Factory closures, raw materials shortages, stalled shipments and rising prices. The ski industry hasn’t been immune to the cascading production challenges brought about by a global pandemic. Many experts are predicting it will take a couple years for things to return to normal.
Nick Sargent, president of Snowsports Industries of America, recently told KPCW radio in Park City, Utah, that with factories only just starting to reopen, especially many in Asia, a game of catch-up is under way that could last two or three years.
It’s not all bad news, however, especially for consumers who look forward this time of year to exploring all the new and innovative products available for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. Industry manufacturers, like some of the ones below, have managed to introduce or update new gear, just in time for the snow to fly.