Archive: January 2011

Winter X15

Most likely if you are a skier you have been following the X Games this past week, but if you haven’t here are a couple of clips of what went down in the Big Air Competition between Alex Schlopy and Bobby Brown. For a full report on all the events check out ESPN Freeskiing.

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Green Mountain Freeride – The Beginning

In the whiteroom it doesn't matter if it's night or day - Louis in Deep!

Green Mountain Freeride is a collection of local rippers from VT who are now out west charging everything from big mountain competitions to ski mountaineering. Here is Raise The Bar’s first update from my buddies out west – Erme.

Words: Louis Erickson
Photos: Derek DiLuzio –
Video: Green Mountain Freeride

Since we arrived in the Tetons it has been nothing but snow!

Locals from Jackson Hole to Grand Targhee have been claiming that this has been the best start to a season in recent memory. With pow for the pillaging we have been taking full advantage and have been skiing non-stop in the delectable Teton cream cheese.

I’ve been skiing and touring on Teton pass and riding at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole, while other members of our crew have been tearing up the competition scene – Lars Ayers Wins Revelstoke FWT Comp.  Here is a vid of Lars and Ryan Hawkes shredding Jackson and their runs from Revelstoke, BC.

This week I headed to Teton National Park to ski the Grand Teton (weather permitting).  However, as I passed Taggart Lake my toe piece pulled out of my ski and I was forced to post-hole back to the car. With my gear in the shop I plan on heading back up to the Lower Saddle early Friday morning in hopes of skiing the Grand!

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SIA 2011

Words: Erme Catino

SIA’s (SnowSports Industry America) annual trade show is set to kick off tomorrow in Denver, CO.

Want to know what’s coming out next year, peep new technologies, etc…then stay tuned to Raise The Bar.
Over the next few days we’ll be previewing rad new gear as the show entertains and damages the liver of those in attendance.

Legend of Aahhh’s – Stowe, VT Pt.2

Words: Erme Catino

Last night Skiershop and Stowe Mountain Resort’s Performing Arts Center hosted Greg Stump and a special screening of Legend of Aahhh’s. While some members of the shop were out west for the Aspen Premiere, this was my first time seeing the flick and it was well worth the wait!

L to R: Dan Burgess, Greg Stump, Dean Decas

I won’t let the cat out of the bag since the movie isn’t released yet, but Legends gives a historical depiction of how ski movies originated with a combination of footage and interviews from many of the industry’s greats.  Additionally we see unseen footage from the Blizzard days including some interesting behind the scene details of Plake and Schmidt.  Lastly the movie concludes with Stump and Warren Miller offering some advice for the future of ski movies.

Stump is still tweaking the movie and once it is complete, I think it will spark the next generation of ski movies much like Blizzard of Aahhh’s did in 1988.  As Greg said earlier this week, “Legends is a history of ski movies and the freestyle to freeride revolution, and it needed to be made.”

Thanks to everyone who made it out last night and to Stumpy for another great movie!

Schwag table fun

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Road Trippin’ across the West

Thumbs up for Pow!

Words: Erme Catino

Morgan Baird, a previous employee of Skiershop recently embarked on a road trip adventure across the country.  Saving her money from a job that ended in December, Morgan packed up her car and dog (Gussie), and is now skiing her way across the West Coast.  Here is a recent picture of Morgan as she gets ready to hike the gnar at Silverton, CO armed with her new Liberty Helix Skis.

You can keep up with her adventures on

Have fun Morgan!

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Legend of Aahhhs – Stowe, VT

Words: Erme Catino

So it’s official! Legend of the ski movie business, Greg Stump is currently in Stowe, VT.  He will be stopping by the shop frequently including this afternoon to sign posters.

This Sunday, Stumpy will be screening his new movie Legend of Aahhh’s at Stowe’s new Performing Arts Center at 2:00pm and 6:00pm. Tickets are $10 and for more details check out the Event Page. Also be sure to come by the Matterhorn for the after-party!

See you there!

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EASTablished Media – Tough Break Episode 2

Here is the latest installment from the local jib ninja’s EASTablished Media.  Nice work guys, psyched to see the next one!

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Green Wax – Shred Lightly

Words: Erme Catino

The smell of ski wax is always a welcoming scent in the winter, waxing up the boards for the next storm cycle triggers one of those Pavlovian responses…pow is coming!

Though while skiing and being in the outdoors is a natural experience, in reality ski wax is quite the opposite.  Enter Green Wax, a 100% petroleum and PFC free ski wax that is sustainable, made in the USA, and actually offers top level performance.

Green Wax is all natural and differs from other waxes since most waxes contain PFC’s (perflurocarbons), which when released into the natural world tend to hang out for 50,000 years.  In addition PFC’s produce derivatives called PFOA (perflurooctanic acid…say that 5 times) which have been scientifically linked to low birth weight in humans and animals, liver damage, and cancer…a startling fact!  Want more info – check out this study in Chemical & Engineering News.

Green Wax is produced in small batches to ensure quality and consistency, and their blend of non-toxic & biodegradable mix ensures maximum glide and adhesion. It is applied just like normal hot iron wax, and since Green Wax uses a TRUE Universal Formula you won’t be changing waxes with varying temperatures.

Here at Skiershop we have converted to using only Green Wax and you should too.

High Fives Foundation

Video and Inspiration: High Fives Foundation
Words: Erme Catino

High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe based 501.c.3 non-profit that is dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes that have suffered a life altering injury while pursuing their dreams in winter action sports.

Co-Founder and President Roy Tuscany began High Fives after he suffered a spinal cord injury in April 2006 while skiing at Mammoth Mountain, CA. At the time, Roy was well on his way to becoming a world class pro-skier, and since the accident Roy had to re-learn everything, and actually clicked back into skis in March 2008.

This inspiring story led him to the establishment of High Fives – formed in January 2009, and became an official 501.c.3 non-profit on January 19, 2010.  High Fives has already helped over 8 athletes, and their organization is growing.

I used to coach freestyle with Roy at Sugarbush, VT, and also skied with him in the early years of Meathead Films.  His ability to take his tragic accident and turn it into an inspiring story of being able to walk and ski again, to now helping others in similar situations is one worth supporting.

High Five!


Salomon FreeskiTV Battle of Alaska

Video: Salomon Freeski TV
Words: Erme Catino

The Battle of Alaska – Cody Townsend and Henrik Windstedt duke it out on Alaskan faces to see who is the raddest on the Salomon Freeski Team.  Here is Part 1 – launched last week, and Part 2 which debuted today…enjoy!