Nearing the end of December, and the year 2014, skiing resorts all around the northern hemisphere are about to get packed. It’s that time of the year were your anticipation levels are reaching their peak, with Christmas just around the corner, and your skiing holiday memo is showing up on your calendar.
As the snow season is just beggining, here is a list of trends that will pack the slopes over the next few months:
The main colour schemes and tones for the 2014/2015 season draw upon the colours of the arctic, as well as the deep woods. Along come the striking blue’s in all sorts of finishes, from metallic on helmets and eyewear, to chalky matte on eyewear and tech-apparel. Pale green’s and light grey’s are also to make an appearance, accompanied by the standard deep-brown’s and blacks, which make reference to earth-elements.
Ethnic prints and cargo patterns are also bound to swamp the shops and pistes, and are encouraged to mix with other colours and styles, filled with decorative details such as fur, beading and laser-cut designs.
Due to the slight decline in snow apparel sales over the last year caused by little snowfall in most resorts, the market is swaying towards more reasonably priced hi-tech products. Although gadgets are in higher demand than ever before, with companies such as Zeal Optics developing goggles with HD cameras, GoPro offering a wide extensive range of products and accessories, or even Nike looking to make a statement with LCD swoosh boots, it is predicted that brands offering hi-tech fabrics at a more accessible price. This seems to be particularly true with affordable Gore-Tex jackets and pants, such as Volcom’s L Gore-tex jacket or Arcteryx’s Beta SL jacket.
A streetwear influence is also noticeable in this season’s gear, with slimmer pants and jackets making a comeback, sending the baggy pant and XXXL jackets right off the mountain. Most brands are drifting towards ultra-thin mid-layers with tight fits, that support the trimmed look and support heat insulation.
There’s also a focus on marketing and educating skiers/snowboarders about efficient layering, which seeks to maintain/enhance flexibility and movement, as well as heat preservation. Systems jackets, or integrated layering jackets, are growing among the general public and retailers alike, offering optimum comfort and performance for an ideal day on the slopes.
Last, but not least – protection.
The slopes are seeing a sparing number of helmetless skiers, whom are being more and more frowned upon for keeping themselves exposed to the dangerous conditions on the mountains. With so many helmet styles and looks available for all visual preferences and pocket depths.
Backpacks have also become a growing trend among boarders, as well as skiers. Although these are more oriented for the courageous back-country rider, they are gaining popularity among the piste skier too. Recent years have seen large technological advancements in backpacks and safety measures, with many models providing spine protection and avalanche air-bags (ABS packs). Be sure to stay equipped with an avalanche transceiver, as well a shovel and probe kit, when exploring some of the mountain’s more exotic spots, with deep snow and tough access.
Keep it safe and stylish on the snow, riding and aprés-skiing!