Held at the Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, the recent ‘dragon’s den’ style session at Listex uncovered some fantastic innovations for the 2016/17 ski season. Several aspiring entrepreneurs presented their ideas to a panel of industry experts (amongst them MadDogSki’s Kate).

We bring you three of the most interesting innovations for the 2016/17 ski season. Along with discount codes and giveaways, so that you can try them out for yourselves.

The Proggle

MadDogSki prize draw: Win a husky Proggle in our giveaway.

These microfibre lined goggle covers were created by SJ, a 25-year-old Scottish seasonaire, who spent the last three winter seasons in Morzine. Though she loved mountain life, she couldn’t believe the scars it left on her goggle lenses. Realising there was a gap in the market, she designed the Proggle, sourced British-made materials, and started making. Since then she’s been supplying British ski athletes and creating bespoke proggles for amateur ski teams – all set to grace the slopes this 2016/17 ski season.

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Designed to be easily put on and taken off without having to take your goggles off. They come in a great range of different designs. The two side clips slide easily over your goggle strap, keeping the Proggle in place whatever the apres activity.

The Proggle is the perfect present for any snow-mad person wanting to keep their lenses looking fresh. With the price and technology of goggles forever on the increase, the Proggle team hope to keep on preventing nasty scratches this winter season. Prices start at £15.00, plus postage and packaging.

Visit the Proggle website to see their full range and to buy online.


The Hobbledehoo

MadDogSki prize draw: Win a Hobbledehoo toddler harness in our giveaway.

Special offer: With thanks to Hobbledehoo, we have a special offer for MadDogSki site visitors. Receive £5 discount online, plus free postage, with the promo code MADDOG.

2016/17 Ski season - ski innovations. hobbledehooHave you ever tried to stop a child from falling on the slopes, or had to continually bend over to pick them up? If so, you know it can be both difficult and exhausting.

Former paramedic, Gemma Davison, designed the Hobbledehoo toddler harness to make it easy to take control when needed. The front and back grab handles allow you to pick up a child and untangle their legs and skis without over bending. Plus, the detachable leash is ideal for helping with speed control on steeper slopes. It’s also a favourite with lift controllers and skiing instructors who love the additional security on ski lifts.

After rigorous testing the harness has received the European Standards stamp of approval. New for the 2016/17 ski season and launching at this year’s Ski & Snowboard Show in London, the harness will retail at £30 online. They have a show offer of £25, so do go and say hello on stand 113 if you’re visiting.

Roped Up

MadDogSki special offer: Speedy MadDogSki visitors can grab a €20 discount on their first Roped Up session. The first 10 people to register will receive €20 in credit. Register on the Roped Up website with this promo code MADDOG2016.

2016/17 Ski season - ski innovations Roped Up is an ingenious new online platform that connects skiers, enabling them to split the cost of private ski instruction and guiding. The idea is all about safe, fun, social ski days that don’t cost the earth. Gone are the days of freezing to death in a poorly matched group ski lesson in a language you don’t understand.

All users create their own unique profile, including photos, skiing ability and interests. Users can then join or create groups, and instructor/guide bookings can be made and paid for directly through the site.  It’s simple, slick and easy to use.

The idea was dreamt up by powder junkie Will Tyzack (once a ski instructor in Verbier) when he found himself in the Alps one snowy Friday evening without his usual partner-in-crime Archie Hardyment.  Roped Up is exactly what Will needed right then – a portal to connect skiers of similar ability to share the cost of a local guide. Reunited in the UK, Will and Archie developed the concept and set about building the site. Roped Up is online at www.ropedup.com and will be in major resorts across the Alps for the 2016/17 ski season.