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With a Ski Tour Jacket on a Moon Landing

Snow Storm – Ski Tour Ends in Moon Landing

The wind is beating and howling, by now I pulled the jacket’s hood as tight as possible over my helmet to get some shelter from this storm. You wouldn’t think that a thin neckwarmer can make the difference, but without it I would suffer serious forstbites. Grindingly I put one ski by a time forward slowly making my way to the top, fighting against mother nature.

One wouldn’t believe that this spot ever was visited by a single human soul. It feels like a moon landing. The ski tour jacket also reaches the limits of its capabilities, the wind rocks it, but still not feeling any cold of this rogue storm. Soon I’ll see the chine, then the weather conditions will be better.

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Finally, I can feel the reward for this straining ski tour with my fingertips: The view onto the valley reveals 1.000 metres in altitude of untouched powder. Without wasting anymore time I check my skiing gear and prepare for an awesome downhill ride. If you’ll ever be this close to heaven, you’ll also have the feeling of a moon landing. Arriving a the station in the valley my knees are still shaking a bit, but I know that I wouldn’t want to miss this kind of adventure for no reason.

On this ski tour was tested: Alta Verde Alpine Jacket for men and polychromelab Flipneck. Additionally we tested some textile prototypes for lower body parts, on which we’re feverishly working at the moment. All products by polychromelab are available in our online shop.

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Freeride Winterjackets – Downhill

Alpine Proof Lab: Downhill Freeride Winterjackets

Part 1: This is how a testing day in Alpine Proof Outdoor Lab starts.

When all data is collected, winterjackets are examined carefully, and sensors and cameras are working properly, the second part of a day testing winterjackets starts. We put on our freeride skis and winterjackets. By freeride winterjackets testing we have some great advantages: a) a lot of fun at downhill skiing, b) great insight data into the functionality of jackets, and c) even more fun when snow conditions are great.

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Conditions were not the this day, but the level of difficulty was really high: From Mount Schönjoch via the southern flank of Schadenstock at -13 degrees downhill. At these freezing temperatures you can find out whether a winterjacket is windproof or not, because at this steep face one reaches a high pace.

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Arriving at the valley station we look back towards the Alpine Proof Outdoor Lab on 2436 meters. This is the route we’ve taken. Everything was superb!

More on the topic freeride skiing and winterjackets you’ll find in Tyrol Blog here.

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Freeride Skiiing Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

Adventure Freeride Skiing in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

It isn’t exactly what you understand leisure time, because at freeride skiing we’re always testing new polychromelab prototypes, but it really felt like holiday. For our adventure freeride skiing Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis we get with the Pezid mountain railway to the Samnaun mountains in the Alps. It was early in the morning, sky just started to clear up, but at the back you can see Frugler, the first 3000 meters peak of the day, in sunlight.

Skifahren Skigebiet Serfaus Frugler

We couldn’t decide which was more exciting: the thought of gooing freeride skiing on powder or this view onto Unterinntal, in the back Mieminger mountain chain and on the left hand side, slightly covered by some clouds, the Zugspitze.

Of course, we liked better go freeride skiing in fresh snow. Early bird catches the worm. On this day we were the first ones to leave our tracks in this untouched fresh snow at this steep rock face. The waxing of our skies was worth it.

And by the way, winterjackets, tested for this kind of freeride skiing, you’ll find in our webshop here.

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Enjoy Skiing while testing new Winter Jackets

One should really buy Winter Jackets for these Moments

After all this years of skiing in the Alps I am still impressed by the mountains: when I was a student I always got up at 4 in the morning to drive with some friends from Germany to Tyrol to be the first one on the slopes. Then as a snowboarder. By now I am testing as sports designer in the Tyrolean Alps for 15 years.

Skiing still means a lot to me. But this time, when I was under way with Elisabeth, atmosphere was breathtaking. Weather was really good, nobody was around, only fresh powder and a lot of fun. Testing new gray green winter jackets by polychromelab at deep snow skiing was big fun. To enjoy these moments one should choose well and buy winter jackets of high quality. Otherwise one couldn’t enjoy freeride skiing without freezing.

In our Onlineshop you can buy winter jackets that are proven scientifically and applied inTyrol. Have a look on it in our polychromelab concept store!

Greetings from Tyrol,

Michele Stinco

Blog about Freeride in Tyrol

Blog Tirol interviews polychromelab about Freeride in Tyrol

Blog Tirol interviews Elisabeth Frey and designer Michele Stinco from polychromelab about their work at the Glungezer and Freeride in Tyrol. Both Elisabeth Frey and Michele Stinco are passionate athletes, especially in winter when freeride skiing is possible. Mount Glungezer is a tradtional, small ski region in Tyrol, which offers outstanding freeride conditions and slopes. Here one can “experience nature originally”, it is one of the best places for freeride in Tyrol.

Here you can read the german article about polychromelab and freeride on Blog Tirol. Thanks for this great post!

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And finally some impressions of a working day at mount Glungezer including an after work freeride skiing downhill. Enjoy the pictures!

Preparations for Free Ride Skiing in Winter

Free Ride Slopes in Tyrol

Winter is coming and the want to go free ride skiing is urging. With longtime experience we know that a good free ride slope has to be prepared carefully. First of all, it is important to know the area pretty well, so one won’t get lost or hit a rock, when snow has fallen and view is bad. If you’ve found your favourite route, you should check capability of the route under loads of fresh powder.

Preparations for Free Ride Skiing in Voldertal

In Voldertal in Tyrol we’ve found an interesting free ride skiing slope. The one problem is that there is a steep, high cliff, which seperates the two parts of the free ski route. There is no way through – but the free ride skiing slope would be a lot of fun.

So we decided to make ready a spot for abseiling to enable free ride skiing in winter. Therefore we have to climb up the steep cliff and fix a stout climbing rope for abseiling at this point. We need a lot of profession to do our dangerous work without getting hurt.

Work done we made ready an abseil-spot which is fixed professionally. Here some pictures of our preparations for the free ride skiing slope in Voldertal. Soon there will be some fresh snow. We can’t wait to visit the spot again: But the next time we’ll be there on ski wearing warm winter gear.

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Adventure in Isolation

Total isolation, just an hour away from Innsbruck. It’s always a great feeling, standing on top of a mountain, seeing powder and can’t wait to enjoy it! Luckily I’ve taken the time to take a picture.

A good euipement makes fascinating moments possible. Only high quality and long life gear is like a companion in the mountains.

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Working day Alps at -21°

Working day Alps: textile research in extreme coldness

We work hard for the money – 1500 verts, 25kg myself ,15 kg lisa’s load – fixing dummies with foam – weather forecast was bad – down with a real good fresh minus 21 powder. Our dog Carlotta was dressed best!!! This is how a working day Alps look like.