SIGB Ski Test delivers again

Over 250 members of the UK snowsports industry descended on the Austrian resort of Kühtai earlier this month for the annual Snowsport Industries of Great Britain (SIGB) Ski Test 2015.  

In what was one of the most successful UK ski tests, conditions were perfect for testing the huge range of skis, with a mixture of fresh snow, groomed pistes and sunshine. The weather, combined with the perfect elements for testing skis – a fast lift, wide variety of terrain and a perfectly situated test centre – meant that over 3,500 test results were recorded from the 872 pairs available.

The number of testers increased compared to 2014, from 138 to 175, and there was plenty of optimism from the 28 retailers represented at the tests and the 23 ski brands in the test village. There was also in an increase in media participating, with 9 separate media outlets in attendance.

The Ski Test also proved a great place to raise money for one of SIGB’s partners, Snow-Camp, with the production of bacon sandwiches by TKC Sales raising 900 Euros for the charity.

Sam Noble, President of SIGB, said of the Ski Test: “In Kühtai, we have found the perfect ski testing venue. The resort is welcoming and accommodating, and as in previous years the week has gone smoothy for all involved. There is a strong positive feeling within the industry at the moment, with brands, importers and retailers discussing this season and looking ahead to next winter with optimism.”

SIGB (Snowsport Industries of Great Britain) is the trade association for skiing and snowboarding. Led by a 12-strong committee of volunteers from within the industry, the SIGB currently has 158 member organisations from the retail, supplier and travel sectors of the industry.

Facts and Figures from the 2015 SIGB Ski Test (Figures in brackets are for 2014):

175 (138) individual testers

(7) media test organisations

28 (27) retailer test groups

23 (19) ski brands

872 (768) test skis with a total retail value of £372,740 (£317,409)

3,620 (3,471) test results recorded.

240 bacon butties, courtesy of TKC, which raised €900 for SnowCamp

1,600 (1,400) cups of coffee


Ski brands represented at the SIGB Ski Test 2015:

Amplid, Armada, Atomic, Black Crows, Black Diamond, Blizzard, Dupraz, Dynastar, Faction, Fischer, Head, K2, Kastle, La Sportiva, Line, Majesty, Movement, Nordica, Rossignol, Roxy, Salomon, Scott, Volkl

Retailers represented at the SIGB Ski Test 2015:

Active Snowsports, Anything Technical, Absolute Snow, Attwoolls Ski Shop, BASS, Blues The Ski Shop, 
Ski Bartlett, 
Craigdon Mountain Sports, Carters, Devon Ski Centre, Ellis Brigham, Edge & Wax, Snow Lab, Lockwoods, LD Mountain Centre, Mike Davies Leisure, Nevisport
, Rivington Alpine, Sail & Ski, Surfdome Shop Ltd, Solutions 4 Feet, Snow Togs, 
Snow & Rock Sports, Ventura, Snowtrax, Backcountry UK, Snow Essentials

Media represented at the SIGB Ski Test 2015:

, InTheSnow Magazine. 
Outdoor i
, Racer Ready
, Ski and Board, 
Snow Magazine, 
Style Altitude, Telegraph Ski and Snowboard

Ski boots represented at the SIGB Ski Test 2015:

Atomic, Dalbello, Fischer, Full Tilt, Head, Lange, La Sportiva, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Scarpa, Scott, Tecnica.

Goggles and Helmets represented at the SIGB Ski Test 2015:

Bern, Bollé, Cébé
, Head, 
Julbo, Salomon, Scott, 
Smith Optics, Zeal Optics

Other items represented at the SIGB Ski Test 2015:

Demon, Ortovox, Petzl, Pieps, Pow
, SkiA, Superfeet



For more information contact Betony Garner, SIGB Media Officer – / 07779 801 691. Attached images for the SIGB Ski Test 2015 - please credit Adrian Myers. 


SIGB (Snowsport Industries of Great Britain) is the trade association for skiing and snowboarding.

SIGB Committee

Current SIGB Committee members:

President -                        Sam Noble                                                            Noble Custom Ltd

                                           Rod Campbell                                                      Carters

                                           Henry Druce                                                        Telegraph Media

                                           Karla Mason                                                        Craigdon Mountain Sports Perth

                                           Alyn Morgan                                                        Ski Club of Great Britain

                                           Matt Pyne Gilbert                                               Absolute Snow

                                           Jeremy Sladen                                                     The Snowboard Asylum

                                           Damon Street                                                      K2 UK Ltd

                                           Jason Summerfield                                             Amer Sports

                                           Andreas Vaern                                                     Groove Armada Ltd

                                           Steve Wells                                                           Ellis Brigham

                                           Matt Woodruffe                                                   TKC Sales Ltd  

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