JoAnn

Dec 212016
 

What a great couple of weeks of skiing we’ve had! Below is our son Michael on Sunday the 11th. Pico opened on the 10th and we were skiing Summit Glades off the summit on Sunday in 6-8 inches of fresh beautiful snow. No big bumps or scratchy under layer. Just beautiful, natural, ankle deep, fresh powder. We skied Summit Glade and Birch Glades and it was as good as it gets for early season skiing.
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Here’s our buddy Murray skiing Great Bear last Wednesday the 14th. Lookin’ Good!

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Here is our friend John B. getting the goods a week later at Pico on Giant Killer of all places!

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Some people know where to find the secret stashes!
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That was before the rain! last Sunday… argghh!

After a thorough soaking of rain on Sunday the mountain is getting back in shape with some really great skiing.

Today we skied Needles and Bear Mountain and it was hard and fast, kind of a sugary, chunky groomed and re-groomed surface, but very edge-able and fun.  The terrain is limited again, with no natural snow terrain open, but they are opening all the main trails as fast as they can for the holiday week coming up. Peter and the Wednesday ‘Tele crew’ skiied East Fall, Cascade, and found fresh man made on Wildfire over on Bear and had great skiing.

Holiday week coming up, so a good time to earn some turns, do some nordic, or get out early. Enjoy!

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Merry Christmas to all!

 Posted by at 6:16 pm
Nov 272016
 

We did it! It was fantastic! Killington pulled it off!  Huge! The FIS Women’s Ski World Cup !!! Here at our home mountain! It was pretty exciting to witness! The event went off without a hitch!

We never doubted for a minute they could get the snow made! Because nobody is better than Killington at that! The weather didn’t help much, giving them every bit of challenge from warm weather, to rain and fog! We lucked out with a 15+ inch storm the Sunday before, and it was enough to do it! The event was really great! We hope you got to see this ‘once in a lifetime event!’ They built 2 sets of huge VIP grandstands, and a huge, gigantic tent over the umbrella bar tent, media and event tents and structures everywhere. They did awesome! It was impressive!

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I watched the GS on NBC sports on Saturday and was so inspired by the size and enthusiasm of the crowd, and it goes without saying… the racers! The best of the best were here! The cutest little girls you’d ever want to see, just going for it! Micaela Shiffrin came in first place and skied strong and hard to outshine the competition in her home state! Winning the whole weekend! Then there were the Swiss, Italians, Austrians and all the rest that did awesome! They were off each others time by …like, 6400th’s of a second or something like that. The times we all so close. I’ve seen lots of European ski races on TV, but nothing was like seeing it up close and personal and hearing the roar of the crowd!

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We heard a few nightmares of lines and bus waits on Saturday, Esp. at Pico,  that made us wary of going at all, but after watching it on TV I had to experience it first hand. So instead of doing the ‘park and ride’ at Pico, I decided to go up the access road as far as I could go. What the heck, I could only get turned away, so I didn’t even leave the house til 7:30, and I was able to drive right up to beyond the Medical building across from Snowshed, was the 2nd to the last to park on the access road, and I got a bus ride up in two minutes, and through security in 1 minute, and was up on the hill 1/2 hr from leaving home. It was seamless. Same thing getting out. 3 minute bus wait and I was out of there. Saw the race, stopped for lunch, and was at work by noon. Couldn’t have been easier!

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I climbed half way up the first pitch of Superstar, found a flat spot on a water bar, and got a perfect view of the race. Getting there was no problem at all! I could see from the crest of the hill to the finish line. It was exciting to see! Tremendously talented, world class athletes, on the Tour of their lives! skiing their hearts out! Their were Europeans all around us, speaking all kinds of different languages, here to see their loved ones, little, awesome, twenty somethings just going for it. The crowds were yelling and the cow bells were going off! Flags flying! It was cool. Really fun to see.   Yea! us!  yea! Killington! for a successful event! Bravo!

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 4:23 pm
Nov 172016
 

 

We have an exciting week coming up with a substantial drop in temperatures and snow in the forecast by Sunday! We’ve been very patient waiting… getting teased… by our 2 runs on The Glades, for a month now. At least we’ve had that! Conditions continue to be very good, we hear. We’ve missed our last couple of days off with other commitments, but word on the hill is… it’s holding up well and after the next couple of days of high 50’s we see a pattern of cold nights and maybe even an accumulation of snow by Monday.

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The Women’s World Cup is scheduled to come to Killington next week! Nov 26-27, after all…  we’ve gotta get some snow made! Quick! From what we see, Superstar is completely covered (see the web cam) and they continue to make great progress, even with the last 4 days of unending FOG… and misty rain. We need a break! and it’s going to happen! they have been making snow every minute they can, and grooming and building grandstand structures all around in preparation. We are very excited to hear there are 21 international teams coming to our mountain to train and race next week! That’s very cool! The best of the best will be here… Mikela Shiffrin has been here to check it out already on Monday after returning from her win in the World Cup Slalom season opener in Finland ! ( she won her 2nd reindeer!) Killington got the ‘official word’ today from the FIS that the race will be held!

Let’s hope we get enough snow cover to make the mountain look like winter! We expect 10,000- 20,000 visitors to the area over this Thanksgiving weekend. Pretty exciting for the VT ski industry to get the season off and running!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Hope you get to enjoy the races!

 

 Posted by at 1:12 pm
Mar 282016
 

This was just sent to us from Germany.  Love to hear from our ski friends around the world!

Hello,

I bought telemark skis from you guys 5 or 6 years ago, and am still using and loving them. I’m from NH but live in Germany now, and went skiing in South Tirol recently. I took a picture there with your sticker on the skis, thought you might like it!

Keep spreading the good tele word back home!
15-12-25-Val-Gardena, Tirol, Germany

15-12-25-Val-Gardena, Tirol, Germany

 Posted by at 2:10 pm
Feb 112016
 

Mike111415s

Telemark has always been our passion, for 40 years now.  We carry traditional, square toe, ‘tele’, as well as NTN.

Square Toe (75mm) :    We distinguish ourselves by still liking, and recommending, traditional square toe ‘tele’ bindings, such as the 22 Designs Axl and Vice, the Black Diamond O1’s, or the Voile’ Switchbacks, over NTN, because of the freedom of motion, and ‘ball of the foot’ steering. We find most ‘old school’ teler’s, like ourselves, prefer the traditional square toe boot and binding system. It’s less rigid, dosn’t ‘grip’ you in the ball of the foot, and allows you to rock back and forth, forward and rear foot, with so much more ease and freedom, more flexibility and simplicity!  It allows you to go slow motion in the trees and the bumps, quick step along the side of a trail, and gives you that ‘nordic feeling’ that made us all turn to, and love ‘tele’ in the first place. The boots are comfortable! Here in the East, it suits our skiing style better. Our trails are narrow and our conditions are much harder, and more challenging. We have lots of trees and bumps! We need all the flexibility we can get!

(Square toe boots are not compatible with NTN binding systems)

Vs. NTN:  We have a half dozen strong, young friends, racers, and ‘mountain employees’  who really like NTN. And we appreciate it’s qualities of being more rigid, more precise, tighter, more alpine like, and it gives you the ability to go … 100. It has more ‘alpine like ‘ qualities, such as the release, which is ‘not really… alpine like’. The ability to ‘step in’, like an alpine binding, and a more secure, rigid, under the ball of the foot grip, that really locks you in. Racers love it, because they can go fast, and be precise. We know one Instructor and one  Patroler who like it,  because they can get in and out of it more quickly, and easily, and it skis more ‘alpine like’ dragging a toboggan or teaching. Although the ‘old school’ guys will always prefer the freedom of the square toe.

NTN is a new alternative…  The ski industry designs are geared towards western skiing, big mountains, big lines, and big skis. NTN is better suited to all of those conditions. So we can see why it is gaining popularity. We have two expert skiers at the shop, Peter and Detlef, who have tried it over and over fairly extensively, and even though there are some qualities they like, they keep going back to their traditional 75mm binding systems to feel ‘more at home’.

We sell both, and will be as open to ‘your background, and style of skiing’ as we can, to help you decide ‘what’s just right’ for you. We want you to be happy, with whatever style you choose!  So long as it’s ‘TELE’.   Free the heel!

 

 Posted by at 5:52 pm