The 2014 SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show in Denver was followed by an On-Snow Demo at Colorado's Copper Mountain Resort. Held Jan. 30- Feb. 4, the industry gatherings gave retailers a chance to sample the goods to be sold in the fall for the 2014-15 ski season.
For gear such as skis, boots, helmets and other accessories, each new season brings new technology. The more than 1,000 brands represented at the show ranged from huge corporations such as K2 to small startup gear-makers and boutique ski companies.
See the accompanying photos for details about ten top ski-gear products on display at the trade show.
Smith Optics offers Chroma-Pop lenses for sunglasses that literally must be seen through to be believed. The science explains that the lenses filter out points where color wavelengths cross. The visual experience simply makes the world's colors much more vibrant.
Snowmule packs were designed by an English couple looking for an easier way to ski with children. The packs are designed to hold a couple pairs of kids' skis. The most innovative feature, however, is a set of two retractable towing handles that allow a parent to pull children on skis across flat terrain.
White Doctor Skis
White Doctor skis are created by European ski-maker Eric Bobrowicz, known to most skiers simply as "The Doc" or "Bob." White Doctor produces four basic types of skis: LT (lightweight), TW (twin-tips), FT (flat tails), and the Pro model.
Fischer has basically replaced the discontinued line of freeride Watea skis with the Ranger series. For 2014-15, the Austrian company will offer the Ranger in 88-mm, 96-mm, and 106-mm waist options. Fischer is also known for its unique vacuum-fit system for ski boots.
Based in Breckenridge, Colo., Ski Logik produces skis that can double as works of art with intricate wood designs. The rockered, 101-mm-underfoot Ullr's Chariot RL is a particularly versatile model in Ski Logik's line.
POC will offer the Skull Orbic H.I. MIPS helmet for the 2014-15 ski season. The helmet is part of a new breed of helmets that are not necessarily ruined after one serious impact. Accordingly, the POC helmet introduces a new technology, known as a Helmet Integrity (H.I.) Sensor that allows skiers to check the integrity of their multi-impact helmets. A button on the back will turn a light red or green based on sensors located throughout the helmet.
Olympic gold-medalist Ted Ligety started Shred with avid skier and engineer Carlo Salmini. Featuring new technology designed to further dissipate impact forces, the Slam-Cap Yard Sale helmet is new for the 2014-15 ski season.
For 2014-15, K2 enters its second season in the ski-boot market. On the more-established ski side of the business, K2 has a new line of skis for women called the Potion series. The Potion waist widths range from 72 mm to 98 mm.