Based on the shell and core design of POC’s well-known Receptor, this helmet also incorporates their patented MIPS system (Multi Impact Protection System) to dramatically reduce rotational forces on the brain during a major impact. The technology works by using a low friction layer that separates the shell from the inside liner of the helmet. When the helmet experiences a heavy impact, the low friction layer will sheer, allowing for a small, controlled rotation of the shell. This allows the shell to absorb the rotational force of the impact instead of your brain.
The helmet is also integrated with the company’s VDSAP system (Ventilated Double Shell Anti-Penetration system), which uses two overlapping shells to protect against sharp piercing objects. The system offers ample ventilation when needed, but can be closed on colder days. This comes on top of an already rugged multi-impact EPP foam liner core, which protects users from minor knocks and bumps.
The POC Receptor Backcountry with MIPS raises the bar for all other helmet manufacturers. When it comes to safety on the slopes, POC is in a league of their own.
Ski season may still be a few months off, but you can still keep sharp during the summer with Skytech Sport’s state-of-the-art ski simulator.
Skytech Sport has developed a hyper-realistic ski simulator that combines physical motion with a virtual interface to give users a truly immersive experience. Users can choose between a ski or snowboard setup and slide back and forth along a track that mimics a variety of specific snow conditions. Once users have gotten the hang of the motion, they can select from a wide array of runs – including many from their favorite mountains.
Skytech Sport Simulator is designed to be sold for individual or business use (such as ski shops) or can be rented for special events. For more information check out their website.
Cat skiing and back-country deep powder sessions, brought to you in Lego form.
This video combines the cheeky fun of stop-animation Legos with the uber seriousness of glam ski reels, and the result, is wonderfully endearing. From the faux lens flares to the chillwave electronic soundtrack, it captures all the classic hallmarks of the modern ski highlight reel while subtly drawing attention to their formulaic nature and underlying pretension.
It’s a brilliant little short with a light, playful touch that fills your heart with youthful happiness in a way that only Legos can.
The GOPR Rescue Snowmobile was designed by Warsaw team Gustaw Lange and Aleksander Lange to handle difficult weather conditions while rescuing injured skiers off the mountain.
An ambulance for the snow, the GOPR snowmobile is mobile, maneuverable, and able to access remote areas with ease. The two-seater can swiftly push through the snow with its two front skis and its powerful track system that propels the machine over all types of terrain.
The bubble-like shape of the vehicle’s front allows for a pair of rescuers to retrieve and assist the injured, while the rectangular shaped rear functions as a medical bed for the injured. Ultimately, Lange & Lange’s GOPR Rescue Snowmobile will enable GOPR’s rescuers to make swift and efficient rescues off of the mountain.
Designed by Croatian firm 3LHD architects, the restaurant Vidikovac at Ski Center Radusa is situated in the scenic Uskopaljski Valley.
The low-profile pavilion was inspired by the concept of a lookout. Visitors can take refuge from the icy cold by gathering around large, open fireplaces while enjoy food and beverages. Like many mountain roundhouses, the interior is finished with warm woods to contrasts the stark white outside.
To find out more about Restaurant Vidikovac and the unlikely skiing in Croatia visit the their website pegasus.ba
All next week we will be interrupting our normal broadcast of the Aether Journal to bring you live updates from our motorcycle trip: Aether Chasing Winter.
As the ski season comes to a close and the motorcycle riding season begins, we’re taking a trip of a lifetime and chasing the last of the snow up the Rockies. For the next week, we’ll be riding from Telluride, CO to Jackson Hole, WY on fully-loaded BMW GSs, stopping at every major ski resort along the way. Our goal: to hit the last of the snow and the first of the open roads.
While we’re out there, we will be testing out our new motorcycle jackets, the Skyline and Canyon, as well our entire winter collection. It might be spring time, but it’s still the Rockies. Things are going to get cold.
So stay tuned to the Aether Journal for updates, and follow our daily progress on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. #AETHERchasingwinter
The Function Ultralight Ski & Snowboard Carry System ($40) makes hauling cumbersome snowboards and skis a lot easier. Weighing a scant 84 grams (about as much as an iPhone) this carrying system is made of Mil-spec Nylon webbing and Hypalon edge protectors. Two different styles allow for a backpack (snowboard) or bandolier (skis) configuration. When not in use, the Function Ultralight straps fit into an included Tyvek stuff sack that measures 3.5″ by 4.5″. Essentially small enough to fit pretty much anywhere.
Last winter professional skier turned professional videographer, Michael Clarke got back out on the slopes to shoot some material with current free stylers : Justin Dorey and Simon Dumont. They spent two days shooting under the clear western skies of Breckenridge, Colorado, with a fair deal of time devoted to The Breck half-pipe. This flowing, visually arresting vignette of precision work is what they came back with.
It may be considered a Scandinavian country, but without any major mountain ranges to speak of, Denmark is at a bit of a loss for skiing. That is why the architecture firm CEBRA has proposed an indoor ski facility that would put SkiDubai to shame.
The proposed SkiDome will be approximately 1,076,000 square feet, with over 750,000 square feet being dedicated to nearly two miles of indoor and outdoor slopes – well over the size of SkiDubai’s 242,187 sq.ft indoor facility.
The design of the park is based on a six point snowflake. On the roof of one of the arches there will be the black ski runs for outdoor skiing, while other roofs will be home to facilities for skateboarding, BMX-ing and a landscaped park.
In the far northern hinterlands of Russia, dilapidated relics of the old Soviet Union dot the arctic tundra. For the few people still living in these remote regions life can seem rather bleak, which has led the local youth to develop their own unique style of adrenaline-vodka fueled stimulation.
Recently the Finnish film collective Nipwitz took a trip into Russia’s Murmansk Oblast to film a little bit of urban skiing – similar to the JP Auclair street segment from All.I.Can. Here, the crumbling Soviet structures act like a giant adult playground, allowing skiers countless obstacles and trick variations. The neighborhood kids come out to watch and eventually join in the fun. However, as director Aarni Toiviainen mentions in the beginning of the film, Russian hospitality can sometimes be a little hit or miss.