Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned veteran, modern technology is helping to shape the way you tackle the slopes, sometimes in ways you didn’t realize. Don’t think these changes are simply superficial either. In fact, many actually go straight to the heart of subjects that could define how the industry will stand in the future. Here are just some of the ways the business is currently developing.
An Influx of New Gadgets
Skiing is no stranger to the influx of new gadgets that’s impacting other industries. The GoPro is arguably the most common new piece of equipment you’ll see on the slopes this season. These compact, cube-sized cameras cost around $200 and can easily be fitted on top of helmets or at the end of snowboards so that you can easily record your latest run in high-definition. Similarly, technological advancements are improving both safety and comfort in everything from gloves, boots, and jackets. The latest Helly Hansen Supreme jacket is both thinner and lighter than traditional winter apparel, but thanks to a new, two-way stretch fabric is just as warm and more breathable.
Going to New Places
When most people think of skiing, they immediately think of locations around the Alps or perhaps Aspen, Colorado. Hotter climates will be the last thing on their minds. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, though, it’s now possibility to combine your love of taking on the pistes with hanging out by the beach all in one a single vacation. As reported by Igluski, the world’s largest indoor ski slope is scheduled to be completed in Dubai by 2020. The 1.2km run will be a part of a $6.8 billion project that also encompasses a hotel, marina, and shopping complex in the city.
Tackling Controversial Subjects
Last, but not least, many ski enthusiasts will be concerned about the effects climate change could have over their favourite hobby. Resort owners are aware of this, as well as the pressure they face from tourists who expect an even white surface from the top to bottom when they visit. Many have now invested in a large arsenal of snow cannons, which shoot huge ice pellets into any gaps on the pistes. According to a piece published in the The Guardian last year, this kind of artificial snow production was responsible for less than 10% of the total piste area in Switzerland in 2000 but has since grown to 36% ten years later.