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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!
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.
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!
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!”
It has been a busy past few weeks of traveling, snowstorms, and then meltdowns… Through it all the Skiershop Team has been absolutely crushing it and having a blast at the same time. Here’s a quick recap on what has been going down – we at Skiershop couldn’t be prouder of our riders this season!
Our dynamic female duo of Louise Lintilhac and Ashley Maxfield took their skills to the Subaru North American Freeskiing Championships in Snowbird, Utah. Ashley took home 7th place, and unfortunately Weeze took home a black eye. The pictures looked scary, and we are glad that she is ok. Next up is Kirkwood, beginning April 4, 2012.
On the jib side, Tyler Duncan and Will Hibbs recently returned from the Dumont Cup at Sunday River, ME where they both made the semi-finals – yeah boys!
On the local level. Skiershop Riders Noah Ranallo and Colby Vavolotis continued to dominate the Ski The East Freeride Tour. Following the tour’s final stop at Jay Peak, VT, Valvolotis emerged victourous as the tour winner. For Ranallo, the Jay Peak competition marked the second time he won the Cliff Huckstable Big Air Award – Congrats boys!
For a full recap of the event click the photo which will bring you to the Ski The East site or click HERE.
Ski The East has teamed up with Dan Brown of Kapitol Photography to offer a limited edition poster of LJ Strenio, of which all proceeds will donated to the Mad River Valley Community Fund. Click HERE to find out more. – Erme
Words and Video: Meathead Films
Meathead Films has spent the last 10 years grilling up radical ski imagery from across the Eastern U.S. and Canada. Now, legendary skiers of the past have joined forces with Fresh Meat to prepare the feast of the decade.
Prime Cut nourishes viewers with Grade A backcountry footage from Vermont, New Hampshire and the Chic Choc Mountains of Quebec. The Meatheads slice and dice urban terrain in Portland, Boston, Quebec City and their hometown of Burlington. Even the exotic tastes of Newfoundland and Hokkaido, Japan are included in this beefy smorgasbord.
Combining the choicest cuts from the 2011 season as well as memorable tidbits from winter’s past, Prime Cut is Meathead Films most delicious offering ever.
Pre-Order the DVD: http://www.skitheeast.net/shop/product/Prime-Cut-DVD-Pre.DSH.Order-Pack
While North America is about to enter the dog days of summer, South America is ready for full on winter and the mountains of Bariloche, Argentina are calling. SASS Global Travel out of nearby Hampton, NH recently just partnered with Ski The East to promote their summer ski programs. Here is SGT’s Argentina Teaser… – Erme
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!
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!
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.
Last week STE launched the second season of their backcountry webseries Electric Slides. If you missed it, click on the picture to see the vid via Ski The East…Enjoy!
Green Mountain Freeride is a collection of local rippers from VT who are now out west charging everything from big mountain competitions to ski mountaineering. Here is Raise The Bar’s first update from my buddies out west – Erme.
Words: Louis Erickson
Photos: Derek DiLuzio – www.DEREKDILUZIO.com
Video: Green Mountain Freeride
Since we arrived in the Tetons it has been nothing but snow!
Locals from Jackson Hole to Grand Targhee have been claiming that this has been the best start to a season in recent memory. With pow for the pillaging we have been taking full advantage and have been skiing non-stop in the delectable Teton cream cheese.
I’ve been skiing and touring on Teton pass and riding at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole, while other members of our crew have been tearing up the competition scene – Lars Ayers Wins Revelstoke FWT Comp. Here is a vid of Lars and Ryan Hawkes shredding Jackson and their runs from Revelstoke, BC.
This week I headed to Teton National Park to ski the Grand Teton (weather permitting). However, as I passed Taggart Lake my toe piece pulled out of my ski and I was forced to post-hole back to the car. With my gear in the shop I plan on heading back up to the Lower Saddle early Friday morning in hopes of skiing the Grand!