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Whistler Blackcomb Day 1 and 2 Trip Report

Our first two days in Whistler have been an absolute blast!  We were greeted with a surprise snow storm.  What was forecast as a few inches turned into a couple feet.  Our first day was a classic snowy fresh powder day.  It wasn’t the ideal conditions for photos, or visibility, but we did manage to capture a few moments.  We spent the entire day exploring the Blackcomb side of the resort.  We were blown away by the amount of terrain.  We had multiple GoPros rolling on our first day, so keep an eye out for footage later in the week.

 

4 members of our group atop Blackcomb before our first run.

Plenty of snow off the backside of Blackcomb

 

When we woke up on Tuesday, our second day, the clouds and snow had been replaced by crystal clear skis and bountiful sunshine.  We could hardly contain ourselves as we pin-balled around the entire resort.  We started on Blackcomb with a little wind lip session first thing in the morning, then moved over to the Whistler side to continue exploring.

 

4FRNT and Saga rider Willie Nelson lays out a beauty of a backflip

Skiershop GM and RMU and Sick Stickz athlete, Jeff Neagle, followed suit with his own flat 3 Japan

Willie Nelson and Jeff Neagle playing a little game of wind lip follow the leader

 

We spent the rest of the day searching for untouched powder on the Whistler side of the mountain.  If you’ve never been here, there is an insane amount of terrain.  We had no problem finding fresh snow all afternoon, logging multiple faceshots along the way.

 

Jeff Neagle finding some DEEP snow

Jeff Neagle getting even deeper

 

Needless to say we had a phenomenal day.  We rounded out the afternoon with a some olympic action and a last chair run down McConkey’s bowl.  We had just watched Shane’s documentary the previous evening, so it felt like a fitting way to round out the day.

 

Jeff Neagle, fashionably late to the #RoadToSochi party

 

Jeff and Peter dropping the cornice into McConkey's for the last run of the day

 

We’re taking our time to get to the hill this morning, which luckily gave me time to put together this post.  Today Willie and Jeff plan on starting to tackle the infamous Whistler Nintendo XL park.  We’re waiting for the clouds to burn off and snow to soften up before heading up to hopefully log some big jump park footage!  Keep and eye out for some shots!

 

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SIA Denver- What does next season’s clothing look like?

One of the most interesting part of the SIA show every year is seeing what next years color pallet will look like. Clothing trends are a bit more volatile than ski technology, well I suppose ski graphics change every season also, but with clothing the aesthetics sort of are the product. So what’s next season look like? Let’s take a look.

Scott Outerwear

Scott Clothing

Trew, why yes, colors are a bit more subdued.

Trew. Notice the blue jacket to the lower left? You'll be seeing a whole lot more of that color way.

FlyLow, I really dig this. I can definitely see myself wearing this next season.

A bit more FlyLow. Note the slightly subdued pallet... and more blue!

Mammut, showing off their airbag pack also.

Mammut Women's freeride ensamble. Lookin' good.

This is a quick look at some of next season’s colors. Things are looking a bit ‘toned down’, a bit more subtle. I like it, what do you think?

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2014 SIA SnowShow Denver, CO

The Snow Sports Industry of America is gathered in Denver Colorado to show off what will soon become next season’s hottest gear. This is when ski shops around the country start to get a full picture of what trends are emerging in the snow sports world, what colors are hot, what ski technology is new and exciting, what product Glenn Plake is endorsing…

day one is over, day two is just about to start. Here are some shots of next years hard goods, boots, bindings and skis.

Doug Lewis Get’s the crowd pumped for Sochi

DPS, best looking booth again this year.

DPS Spoon Technology

 

Stockli Stormrider Series

Stockli Y Series and new Vario

Stockli frontside

Head Libra Women's line

Jeff and Julia discuss Supershapes

Head Freeride skis

Kastle Freestyle

Kastle MX Series

kastle FX Series

There is a lot more still to come… as soon as I have free time I’ll continue posting.

… and more:

Rossignol's 7 Series returns... yup, still awesome.

Rossignol's Experience Series gets reworked with technology from the 7 Series. All-Mountain with a touch more freeride for next season, new widths, new rocker profiles, hollow tips... their all new skis.Rossignol's Freestyle line.

Rossignol bindings, new dayglo colors and some cool new technology.

Blizzard, the bulls are still running at the front of the freeski herd. Some subdued new graphics and a couple new models. Why mess with success?

The new Tecnica Cochise boots. lots of new technology in these puppies.

 

New Volkl Mantra

Volkl 2015

Volkl is expanding their carbon footprint... light weight is very hip for 2015

Faction, looking good for next season

Faction Candide series, super clean

RMU is adding fiber to their diet, the new Carbon Apostle, under 8lbs per pair.

RMU has something special for us 'Right Coasters', the ski to the left is called the 802, you guessed it, designed for hard charging east coasters.

Nordica's Freeski line up, the graphics have been muted a bit... probably a good call.

Nordica has done a full redisgn on their all mountain skis, NRGy will be taking on the Blizzard Brahma and Bonafide. The consumer is sure to win in this battle.

Nordica's Michael Martini educating Jeff on 2015 product

Dalbello Lupo, Sean Petite's Pro Model returns

 

 

Freestyle skiers get the KR2 treatment in the new Il Moro, look for these next week in Sochi on the feet of park and pipe skiers

 

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Skiershop 2014 Chamonix Trip!

Skiershop's Mike Thomas on a Chamonix Powder Day

 

Looking for an incredible way to end your ski season?  There is still time to sign up for Skiershop’s trip to ski and ride in Chamonix, France this spring!  The dates are approaching and considering the mixed weather we’ve had this season in the Northeast, you can bet that we’re really looking forward to it!  We’re planning three 1-week sessions again this year – the first of which begins on Saturday, March 29, the second April 5th and third April 12th Our contacts in the Chamonix Valley just reported that the conditions are all time!  So it looks like we’re on track for another amazing trip.  We had an epic time with 6 fresh feet last year, and let’s not forget that every moment off the mountain can be just as memorable in downtown Chamonix.

2013 week one group enjoying an awesome day!

 

We’re getting a lot of interest in all three weeks for this April, and it’s time to get on board!  We’ll be bringing along a handful of local experts and friends.  Dean Decas, our intrepid guide and local liaison will be on-hand again to provide support and help find those secret stashes.  Skiershop’s Dan Burgess, Mike Thomas, Allarie Sullivan, all Chamonix veterans, are also slated to return.  Local Stowe legend, Chris Strong, will also be returning, and has recruited a few of his cohort.  With all those hooligans around you’ll surely be motivated to rip up the mountain and go big as everyone cheers each other on.

Dean and Adam enjoying the views

 

If you’ve ever wondered about skiing or riding in the Alps, this is the perfect opportunity to get in on the trip of a lifetime.  We take care of all the travel, lodging and guiding logistics.  Our connections run deep in Chamonix and the surrounding regions of Verbier, Switzerland and Courmeyeur, Italy.  Dean has been in Chamonix for the past 20 winters, Adam will be returning for his 7th year this spring, and our friends and guides are natives in the area.  With hookups like ours, a wicked good time is basically guaranteed.

Trip participant, Josh Phelps, pushing the limits

 

So don’t miss this opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful and exciting winter sports regions in the world.  with the unequaled skiing, mountaineering, and regional knowledge and experience of a crew that only Skiershop can assemble, it truly is a trip of a lifetime.

All smiles on a bluebird day in Chamonix!

 

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us anytime.  Our email and phone number are listed on our web site, http://www.skiershop.com.  More details on this year’s trip can be found at:  http://www.skiershop.com/chamonix-trip.  Now get pumped! Check out some of our amazing photos from last year in our Chamonix and Verbier albums on our facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Skiershop/photos_albums.

We hope to see you soon!

Chamonix ianxiously awaits your return, Chris!

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Skiershop Pro Team Gear Preview – Noah Ranallo

Curious about what gear the pros are using?  We’ll be running a series of posts highlighting Skiershop.com athletes and the gear that they choose to ski on.  With so many brands and so many types of skis coming through our doors, it’s extremely interesting to see who chooses what and why.

First up is Noah Ranallo, big mountain skier extraordinaire (at least we’re confident he will be someday).  Noah has been making his mark on the Ski the East Freeride Tour for the past few years, bagging multiple podiums and regularly taking the Cliff Huckstable Big Air Award, given to the skier who goes the biggest.

We took notice and put Noah on our team immediately.  With multiple team members on the Freeride World Tour we knew Noah would be a perfect fit and would put him in an environment that would allow him to continue building his career as a freeride skier.  Faction Skis followed suit, grabbing Noah and putting skis on his feet before someone else could.  Check out Noah’s gear in the photo below, and keep an eye out for him charging down a steep slope near you!

Skiershop athlete Noah Ranallo poses with his gear setup for the 13/14 season

 

 

 

 

 

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Early Season with Skiershop at Killington Resort!

Skiershop employees Sam Davies and Jeff Neagle headed down to Killington Resort for their first day on snow!  Killington was nice enough to set up some terrain park features, and although Jeff is getting a little long in the tooth for your typical ‘park rat’, we motivated him enough to get a few shots.  Enjoy!

Just a Quickie! from Three Peaks on Vimeo.

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Saga Outerwear Fast Food App

A few months ago Saga Outerwear reached out to the members of Newschoolers asking what they would like to see in their upcoming phone application.  Responses ranged from the extremely well thought out to the extremely silly, as per typical NS members.  Apparently Saga received the feedback they were looking for because after months of patiently waiting, we finally have our app!  Check out the video and press release straight from Saga:

 

ORDER UP: Saga Outerwear And Canvas Cook Up Interactive Fast Food App

(Salt Lake City, UT)- Local Outerwear company, Saga Outerwear, proves to be ahead of the curve with the new release of their very own Fast Food App. Saga Outerwear teamed up with Canvas Creative Studio to produce an interactive application for Iphone and Android users, complete with Mix ‘N Match, Video Feed and Stockists. The App will be released on October 29th 2013. The anticipation of the release has already sparked a big response from the ski and snowboard community.

The three features of the Fast Food App enhance and personalize the Saga customer’s experience. The Mix ‘N Match feature allows customers to preview their winter looks by mixing together different combinations of jackets, pants, soft goods and accessories to find their favorite style for the winter season. Once customers have created their ideal look, stickers can be added to the picture customizing the experience. The Mix ‘N Match feature even allows users to share their customized look with friends and family by providing the option to upload the picture to twitter, facebook, instagram and other social media platforms.  The Video Feed allows users to access all of their favorite Saga skiing and snowboarding videos by connecting to the Saga Outerwear Youtube channel. The Stockists feature finds the Saga retailer closest to the user by zip code or through the user’s GPS on their phone.

Download Fast Food App:  https://itunes.apple.com/app/saga-fast-food-app/id725655610?mt=8

ABOUT SAGA OUTERWEAR:

http://www.sagaouterwear.com/

Based out of Salt Lake City, Saga Outerwear is a company with a growing, loyal fan- base. Their outreach is international, but theirprogressive technological advancements have the unique ability to make eachcustomer feel like they are just as much a part of the brand as their own employees. Customers expect the Saga services to be on the cutting edge of user- friendly technology, as they have primarily served up their gear online. Saga Outerwear values the importance of creating an experience for their customers and the release of the Fast Food App is the perfect addition to their services.

ABOUT CANVAS:

http://canvasandthemachine.com/

Canvas was the perfect candidate to pioneer this App project with Saga Outerwear. Also based out of Salt Lake, Canvas Creative Studio has been providing Utah with their services since 2012. Their long list of services include (but are not limited to), interactive design, branding, mobile development and web development. Along with Saga Outerwear, Canvas has worked with an impressive list of clients to help improve their brands. Some of these clients include, Nuvi, Harvard, DieselSellerz, StudioElevn and many more.

Saga Outerwear and Canvas are excited to see where the Fast Food App takes the brand. If the App lives up to expectations, big things are to come.

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“Ski The East” in October!

Yes, that’s correct!  We’re already skiing here in Vermont and you can feel the excitement in the air!  Killington Resort has made an impressive amount of snow on the upper mountain and due to the recently installed staircase system and a downloading operation, we’re enjoying fantastic conditions considering the calendar date.

Skiershop made the trip for opening day (How could we miss possibly miss it?!) and can confidently report it’s worth making the trip for anyone in New England.  You can’t put a price on the first day of skiing, except Killington did, and at only $49 we find that very reasonable.

 

The Skiershop crew had a blast at Killington Resort opening day! Smiles were in abundance.

 

Our recommendation is you make the trip immediately.  For some of us, winter came as a bit of an early surprise.  If you fall into that category, don’t fret, we have everything you need to get fully outfitted for the season.  New product continues to arrive daily, so keep checking our website and facebook page for updates!

 

Celebratory photo from the Killington Resort facebook page. Everyone's happy for winter!

 

Now what are you waiting for, get out there and make some turns!  For the first time this winter I get to say, “see you on the hill!”

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2014 Gear Arriving Daily!

Howdy Skiers!

We’ve had some unbelievable autumn weather recently!  Perfect for a few final laps on the mountain bike, some fall foliage hiking, or seasonable beverage consumption.  Whatever your activity of choice, one thing is for sure, winter is on the way!

As we begin to transition our physical store from a mountain bike shop to a full on ski shop new product will be arriving at our door every day!  So far we’ve already received some awesome new gear from some of our favorite brands including, but not limited to, Blizzard, Tecnica, Dalbello, and Nordica!  Our boot and ski wall is already starting to fill up with some of the most popular products of 2014.  A lot of the gear that just arrived (most notably Blizzard and Dalbello) sold out very early in the 2012/13 ski season, so don’t wait to snag your new gear!

The boot wall is growing!

 

2014 Nordica Skis

 

2014 Blizzard Skis

One of the most exciting pieces of news at Skiershop this season is our ski boot selection is almost TWICE the size of last year.  We spent a lot of time and effort hand picking our boot selection this season to ensure we have every type of skier and every type of foot completely covered.  The last piece of the puzzle (our final Dalbello shipment) just arrived, so stop on by and check out our full selection of ski boots!  Won’t be in Stowe anytime soon?  No problem, you can browse our selection right from the comfort of your own home right here!

This coming week we have more exciting product scheduled to arrive.  We’re expecting to see Giro, Trew, Rossignol, Head, and more right around the corner!

See you soon, and remember to do those snow dances!

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Summer Slopestyle Action from Winter Games NZ

The addition of slopestyle and halfpipe skiing in the 2014 Winter Olympics means we all get to enjoy the intense competition leading up to it. With a massive field of talented park skiers in today’s day and age, who earns the honor to represent their country proves to be a tight race. Almost 2 weeks ago marked the beginning of the World Cup season with the Winter Games NZ (New Zealand). Almost all the expected top competitors were there and the first slopestyle of the season turned into a tremendous competition with skiers one upping each other left and right.

Take a look at the entire slopestyle finals for men and women for FREE here:

Slopestyle and Halfpipe skiing becoming recognized Olympic sports could not have come at a better time from a fans perspective. With live digital media streaming and seemingly endless channels we can expect an exponentially larger and more easily accessible amount of coverage. Sure, some might argue that competition is taking away from the “style” of the sport, but it’s hard to say no to hours upon hours of free ski coverage.

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