Bike Season Has Officially Arrived!

Hi Skiers and Bikers!

It feels like summer has arrived in Stowe, VT today, with temperatures flirting with 80 and bountiful sunshine all day.  We have some exciting happenings at Skiershop this summer and we thought it would be a good time to fill you in on what’s new.

As usual, we’ve been putting together a good amount of custom mountain bike build, many of which from one of our favorite brands, Intense Cycles.  Our head mechanic just finished building a custom Intense Tracer 2 to be used as a DH bike for a very, very lucky 12 year old.  No, that’s not a typo, this beautiful machine is going to someone 12 years old.


Bos Suspension, Hope Components, Shimano Drivetrain, Mavic Wheels help make up this one of a kind build.


You can find even more photos on our facebook page, but check out some of our favorite bits of this stunning bike below:



We’ve also got some exciting events happening this summer, so keep an eye out for details.  The month of June is going to be packed full of mountain bike events.  Will you be attending NEMBA Festival at the infamous Kingdom Trails?  You can bet Skiershop will be there testing bikes, snapping photos, and kicking back in our tent!  ***Local Advice*** Keep the next weekends schedule open as well.  A brand new, weekend long event will be kicking off here in Stowe, and you don’t want to miss it.  More details will be released soon, but let’s just say you’ll be enjoying some of the state’s finest riding, food, music, and beverages!

Skiershop also has a brand new MTB demo/rental fleet with new models from Intense, Giant, and Rocky Mountain!  We couldn’t be more excited about the bikes we have available to take out on our local trails this summer.  Because we want everyone to enjoy what we have available, we’ll be offering multiple free demo weekends, so keep checking back for dates.  There’s a good chance if you attend the weekend MTB event in Stowe towards the end of the month, you’ll get the chance to ride any of our demo bikes for free.

As always, give us a call with any questions, concerns, discussion topics, or anything else you could possibly feel like talking to us about.

See you on the trails!

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Get Your Shifting Dialed in for the Season

Take a few minutes and learn how to adjust your shifting with Skiershop’s mechanic, Dave Clifford.

Spring Cleaning!

Whether you’re yearning for a warm summer breeze or trying to hang on to what’s left of winter’s snowy slopes, spring is just around the corner. With it will come another beautiful bike season filled with new trails to explore and new toys to play with.

If you haven’t already, you might want to start thinking about dragging your bike out of it’s winter hibernation spot and getting it cleaned up and dialed in for the summer. If you’re not totally sure how to get everything dusted off and lubed up, watch Skiershop’s bike tech, Dave, as he shows you the best way to get your bike tuned and ready to ride!

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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Five more reasons why you should join us in Chamonix

“Terrain. Skiing. Snow. Food. Fun.” 

Terrain: You’ll get the chance to ski some of the most sought after mountains in the world. These are the lines think about all day and then haunt your dreams at night. They call to you, longing for your skis to grace their stupidly steep slopes. Think you’re up for the challenge?

Skiing: Whether you like to immerse yourself in trees, pound deep powder bowls, or huck yourself off 40 foot cliffs, Chamonix will not only accommodate your skiing, it will improve it. With the help of our professional ski instructors and guides, you’ll have a chance to progress your skiing in one of the most breathtaking environments in the world.

Snow: Do you like skiing powder? If you’ve never skied in France then your only answer should be, “I don’t know,” because you haven’t skied true, world class, French champagne pow pow. It’s kind of like floating through a cloud of puppies and kittens who are playing in a pool filled with cotton balls… If you’ve never experienced it, it might be for the best, because you’ll never want to ski “powder” in New England ever again.

Food: French Fries in sandwiches, mayo on everything, and the most phenomenal baked goods you’ve ever had. They even have pastries shaped like mountains… I mean this food is to DIE for and you get to eat it for every meal. If the first three reasons haven’t been enough to persuade you that Chamonix is worth it, keep in mind that people travel to France specifically for the cuisine… Although hopefully that is your secondary motivation.

Fun: I really don’t think I should have to explain this one but I will anyways… Remember that one day you had where you went out and did that thing that you really liked doing and all your friends were there and all of you were smiling and it was the best day ever? Well take that day, add the aforementioned French powder, food, and terrain, subtract having to worry about the kids or your significant others (unless they come too!), and multiply by 7 (for the number of days you’ll be there) and BAM, that’s how much fun this trip will be. Oh, I forgot about the outstanding wine and cheese selection, so square what ever your previous calculations were, and you’ll have the total amount of fun that you will have on your trip to Chamonix.

Now that you know how much fun you’ll have, CLICK HERE to come with us this year.

If all that isn’t enough proof as to why you should go to Chamonix, maybe this will help. Someone once told me a picture is worth 1,000 words… I don’t feel like doing the math, but all this footage was shot at 60 frames per second (i.e. 1 second=60 pictures), so I’ll just let this video explain what would take me a few days to type.


Boone Skis, Made in the USA

Boone is an awesome boutique ski brand based out of San Francisco, CA. The skis are all made using local materials and manufactured 100% in the USA. This helps Boone to guarantee high quality skis, without racking up crazy prices due to importing fees.


These skis don’t make sacrifices, trading one characteristic for another, but rather excel  across the board providing nimbleness, power, and predictability in virtually all of their products.

If you’re in the market for a new pair of sticks or just want to learn about one of the most interesting and engaging small ski companies, Boone is definitely worth your time!

Check out Boone skis doing some product testing at Squaw Valley by clicking here.


Holy Fluff Batman!

It’s been snowing since yesterday afternoon and it still hasn’t let up! Cruising around this morning was a blast, despite the powder-hungry crowd. The mountain has gotten at least a 10 inches in the past 20 hours, which made for a day loaded with light, soft snow, perfect for laying down some big turns and finally allowing for some tree skiing.

The mountain should be outstanding for the next few days; the good conditions we’ve enjoyed all week are only going to get better after this snowy blessing of goodness. With more fluff in the forecast, Stowe is going to be where it’s at in the coming weeks.

We tried to take a couple pictures today, but it was snowing so hard that it was very difficult to see… Instead of taking the time to really get the shot, we decided to just keep skiing!

Haters Gonna Hate…

It’s time for the Olympics yet again and as per usual, the media has been loaded with Olympic hype. This year, however, most of the stories have been more focused on Big Bad Russia, rather than spreading love for Team USA. Everyone seems so caught up in hating Russia, that they’ve forgotten to get stoked to watch the United States kick some ass.

Media outlets across the US and Europe have been pumping out stories like 15 signs that Russia is not very ready for the Olympics,’ and Winter Olympics a showcase for one man: Vladimir Putin. In the weeks leading up to the games I read only two or three articles about the athletes, where as articles like the ones I just mentioned seemed to pop up every 20 minutes.

I was watching the opening ceremonies last night at a bar, chatting with this couple sitting next to me. They chuckled at the names of the countries they didn’t know, hooted when a member of the Austrian team fell down, and seemed offended when NBC reporter Matt Lauer announced that one of the athletes carrying the torch was, “involved in a relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin.”

However the most bizarre thing I heard came after the fifth Olympic snowflake failed to convert into a ring. The young woman on my right turned to her fiancé and said, “I bet whoever was in charge of that is going to end up dead tonight. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if they already are.”

Have we really been force-fed so many negative images of Russia in weeks leading up to the 2014 Winter Games that we’ve come to assume that a person who made a mistake is going to be killed? While I’ll agree Putin is a narcissistic homophobe, I think that the flak he and his country have taken in last few weeks has been over the top and against everything the Games are supposed to represent.

Citing problems like “the Olympic flame went out 44 times,” and “there may be loose terrorists,” as reasons for why Russia is not ready to host the Olympics is absurd. That’s like saying it’s Russia’s fault that wind exists and there are bad people in the world…

The Olympic Spirit is supposed to be about “building a peaceful and better world… which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”

We definitely haven’t seen that yet. Instead of focusing so much negative energy on Russia, let’s get some positive vibes going out to our athletes. As Tanner Hall once said, “HATERS= HAVING ANGER TOWARDS EVERYONE REACHING SUCCESS.” Is everyone just worried that Russia might put on a better show than we did in 2002? When it comes down to it, does it even really matter what country is hosting the games?

Now is not the time to take issue with Russian policy or its leader. For the next two weeks we should just focus on watching the best athletes in the world compete, then sit back and think, “How the f**k did he just do that?” These games are about coming together to celebrate incredible displays of talent and athleticism, not about politics. Let’s not revert to Red Scare era thoughts just because of where the Olympics are being held…

Sixty Seconds in Chamonix

Chamonix as seen through the eyes of professional ski guide and long time friend of Skiershop, Dean Decas. He joined us last year on our trip to France and showed everyone how it’s done.

Click the link to join Skiershop on this year’s trip to Chamonix!

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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