2020 is a big year for Ortovox.

The mountain sports expert is celebrating its 40th anniversary. When it comes to the Winter 2020/2021 highlights, Ortovox’s long years of expertise in ski touring and the development of technical materials combined with wool take center stage.

Ortovox’s roots as an expert in all things wool is the basis for its mountain apparel and its new Berrino ski touring outfit. The Berrino material is a mix of polyamide and elastane woven with the fine merino yarn to create a fabric that has a soft, warming, ribbed inner structure and a wind and water resistant outer. The result is a PFC-free, two-way-stretch softshell jacket, vest and pants that will be the perfect companions for fantastic ski tours: lightweight, comfortable, breathable and stripped back to the essentials.

Created for an evening in the cabin at the end of the day, the Merino Terry Hoody is a contemporary take on a retro design and is made of 100 % merino wool produced in accordance with the Ortovox Wool Promise. This cozy hoody is part of a selected anniversary collection, with a design and materials that are a homage to the brand’s roots.

Ortovox pursues continuity in its backpack range too. The brand developed its first ski touring backpack in 1985, five years after the company was founded. Even back in 1985 when backpacks were still called “powder rucksacks”, the safety mentality that has continued to shape Ortovox to this day incorporated the notion that emergency equipment – which included an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe – was incomplete without a backpack. With a safety compartment for quick access to emergency equipment, Ortovox established a fundamental feature of skiing and snowboarding backpacks. Even features that come as standard today, such as an integrated back protector or access to the main compartment via the back system, were established by Ortovox.

For winter 2020/2021, Ortovox is presenting an entirely new edition of the classic Haute Route backpack: New features include the especially clear monochrome design and the ergonomic O-FLEX-2 back system with integrated S-shaped back stabilizer. Furthermore, the hip fins are attached to the inner of the back system so they can comfortably and securely encircle the body even under a heavy load. The tried and tested elements remain – the PFC-free backpack includes all the features that demanding tourers could ever need on single or multi-day tours: Cleverly integrated equipment fastenings, separate safety and map compartments and access to the main compartment via the lid and the back of the backpack.


SLIDE 2021 Cancelled

Slide, the annual snowsport tradeshow, due to take place in January has been cancelled.

SIGB, with cooperation from the venue, Telford International Centre, took the decision at the SIGB Committee meeting on Wednesday 21st October.

Lesley Beck of Rare Management, the show organisers explained, “With 3 months till the show dates, there was no clarification as to when the venue may be able to re-open and to bring their staff back to work.

Without venue staff in place to support us, we were unable to progress any further with the show organisation”.

The SIGB had promised all exhibitors that, should the show be cancelled for any reason, 75% of space costs would be re-imbursed. In a much appreciated move, the SIGB has confirmed that 100% of deposits paid will be returned to exhibitors with immediate effect, and there will be no further financial implications for exhibitors.

The new joint presidents of SIGB, David Sawyer-Parker (MDV Sports) and Sonia Prior (Bradshaw Taylor) affirmed, “The SIGB is committed to supporting its members and the wider snowsport trade. During these most challenging of times, returning exhibitor deposits for Slide is the best way of doing this”.

Slide is an integral event in the snowsport trade year and will undoubtedly be greatly missed this coming winter. While many organisations have been able to function using virtual showrooms and limited visits to and from retailers, it has become obvious that face to face activity is not easy to replicate and there remains a strong demand for the tradeshow format. Planning for Slide 22 will start with immediate effect.

There are no plans to attempt a ‘virtual’ Slide tradeshow, as suppliers and retailers have indicated that they prefer to make their own arrangements for the coming season.