Great Britain Makes Quantum Leap in XC Ski Business. At Least in Eurostat Data

Great Britain Makes Quantum Leap in XC Ski Business. At Least in Eurostat Data

Money & Finance, Newsfeed
A million dollar question from our very own version of Trivial Pursuit: name one brand of cross country skis that are produced in Great Britain Scratching your head? So do we Yet it is Britain that tops the official Eurostat data as the EU top xc ski exporter. No kidding. The United Kingdom had somehow managed to export a whopping 941.476 pairs of narrows skis in 2016. Austria, the country of Fischer and Atomic, had only sent some 300.000 pairs France, a birthplace of Salomon and Rossignol brands, is a distant third with 56.000 followed by Finland ( Karhu, Yoki, Peltonen) with 45.000 Italy ( SkiTrab) exported less than 5000. Even Portugal managed to export 25 pairs, while Croatia did 4 ( four) pairs Britain's phenomenal exporting prowess could only…
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Rossignol And Salomon (Try To) Throw Down Gauntlet At Fischer

Rossignol And Salomon (Try To) Throw Down Gauntlet At Fischer

Gear News, Leaders, Newsfeed
If you're a cross-country skier, there's a 100% chance that you either own yourself or see your peers use something that carries a black-n-yellow Fischer logo. For decades the family-owned company from Ried-im-Innkreis rules supreme in the world of narrow skis. The statistics are overwhelming: at the Sochi Olympics athletes using the Austrian brand skis won 109 medals out of 159 in skiing competitions. Clearly, not a situation Fischer's rivals are prepared to put up with. And where there's a will there's a way: Rossignol, a brand of Skis Rossignol S.A. appears to be the most aggressive in the Olympic season so far: Calle Halfvarsson, one of the leaders of Team Sweden has just announced the switch. He tested the French company's gear in the off-season and even won a…
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Devices And Gadgets We’d Love To Have – But Can’t As Yet

Devices And Gadgets We’d Love To Have – But Can’t As Yet

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Cross country skiing is a technical sport where both the results and the fun of participating benefits hugely from advances of technology ( unless you're a die-hard retro race fan). Sadly, the size of the market for cross country skiing is a shadow of its fancy cousin, alpine skiing – and much smaller than, say, running or biking. Which means the innovations are headed first to them, where the fatter profits are to be made. Let's take a look at some of the latest – and dream that one day we, "the real skiers", could get similar. 1/Recon Snow2 Manufacturer says: A powerful omnifuncional computer in compact form and heads-up display, that attaches inside an alpine ski helmet and projects the data direct-to-eye, in real time. Without obstructing one's point…
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Incredible Story of  Fern Cates & Her  Love of Skiing

Incredible Story of Fern Cates & Her Love of Skiing

Leaders, Newsfeed, Trivia
Fern Cates' story is one of a kind. A fourteen year old from Bridgnorth, United Kingdom first found out what cross country skiing looks like watching the Vancouver Olympics on TV. UK's Midlands is hardly a sort of place that is natural habitat of a cross country skier – but Fern had made up her mind. It sounds incredible, but it took Ms. Cates only 6 years from the very first 'taster session' on rollerski as a gift for her 15th birthday to becoming a full member of the Senior British Nordic Ski Team . Together with Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young, among the others, Fern was wearing Team GB colours at the Lahti World Championships earlier this year. The Daily Skier spoke to Fern Cates about her training, her…
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Salomon and Atomic Sales Grow Massively in Q1

Salomon and Atomic Sales Grow Massively in Q1

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Amer Sports , the owner of Salomon and Atomic, have released its Q1 2017 financial report. The Winter Sports Equipment department, as Amer Sports calls its ski/poles/boots producing brands, has reported a massive year-on-year growth – the sales went up stunning 18 percent to €52.1 million – even if other company departments' sales were flat or depressed. Says Heikki Takala, president and CEO, Amer Sports "...We made strong progress in Winter Sports Equipment, and started to rebound in Fitness...” The Finnish sports equipment and apparel maker stresses that the growth to “was aided by good snow conditions in many key markets” Sure, the last winter in Europe was much snowier than the previous ones, but making good skis – and having elite racers win on them - couldn't possibly hurt…
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