The future for skiing and snowboarding as predicted by online ski and snowboard magazine, Style Altitude
We're facing a future full of job-nabbing, powder-shredding robots, unfettered digitalization, compulsive action apps and cataclysmic climate change.
We already have epic ski passses thanks to the amalgamation of resorts by large corporates playing mountain monopoly but less epic snow thanks to climate change resulting in shorter seasons and an urgent need to go green.
With snow yoga, winter ziplines and gay ski weeks, its seems that diversification is the way the main ski resorts are going to increase visitors. But what's next? Indoor surfing? Yep, it's already in the pipeline, excuse the pun, in Tignes via the new €60m Skiline project.
In the visionary feature,The Future For Skiing and Snowboarding, on Style Altitude the predictions of what's to come will either make you put all your savings into new ski tech development and emerging ski resorts in China - or head for the backcountry hills.
Of course, ski technology is already snowballing with real time ski apps for keep track of weather, routes, restaurants and friends. And real world interaction via Augmented Reality (AR) apps and accessories are no longer even a blink away with AR goggles that have direct-to-eye Recon HD displays.
With trackers airbags, body armour, smart helmets, smart bindings and a host of wearable wellness and optimum temperature control clothing, we are becoming more and more technically reliant not only to enhance the skiing experience but also wrapping us in high tech cotton wool, cocooned from danger and the extreme elements. Soon a techless skiing or snowboarding world will seem as archaic as leather boots and wooden skis.
As Louise Hudson, co-author of Winter Sport Tourism and Contributing Editor on Style Altitude ( http://www.stylealtitude.com ) predicts, it's only a matter of time before robots replace seasonaires, doing all the menial jobs from cleaning chalets to après bar tending. Already the ski patrol robot is out of the lab and able to power cross country, created to come to the rescue in dangerous snow conditions such as avalanches. Trouble is, currently Jennifer, the prototype, is only around 35cms tall, the height of a good snowfall and, crucially, she's yet to overcome face planting in powder.