Archive: April 2011

Skiershop Staff Profile – Tim Pelletier – Buyer/Ebay Manager

The crew has skiing on the mind 24/7, though in the summer they may put a bike to good use too.  Each member of our staff is committed to getting you stoked on skiing and equipped with the gear to do so.  Here is a little bit of information about the staff so you can see what gear they use and why. -Erme

Tim Pelletier Buyer/eBay Manager

Originally From: Gardner, MA

How long have you worked at Skiershop: Almost 3 years.

Why Stowe? It is epic! There is a lot of side country and the runs carry a good pitch pretty much all the way to the bottom.

Ideal day on the hill? Fresh snow in the woods, come out near the bottom and hit a few rails before I get on the chair to do it again.

Skis – Armada JJ, Surface Double Time and Live Life

Bindings – Tyrolia Peak 18x

Boots – Nordica Ace of Spades

Outerwear – Orage

Goggles – Scott Fix

Best day ever? They all have an epic moment which makes it hard to pick just one. I have had days when the pow was super deep and untracked, bluebird park days, awesome views off the mountain be it cloud formations, endless visibility, or cool looking rime-ice on trees…The best are when these elements collide into one day.

Summertime activity and tool of choice? Mountain Biking! My tool of choice is the Intense Uzzi VP.

Favorite music to listen to while skiing? Anything motivating.

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Matthias Giraud Getting Rowdy in France

Video: Matthias Giraud
Words: Erme Catino

Matthias Giraud is a professional skier and B.A.S.E. Jumper.  If you are a skier, most likely you have heard his name before or seen his edits on YouTube.

On April 25th, CNN reported a story on Matthias’s latest adventure – though according to them “the skier really triggered the avalanche by chopping the snow with his pole.”  Impressive, maybe Matthias has charges in his baskets so he can bomb start zones…but probably not.

Nonetheless, it is great to see freeskier’s in the mainstream media. Though just as when Dana Flahr was on Fox News, their story gets a bit muddled.

Here is what Matthias had to say on his most recent Ski B.A.S.E. via his website:

Here is the latest edit from GoPro! I got this footage with the help of Stefan Laude from the Office of Tourism of Megeve, France.

We climbed out of bounds to the Aiguille Croche between Megeve and Les Contamines, France for about an hour and a half.

But before you enjoy the video, I wanted to clarify a few thinks about our descent itself.

We were both wearing avalanche transceivers. Stefan Laude (speedflyer) is a local ski patroller and alerted all ski patrols in the area. The rescue teams kept visuals of us the whole time. The PGHM (heli rescue team) was on standby and in contact with the ski patrol. The avalanche path goes skier’s right of the cliff (where the slough starts in the video) so if you stay on the ridge on the skier’s left, you are out of the avalanche path. Last, the rest of the avalanche going over the edge we jumped from was triggered within the last 100 feet before the cliff. So, it is unlikely to catch you unless you fall. But, like any exposed line in the Alps, a fall means death. So, you don’t fall. And if you do, well it’s part of the game and you know that before going into it.

It was a probably the best run of my life.

Nice work Matthias!

For those who would like to view the CNN version, here it is: CNN – Extreme Skiers Tackle Avalanche

High Fives Trains

Video: High Fives Foundation
Words: Erme Catino

In case you missed it, our friends at High Fives Foundation just wrapped up their 4th annual “Trains” – a invitational slopestyle event/fundraiser held at Alpine Meadows, CA.  According to Roy Tuscany this was the best Trains ever, and from the looks of the video it seemed like a great time!

High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe-based 501.c.3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community.  For more information visit

For a full recap of the event head over to Powder Magazine.

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Spring has Sprung Blowout Sale

It’s that time of year again…spring slush, peel-away corn in the backcountry, and spring sales – when you finally get the fresh gear you’ve been drooling over since October.

Skiershop is blowing out their 2011 inventory to make room for all the rad gear set to arrive in August.

So take some time this Friday to cruise the sale:

All Outwear is 40% off

All Hard goods are on sale and vary between brand

As always feel free to Ask an Expert, or give us a call 1-800-996-8398.

EASTablished Media Tough Break Episode 5

Video: EASTablished Media
Words: Erme Catino

The boys from EASTablished Media just dropped their latest installment in the Tough Break webseries.  Episode 5 features park riding at Stowe Mountain Resort, and some old fashion backyard riding complete with sleds and Vermont sugaring.  The first half of this episode is my favorite thus far from the EASTablished crew, the slow motion cuts and beats are awesome.  Looking forward to episode 6!

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Verbier Extreme Reine Barkered Video

Reine Barkered recently released his POV from his 4th place run at the Verbier Extreme FWT.  Take a peek as well as the other angle, the POV is guaranteed to wake you up at your desk this Monday. – Erme

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Final Weekend at Stowe Mountain Resort

Shot Ski foul means heckling from the Mountie - Photo Courtesy of Denver Westword Blog

Words: Erme Catino

It is a shame really, with a deep late season snow pack Stowe Mountain Resort will be closing it’s doors on Sunday April 17, 2011.  It’s understandable especially with this week’s rain and warm temps, many people down South are thinking golf and bikes.  Though as a skier it’s always tough to see a mountain full of snow shut down, but it just means more skinning, road trips to other resorts for late season turns, and obviously The Prezi’s.  After all, we are getting a new Quad for next season (p.s. they will be blasting on the Quad side pretty soon after the mountain closes).

So there is only one more thing to do, head up to the mountain for your last lift served runs and make sure you don’t miss Sunday.  Silly outfits are required as well as tailgating, and we heard through the grapevine that those not in outfit may be snowballed at the top of the quad…

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Utah and the JFT World Junior Championships

Video: Subaru Freeskiing World Tour
Words: Erme Catino

Vermont has been a bit rainy the past few days, so to cure our rainy day hangover here is a little edit from the JFT World Junior Championships in Snowbird, UT.

Utah has been getting absolutely pummeled the past few weeks – heck they’ve been trying to dig out since February.  April has already left six feet of powder at Alta/Bird, and with a storm looming tonight they might reach the 200 inch base milestone!

Enjoy the video and congrats to the all the juniors who were throwing down this past weekend.  Utah looks like it will be going off this spring; the question is will you be there for one more powder fix…

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Into The Cold – A Journey of the Soul

Video: Sebastian Copeland
Words: Erme Catino

Sebastian Copeland along with Rossignol are proud to present Into The Cold – a documentary of Sebastian’s unsupported 2 month trip to the North Pole and back.

The journey and film commemorates the centennial of Admiral Peary’s reach of the North Pole in 1909. The film is also meant to bring awareness to climate change, since at the current rate of climate change the polar ice may be gone in the next 100 years.  The film will be released on DVD April 19, 2011 – Earth Day. 
Enjoy the trailer, and for more information regarding this movie visit Into The Cold.

The 100 Inch Party

Words: Erme Catino
Photos: Stowe Mountain Resort & Erme Catino

In Alta, Utah when the resort hits a 100 inch base the locals throw down with a 100 inch keg party.  Typically it’s only a matter of time before this happens, that’s just the way it is out there and some years like this one there is a chance for a 200 inch base…that is deep!

Here on the East Coast, we may reach the milestone of a 100 inch base though it takes something special.  Lack of snow, warm spells, rain, ice, and other detrimental weather hiccups can ruin our snowpack. Though this year was different…A cold and snowy early winter followed by below normal temps and above average snow in March and early April, and we soon found ourselves dancing in pow that was 102 inches deep!

Pow Schralped and this time it didn't take 30 minutes but rather all day!

April storms are always interesting. Some years the base has already deteriorated and others the base is still going strong as was the case Wednesday.

Tuesday night our light rain turned into snow and the Mt. Mansfield Cloud (did you think Jay only had their own cloud…) dumped and wind loaded close to a foot on the mountain.  So with an empty resort, deep base, and fresh snow the skiers/riders who decided its not biking season yet were rewarded with some of the best April powder I’ve seen since 2007!

Late day powder BC mission

The April sun already started to bake things out yesterday afternoon, it was a shame as there were still fresh lines to be had, but it’s all good.  We hit a 100 inches and it’s supposed to be warm and sunny this weekend.  So if you’re thinking of golfing down south, get up here and come ski and party this weekend, it will be our very own 100 inch party.

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