New Wax & Tools Info 2021-22

A couple of weeks ago we sent out our annual preview of new products to team coaches. It’s pretty long, but it’s useful information, and I figure it’s worth sharing with the broader skiing public since plenty of you have good use for this information. We’re still waiting for our big Star pre-season order to […]

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Waxing Paradigms

I wrote this as an email to Sean Macy – one of the coaches for the Dublin XC program – in answer to a question about fluoro free top-coats. I’ve shared it at least a half dozen times since, instead of writing something similar from scratch. I figured I’d save everybody some time and just […]

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Here’s What’s Happening

Yesterday we saw the first snow of the season on the ground here in southern Vermont. The ski season is coming quickly now. With respect to racing opportunities there is still a lot we don’t know. But what we do know is worth sharing. I’ll share the highlights in the post. I’m writing up an […]

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Fluoro Free Compliance

We’ve gotten a lot of questions from coaches about how to make sure that existing equipment is compliant with new fluoro free regulations. I decided to shoot a video with Amy, and I wrote an awesome script to keep us on track, because in our first attempt at a video on this subject I got […]

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Nerd Alert – Madshus Redline 3.0 Production Engineering

With the introduction of Redline 3.0 Madshus has changed a handful of things about their flagship skis, including the material layup, the groove length, and some of the reference cambers. But the most notable change that has grown out of this 3.0 project is a major shift in the camber control system used in production […]

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Madshus Redline 3.0 Introduction

Madshus Redline 3.0 If it seems like it was just yesterday that we started talking about the new Madshus 2.0 models, it’s because it was only two years ago. And if it seems like we’ve written a ton about Madshus development projects in the past three or four years, it’s because we have. All of […]

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Salomon Review – Preview 2020

Salomon has been the brand with the most rapid growth in sales for us over the past couple of years. Some of this is thanks to the introduction of new ski designs, and some is likely thanks to some really well placed sponsorships and great graphic design. But the performance on the snow helps as […]

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Fischer Review – Preview 2020

Fischer has made no changes to their product line for the coming season, as we roll into the scheduled second year of the Speedmax 3D model run. In recent years we have seen incremental improvements each season from Fischer, and while we don’t expect this year’s skis to be as big a step forward as we […]

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New Skis for 2020

Last week, before blasting out for one last summer hurrah hiking and biking in the White Mountains, Amy and I sat down to preview our ski selection system for this season. If you find my writing too dry to read, you can skip to the bottom and just watch the video for most of the […]

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Noah Hoffman Does Important Stuff

I got to know Noah when he was a teenager, and he joined the Stratton Mountain School team (Amy was a coach of the team at that point) for a competition trip to Canadian National Championships in Mont Ste Anne. For some reason he ended up borrowing skis from me for the races (maybe his […]

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