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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!
Our Ski The East Crew was schralping pow at Stowe yesterday, and lucked out on some pretty sweet early season turns. Stowe picked up 2 feet (with bigger drifts) of some of the lightest VT snow – click the photo to see the story and video from Ski The East!
Words: Erme Catino
While this is Skiershop’s comeback year with Rossignol, Rossi has been around since before your parents learned how to ski – 1907 to be exact. Knowing that they have a storied past, Rossi is already looking towards the future. Their recent S series and resurgence of the FKS binding show that they are keeping tabs on what skiers are looking for. Needless to say Skiershop is psyched to bring Rossi back into the store. This first review highlights what’s currently en route to the shop. We’ll drop Part 2 of the Review by 10/1 – so you can plan your gear setup!
S7: 145/115/123 (168cm, 178cm, 188cm)
Features: AmpTek Technology, WRS (Weight Reduction Technology), and a Sandwich Construction Wood Core (Rossi’s wood cores derive from renewable tree farms) of poplar/ash with carbon stringers.
The S7 was designed between a collaboration of Rossi and former Rossi athlete Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, and since has become one of most popular pow skis on the market. The AmpTek Technology provides progressive rocker in the tip and tail, camber underfoot, with reverse sidecut (spatula tip with a pin tail). The ski has incredible float, turns/smears with ease, and will hold on hardpack. Additionally, the Rossignol S series highlights topsheets designed by selected artists – the S7 is designed by Caia Koopman. I’ve been skiing on the S7 for the past two seasons and can’t say enough good things about it…the ski absolutely kills it and is so much fun!
Super 7: 145/117/127 (195cm)
A limited release last year, the 195 aka “The Super 7”, is the S7 with a wider waist (117mm) and metal laminates in the construction, though it’s turn radius is still only 22.5m compared to 17.5m on the S7.
Don’t think you can’t shred some of these rockered out fatties if you aren’t on the west coast? Check out Ski The East’s Electric Slides.
S110W: 140/110/118 (159cm, 168cm, 178cm)
Features: AmpTek Technology, Sandwich Construction of Poplar Wood Core with Carbon, Kevlar & WRS Fiberglass, and F.I.T. (Feminine Intuitive Technology).
The S110W – topsheet designed by Caia Koopman – is constructed from the same mold as the popular S7, but with a slightly different core to reduce weight. This ski follows suit from last seasons Voodoo Pro BC 110, and is a women’s dream pow board. Take all of the qualities of the S7 and combine them with women specific attributes, and you too will be stoked on this ski, just don’t be surprised when your other skis get left on the wall. Also to note is since this ski is offered in a few different sizes, Rossignol made sure that each length is slightly narrower underfoot to improve agility. They also used Rossignol’s Feminine Intuitive Technology to create a lighter, more maneuverable ski. Women…go get some!
S3: 128/98/118 (159cm, 168cm, 178cm, 186cm)
Features: AmpTek Technology, Sandwich Construction of Poplar Wood Core, and WRS.
Think of the S3 as the S7’s little brother. With a topsheet also designed by Caia Koopman, the S3 has a similar build as the S7, but with a narrower waist. Taking advantage of the AmpTek Technology, the S3 handles anything thrown in its path. It has progressive rocker in the tip and tail with camber underfoot and is also a great touring ski given its versatility.
S86 Freeride: 130/86.5/116 (162cm, 170cm, 178cm, 186cm)
Features: AmpTek Technology, Sandwich Wood Core with 2 Layers of Titanium, and a slight raise in the tail.
Another S series ski inspired by Caia Koopman, the S86 Freeride is an all mountain carver that has your back when you venture into the unknown. Featuring AmpTek with traditional camber underfoot and early rise in the tip and tail, the S86 turns with ease, dices through pow and crud, and rails groomers. This is a do it all ski for those who won’t be getting into the uber deep.
S4 Jib: 116/84/109 (160cm, 168cm, 174cm, 181cm)
Features: Wood Core, WRS, and rocker in the tip and tail.
You probably have already seen the S4 Jib since Rossignol riders Kevin Rolland and Xavier Bertoni crushed the competition in the X-Games. The S4 is Rossi’s pipe and park slayer, but can also rip the whole mountain. With an eye popping graphic designed by Andy Howell, the S4 Jib will get you noticed as you send-it in the park.
FKS 180 Bindings:
Last summer rumor was out that Rossignol was bringing back the highly regarded FKS binding, this was a huge deal since this binding was so popular and legit that parts and older models sold like hot cakes on the internet. The new FKS 180 arrived in December last season and finally had a XXL wide brake option for fat skis, which meant no more bending the L brake as in years past. What makes this binding so awesome are a lot of things such as and all metal construction, 8-18 DIN, turnable heel which reduces unwanted pre-release, amazing elastic travel, extra wide AFD for fat skis, XXL wide brake option, shorter mounting zone, and a bright orange color.
Freeski2 120XL and 120L Bindings:
Rossignol’s Freeski2 120 bindings have a range of 2.5-12, and also feature two brake size options, the XL comes with a 100mm brake and the L has an 80-90mm brake. It also features a wide AFD for power transmission to fat skis, and contains a Dual Action toe piece that has a multi-directional 180 degree release. The heel has titanium lateral arms and has 25mm of elastic travel – the longest of any binding currently on the market. This is a great option for lighter folks who aren’t in the market for an FKS.
Axial2 Race 100s:
A great binding for the groms, the Axial2 Race 100 Solar Ski Bindings have a DIN of 3-10 and brake width of 80mm. They feature the same 25mm elastic travel as the Freeski2 bindings as well as the Dual Action toe piece, so your kid can rally down the mountain and you won’t be worrying about if his/her kid specific binding is legit.
As always feel free to contact us: Ask an Expert, or call the shop (1-800-996-8398).