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Video: Jordan Manley and Sherpas Cinema Crew
Words: Erme Catino
Here is Jordan Manley’s third and final webisode – sponsored by Gore-tex and Arc’teryx featuring his travels from last winter. This artistic edit documents the groups six day high-alpine tour near Banff National Park and the Freshfield Icefield. Hopefully these edits will continue for next season, enjoy!
Words: Erme Catino
Jordan Manley just released his second episode of his webseries A Skiers Journey. This episode takes us to La Grave, France and I can’t help but think of Doug Coombs and the movie Steep while watching this edit. The cinematography again is phenomenal, but so too is the gnar of which is the French Alps. With no ropes and avalanche control, skiers looking to send it need to be aware of the conditions and listen to the mountain – this edit is a nice refresher to the ski porn heli-shots we’re all about to watch during ski movie premiere season. Enjoy!
If you have truly skied in some of the best powder in the world, than you know well the deep feeling of longing when you see a ski vid of some lucky schmuck tearing up a fresh line with nothing but virgin snow ahead.
But, the reality is that a good amount of us never venture off the front side of the mountain, or in my case, never get back out west after living there for five years. That is why, this sweet little high-quality vid makes me so happy. There is both crud skiing, and a tease toward the end of what a really spectacular day would realistically look like for most of us. Bear in mind the ski footage starts at about the halfway point but it is still a tasty little nugget. I can’t wait until parts two and three.
Words: Erme Catino
To keep with our dealer review trend, here’s Nordica in a nutshell: Nordica has been in existence since the late ‘30’s, and in 1963 they were the first company to apply the buckle fastening system to their ski boots –interesting fact. Now under the corporate wing of Technica, Nordica USA also produces skis in addition to their heralded boot lineup, and Skiershop will be carrying a variety of their models. Additionally, they also have the coldest name in the ski industry—Nordica–it just sounds chilly. No longer are we lacing up our ski boots and strapping on skinny skis; thank Nordica next time you use a buckle.
Let’s see what our rad New England neighbors headquartered just a stones-throw from us have to offer for 2010/2011.
Features: Flex 90-120, 100mm Last, Shock Eraser Technology, Quick Step 3 Piece Construction, and a Baggy Pant Holder.
This new park/pipe boot provides serious shock absorption with a 10% lighter design provided by the 3 buckle system. The Dead Money’s progressive flex gives a soft flex when landing tricks, but also stiffens up when more stress is applied to the cuff. Lastly, since no one wants to ruin their new steezy pants, the Dead Money has a clip on the back of the boot so you can clip in your oversized pants and not rip your new rags.
Features: Flex 110, 98mm Last, Vibram Sole, Shock Eraser Technology.
A new boot for Nordica this year, the Enforcer is aimed at big mountain freeriders. The Enforcer features a race fit with Shock Absorbing Technology to dampen cliff stomps, and also includes a Vibram sole to keep you from slipping on those rocky bootpacks. The boot also features a cushy liner to make it very comfortable.
Women’s Hot Rod 90
The Women’s Hot Rod 90 features a 90 Flex index with a 100mm Last. It has an adjustable cuff profile that fits a bit lower to avoid calf squeezing, Shock Eraser Technology, and a comfort fit heat-ready fur liner.
The Women’s Hot Rod 70 features a 70 Flex index, with a medium-wide last, and also features the comfort fit heat-ready fur liner.
Women’s Cruise 55
The Nordica Women’s Cruise 55 features 55 Flex index with a wide last. It is a perfect soft boot option for those looking to cruise around with their kids, or for beginners/intermediates, and also features a comfort fit velvet heat-ready liner.
Ace of Spades: 113/86/113 (170cm, 177cm, 184cm)
The Ace of Spades is Nordica’s pipe and park slayer. With input from some of their top pros such as TJ Shiller, Justin Dorey, and new to the team Benedikt Mayr, the Ace of Spades will help you flip and spin into fame or maybe just help you score a date for the night. The ski features a true twin, wood core with a titanium layer, and a racing base.
Girish: 139/110/129 (185cm, 193cm)
The Girish got some much needed additions for its return this year and now features an Early Rise Tip. It also has a wood core with 2 sheets of metal, true camber underfoot, and a flat slightly rounded tail. The new early rise tip provides easy turn initiation and float while the flat tail and stability makes this a big mountain crusher.
Enforcer: 135/98/125 (169cm, 177cm, 185cm)
The Enforcer is the all mountain crusher of Nordica’s line. It features a wood core with two sheets of metal, Slow Rise Rocker Tip, and a flat tail with slight rounding for easier turn exiting. The soft tip combined with stability underfoot will have you charging all day without going to car to swap out for different skis.
Nemesis: 135/98/125 (161cm, 169cm, 177cm)
Nordica’s Nemesis, is the women’s version of the Enforcer. It follows from the same mold as the Enforcer, but with different core material. The Nemesis contains an I-Core which is two pieces of wood sandwiched around a synthetic layer of wood, making it 20% lighter. The ski features all the same aspects as the Enforcer making it a perfect one ski quiver for the ladies.
Hot Rod Ignitor CA: 123/76/107 (162cm, 170cm, 178cm)
The Hot Rod name says it all…this ski wants to drag race some big carves. It features Nordica’s I-Core and is a great intermediate/expert ski for carving up the mountain like your Thanksgiving Turkey.
Hot Rod Jet Fuel XBI:123/84/112 (170cm, 178cm)
A slightly wider version of Hot Rod Ignitor, the Jet Fuel XBI also utilizes Nordica’s I-Core and can rip up the whole mountain with the added versatility of an 84mm waist.
Women’s Mint XCT: 116/70/100 (152cm, 160cm)
Nordica’s Mint XCT is geared towards the intermediate/advanced skier. It is a carving ski that is also forgiving – so you won’t get launched into your turns as you figure out how to utilize the sidecut.
As always feel free to contact us: Ask an Expert, or call the shop (1-800-996-8398), and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.
Words: Steve Boisvert
A month ago I tempted the science behind the total snowfall of the Southern Hemisphere and how it tends to predict the Northern Hemisphere’s winter season, and I have been following their snowfall ever since. Just when I think the season is finished, and my prediction is finally obsolete, New Zealand gets more snow once again for the Energizer season that just keeps going and going.
Cardrona, New Zealand: 16 inches just ten hours prior to writing this. Mount Ruapehu: 8 fresh inches and more forecast for the week. Rainbow: 2.5 feet since it started snowing Thursday with the end barely in sight. The bummer is that they are closed until roads can be cleared and the wind dies down.
So it seems the late season winter is holding strong for the southerners as well as my optimism for our season; assuming mother nature follows the rules of my prediction.
We are due for a trailer, and seeing as Teton Gravity Research’s highly anticipated Light the Wick premieres tomorrow in Jackson Hole, why not throw it out there one more time.
If you haven’t heard, the movie uses high-end HD and 3D–yes you will have to wear glasses–technology for an absolutely cutting-edge film. The footage in the trailer borders on insanity so hopefully no humans were too seriously harmed in the making of the film. This is a movie that will humble even the biggest “I could do that” offenders. Just the trailer renders me speechless. Yup, that just verified it, I am now old…
Check out our vids and check the trailer:
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).
Words: Steve Boisvert
I hint around a bit to some East-Coast love every now and again, so it isn’t a huge stretch to admit that we are headquartered in New England; specifically Vermont (come see us.) I, however, reign from the corner of the United State that a surprising amount of the country seems to think is part of Canada.
That is why this epic news coming from one of my home mountains in Maine, Sugarloaf, may be at odds with my beloved Vermonters (employers) just a couple hours away. Sugarloaf, it seems, wants to one-up everything East of Colorado.
Sugarloaf has announced that they will be doubling in size by 2020 as outlined on their extensive website devoted strictly to the new ‘Loaf without an increase in lift ticket prices. This will make them the largest ski resort this side of Colorado once the plan is fully executed. But since most of us have patience issues these days–congratulations for reading this far–I will give you a tasty treat to wrap your lips around right now: Phase One will be skiable this season and will make Sugaloaf numero uno in New England for in-bounds, developed acreage.
Most of Phase One will be your typical tight, New England glades (tree skiing) and western-style wide-open glades or–for those of your with your western dictionary out–’backside’ sking. Did I mention the stuff that someone Crayola’d in green on the above trail map will be under my skis this year?
There are other substantial improvements to lifts, snow-making, and lodges but I wouldn’t care if the lodges were shanties so long as I can get a brew.
Words: Erme Catino
Most skiers have seen it, Olympic Downhills – where the media coverage displays how fast the competitors are racing down the icy course, but when lapping the resort with your buddies wouldn’t it be cool to know what speeds you are traveling.
Enter Zeal Optics with their new for 2010 Transcend Goggle. It’s the worlds first GPS integrated – direct to eye communications goggle, and it can do way more than determine your speed. By partnering with Recon Instruments, Zeal has produced a goggle packed full of features that would make James Bond jealous. The helmet compatible goggle features a wide vision permanent anti-fog lens, and the Head Mounted Display System gives riders info on:
GPS – so you can map your day if you were out on a tour
The LCD display sits tucked in the bottom right corner of the goggle, so on the lift you can scroll through the options and view how far you sent the last hit or how fast you buzzed by the crowds. The goggle also has a USB connector so that you can import your data to a computer. Yes it seems a little like Robocop, and it is awesome.
The goggle’s suggested retail price is $350 for the SPX polarized lens, or $450 for the SPPX Polarized Photochromic lens. We will have a few of these on hand at Skiershop.com, so give us a call if you are interested (1-800-996-8398) or check the site. And if speed is your game, but cash is tight – you can always determine who is the most badass in the bunch with a good old fashion Chinese downhill – just like in Hot Dog The Movie.
Please take a look at our Zeal goggles that are on Discount - at skiershop.com
Words: Steve Boisvert
If you didn’t read the article from which my highly scientific argument is based upon, you should do that now. Now that you are enlightened, it is like holding the Farmer’s Almanac, only with a bit more science behind it–maybe.
With a solid foundation I am ecstatic to report that Cerro Catedral, Argentina has been devastated with snow, and more is in the forecast for the next six days. The on-the-ground (or snow) conditions according to South American Snow Sessions is that there is so much snow you can barely move. Without some fat sticks that is.
Mt. Hutt in New Zealand was just handed 3 feet of snow over the course of one weekend (August 7-8) as their base at the top crested 6 feet with even more in the forecast.
So get amped, and keep buffing those skis until you have blisters. It’s coming…