Park City is home to two things: prime real estate, and the best powder in the world. In fact, it is the latter that often draws people to the former, putting them closer to the slopes so they can ski and snowboard from the moment the first flakes hit to the very last thaw.
As we move into the 2016 – 2017 season, it is a great time to take a peek at the coming trends, and what different people have to say about the latest ski gear.
High Tech Hits The Scene
In the past, technology has been hit and miss on the slopes. Quite a lot of expert skiers prefer to keep a compass on hand, and leave the smartphone at home. Now that is changing, thanks to some of the updates hitting the market.
The biggest gadget on review sites right now is the 2017 Backcountry Access BC Link Radio. When you are venturing away from the beaten path and groomed runs, you need reliable communication. This radio has a four day battery life, and a strong signal that can be picked up for two way, or emergency beacon contact. For $149, it is one of the best outdoors tools you can buy.
A Return To Basics, Without The Whistles
Gear is becoming a lot more simple and that isn’t a bad thing. For the last few years customization has been a must for any serious ski enthusiast (or people who want to look like they are). But so many of these options and addons are unnecessary, sometimes even a drawback as they add weight, lessen stability, and create a hindrance on the snow.
Boots are one great example. Manufacturers are heading back to a straightforward durable style that cuts out personalization in exchange for better quality. The Arc’teryx Texada ski pants are another instance of reverting back to the bare bones. Instead of promising flash, these just keep you warm, dry, and are easy to move in. Exactly what you want in ski pants, yet lacking in many other brands.
Gear Gets Green
One of the best trends is one that started last year, and continues on this season. Recycled materials are being used to create gear that is more green, like the Patagonia Nano Puff coat. It is made of 55% recycled, post-consumer materials.
Check Out These Websites For More 2016-2017 Ski Gear Trends and Reviews:
- Onthesnow.com Season Trends
- Powder.com 2017 Buyer’s Guide
- Powder.com Gear Locker
Find out more about Park City life and recreation by visiting Jensen and Company.