Skiing And Snowboarding Gadgets: Ultimate Winter Tech For A Trip To The Slopes (PICTURES)

24/01/2013 13:46 GMT | Updated 24/01/2013 13:47 GMT

Winter sports used to be about exhilarating physical exercise. But unless you're really into Hemingway, it's not any more.

Now it's all about the gadgets.

There is a really amazing amount of cool new tech for use on the slopes these days. Whether you're skiing or snowboarding, uni-skiing or just sliding uncontrollably down a hill, you have no excuse not to film it and post the video on YouTube by the time you hit the bottom.

And it's not just cameras and heads-up displays. Even the basics - thermals and jackets, helmets and headphones - are moving with the times and getting more high tech every day.

Take a look at our choices for the coolest and most useful winter tech below. Now - we're off to the slopes. We'll let you know how we got on once we return...