January 12, 2010 11:04 ET Predicts 2010 Ski Trends

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 12, 2010) -, the mecca for all things snow both on and off the slopes, is the newest authority citing upcoming trends for 2010. Many of them aren't just momentary but here to stay, especially when they pertain to sustainable environmental trends and safety on the slopes. Ski resorts across the country are stepping up to the challenge and is closely monitoring their progress.

Here's a rundown of's trend predictions:

--  Helmets should become a requirement on slopes - It goes without saying 
    that we all "ski at our own risk" every time we decide to don a lift ticket 
    or season pass so it's not a liability concern. But with resorts becoming 
    more and more socially conscious it seems obvious that we'll start to 
    cruise by slope-side signs that read "Wear Your Helmet. It's The Law." 
--  80's bright fashion makes a comeback -  This season's style is seeing a 
    resurgence of 80's vibe -- minus shoulder pads and big hair -- with retro 
    bright and neon colors worn by trend-setting skiers from Vermont to 
    Vancouver, where the highly anticipated Olympics begin February 2010.  
    Beginners are safer on the slopes dressed in lime green and experts can't 
    be missed.
--  Wind is the energy of choice -  More skiers are seeking fully sustainable 
    and environmentally-friendly ski resorts.  Creating clean energy isn't just 
    a trend but a mainstay among a growing number of ski resorts.  Many, such 
    as Jiminy Peak in Vermont and Kirkwood in California, use windmills to 
    generate their own power, and even Aspen Skiing Company is testing its 
    benefits in their own backyard.
--  Monoskis are gaining traction  - is tracking the 
    unexpected re-birth of the monoski this year.  Monoskiers won't have to 
    keep a low profile at far-off resorts as steam has been building to renew 
    the sport over the past 5 or 6 years.  It's about time the monoski hit the 
    tipping point.
--  It's cool for kids to ski again - Shawn White led a generation of  
    boarders down the slopes during the past decade but kids are coming around 
    again to the idea that two skis are just as fun as one.  Facing downhill 
    might not be a bad thing anymore.  Skiers can ride rails and hit the 
    halfpipe without feeling like an un-welcome guest. is your newest authority for winter vacation planning. Check out the great ski vacation packages offered only through at some of the finest ski resort lodging in North America at:

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