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OUTDOOR RETAILER ANNOUNCES SHOW DATES FOR 2019-2022
Dates Confirmed for Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and Outdoor Retailer Winter Market
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIF.–(October 18, 2017)—Outdoor Retailer, the premier trade event and community gathering for the outdoor industry, is pleased to announce dates for its 2019-2022 tradeshows. Starting in November 2018, Outdoor Retailer moves to the beginning of the seasonal buying cycles, positioning the national show as the launch event and epicenter for innovation and ideas for the outdoor industry.
“By re-establishing Outdoor Retailer as a launch event,” explains Marisa Nicholson, VP and show director for all Outdoor Retailer events, “the shows are able to influence ‘how’ retailers buy, rather than ‘when’ they buy....
Um, 112 vs 117? Did someone send a knife to a gunfight? Well, no. This cage match was requested by one of our loyal followers, and as I told him, I even skied them on the same day last year. I remember it well, it was a powder day at Northstar and I was skiing the DPSs in the untracked Sugar Pine Glades off Vista lift. I ran into the Head rep, who was on the new matte black Kore, and we had a chance to switch skis. It was quite the experiment playing with two skis that on paper have a lot of similarities -- light weight, playfulness, floooooaaaat -- and then to feel the differences.
I will start with the obvious: the Head had more float, and the DPS was quicker in tighter trees. Duh. What surprised me was that the Head was more stable than I expected for such a light ski, which has a lot to do with the Kore design; even at 117 underfoot, it was deceptively quick edge to edge. Plus, it felt better in areas where I actually got to open...
Last season we put together an article and video comparing 6 popular skis in the 100 mm category. We received a lot of positive feedback on the article and the video that went along with it, so we decided we would do a series of comparison articles and videos this season. It's basically impossible to include every ski in each category while keeping the article and video at a reasonable length, so let us know if there's anything else you want to discuss and compare to these skis! Click the image below for the full article and video:
We are excited that DPS is bringing its new four-part series The Shadow Campaign to us over the next few months. This is the second episode: "The Time Within." (You can see "The Space Within" here.)
As a light snow begins to fall on the bustling Tokyo outside his family shop, The Timekeeper delicately assembles his masterwork. In precision clockwork, the mystery lies in the finest details – and the master knows that in a single second of perfect and beautiful synchronicity, there lives an eternity.
We couldn't be happier to announce that both Episodes 1 and 2 were recently named as 2017 Banff Film Festival Official Selections!
Vive la France. The French have never subscribed to the “me too" school of ski design, or really anything else in the industry. They also have never been afraid to take chances: external dampening with Prolink, monocoque constructions, Omega cores, asymmetrical ID shapes, different sidewall densities, chicken head tips, PowerRating sizing. Amazingly there is more -- but enough about the past, let's talk about now and the future.
Actually, there is some past that we will still talk about: Dynastar is resurrecting an old name for this new collection, a (wait for it) Legend-ary name, in fact. Yes, there is a lot of history being discussed; have I lost you yet? No? Good. Dynastar had pretty good recent success with its Chams and Powertracks, but those collections never really took off. Neither did they Cham-WOW the critics, so Dynastar decided to clean house, take two series down to one, and streamline things. Smart, very...
@cbk PhotoDate: 11/11/17
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From @Tricia's post last year...
Just a small recap as we take a look back at the year and evaluate what lies ahead.
One Two years later.
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I just finished reading The Talent Code, by Dan Coyle. This is a nice, fairly easy read that challenges the widely considered notion that talent is innate and those that have it have been given a special gift, leaving the rest of us to struggle somewhat pointlessly toward different levels of skill with little hope of improving beyond "what God gave ya." The book touches on light doses of neuroscience, statistical research, kinesiology, and learning environments but does not get bogged down by them. I believe Coyle was very deliberate in doing this.
In the book, we hear terms such as "deep practice," "perfect practice makes perfect," "10,000 hours and 10 years to mastery," "hotbeds of talent," and other insightful terms that are clearly explained and quite honestly inspirational. I like the notion that skills can be acquired through determined practice, repetition, and automatization. It...
The upgrades to Wildcat lift at Snowbasin are on going. In addition to upgrading the old wildcat triple which seldom ran to a highspeed six pack, they are adding additional snowmaking to wildcat bowl.
The needles gondola has been by far the most busy lift at snowbasin and its not uncommon to see long lines there during mid-season weekends. For skiers that remain on the front-side, you are funneled onto bear hollow or city hill trails. These trails were typically the most congested on the mountain and snow conditions there suffered especially during races / events that were usually held on city hill. Few people took the long in places uphill traverse to wildcat bowl. Wildcat bowl is actually one of the funnest cruisers on the mountain and is certainly the best such pitch on the front-side of the resort. There is also historically good mogul runs like becks that recently don't get enough traffic to form...
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A year into the evolution of the new sole designs WTR and GripWalk, the dust is starting to settle. As was discussed in The New Sole of Skiing?, it is reminiscent of the old VHS-Betamax and Blu-ray-HD DVD wars: it will come down not to what is the best design, but to who sides with whom. As a refresher (and for the folks who to don't like to click on links): WTR, or Walk To Ride, could be called the French Resistance since it is the norm coined and adopted by the French brands Salomon (along with its sister company Atomic) and Look. Marker, zee German company, went all in with GripWalk. The other major player in the binding world, the Austrian Tyrolia, stood back in a wait-and-see mode to see where the momentum would shift.
So, how was this to be decided? Well, the fat lady has yet to sing, but a leader is...
Some cage matches are tougher than others; this one of them. When the skis are more similar than different, my work gets harder -- but of course that's why you pay me the big bucks.
So where do we start with the similarities? The same factory? The same parent company? Where, oh where do we start? Well, both of these skis evolved from platforms that had been around for at least half a decade. The Nordica replaces one of the reference skis in this 110-115 category, the Patron, a powder ski as popular in the East as it was in the West. The Rustler replaces the Gunsmoke, which (sorry) never lived up to its Flipcore roots from the Freeride Bull collection.
Yes, both of these skis are all new. The Enforcer 110 took DNA from both the Patron and the perennially sold-out Enforcer 100 and created a much better Patron that is more powerful yet not as heavy and planky as the Helldorado. The longer Enforcer wheelbase is the ingredient that...
It’s official! Arapahoe Basin is the first mountain to open this season. They announced that they will open THIS Friday, October 13th.
Their website states that there is thin cover and no beginner terrain. It says, “You should expect: hidden and unmarked obstacles, variable and thin snow conditions, rocks, logs and other hazards.”
Now comes my question… I happen to have about 10 days off between jobs in late October. Do y’all think it’s worth it to go out there and ski for 8 days? It will be hard for me to take more than two weeklong vacations once this season starts. (I live on the East Coast.) I am an advanced-intermediate skier who is trying to improve and get solidly into the “advanced” camp. I am also willing to get a few lessons if I DO go out there. I have never skied at A-Basin before.
All opinions and insights appreciated! What do you guys think?
We've been talking about 98mm skis for a while, and they seem to bring up more questions every season. It's nice to have a one-ski quiver when traveling, something that is neither too wide nor too skinny; the Armada Trace 98 and Blizzard Black Pearl 98 both fit the bill. One is a fresh face in this category; the other is coming out of a midlife makeover. If you see them side by side in a ski shop, you may think it doesn't make a difference which one you choose. They're both 98, right?
This new lineup from Armada is an answer to the demand for lightweight skis. There used to be a trade-off in performance when a ski was made lighter, but that has been addressed with the integration of Armada's Crystal Mesh in the construction. The Trace 98 was one of my surprises of the ski show. With the length that I skied and the 98mm waist, this ski was amazingly nimble, easy to turn, and quick edge to edge.
As a part of Blizzard's Women2Women...
We've had a lot of questions and comments about our ski test, so we decided to put together a little "Behind the Scenes" article. Although not featured in the video, @Philpug and @Tricia made an appearance!
We're already looking forward to the 2019 Ski Test, which we plan on hosting in mid-March again at Stowe Mountain Resort. We'll be taking feedback from this season's test very seriously and will work hard to build and improve upon this 1st Annual Test, so let us know your thoughts!
Click the image above for the article and video.
California/Nevada Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Spends $4 Million in New Snow Safety Tools & Technology,With $4 Million in New Snow Safety Tools & Technology,
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Prepares for 2017-18 Season and Beyond
• Astar 350 B3 helicopter, four new avalaunchers and 13 more Gazex “Dragon” installations have been ordered to assist with avalanche control
• Special training for mountain operations leaders with former leaders from every level of our nation’s elite special operations units
[Olympic Valley, Calif.] Oct. 5, 2017 – Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has invested $4 million in its snow safety program in a continued commitment to the efficiency of mountain operations and the safety of guests and staff. New to the resort, an Astar 350 B3 helicopter will be on site for a portion of the season and four new avalaunchers will enhance avalanche control abilities. The Gazex avalanche mitigation system, a network of large pipes known as “Dragons,” will nearly triple in size and will also include...
I'm trying to get my head in the right place and start visualization and other such things to prepare myself for a less fearful ski season. Last year was by FAR my worst year on skis in terms of panic attacks. Mostly on steeps. (Actually, only on steeps, no matter how deep and fluffy the snow was.) I've had the fortunate luck of skiing with several L3 instructors (including currently dating one, who had the patience of a saint with me last year.) But, once my fear kicked in, there was a lot of shoulder shrugging and frustration on their part.
What happens? I get to the top of a steep pitch, and freeze. I literally.can't.move. Terror takes over, oftentimes after I make one turn, then feel out of control, then it's really all over. I had to sideslip or traverse out of several spots last season, embarrassed and in tears.
An interesting scenario happened at Grand Targhee under the Chief Jo chair (for those who are familiar.) Day 1: foggy, soft and somewhat choppy, but I just went...
Just read an article on Powder (http://www.powder.com/stories/features/scenes-biggest-winter-generation/), and it contained this anecdote about Mammoth last year:
After 104 inches in five days, the upper mountain opened on January 24 under blue skies.... I got in the gondy line early and... was the first to head out to the Dragon's Tail.
Patrol had ski-cut and bombed the sheltered old growth of the Tail, but nothing had slid, just surface sluff. I traversed to the far end of the ridge, dropped into my favorite chute, and was immediately terrified. The snow was incredible, but it was too deep. The first turn was over my shoulders without hitting bottom. Something clicked as I came up for air—I was by myself, nobody knew I was out there, and it was so deep that you didn't need a tree well to die, you just had to fall over.
I went into emergency mode, skiing two-footed for maximum float, slithering instead of slashing, and didn't exhale until I finally shot onto the...
The ever-popular 98mm do-it-all ski has been a staple on the ski wall for a few years, catering to those who are ready to step it up and cover more of the mountain. The challenge of this waist width is that it takes a little more effort to get on edge than the average all-mountain ski; the reward is versatility when you want to head off piste, charge the mountain, and gain a little float on a surprise powder day. Indeed, a 98 waist makes a good one-ski quiver for the ski traveler. In our series of cage matches, we'll be taking a look at several women's skis in the 98mm world.
Both the Völkl 90Eight and the Head Great Joy have this magic 98, and I don't think you can go wrong with either. Both promise edgehold, light weight, versatility, and stability -- and both deliver. I would be hard pressed to pick one over the other, but there is one slight difference: the Great Joy hugs the snow a little better, with a slight dampness that adds to...
Since I don't have personal experience of trying to get away for a weekend of skiing from Long Island I don't have much to talk about on this topic, but I thought this was an interesting take from a freelance writer:
Skiing and snowboarding weekend getaways When the temperature drops, a special breed of people doesn’t hunker down, TV remote in hand. These people look up to the sky and pray newsday.com
Renoun Endurance 104 (2016-2017)
127-104-127mm r=22m 184cm
“Smoothly disappears underfoot."
"Deceptively unassuming, high-quality ride with a huge terrain and snow surface range.”
“The faster you go, the smoother they get.”
Renoun Endurance 104
266 Main St., Burlington, Vermont, United States
Suggested Retail Price (MSRP):
$1195 usd (2017) - Unusual Two Year Warranty – 100 Day Satisfaction Policy
All Mountain 100+mm
Both of these skis figure prominently in my article on once-in-a-decade skis. While the MX88 was referenced in that piece, the MX89 is its newest incarnation. If you haven’t noticed, the Renoun Z-90 has gotten a bit of support here of late; it is the golden child of Pugski and deservedly so, as it is a damn fine ski.
The Kästle MX89 is indeed a timeless ski. The beauty of the MX89 is in its quality of craftsmanship and its smoothness on snow. There is a feel that no other brand has been able to duplicate, a feel that is inherent in every MX I have skied. The MX89 is damn near perfect; I don’t think Kästle would or could do anything to make it better with today's technology.
I am running out of accolades for the Z-90. I am sorry, but the ski is indeed that good. Quite frankly, a ski that sells for almost $1,400 should be that good, but what makes it so good can actually be...
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