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If you started skiing as a child, do you think this gave you an advantage in building skills simply because you were young?
If you started skiing long enough ago to have gone through at least one significant gear change, has changing the way you ski to match the advantages of the new gear been difficult for you?
If you started early, stopped, then resumed, do you think your higher level of maturity as you started up again helped you or hindered you?
If you started early but learned poor mechanics that got embedded deeply at that age, has that been a disadvantage that has plagued you ever since?
If you started as an adult with today's ski and boot technology in place , are you grateful because you think you wouldn't have stuck with skiing otherwise?
There are so many ways of taking this discussion. Let's see what people have to say.
The sport of skiing is something the entire family can enjoy, and the team at Elan wants to help your kids ski better, faster! This winter, you have a chance to win FREE SKIS from Elan for the junior skier or skiers in your family. All you need to do is capture a photo that depicts what skiing means to you and your family, in the spirit of Always Good Times.
Elan Skis is offering two pairs of junior U-Flex skis for the contest. The skis can go to two separate families that each have a child on the snow this winter, or one family that has two young skiers learning the sport.
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More than a few testers and readers have demoed these new halo skis from Elan’s Wingman collection and returned very impressed. I was wondering how to do Cage Matches with them, which skis I wanted them to go against and which skis people would be comparing them against, and then it hit me: these Wingman skis are just 4 mm different in width, so let's start with a sibling rivalry Cage Match.
With this all-new collection, Elan is sticking with its tried-and-true assymetric Amphibio technology; this means more camber and structural material over the inside edge, which creates control, and less over the outer edge, which allows for easier turn initiation. You really don’t know how well this works until you get on another ski and think, “Boy, those Elans sure were easy to turn."
In bootfitting, we say a millimeter is a mile when it comes to shell fit; there is some truth to that in ski dimensions, as well. The differences...
Thought about this while reading the helmet thread. Will start with my home bump (and former home of a few on here) Not the biggest or best but one hell of a classic logo
Not a ski area but a favorite of mine that I'm actually in the process of recreating for my ski/sports Bar/man cave down stairs, now that the kids have vacated.
SkiBoot Rx has returned to PugSki.com. I am excited to be back and offer to the members of PugSki.com the best deals on all of your ski equipment. Skiboot Rx is not a big mega shop with a huge internet presence, in fact, square footage size we are a very small shop. SkiBoot Rx is owned by a passionate skier who will go out of his way to make sure you are happy. I do not have an e-commerce site to take your orders in the middle of the night, we do have a staff that will talk to you on the phone, help you in your buying decisions ( if needed ) and we are always willing to wheel and deal. I sincerely believe we have some of the best product lines on the planet. SkiBoot Rx stocks skis from Nordica, Salomon, Atomic, Dynastar, Scott USA, Faction, head, DPS, and Elan. If we do not have something in stock I have no problem special ordering products and still giving you the best price around. We stock boots from Nordica, Lange, Atomic, Salomon, Head, Roxa, and Scott USA. We sincerely...
PENZBERG, Germany - (November 1, 2019) The Royal Family success story continues. Marker, the binding specialist based in Penzberg, Germany, presents the follow-up version of the legendary Duke, setting yet another milestone for the binding market. With the new Duke PT, a hybrid freeride binding, the company expands the boundaries for big mountain enthusiasts and expands its product portfolio with another pioneering ski binding....
Of all the categories of premium skis, the 80-something segment could be the most hotly contested. Wider skis will probably sell more in volume, but the 80s are the ones that give their manufacturers bragging rights at their respective country clubs. These skis are halo automobiles, proper mile-gobbling touring cars, as opposed to SUVs: the Panameras and AMG GTs of the ski world, not the Cayennes and Gelandewagens. They don't pay the bills, but they do create reputations....
I got to test four of the these premiums head to head at Arapahoe Basin this past spring in similar conditions and terrain, ranging from rattle-your-fillings-refrozen morning corduroy to mid-afternoon slush. Three of the skis were from Pugski.com's test fleet, and the Stöckli Laser AX was offered by a member. The tunes on all four skis were very similar. The skis not in the head-to-head review were skied at various tests at different mountains.
This Cage Match is more like a sibling throwdown. With the introduction of the Santa Ana 88, Nordica has forced the question, "Which is better for me, the 88 or 93?" At first glance, the differences in waist width and turning radius seem negligible, which may leave you scratching your head. After all, the predecessor to the Santa Ana 88 was the Astral 88, which was clearly more frontside-biased and left no doubt whether it or the Santa Ana 93 was the right ski for you. While the Santa Ana 88 is a closer sister to the 93, there are enough differences that you will find one a better fit than the other.
For starters, some women have found themselves in limbo between lengths in the Santa Ana 93 with the leap from 161 to 169 cm. Nordica has switched the sizing in the 88, offering it in 151, 158, 165, and 172, which will fill the gap for women who weren't...
Ten years ago this month we bought an old bread truck and our first stone grinder, and just like that Smooth Rides was officially tuning skis door-to-door. This picture was right after we had the logos installed and we were ready for business. Things have changed like crazy over the years with different machines and a necessary move out of the truck, but the principles remain - provide the highest quality product and service possible, at a fair and upfront price, never sell someone a service they don't need, always show up on time, and never miss a deadline. From those humble beginnings, and with the help of all our amazing clients, we've grown every year.
To celebrate we'll be offering $10 off on all wax/edge, full tunes with grinds, and mounts through the end of October. We are open for walk-ins everyday except Tuesday, and our free pickup and delivery service will begin the day after Thanksgiving.
Also, we may be moving to a new location in...
Their annual fundraising campaign has started. If you can chip in $5 it helps them, I know because my wife coaches the UVM Dressage team (feel free to donate there too if you want).
Sometimes equipment brands create market share by artificially lowering prices, so prices don't really reflect the value you receive. We wanted to show some of the best binding deals out there; smart shoppers will take advantage of these offerings at every price point and every performance range.
What about all the talk like, “When you are buying a better binding, you are buying a better housing and not a bigger spring” or “Don’t shortcut on performance with a cheap binding”? Well, if you must be on a budget, here are some great options that are not cheap bindings, just inexpensive ones.
Fischer Attack2 11 AT -- $149*
Fischer Attack2 13 AT -- $169*
I have combined the Fischer Attack2 11 AT and 13 AT because they have the same focus and provide the same AT sole feature. Both are variations of the Tyrolia Attack2 11 GW and 13 GW that are not only GripWalk-compatible but also fully AT-compatible, which means they...
I really like the Blister Quiver selections. They tend to run more for the Western skiers with touring options. I'm in the Midwest and travel out west several times per season. Still looking for my optimal quiver. 53 years old, skiing since I was 6. Height 5'8". Weight is now 130ish as cancer, surgery and radiation are trying to get me but I'm still skiing.
1. Hard snow/groomers: Fischer RC4 The Curv 178cm 120-74-104 mm 18M
I own this and it is a great ski. Can bend it to shorter turns but is a rocket for my weight. I think I will take this out West this year to try it on longer, steeper runs. The Stockli Laser AX 175cm can slot in here. I also have an NTN telemark setup on Fischer WC SL's 165cm for carving fun.
2. All Mountain Western or Midwest with some powder: This is where I am struggling. Currently have Fischer Motive 95Ti in 180cm
Fun one ski quiver for out West. Can carve on hardpack and stable in crud and can handle powder. Definitely not surfy and in...
I have heard so much about the heated Kulkea Thermal Trekker, which I’m sure is a great bag, but it's hard to imagine ever parting with my SP Pro. Previously I carried a Transpack boot bag; it was definitely functional, but my new Kulkea bag upped the function big time.
My first concern was carrying it on flights. It’s a big bag. I mean big: 61L. I decided to try it out on a trip, knowing that if it wouldn't fit in the overhead compartment, I could just pull out my boots and check the bag. I packed it a little bit light so there was a little room to squish it down if needed. I wear size 13 street shoes, so my boots are fairly large; they normally have to be tipped inward to fit in the overhead. To my surprise, the Kulkea was easier to fit than the Transpack. The disclaimer is that you can't pack it full; there is no way it would fit. When I traveled in the past, I carried my boot bag plus my backpack with my electronics and such...
This Cage Match is one of the most requested this season; apparently everyone wants to see a long-time fan favorite spar with the new member in the clubhouse.
If you have read my reviews for any amount of time, you know that I have long loved the Blizzard Black Pearl 98 (originally the Samba). Even though the ski has gone through changes in name, construction, and even shape, she remains a top pick in the 98-100 category. The current rendition of the Black Pearl 98 comes out of the Tecnica/Blizzard Women to Women program with a tad more shape and a little more carbon, giving it a bigger sweet spot and making it more lively without compromising the power necessary for a ski meant to charge the whole mountain.
Enter the K2 Mindbender 98Ti Alliance. When K2 said it was setting out to make a fresh mark on the ski world, it wasn't kidding. One of the biggest design changes K2 has made in several years, the Mindbender collection is being...
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So looks like we're heading do Summit Co in March. Trip is coming together well but I'm wondering about bringing skis vs renting. We're going to fly Delta so we get free checked bags which helps make the decision to bring them easier.
What about renting a car? I know you can rent a SUV with a ski rack on it. Is it less hassle to just spend a little more $$ and rent from the resorts we're going to ski at?
The only previous time I flew to ski I just rented but this time I'll have my wife and 2 kids with the cost of renting skis for everyone starts to climb quickly...
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