Archive: August 2011

Help Support Vermont Post Irene

Photo Courtesy of Seven Days Vermont

Vermont has been making headlines across the country, and it is not because of maple syrup or cheddar cheese. Tropical Storm Irene has ravaged the area. Seven Days, a local independent newspaper has compiled a list for people to assist in the effort through donations or volunteering. While Skiershop has escaped unscathed we are saddened to hear of many of our Vermont friends and businesses still reeling from the storm. – Erme

Here is what Seven Days have listed on their site, to view their blog post click Here:


Text FOODNOW to 52000 to donate $10 to Vermont Foodbank. The Foodbank will turn each donation into $60 for families in need.

You can donate to the United Way’s Vermont Disaster Relief Fund online, or buy sending a donation to your local United Way. Just make sure your donation is marked for the “Vermont Disaster Relief Fund”.

You can also donate to the American Red Cross of Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley. The Red Cross set up shelters immediately after Irene hit for flooded-out families to stay in.

The VT Irene Flood Relief Fund is raising money to help people and communities affected by flooding. 100% of all donations will be distributed to businesses and families. The fund is being administered by Todd K. Bailey.

Vermont Baseball Tours has set up the 8/28 Fund to raise money. Donations of $20 or more get you a cool t-shirt.

The MRV Community Fund has been reestablished to help Mad River Valley farmers who saw devastating crop losses due to the flooding.

Independent Vermont Clothing is selling a special “I’m With VT” t-shirt. All profits from sales of the shirt will go to relief efforts.

Across the lake, upstate New York got hit hard by Irene, too. Donations are being coordinated on the Irene Flood Drive Facebook page.

Burr and Burton Academy has started a fund to help relief efforts in the Manchester area.

The Preservation Trust of Vermont is taking donations to help rebuilding and cleanup efforts for the historic buildings and bridges damaged by Irene. Make a donation on their site and be sure to note “Hurricane Relief” in the Comments section.

The Intervale Center has started a fund to help the farmers at Burlington’s Intervale who lost their crops to flooding. To make a contribution, donate to the Intervale and designate your donation to the “Intervale Center Farmers Recovery Fund.” Or mail a check payable to Intervale Center Farmers Recovery Fund to the Intervale Center, 180 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT 05401.

VOLUNTEERING is working to connect volunteers ready to help with those that need assistance. If you want to help clean up and rebuild, let the folks behind this site know.

Montpelier Alive is coordinating volunteer efforts in that city through their Facebook page.

Volunteer and cleanup efforts are also being coordinated on Twitter via the #VTresponse hashtag.

The Vermont Flooding 2011 page on Facebook is functioning as a community bulletin board of sorts.

Vermont Helping Hands is also coordinating relief efforts via Facebook.

The Red Cross is in desperate need of blood donations. Stop by their donation center at 32 North Prospect Street in Burlington, or the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Blood Donation Center at 125 Mascoma Street in Lebanon, NH.

Upper Valley Haven is operating with considerably fewer volunteers due to road closings. They’re looking for volunteers who are able to travel there.


    If you need assistance or information from the state, dial 211 or visit

    The Help Vermont Facebook group is another place to share recovery information. will provide free access for people who are displaced from their homes. Call their customer service line at 1-877-367-7368 for more information.

    For child care providers who have been affected by Irene, check out theResources for Relief (Child Care Providers of VT) page on Facebook.

    Très Bonne Équipe Teaser

    We are almost out of summer and into fall, though trailers keep on dropping.  Here’s the latest from the Kaj Zackrisson and Sverre Liliequist, looks like a cool movie. – Erme

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    Green Mountain Showdown

    Words: Erme Catino

    With Hurricane Irene knocking on the doorstep, The Green Mountain Showdown and final day of competition looks to escape the worst of the weather tomorrow at Trapp Family Lodge, VT.

    The Green Mountain Showdown presented by Trapp Family Lodge, Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA), and is a photo competition for local New England photographers.

    Saturday concludes the event, consisting of group rides, and a party at Trapp Family Lodge where 5 photographers will showcase their slideshow.  Prizes include over $1,500 cash for first place, as well as bike and camera gear for second place and “best shot.”

    Festivities begin at 5:30pm near the Outdoor Center at Trapps, and tickets are $25.00 for the event or $40.00 for the event and bbq fun.  All proceeds support the VMBA and Adams Camp trail project.  Skiershop will be in attendance, we look forward to seeing everyone there.

    Check out MTBVT for more details or contact Ryan Thibault at ryan(at)mtbvt(dot)com.

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    Stept Productions Weight

    In case you missed it, Stept Productions released the trailer to their ninth film Weight.  If you’ve already seen it, watch it again, and check out Stowe native Maks Gorham… The film is already shipping. – Erme


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    FWT Stop 2 Chilean Freesking Championships

    Photos: Freeskiing World Tour / Keith Carlsen
    Words: Erme Catino

    The second stop of the Freeskiing World Tour just wrapped up yesterday at Ski Arpa, Chile.  Skiershop rider Ashley Maxfield finished 5th, narrowly missing the top three by a few tenths of a point.  Above is a photo of the top 5 women with Sole Diaz, Angel Collinson, and Crystal Wright taking the top three spots respectively.  Congrats Ashley!

    In addition Lars Chickering-Ayers of Green Mountain Freeride won the men’s event!

    For a full recap, check out the article at ESPN Freeskiing.

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    SGT Argentina Contour Punta de Vista 1

    The powder edits from our partners SGT Argentina keep coming in, and they keep getting better and better.  Here is one shot exclusively on a Contour GPS Camera.  It highlights the group’s travels from the states to the powder paradise of Bariloche, Argentina.  - Erme

    Via SGT:

    Follow the travels of the SGT crew as they make their annual migration from summer in the US to the beautiful, pow-choked slopes of Bariloche, Argentina for their SGT Argentina backcountry freeride operation. From buses to cars to planes and buses again, the sweet reward is the skiing at the end. Enjoy.​argentina

    Shot exclusively on Contour GPS cameras -

    Filmed and edited by Ryan Dunfee
    Additional cinematography by Michelle Parker, Lucas Moore, Pete Connolly, and Garrett Russell.

    Same video as:​stories/​punta-de-vista-1-planes-to-powder

    Song: “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin

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    Kimmer’s Trail Opener and Skiershop Group Ride

    The Saturday August, 20th the Stowe Mountain Bike Club will be hosting an opening celebration for the Kimmer’s trail. Kimmer’s trail is the SMBC’s newest ribbon of singletrack, a flowing downhill (directional, not ‘DH’) with berms, bridges and rollers. It was built to allow any skill level to enjoy it, along with fun features for the more advanced. Construction on the trail began mid-summer 2010 and was just completed with the help of the VYCC.  The grand opening event will start at 9am by the new bridge along the Burt Trail. To get there take your first left just after the Matterhorn and bear right down a dirt road till you get to the bridge where everyone will be meeting. The ride will go till 12pm followed by a group with Skiershop Tour Guide Dean Decas.

    See you there!

    CR Johnson Birthday Rafting Trip

    Via our good friends at High Fives Foundation:

    Local professional skier CR Johnson was born on August 10, 1983 and enjoyed an amazing career in the freeskiing community until his passing in 2010. His incredible energy led to a legacy of positivity and a sense of community that is embodied in the CR Johnson Healing Center. It is with this enduring positivity that CR carried, that the High Fives Foundation held a rafting trip to celebrate his birthday on the Truckee River with IRIE Rafting Co. and 45 close friends, family members and fans. Following the (Boca to Floriston, CA) stretch of rafting, all that participated made their way to the CR Johnson Healing Center in Truckee, CA for a soft opening of the new center. All in attendance received a catered lunch from Full Belly Deli and a CR Johnson Memorial Fund “Heart of a Lion” t-shirt.

    The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation helps oversee the CR Johnson Memorial Fund which provides funding for alternative modalities of healing for individuals suffering from traumatic brain injury so they can “love the life they live.” On June 1, 2011 the High Fives Foundation re-located their office to 10775 Pioneer Trail, Truckee, CA. The new space has three rooms in which there is space for Winter Empowerment Fund – Highlighted Athletes, and those involved with the foundation to work out at their comfort level in a setting conducive to healing. With an overwhelming sense of encouragement and positivity, the CR Johnson Healing Center will inspire greatness. Additionally, the fourth office space will serve as the nerve center for all High Fives Non-Profit Foundation work, business and creative processes. The CR Johnson Healing Center has a room with an Infrared-Sauna, a room for healing (including acupuncture and physical therapy) and a work out room replete with the best in adaptive friendly exercise modalities and equipment. Commemorative mural paintings at the CR Johnson Healing Center were completed by local artist, Andy Spots and feature amazing imagery and quotes that invoke the powerful messages that CR Johnson communicated to the world through his words and his skiing.

    Mission statement: “The CR Johnson Healing Center provides resources for athletes in recovery from sport related injuries and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Resources include: physical therapy, acupuncture, massage and more.”

    The High Fives Foundation would like to thank: The Johnson Family, IRIE Rafting Co., Full Belly Deli, Andy Spots and Unofficial Networks!


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    The Wait is Over!

    For all of you who have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of this year’s Stowe jersey, the wait is over: they’re here!

    Thanks to a custom design from leading jersey company Sugoi, this year’s jersey stands out with a classic Stowe look and feel.  Lightweight, moisture-wicking material combined with a full zip create a comfortable, high performance jersey that lets both guys and gals show off their Stowe town pride.

    From summertime visitors to locals looking for something new, the Stowe Jersey from Skiershop is the perfect fit.  Come on by the shop today and pick one up before they’re all gone!

    Rock Shox Reverb Dropper Post

    It’s not every day that the Bike Stowe staff is in total agreement about a bike part. We all have our allegiances, SRAM or Shimano, tubeless or tubes.

    Skiershops Reverb Armada

    Somehow though, the Reverb seatpost has been assimilating our bikes faster than the Borg took over the Gamma Quadrant. What does it do? Simply put, it lets you lower your seatpost from a button on your handlebar. It sounds a little bit like overkill for something you can do with a $15 seat collar quick-release, but the difference is you can do it whenever you feel like it without stopping or even slowing down. This means you will actually do it instead of weighing whether it is worth doing or not. Even if it’s only for ten feet of trail. When I was demoing bikes this spring, as much as I liked the bikes, I loved the Reverb and knew I had to have one. It’s been like turning my bike into two bikes. The Reverb it has to be said, is not the first of it’s kind, but to us, it seems to be the best so far. We have had our short-lived affairs with other dropper posts, but they have not stayed in our lives for very long. They have been too heavy, too unreliable, or too wiggly. The Rock Shox Reverb is the lightest in its class and feels nearly as solid as a Thomson. If you forgot about the Remote button and never touched it, you wouldn’t know that you are on a dropper post and never feel like your seat has been replaced with a barstool. The remote may seem like an unnecessary addition- it isn’t, the remote is what makes any of the dropper posts ‘go’. Keeping both hands on the bars and dropping the post from ‘pedal height’ to ‘control height’ let’s you really take advantage of manipulating seat height through out a ride in a way that a simple quick release just does not allow. Imagine getting off your bike every time you changed gears, sounds like hyperbole, but that’s what it’s like.  It will cost you $325 and add a pound to your bike, but you won’t mind at all when you are ripping down the trails with a confidence you didn’t have before.