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21 July 2017

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Ultra-light ORTOVOX ASCENT backpack. Great for ski touring

3 July 2017

Ultra-light! The ORTOVOX ASCENT backpack was originally designed for ski mountaineering. Here at HAT we reckon it’s a great option for ski touring and riding off-piste. We’re particularly impressed by how comfortable and light it is. Weight is always a prime concern when out ski touring or going off-piste. The ORTOVOX ASCENT backpack is made of tough abrasion-free material but has a ‘no-gimmicks’ design to keep its weight down. The 3D foam back-system helps to distribute the pack’s weight evenly between its hip fins and the padded shoulder straps, making […]

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Utah celebrates a season with zero avalanche deaths

1 June 2017

Report from Back Country Magazine What a success for the Utah Avalanche Centre and their work to educate backcountry skiers. We have yet to make this kind of progress in Europe. But we are getting there and awareness is increasing. However there is a long way to go to get avalanche education recognised as an essential precondition for going off piste. The 2017 winter season—bringing record-breaking snowfall, high winds and extreme avy danger on more than one occasion—is over. And Utah has […]

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Ski Trade discuss skier trends at Listex

5 May 2017

I am spending the day at Listex (London International Snowsports Exchange).  This is a gathering of ski trade and service providers to meet, discuss and form new trade relationships.  The first session is titled Back to the Future and is a discussion on skier trends and the snowsports industry and what skiers and boarders want to do.                       Skier Trends Discussion Sean Newsom from We Love to Ski talked about the incredible investment that […]

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Remember the first time you stepped on snow … and then on skis?

21 April 2017

National Schools Snowsport Week The first time on snow is quite a special moment, we can all remember that day it snowed at home and we made contact with the cold white fluffy stuff.  I am sure we can also remember the first time we put skis on and they felt very slippery. Photo credit Matt Alexander/PA Wire Here is a whole class of school children from Yewtree School in Hemel Hempstead about to try out skiing for the first time as […]

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