly your adventure becomes comparable in cost to a 10 day all-in catered chalet experience for 20! We will no doubt eat our words when we desperately need everything we opted not to take! What we have learned […]
“THEY’RE NOT LIKE SLIPPERS”. YES THEY BLOODY ARE – APEX SKI BOOTS
Reading Time: 6 minutes…and other first world problems. If you love skiing and hate boots or simply need to do a lot of walking, read on. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn StumbleUpon Pinterest
You’re not an ice road trucker and you do need winter tyres
Reading Time: 3 minutesWe’ll be frank, we weren’t 100% sure that you do need winter tyres or that they were necessary for this trip. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn StumbleUpon Pinterest
Beginners Guide to vlogging kit – what you need, and what you don’t.
Reading Time: 4 minutesAs soon as YouTube celebrities starting showing up on the red carpet at film premiers ‘Vlogging’ became a real word. It’s an actually thing and you can be one. All you need is your face and a video camera. But how do you start? Here’s our beginners guide to vlogging kit. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn StumbleUpon Pinterest
Getting fit for a motorhome skiing holiday
Reading Time: 3 minutesThere’s tonnes of information on the internet about getting fit for a skiing holiday. There is absolutely nothing on getting in shape for a motorhome skiing holiday. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn StumbleUpon Pinterest
Top 5 must-have ski gadgets for 2017/18
Reading Time: 3 minutesSnow 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. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn StumbleUpon Pinterest
Winterized Partners with Elddis
Reading Time: 2 minutesIf we’d known that four months ago we’d be writing this blog, we wouldn’t have believed you. We’re now part of the Elddis Family and this road trip just took on an entirely new meaning. If you’re sitting comfortably, let us begin. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn StumbleUpon Pinterest
Top 5 Road Trip Planning Resources
Reading Time: 3 minutesHere are the top 5 road trip planning resources we got our paws on before we started to put together our winter 2017/18 road trip to the Alps. In no particular order… Facebook Twitter LinkedIn StumbleUpon Pinterest
Begged, borrowed and stolen
Some of this gear we bought, some we were loaned, some we were given and some we begged. All of it gets the same beasting on the road and all of our reviews are impartial with no interference from the manufacturers or PR people. Some of these reviews include affiliate links. If you don’t know what they are, they’re links you can click that take you to places you can buy the product online and if you do, we get a little commission. It doesn’t cost you anymore and we’re never going to link to anything we haven’t reviewed.
NOTE: If you know we used something and it’s not on the list*, you can assume it’s crap or at least there’s something better out there for the job. After all, our Mum’s taught us, if you haven’t got something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. We have however offered our feedback directly in most relevant cases.
* although these take some time so if you’re looking for something specific that isn’t here yet, drop us a message and we’ll tell you if it’s going up.