Ski, Freeride, Freestyle, Ski touring, Snowboard | Dec 21, 2021

Winter sports trends for 2022

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Would you like to look into the crystal ball of winter sports with us? Together with the industry insiders of Rossignol, we have compiled a list of trends to watch out for in 2022.

Whether it’s disciplines, equipment or design trends – with our 5 winter sports trends for 2022 you’ll be a trendsetter in the snow!

Trend #1: Ski touring

This one’s pretty obvious: During the past years, ski touring has gained massive popularity. Everybody’s out there skinning up mountains and swooshing down pristine powder descents. In 2022, this outdoor trend is set to grow even further.

And that’s no big surprise, considering that ski touring combines several great aspects. Physical training? Uphill and downhill fun? Enjoyment of nature? Tranquillity away from the crowds? Ski touring offers all of the above and more.

Products to watch out for in 2022: Rossignol’s Escaper touring collection. These touring skis excel in terms of weight and versatility and were designed for all kinds of terrain. Their most outstanding features: a Paulownia wood core, Aero Profile, V-Skin Anchor and Air Tip.

Our top picks: The Escaper 87 nano and the Escaper W 87 nano – both of them offer easy handling and great stability!

© Rossignol / Louis Garnier
© Rossignol / Ophira Group

Trend #2: Resort skiing

Yes, resort skiing has been around for a while. Doesn’t mean it’s any less fantastic! In 2022, we’re all hoping for a grand post-covid reopening, with the slopes becoming one big playground for snow-lovers. After a heavily interrupted 2020/2021 season, everyone’s longing for a snow-packed comeback in 2022.

Experts even predict that the ski and snowboard market might be richer post-pandemic, as people were largely unable to splash out on leisure activities.

Products to watch out for in 2022: Rossignol’s Experience range. Their all-mountain category aims to provide you with the “total skiing experience”. Product highlights: the purpose-built new profile, eco-conscious construction and various state-of-the-art technologies.

Our top picks: the Experience 82 Basalt and Experience W 82 TI – all resort, all the time!

Trend #3: Nordic backcountry

Nordic backcountry is a fairly new sport – and a growing segment! It refers to cross-country skiing away from the groomed tracks and allows you to explore the wilderness while enjoying the pleasures of sliding heel free.

Nordic backcountry skis are usually wider than your usual Nordic skis and feature steel edges. For steeper sections, you can attach full-length climbing skins, just like you would for ski touring.

Products to watch out for in 2022: Rossignol’s Nordic Backcountry range. The skis of this category were designed to allow you to explore the backcountry to the fullest, without limits and at your own pace.

Our top picks: The BC 100 Positrack (with bindings) and BC X10 Backcountry boots – go out and enjoy nature!

© Rossignol / Dom Daher
© Rossignol / Steff Cande

Trend #4: Eco-conception

As environmental awareness and sustainability are becoming ever more important, eco-conception has become “a thing”. Eco-design is an approach for companies to reduce the impacts of their products or services at each step of their life cycle.

With the aim of making their business less impacting, the Rossignol Group is also committed to deploying concrete action to protect its playing field. As part of their “Respect Program”, they have defined the following objectives:

  • Reducing their carbon footprint by 30 % by 2030 and aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050.
  • Reducing their waste by 40 % by 2025.
  • Continually improving working conditions and quality of life for their employees and partners.

What’s more, the company engages in numerous other initiatives, for instance:

  • “Management environnemental”: All their company sites are ISO 14001 certified.
  • Their factories in Moirans, Saint-Etienne-de-Saint-Geoirs, Artes and Nevers use 100 % clean electricity.
  • “Made in Europe”: 715 kilometres is the maximum distance between their factories and logistics centres.
  • Their poplar wood cores have PEFC™ certification, a label guaranteeing sustainable management of forests.
  • Wherever possible, they use recycled materials in their product development to reduce the environmental impact.

Products to watch out for in 2022: the Rossignol X Primaloft® range

The eco-friendly insulation is currently Rossignol’s only branded synthetic and recycled insulation, used in many of their jackets.

Our top picks: Rossignol’s 3-layer, seamless Atelier S jackets – a local clothing range without animal fur.

Trend #5: Having fun in the snow!

Ok, we admit it: We needed a fifth trend to make our list complete – and this one’s old but gold! After a difficult period for all of us, there’s nothing we would like to do better than head out there and have some fun in the snow.

Whether you give Nordic backcountry skiing a try or want to up your resort skiing game with a new pair of skis next season: 2022 is all yours!

© Rossignol / Ludo Chauchaix
© Rossignol / Louis Garnier


Is there a winter sports trend you would like to try this winter? Then you should definitely drop by at INTERSPORT Rent! After all, renting equipment from our vast selection of top-quality gear gives you the chance to try out a sport without having to buy an entire set of equipment first.

Unsure about what you really need? Our RENTertainers on site at the shops know all about the latest trends and developments and are happy to share their knowledge with you!

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