Imagine you’re riding on a bus tired and about to pass out from ten hours of traveling on the red eye flights from Boston to Geneva, when all of a sudden you look out the window and see the biggest, tallest, snowiest, most profound mountain you’ve ever seen rising high above into the bluest sky. People start cheering, laughing in disbelief at what’s before them and everybody is overcome with the biggest shit eating grin on their face. That was me not three weeks ago and at that moment, I was no longer tired…..ever. My grin is still with me and at this point when people ask I just politely say, “It’s nothing don’t worry, I’m fine.”
We no sooner pulled into an equally remarkable town and after we got situated at the hotel we walked around a little. It all hit me at once. The beautiful french architecture of the buildings on the valley floor, the valley walls rising up at what seemed an impossible angle, the cable cars suspended in the air at what looked like thousands of feet, glaciers descending from the high alpine, Mount Blanc towering over what was already unbelievable to begin with. Continue reading →
Ahhh, Chamonix… If you’ve been following the Skiershop Facebook page at all, then you’ll already be savvy to our trip to the French Alps. But if you haven’t, last month marked Skiershop’s first ever foray into officially organizing international adventure travel. And we’ll be giving ourselves a gratuitous pat on the back right now, because it was pretty much totally awesome.
Blast Off! Everyone meeting at Logan Airport for our flight to Geneva
The idea for the trip came from people approaching us at our retail store in Stowe. Our friends in the ski industry range far and wide. Inevitably, we have a clubhouse kind of feel at the shop where international ski rock stars are hanging out chatting up their exploits. Then our local friends come in, mingle, catch the vibe, and want to be a part of it! So one evening after closing the shop and testing out a couple of ski-tune-traded libations, the idea was born to network our local friends with our international ski connections. For our first try, we chose the granddaddy of all ski destinations – Chamonix Mont-Blanc in the French Alps. It also happens to be home to some of our best friends and allies in the ski world. It worked out better than we imagined.
When people talk about India, skiing is never the first thing that comes to mind. But it seems like ski scene in Kashmir is getting some attention in the US. Both the AP and the New York Times just published articles about the joy of skiing in Gulmarg, a ski area nestled deep in the contested territory of Kashmir. I particularly like the image of the Indian solider in full uniform with an AK in one hand and a snowboard in the other. Maybe next year we’ll go there instead of Chamonix.
Jon Olsson dropped a few GoPro videos on his website of him ripping in Verbier. In this one he takes out the new Head Cyclic, a 115mm underfoot, rockered ripper of a ski. We got to ski it earlier this year and we really liked it. Although it would have been better to test it in these conditions.
Scott team athlete, Tom Wallisch, came back to the states for a hot minute in January to give everyone an update and take some laps in Park City. Check out the video, and our selection of Scott Sports skis (TW pro model in stock). Also check the link after the drop to see what Tom is up to in Sweden.
Skiershop is proud to announce that with our most recent delivery we now are offering the complete 2013/13 Stockli lineup! For 75 years Stockli skis have been a staple in the world of skiing. Hand crafted in Switzerland at a production level of just 50,000 skis per year, it’s hard to find another ski company that can match the attention to performance and detail found in every pair of Stockli skis.
Whether you enjoy losing yourself in the backcountry, ripping up groomers, or challenging yourself in today’s terrain parks, Stockli has a ski for you. Racers and frontside carvers will fall in love with the Laser series, which offers both FIS approved race skis and more forgiving, yet race inspired, carving skis. Those looking for an all mountain ski will be most at home in the Stormrider line which ranges from a 78mm waist ski all the way up to 110mm for those wanting more float.
New this season is the Y series, which is being offered as a Y85 or Y77 (85mm and 77mm waist respectively). Both skis skis have become instant favorites among Stockli fans looking for one ski to do it all. If you’re looking for a high performance one ski quiver, the Y85 could very well be your ski. Don’t be too quick to brush it off for its 85mm width, the tip is a whopping 136mm providing plenty of float.
Hand Made in Switzeland
Check out the Y and the rest of the full Stockli line at Skiershop.com or come visit us in the store to see all the skis in person on our wall. As the East Coasts premiere Stockli dealer, our expert staff has a ton of experience on Stocklis and can help find the right ski for you!
A gorgeous blue bird day up at Stowe Mountain Resort, fresh snow, and park laps with The Inspired Demo Tour, who could ask for more? Skiershop employees Jeff Neagle and Ben Perry met up with the tour crew early on for some mellow cruises through the 3 parks Stowe currently has set up. Not long thereafter a solid group of kids caught on and joined up. Everyone threw down and had a blast, smiles all around.
After some quick poster signing and chilling in the lodge the crew headed over to our shop for some pizza and hanging while B-Dog got his ill 2013-2014 Armadas mounted up for the rest of the tour.
Inspired Demo Tour
Everyone had a great time hanging out, and kids walked away stoked with some fresh signatures from Henrik, Casabon, and Bergeron. We could not be more stoked on everyone coming by and visiting the shop, and everyone is already amped for next year.
Check out the tour’s stops, if you missed them in Stowe Inspired Tour Calendar. If your in the area stop by the shop and check out our selection of Aramada Skis, or pop over to the website Skiershop.com
Skiershop.com has teamed with premier ski manufacturer, Bomber Ski, to produce and manufacture a ski built for Vermont that embodies skiing in the North East. The Vermont Ski will be exclusively available through Skiershop.com’s website and the Skiershop Store located on the Mountain Road in Stowe, Vermont.
Bomber Ski Company is an official supplier of the U.S. Ski Team, and Canadian Ski Team. Bomber Skis are hand built by a master craftsman in Italy using the highest quality materials. The Vermont Ski is designed and tested in the mountains of Vermont featuring solid wood core construction. No attention to detail is left behind as The Vermont Ski is made in limited runs.
Skiershop.com and Bomber Ski are proud to announce that every customer who purchases a pair of The Vermont Ski, will have the option to choose between the U.S. Ski Team or The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, all non-profit companies that promote skiing. Skiershop.com will donate 10% from each sale to the chosen non-profit.
Bomber Ski Company is extremely excited to be an integral part of the growth of Vermont skiing. The company looks forward to support non-profits and local mountains through the creation of custom unique skis. To purchase The Vermont Ski follow the link: http://www.skiershop.com/bomber-vermont-skis-2013
Or stop in at the Skiershop Flagship location on the Mountain Road in Stowe, Vermont. For more information on Bomber Ski Company you can visit the
companies website- www.bomberski.com
Eider has a new series of edits for this season called Play. First edit looks really tight. It’s a 3 1/2 minute video of French Ski-BASE Jumper Matthias Giraud talking about some of his jumps last season. JT Holmes jumps in there too, with his first BASE jump after Shane’s accident. Check it out.