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Archive: July 2011
Words: Erme Catino
Photos: Stowe Mountain Resort
In the spring we mentioned that Stowe Mountain Resort will be replacing the Forerunner quad for the 2011/2012 season.
Soon after the resort closed, mountain operations began pushing the snow off the Toll Road along with many other projects to get ready for the new lift. Nonetheless, things got interesting this past week. Here are a few photos from what went down…
Last year at IF3 the Voleurz movie “Look On The Bright Side,” was one of my favorites. The footage and editing was great, and their attitude was all about having fun. Last week Voleurz dropped the trailer for their latest flick “That’s Fine.” It looks to be more than that… – Erme
Video: EASTablished Media
Words: Erme Catino
Our boys from EASTablished Media just dropped the final installment in their Tough Break Webseries. The season finale highlights Jeff Neagle’s trip to Mammoth, CA and then wraps up with clips from Stowe Mountain Resort’s Last Trick Rail Jam. The edit also features some of our Skiershop Jib Team Riders. Nice work fellas, stoked for next season!
Our partners from SASS Global Travel are currently en route to Bariloche, Argentina. Though a few members of their crew arrived early to scope out the conditions and get things organized prior to the camp opening. Here’s their update and video, looks tasty… – Erme
The 1st video evidence of pow in South America comes from the SASS Global Travel crew of Andrew Burns, Skylar Holgate and Jon Conway as they get ready for the 2011 SGT Argentina backcountry freeride camp in Bariloche, Argentina at Catedral Alta Patagonia. Partially shot on a Contour HD.
Rest in Peace Aaron Robinson – these runs are for you!
If you’re a beginner or intermediate looking to become more comfortable with single track, Kirchner Woods is a great place to learn. Developed as Stowe’s best purpose-built beginner mt bike trails, Kirchner Woods is part of the Stowe Land Trust conservation properties, a 75 acre parcel of northern hardwood forest that was part of a maple sugar production operation until the mid 1990′s. The property was protected in 2009 and the first mountain bike trail was built in 2010. To get there starting from Main St. in Stowe, turn onto School St. right across from the Stowe Community Church. Head up the road till you get to a fork where you will bear left onto Taber Hill Rd. Continue for about a mile up and over the hill, the pavement will turn to dirt road at the top. Proceed down the road and you will see a sign to your left for Kirchner Woods.
The network starts out on Jerry’s Trail which has a mellow uphill approach to the old sugar house. It has been cleared of organic matter and even starts out as a crushed stone path. From there, starting on Lower Bucket Trail is great way to experience a comfortable climb that consists of small bridges, roots, and rock roll overs. The full loop connects with the Sugar House Loop at the end of Upper Bucket Trail. The Sugar House Loop rides easier than both Bucket Trails, it is a wide XC ski trail with a single track going down it. It is recommended to do the complete loop both ways, it rides well from both directions and keeps this single loop network interesting if you are planning to do it a couple times.
Take advantage of this great learning facility if you or somebody you know wants to get into mountain biking. All too often we see beginners getting frustrated on more challenging networks. Learning the basics makes for a more pleasurable experience. Enjoy.
Just in case you forgot, our 2011 Summer Camp Special is still going on!
Summer ski sessions are in full swing, and our friends at SASS Global Travel are also about to head south to Argentina – so if you are looking for any last minute gear give us a shout: 1-800-996-8398.
New 2011/2012 Gear will be arriving shortly and we need to make room…
Skiershop.com Summer Camp Special
▪ If you order a pair of Surface skis, you’ll also receive a free pair of Surface poles with your order.
▪ Choose a Surface or Boone ski, then click this link to add your Yowie and Surface Poles: http://www.skiershop.com/yowie-and-the-surface-team-pole.html
▪ Simply enter the coupon code SUMMERCAMP upon checkout.
Skiershop recently partnered with SASS Global Travel who provide world class trips across the globe. Last week they announced the winners of their summer long contest “Why I Love My Mountain.” Here are the details, and stay tuned for more from SGT here on Raise The Bar. – Erme Catino
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SASS Global Travel Announces Facebook Contest Winner
July 14 – HAMPTON, NH: SASS Global Travel announces the winner of their summer Facebook contest, “Why I Love My Mountain.” Contestants were asked to write a 500-word maximum essay about why they love riding their home mountain. Taking place on Facebook.com/SASSGlobalTravel and simultaneously hosted on a number of SGT partner Facebook pages, the contest awarded the writing talent of passionate skiers and riders with prizes from RED/Anon,Contour, and Dakine and was launched simultaneously with Mountain High, Mt. Snow, Big Bolder Park, Sugarbowl,Buckmans, Mountain Weekly, Seshday, RipperZ, East Coast Alpine, Contour, Anon, British Winter Athletes, and Exsic.
In 3rd place with 234 votes and going home with a brand new RED helmet Was Skylar Clark with his story about Stratton Mountain, VT. In 2nd place with 279 votes was Trevor McDonald writing about his home mountain of Bromley, VT, securing him a Dakine Baker backpack and RED helmet. And in 1st place with 332 votes and representing the UK ski scene was Oliver Kane, who wrote about his home (indoor) ski hill in the UK. Oliver will be enjoying his 2011/2012 season in the UK with a new Contour GPS hands-free camera, a Dakine Baker pack and Fillmore mittens, RED helmet, and Anon goggles.
“We’re stoked with how well the contest went – we got hundreds of entries from around the world, and a ton of people who were passionate about where they get to ski or snowboard, be it Tahoe, the East Coast, or even a dry slope in England,” said SGT’s Director of Communications, Ryan Dunfee. SGT thanks partners Contour, RED, Anon, and Dakine for contributing prizes and all the resort and retail partners for joining in the contest. Head over to facebook.com/SASSGlobalTravel for updates from Argentina today!
About SASS Global Travel
Born in the Patagonian backcountry of Argentina, SASS Global Travel was formed by a group of like-minded individuals with a mission to create a community of passionate action sports travelers. SGT trips combine unparalleled access with the best locations, people, education and professionals. This is all brought to market in a clean, powerful online package backed by industry-leading technology, customer support and a world-class media team.
Words: Erme Catino
Skiershop.com is proud to be a supporter of this weekend’s Vermont Mountain Bike Festival! The festival will be taking place this weekend, July 16th and 17th in Waterbury, VT, and will be featuring a ton of activities, live music, and food.
Rides will be available for all abilities, from beginner and intermediate rides, to all day excursions in Stowe, Waitsfield, Waterbury, and Hinesburg. In addition there will be hosted clinics and demos.
Be sure to swing by the Skiershop tent to meet the BikeStowe crew and demo an Intense Bike and GoPro. You can also head out with our tour guide, Dean Decas, and after you finish getting radical stick around and re-fuel on some Vermont Peanut Butter samples.
It should be a great weekend, see you up here!
Words: Erme Catino
Video: Bjarne Sahlen
A few weeks ago our friend and X-Team Member Dean Decas was at Skiershop – remember that X-Team crew… John and Dan Egan, Dean Decas, and Rob, Eric, and Adam DesLauriers. He and I were speaking about Chamonix, where he resides during the winter, and he mentioned that his friend was skiing/guiding with the Oakley crew filming for Seth Morrison’s new movie “The Ordinary Skier.”
Dean is always excited to talk about skiing, and hearing about the crew’s run down the North Face of the Aiguille du Midi, I was super stoked to see it – though wanted more after seeing the teaser for Seth’s new film.
Here is a video filmed by Bjarne Sahlen regarding the crew’s run down the Col du Plan, and it gives a sneak peak of what “The Ordinary Skier” is all about. I personally can’t wait to see this movie!