The ski industry is a bit of a paradox, our entire sport relies on the continued existence of our winters, yet most of what we do has a negative impact on the world around us. Whether it is ski lifts, the plastic used in our jackets or the way we travel to resort, we often overlook the combined effects of our actions. We are not suggesting everyone should stop skiing or start skiing naked. Tackling climate change is not about continually doing less. It is about doing more, being more creative and more active. We need to create an industry that doesn’t have a negative impact on the environment. So rather than do less we try to seek out brands and charities that provide us with the opportunity to move towards a sustainable future.
Each year we provide all those on our BASI 1 & 2 Ski instructor courses with a Jacket and Pants. Good ski kit is notoriously expensive, desperately hard to keep clean and is unfortunately not always that great for the environment. All of the major brands are aware of this and doing everything they can to change it. However, a chance Kickstarter encounter introduced us to OpenWear. From the moment we watched their first product video we were hooked.
From 2018 onwards we are excited to partner with Openwear to provide the kit for all our Ski Instructor Training Students.
Openwear use two different fabrics depending on the Jacket you buy. The OpenOne 3L series is made from 100% recycled PET bottles and has 45K waterproof rating while the FreeOne 2L is made from recycled Nylon and has a 20K waterproof rating. These fabrics can unlike other waterproof garments be washed without impacting their performance, so you can keep your kit clean and fresh.
Both Jackets are also PFC free.
Many technical fabrics are made out of different plastic blends and then treated with a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) this prevents the outer surface of the fabric saturating and causes the water to bead and run off the jacket. Many DWR’s contain PFC’s (Perfluorocarbons).
Last year, PFC-laced runoff from a DuPont’s manufacturing plant was blamed for major birth defects and other health issues in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Studies have linked exposure to the chemicals to testicular and kidney cancers, obesity and decreased response to vaccines, among other things. The consequences of PFC bioaccumulation are so severe that 200 scientists signed the Madrid Statement to express concern over the continued production and release of PFCs.
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Becoming a ski instructor may seem a daunting task and the variety of courses available certainly does not make it any easier, but here at New Generation we have over 10 years experience of running ski instructor training courses and during that time we have come across most situations, problems and variables.
We are available 7 days a week and will be able to guide you through all steps of the BASI system, at every level. So contact us today and find out more.
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Over the years, our instructor programme has grown and developed, meaning we are able to offer cohesive training in all levels of ski instruction. Whether you want to train for a season, take a prep week or simply take an exam we can help you acheive your goals with BASI accredited training from fully qualified instructors.