It’s not easy to find British made ski and board equipment and clothing these days, but here are a few thoughts:
For a new ski or snowboarding jacket or salopettes this winter how about something made in the UK?
Try Buffalo Systems – all made in Sheffield, England. Buffalo make simply fabulous sleeping bags and mountain shirts, jackets, cycling shirts, trousers, mittens and hoods. Of skiing and snowboarding on their website they say “Any Buffalo garment can be used for Winter sports. The Fell and Alpine Jackets look stylish on the slopes and give you full winter mountain performance, as does the Hooded Belay Jacket. Our Salopettes can be worn to ski or ride in but they do not have any type of snow gaiter fitted. You should also check that they will fit over your boots as they are designed to wear over climbing/ walking boots, not ski boots.”
Lancashire Pike Clothing outerwear is made in Bolton, England using Ventile cotton. Cycling jackets, Alpine smocks, and classic Alpine ski jackets. Available via their website – http://www.lancashirepike.co.uk
Possibly you could wear Haycyon goggles for skiing / snowboarding (over your prescription glasses if you wear them)? Or I wonder if Premier Optical or Opera Opera could make glasses / sunglasses suitable for skiing and other sports? I have not looked into this properly, but it could be worth investigating the possibilities. For prescription glasses and sunglasses generally please see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/british-made-spectacles-british-made-prescription-glasses-british-made-sunglasses/
A snowboarding company called Love Inc sell a snowboard / ski glove which is “handmade in the UK”. They also sell “a blunt nosed all mountain board hand made in the UK” and Merino wool top and long johns baselayer which are “crafted in the UK”. I don’t think anything else Love Inc sell is UK made. I first saw the gloves on a website called “Devine Ride” – http://www.loveincsnowboardcompany.com
For more British made gloves please see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/british-made-gloves/
For skiing hats please see https://ukmade.wordpress.com/category/hats-and-scarves/
With regards to snowsports and mountains generally, you might also want to see my section on survival gear and medical equipment and my Outdoor Gear category. For climbing gear and equipment please click here.
For trekking poles, http://www.mountainking.co.uk.
All CGR own branded products are made in England and, whilst designed for bikers, you may well find something here (for example one of their micro-fleeces) to keep you warm for use in colder resorts – http://www.cgrbikegear.co.uk
Knox make motorcycle and mountain biking gear and body armour. Their products are suitable for motorcycling, motocross, mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing and equestrian. Much of their gear is made in Britain, with the items made in Britain clearly labelled on their website – http://www.planet-knox.com
ProBalm is a skin balm for boarders, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts that is made in the UK.
Manufactured in the UK, Nikwax make a range of products to waterproof all sorts of winter and outdoor sports equipment, including bags, clothes, tents, boots and more. Apply it to your snowboarding kit and you’ll get maximum performance and longevity from all your gear. All their products are water-based so there are no nasty chemicals and the impact on the planet is limited. Nikwax say on their website “All our aftercare products are manufactured in the UK”. The Nikwax Analogy waterproof system fabric was developed by Paramo / Nikwax but I assume the fabric is foreign milled (because Paramo products are foreign made) – http://www.nikwax.co.uk
Douk make their snowboards in the UK. The company were founded in 2012. They are described on their website as “handcrafted in the UK” and they say “It’s not often that you would expect to find a snowboard manufacturer in the UK. This is exactly what Douk wanted to change, by not only starting our own brand, but also designing and building the snowboards ourselves”. Prices are realistic and the designs look great – http://www.douksnow.com
The SIREN snowboard by Propaganda says on their website that it is “hand made in the UK”. I don’t know about any of their other snowboards as this is the only one that country of origin information is given for and there is no further information about country of origin on their site, so I imagine their other snowboards are foreign made. The company was founded in 2014 and also run the Propaganda Snowboard Chalet in Slovakia, which has been around since 2005 – http://propagandasnowboards.com
For British made skiing / snowboarding socks, please see my post on British made socks, which includes UK made specialist socks for skiing, snowboarding and the mountains, for example from the Sock Mine.
UK made surfing gear
Watershed Brand sell some UK made lap blankets or throws. They also sell UK made surf boards and UK made bodysurfing handplanes. The other items they sell are all foreign made – http://www.watershedshop.co.uk