JoAnn

Mar 052018
 

Last weeks snowstorm was a big surprise bonus for us, both on the hill and down here in the valley. I love to get out in the woods touring almost as much, or more, than I do lift service skiing. Below are a couple of cool ‘wildlife tracks’ shots that I took last week … Beaver tracks, crossing from one section of the river to another. I always admire their determination, engineering, and survival techniques more than any other animal. They are cool. 

We have had a huge year at the store selling Nordic. We have stuck with our determination to sell a wider, full edged, cross country ski finding that it is by far the best tool for all around stability and control for “out the backdoor skiing” fields, logging roads, and snowmobile trails like most of our customers prefer to do.  We are ‘sold out’ for the 2nd time! It’s great exercise, such a delight out in nature, (cool beaver tracks!) and to us, there’s nothing like getting to spend hours outdoors in the winter. Hope you have all taken advantage of the ‘fleeting’ moments and opportunities to get out on the ‘skinny skis’ too! So fun! And so good for you! One more snowstorm coming up to get out in the backwoods and meadows, before the spring melts it all away for another year. Killington will be open for another couple months, but cross country is as ‘elusive’ as ever, and you have to ‘jump on the chance’ to ski out in your favorite backdoor spots before it disappears! Get out there and enjoy!

 

 Posted by at 4:09 pm
Dec 302017
 

Brrrr … Holy COLD Outside! Christmas week vacationers have been braving the COLD temps this week! Every day has been zero and below, way too cold for man nor beast. We have a steady snow coming down now, with temps staying at -8 to -16 degrees tonight and a high of 5 degrees for Sunday and Monday. After a solid week of it… Arctic Temps are sticking with us until the middle of next week. Maybe 20 degrees on Wednesday! Then frigid again Friday. Looks like January cold is here to stay!

The sun’s been out, so cross country, backcountry, uphill … alpine touring  and snowshoeing in the woods could be the best choices til the temps come up a bit, for any extended time lift service skiing. Keeping moving will be the key! And warm mittens!

No adventures into the unknown!  Not a bright idea! A friend of ours picked up a couple of teenagers, ( 1 snowboard/ 1 skier) way outside the area at 3:00 in the afternoon, at zero degrees!  this week, and ‘made them’ boot pack an hour back up to the area. It was an unskiable breakable crust, so not even an awesome powder day for an excuse. ‘They love adventures’ they said! little did they know, they could have easily and likely been lost all night. Not to mention the state police and a full KSAR call looking for them for the 3 mile slog out , IF they found there way! They were some lucky boys! They have no idea how lucky! So be careful out there! Be Prepared! Be Smart! Stay ‘on piste’ or close to a reasonable return routes in these cold temperatures!

We have had our biggest December ever, selling all kinds of gear, we are sold out of a couple of models of nordic skis and boots, all our BD skins are gone ( more coming next week) Peter has sold out of G3 Ion’s (AT bindings) twice, and just got his 3rd shipment in of those. He’s been 8 and 10 skis backed up on the bench and working til 8 every night to get the bench work done. No quick mounts this week! We’ve been crazy busy! Give us a call if your looking for gear, so we can check and see if we have it. We have ‘tele’ and ‘AT’ skiers coming from all over the Northeast to find our specialty equipment.  Wavin’ the flag!

 Posted by at 5:47 pm
Dec 202017
 

 

Wishing you a Christmas full of wonderful ‘winter adventures’ !!

Love and Happiness with Family and Friends! We are blessed to have you as customers and friends and wish you a Happy New Year !

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Conditions on the mountain are extra firm right now, but we are expecting a substantial storm coming this weekend. Just in time for Christmas vacation. Hope you all have a great week of skiing.

Merry Christmas!

 

 Posted by at 3:59 pm
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
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