JK’s Ski and Paddling Reports

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 032018
 

PK has been product testing a bunch of different skis this week, including Alpine Touring and Tele. Below are a pair of G3 Roamers with the G3 ION alpine touring binding and Scarpa Maestrale boots. He has had ‘a hoot’ on them, even though ‘AT’ is not usually his thing, he is loving the set up, and able to highly recommend it’s performance.

Below are a couple of other set ups for Tele that he has tried this week… he’s been getting a couple of runs in at Pico before work. This is the Rossi Sky 7’s with 22 Designs Axl Tele bindings that he feels a whole lot more at home on. He’s been loving’ them!

And here’s another…The Rossi Experience 88’s, with 22 Design Vice Tele bindings.

And lastly for this week… The Black Crow Navis Freebird is the final favorite.

 

 Posted by at 3:04 pm
Feb 032018
 

We are back! I had such a busy January I haven’t been able to keep up. Also, too much work and not enough play! to report. Conditions were night and day from last Sunday to Wednesday. Sunday was a skating rink! We had just enough edge on new sharp skis to travel around the mountain and have some fun, but boy it was slick, and a definite “no fall day”! And a day to watch out for others so as not to take the “slide for your life”.  We stuck to intermediate terrain and had fun, carefully! Wednesday was so much better. Killington had made, and continued to blow, a huge amount of snow, so all the trails we skied from Bear to Needles, then Training Stations to Mousetrap all had a nice, new fresh manmade surface that skied beautifully and was actually soft and really fun! Below are a couple of shots of Murray and I skiing Wildfire on Wednesday. Since then, on Friday, Groundhog Day, we got a very ‘localized’ powder storm of 6″-8″ at home and 8″-10″ on the mountain, that was the softest, lightest dream snow ever ! A total surprise! Yea us!

 Posted by at 2:07 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