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posts tagged "Snow"
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!”
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!
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!
See you soon, and remember to do those snow dances!
Words: Erme Catino
Things are really starting to shape up here in Northern Vermont. We were able to rebound from the wretched January thaw, and have been getting frequent snows! So whatever you guys/ladies are doing to please Ullr, keep it up! It’s currently dumping snow and cold temps are in the forecast throughout the week…so get psyched, get up here, and stop by to say hello.
Its true, the white plague has made it to North America. In its wake will surely come the bitter arctic chill followed closely by relentless storm fronts bringing assault after assault of society-crippling snow to the doorstep of every resort condominium.
Loveland, Colorado has received their first dusting of the season along with favorable temperatures so they are blowing the snow as I write. Their opening day is yet to be announced but expect an announcement soon.
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.
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…
While most of us North of the equator sun-bathe or sweat profusely merely sitting in traffic (true ski-bums don’t have working AC) there is that little winter fairy twinkling in the back of our minds like the powder from January’s first genuine dump holding with her summer’s nagging anticipation about the ski season to come; will snow pound down in feet or trickle in inches? Or not at all? While summertime fun in the sun is the general concensus of what ‘good’ weather is; anyone reading this knows differently and aptly appreciates the bitter cold stuff that shuts down municipalities and sends many sane organisms south for the winter.
Not us. We’re risking life and limb racing to the mountains in feverish powerslides (see, now the AC doesn’t matter anyway) to get fresh tracks. And right now, this August, some of us are enjoying waist deep powder. Those of us willing to travel down under, that is.
This is currently the middle of the season for New Zealand, Australia, and South America and New Zealand is enjoying extremely agreeable weather with plenty of sun punctuated by healthy doses of white stuff with South America also enjoying an early start to the season. But what does this matter unless you can secure a passport and funds to travel below the equator?
Plenty. When the last 100 years of seasonal snowfall for South America, and New Zealand are compared to the following North American snowfall totals, there is an overwhelmingly positive correlation between what happens down there, and what ends up happening up here the following season. The correlation gets even stronger when the time lines are reduced to 1950-2010. In other words, their winter seems to predict ours.
Now before we get into debating details, lets just set the context here; I want it to snow, alot this season, so bear that in mind. Australia has been left out of the picture initially because of less correlation and proximity, but was pushed over the edge by what seems to be a rather bleak 2010 season thus far. It seemed ‘scientifically’ sound to nix Australia since there was nearly zero correlation between their winter and ours given the same time lines.
South America and New Zealand’s early 2009 start mirrored North America’s early 2009/2010 season that saw the Northeast getting a ton of early-season snow. New Zealand had plenty of records broken for their 2009 winter season with extremely early snowfall followed by the warmest August ever recorded, followed by the snowiest and coldest September since the 1950′s. Our record-breaking followed suit with the 2009/2010 United States’ season that shattered more records for overall snowfall in recorded history.
Now we look at what is happening right now in NZ and SA and that little fairy starts buzzing around in the back of my head and now I am following their winter season like a thirsty mosquito. So far, the outlook is promising with mountain access so harsh that tire chains are required for many areas. We can only hope we need snowmobiles to get to the mountains this season. If my highly accurate data is correct, we should be in for a doosie.