Mar 132017
 

This was Superstar on Sunday. They were blowing the whole spine of the trail and the skiing was soft and creamy, a bit difficult on visibility, and really cold, but a sure sign of spring when they bring out the maximum capacity of ‘big guns’ to build up the whales, for the next month of skiing! Impressive!
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This is The Pike this morning. Again, really cold, but as you can see…a smooth surface of perfect corduroy!

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One more big Nor’easter storm coming tues/wed. Predictions are for over a foot.  A couple more powder days for us! yea! Get out and enjoy it!

 Posted by at 4:50 pm
Mar 022017
 

I like March because the sun shines! We should have some good spring snowstorms still to come… bringing us the golden corn with some fresh on top. Plenty of spring trips on the horizon to make the best of more than another month of skiing.  Pico took a pretty big hit these last few days, leaving snow making trails only for the next few weeks. We did hear they are going to continue the snow making there so get out and enjoy our last few weeks at Pico. Killington has built up Superstar to last through April. The skiing will continue to be great there through Easter.  Everyday on skis is a great day. Enjoy the spring!

Michael

 Posted by at 4:16 pm
Feb 132017
 

Again… The West is the best… Our son Michael is getting the goods out  in BC at Kicking Horse. Lucky Dog!

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But for those of us who Love to ‘Ski the East’ … WE finally get a good 10″ storm !! Yea us! This morning at Pico couldn’t get any better. We got early runs on Karl’s and the Pike, and Birch Glades that were the moments we’ve been waiting for. All through the January rains we kept telling customers that February and March are the snowiest months. We still have a chance for a decent winter. Another month of cold and snow. Get out and enjoy it!

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Ok ! it’s true! I have locked my heels again for the first time in 25 years! Yesterday we did a nice hour long ‘alpine touring’ uphill skin and ski down and I did great. Today locking my heels for the first time, downhill, OOOO  It was not pretty! I was in the backseat! like you wouldn’t believe! trying desperately to find my balance, it was crazy! Finally Peter gave me some tips to steer that down hill ski around better. Jeezum… Stand on that big toe! and get it around. Holy deep snow and locked heels… Batman! I felt like a beginner! I couldn’t find my sweet spot! Yikes!

Actually once I got on to easier terrain I really did pretty good. I didn’t really forget how… just a little rusty! well… a lot rusty. But at least I tried it. Reaffirming that I am, and probably always will be, a ‘free heel skier’. Gimme back my ‘square toes’ and my ‘free heel’!  I felt like a fish out of water!

This year more than any other, Peter has embraced all three diciplines… Tele, NTN, and A T. It’s important to him to be able to relate to all, and explore the differences, equipment and skiing styles. He’s liking them all! for different days and snow conditions, and of course big mountain skiing. It makes total sense to be able to lock your heel in certain circumstances, especially steeps and deeps! He’s finding which… is the right tool for the job.

As always we offer the best in ‘old school’, ‘square toe’ Tele … still available in the industry. Scarpa and Scott traditional 3 pin boots, and NTN for Telemark.  When it come to ‘Randonne’  we have  Scarpa and Dynafit lightweight Alpine Touring  boots and bindings for those alpine skiers who want to earn their turns.  We still have a good selection and a long season to go.

35 days til spring! Make the  most of it!

 Posted by at 3:29 pm
Jan 072017
 

Ski reports have been all across the board this week, from cream cheese to cold smoke. Both days were unexpectedly great! Wednesday was pouring  rain in town and it never rained on the hill. Killington surprised them all with a consistant ‘hero, ego snow’. A  3″ surface of beautiful frosting on a firm, but not icy base. Lots  of trails were opened up, the Canyon, Needles, and Bear all had great skiing. There were 10 ‘Tele’ skiers out having fun this week.

Peter has skied fresh powder every morning for the last 4 days at Pico. Yesterday he got 7″ on KA from the top, and this morning, Wrangler, Bronco, and Lower Pipeline all surprised him with fresh snow and awesome skiing! And he was still able to get the store open by 10!

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I’ve been getting out the back country skis in the meadows down here in the valley, my Madshus Epoch’s with NNN BC boots and bindings have been perfect for the 2-3 inches of snow and occasional ‘fast grass’. It has been great for me to get out on the XC skis and get my heart rate up, enjoy the views and get a short work out in before work too.

Get out and enjoy the snow!

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This was a stunningly beautiful morning in town, 11 degrees, and sunny with the snow sparkling like diamonds!

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 Posted by at 4:47 pm
Dec 292016
 

swtrstorefrontnightWe love when we get a full on….Winter Storm Warning! Thursday 10 am – Friday noon! Bring on the Snow Plows!

Looks like we are in for at least a foot in the mountains by Friday morning. Yea Us! We’ve been needing a real old fashioned snow storm to get all the natural trails open on the mountain, as well as getting all the back country trails and skiing ‘out the back door’ … fields and forest, trails in shape. Cross Country skiers and Snowshoer’s will be happy to finally be able to get out and have some fun! Just in time for the end of vacation week to make everybody happy!

Being vacation week I know I will be heading out on my nordic skis to find some peace and quiet. Peter will likely be hitting the first chair on Pico to get in as many runs as he can before work. Hope you all get a chance to get out there and enjoy this fresh snowstorm!

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 Posted by at 1:24 pm