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Mar 222018
 

Wow ! What a great couple of weeks of Nor’Easters! Three in a row, to bring us the best March skiing we can remember! We have been skiing the woods, and cruzing on the groomers, it just dosn’t get any better than this. Hope everybody has been getting out there to enjoy it.

 

We have even had some bluebird days, although cold and windy for spring. Yesterday we did 18 runs on Killington! That’s a big Wednesday! It was totally quiet, everything was perfectly groomed, and we had a motley crew of 18 in the parking lot til 4:30. That’s a rite of spring. Yea! Us! Conditions should continue to be awesome through the weekend on slope, and off piste, the northern slopes are holding up well, soft and powdery still, while the southern exposures are consolidating quickly and will be closed by next week. Killington will be open 100% into April this year, and Superstar into May.

Tele Buds on Wednesday 3/22/18

 

 Posted by at 4:14 pm
Mar 102018
 

PK’s been skiing everyday he can at Pico! 5+ days a week, sometimes only for a run or two before work. Plus his full days at Killington on Wednesdays. He can’t get enough!

He’s been testing, testing different skis each time, most days on ‘Tele’, but then he’ll throw in a day or two on ‘ A T ‘ or ‘NTN’, just for kicks, and to keep himself ‘up to date’ on what’s out there, and educate himself on what he’s selling.

Traditional Square Toe….He always falls back to ‘square toe Tele’ as his favorite, though. Old school Tele… he likes the light touch. Of the 50 Tele skiers we know , and see come through the shop, 90% of them are still skiing square toe, and will continue to as long as its available.

 

Black Crow Navis Freebird Skis with 22 Designs Axl Binding and Scarpa T2 Eco Boots

NTN …(New Telemark Norm) he’s liking more and more, he can appreciate the ability to go hard and fast and ski ‘more alpine like’ but feels like you loose 1st and 2nd gear, and learning to feel the ball of your foot. The NTN binding pulls from the ball of your foot, rather than the heel like in traditional square toe. It is where the R&D of the industry is concentrating, so it can be a great choice for young, up and coming, charging new Tele skiers, who want to go fast, and keep up with their alpine friends.

K2 Wayback 104 Ski with 22 Designs Outlaw X Binding and Scarpa TX Pro NTN Boot

 

Alpine Touring…. is really growing, with lots of new comers in the Alpine world jumping in next season. It has a huge place in the skiing world as well, because of it’s versatility, lightweight uphill possibilities, and stability for alpine runs.. It is by far the best tool for big mountain skiing out West, and in Europe, and for any alpine skier new to ‘uphill travel’ who doesn’t want to learn to Tele. The uphill is lighter and more efficient, with AT, its convenient, and has a releasable binding adding an element of safety. Any guide on any big mountain trip, be it heli and cat skiing in the Cascades and Alaska or Chamonix, they will want you on “AT”. We have lots of local Docs skinning up Pico at sunrise, and taking trips to Norway, they don’t want to Tele, they want AT, they’re alpine skiers who want to go uphill.  Same with our Stratton customers, who travel out West several times a year, they are loving their ‘AT ‘ set ups they got from Peter.

G3 Roamer Skis with G3 Ion 12 Binding and Scarpa Maestrale Boots

We still have a decent choice of skis and boots available at our lowest ‘end of the season’ discount prices…as LOW as he’ll go!  Come see PK for an education on what skiing style is best for you! And what kind of deal on equipment updates… he might have for you, to replace skis, boots, or both! His March Madness SALE on equipment is going on now through the end of the month.

 Posted by at 4:32 pm
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
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
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