Wednesday, 2 March 2011

SIGB Ski test in Bormio

After the English Champs here in Bormio, I've been spending a few days at the SIGB ski test. catching up with some friends, skiing on some of next years kit and generally chilling out.

There are some interesting developments in the skis - The race skis remain largely unchanged, save for some graphics but there are some different directions taken by the manufacturers.
Salomon have the BBR. A ski which has a lot in common (shape-wise) with old surfboards. It has a wide but soft tip and a narrow, stiff tail. It works ok on the piste, if a little flappy at speed but is a little better when the going is softer off piste.
Head have a deal with the management of the rock group, Motorhead and have 4 skis aimed at all mountain and named after Motorhead albums. I've been skiing the 'Rock and Roll' which has proved to be a great ski both on and off the piste.
Motorhead Rock and Rolls by Head

Today was my last of three days on the hill for the test and the weather has been amazing for all three with great conditions for testing.

A little off piste testing
Tomorrow sees me leaving Bormio to drive to Geneva then back to the UK for a few days rest.
The next trip will be out to the Interschools races in Les Houches with several schools and some of our regular trainees, following this will be the Aiglon cup in Villars so still plenty of the season left, even though we're now in March.

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