JK’s Ski and Paddling Reports

Oct 062018
 

Ok, boys and girls. It’s time to start hiking uphill to get ready for the upcoming ski season! That’s PK’s new mantra, he’s given up the bike, for summiting Outpost on Pico in the mornings before work.  Fall foliage will be peaking this week, so it’s time to get out there and enjoy the beauty! There was snow in the Rockies this week, so that means we won’t be far behind. We’ve skied in October before! And November is right around the corner.

We have received all the new Patagonia and North Face outdoor clothing for the season, and as always, have ‘cherry picked’ each line for the best layering choices to keep you warm, dry and comfortable. Once again, we chose Patagonia capilene for the best base layer, followed by stretch fleece, nano puff pullovers, or down sweaters, for the best mid-layer insulation. Lastly, the outer shell layer of the Powder Bowl, Triolet, Snowshot or super lightweight and stretchy Galvanized jackets are the key pieces for your waterproof , breathable protection from the elements. Come check out what we recommend next time you need to replace something in your wardrobe.  We also have a good selection of SALE items to choose from. Happy Fall!

 Posted by at 2:33 pm
Jun 052018
 

 

Our summer shipments of kayaks have arrived from North Carolina, from Hurricane, Perception, and Wilderness Systems.

We have narrowed down our selection even better this summer, to bring you a great choice of kayaks for everybody in the family. Every size, and every shape matters when it comes to kayak selection.

A little woman who weighs 125 lbs is certainly not going to need the same boat as a man who weighs 180 lbs. Little women need little boats! They fit better, they have a smaller cockpit, the width is narrower, they are lighter weight so they can load them by themselves. Even their paddles have a ‘small shaft’ to fit small hands better. Women are best suited to 10-12 ft kayaks for all those reasons.

A big man needs a bigger boat! For better floatation, better foot room, better bouncy, better tracking, better glide, better cruising, and more stability for fishing. A large man needs a minimum of a 12 -14 ft kayak size.

We take great pride in fitting each boat specifically to each paddler, so that they can have the best experience ever in their new kayak. If you need a rugged boat anybody in the family can use, that can be brought up on shore, and transported in the back of a pickup truck, then a Perception or Wilderness Experience ‘roto-molded’ polyethylene kayak …weighs a little more, but is way more rugged and durable.

If you are looking for an upgrade in performance, something lightweight, that is a pleasure to paddle and a breeze to carry, then a Hurricane kayak is likely your best choice. Hurricane kayaks are made of lightweight Trylon ABS thermoform plastic that does not warp or oil can like many cheap poly boats. Trylon is rigid, with an exterior UV coating to protect your Hurricane from fading or turning brittle. The acrylic coating has a beautiful shine, and they just plain look pretty! Kayaks made of Trylon weigh 10-15 lbs less than comparable polyethylene kayaks.

Come check out our selection as they won’t last long! We only brought in one shipment this year.

We are open 10-5 Tuesday through Friday. 10-3 Saturdays, and Closed on Sundays and Mondays so we can go paddling!   We are also… Closed for a one week vacation in June (17th-24th) so plan ahead … and get ready for tons of fun on the water this summer!

 Posted by at 4:33 pm
Jun 052018
 

We have a nice selection of summer sportswear just arrived from Patagonia and The North Face.

As always we have ‘cherry picked’ each line to find the minimal, quick dry clothing choices, to bring along on your next summer adventure. For outerwear we have Patagonia’s Torrent Shell rain jackets for men and women, to keep you dry and comfortable on any rainy day,  along with quick dry tee shirts to wear underneath, that are perfect for layering, or wearing by themselves.

We also have hiking shorts and pants, and some nice casual dress shirts and  polos for men.   For women we have some cute tees, light weight hoodies,  some short and hiking length shorts, a capri, and a cute skirt,  to pack ultralight for going anywhere. Everything we have is perfect for traveling… those few key pieces that you can wear multiple days at a time, and work for almost any occasion. Keep it lightweight, keep it compact, keep it versatile, with summer sportswear from MountainTravelers.

 Posted by at 3:33 pm
Apr 142018
 

Time for skinning up Pico. PK skinned up to the top of Birch Glade Thursday morning before work and got 3″ of fresh snow on top of a perfect base. Saw 4 turkeys, heard songbirds and saw bear tracks. Had a beautiful run down. Now’s the time to hike and ski Pico. It’s a short window before they open up the work roads. One of his favorite short runs is the top of B Slope, the view is awesome with beautiful sunsets to the West and you can do it in 1/2 an hour.

 Birch Glades April 12 Powder Day

Omland’s Overlook, B Slope, Pico April 2

 Posted by at 2:49 pm
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