The future of skiing: how tech will change how we ski

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Guest post from our friends at Alpine Infusion: learn more about the impact of existing and future ski technology on all the different aspects of your skiing experience!

Skiing can be traced back thousands of years, from when people living in the mountains used to get on their skis to traverse the snowy conditions, to what we see today as we travel around the world to do it for recreation and fun! During that time skiing itself hasn’t changed too much, but with the digital age, there are some really interesting developments on the way. Below we’re talking you through some of the very best technology for all the skiing enthusiasts out there, with a look at how things will change in the coming years.

Safety equipment

Safety is always a big concern for people when they go skiing, and the evolution of safety equipment will be a big plus in the coming years. We’re talking sensors that can tell whether you’ve been static for a significant period of time, before sending a signal back to the relevant authorities just in case they need to act. Airbags will also become much smaller, lighter and larger when inflated, becoming the standard for skiers over the world.

The evolution of the ski boot

The design of skis themselves might not change too much, but the ski boot could see big alterations. This includes fully mouldable outers and inners, and a change in bindings in an attempt to save on weight. The improved equipment will help to make off-piste skiing more accessible for those who are comfortable enough to try it out.

Wearable ski technology

Struggling to master your chosen piste? Luckily for you, there are wearable tech options out there right now which will assess your performance in real-time, before providing actionable advice for you to improve your experience the second time around. This technology will only get better in the future, improving everything from your jumps to how much angle and force you’re putting into your runs.

Perfect snow machines

Snowmaking has come a long way in the last few decades. Before it was all about getting some snow any way you could, whatever the energy cost and whatever the quality. Nowadays things are much different, with snow machines that control water content so that what they create isn’t too wet, and they’re much kinder to the environment. They will only get better in the coming years as technology improves, and we’ll see ski resorts being able to invite tourists in for far longer than they do now.

Sustainable ski resorts

In a decade or so we could be visiting ski resorts that run on their own energy. Virtually all ski areas have the ability to do this, thanks to a combination of wind, solar, micro-hydro and geothermal. This is just the way the world is going, and it’ll only benefit the environment as we explore more sustainable ways to enjoy our favorite activity.

One-piece stretch suits

One day the reality of layering before we leave our luxury ski chalet will be a distant memory. We’ll be putting on one-piece stretch suits and they’ll automatically regulate our temperature. This means you’ll never have to worry about what to pack and you’ll never have to take off or add more layers when you’re halfway down the mountain.

These are just a few of our future predictions for the world of skiing. As you can see there’s much to be excited about, from an increased level of safety to clothes that will adapt to our own temperature. Who knows, maybe a bit further down the line we’ll be getting on our hoverboards and gliding down the mountains without even touching the snow! Now get back out there and enjoy the ‘traditional’ skiing while you can!

This post was contributed by Alpine Infusion. Alpine Infusion provides the finest selection of award-winning chalets in the Three Valleys, France – the world’s largest skiing area. Follow them on Twitter.

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