Keeping Up With Madshus

We don’t often worry, or even think much, about the layers of ownership involved in the ski industry. But last October, Newell Brands announced that it would be selling off its winter sports holdings following a merger with Jarden, the parent company of K2, and subsequently Madshus. Newell and Jarden are big players in in […]

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European Weekend Shenanigans

We usually try to schedule some fun adventures into our European ski selection trips. Anytime we can turn a business trip into a vacation it reminds us how lucky we are to have carved out our little niche in the industry. Also, pictures of mountains and fun mountain activities are vastly more effective marketing material […]

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Here We Go Again – Salomon Excitement

Summer inevitably ends in a mad acceleration of fun, squeezed into an ever-tightening timeframe, and terminating in the long grind of the fall season. We’re in it now – just home from Colorado, where Amy had a great day in the Leadville 100 MTB race. We’re cramming in a bunch of bike riding, cousin Lucy’s […]

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Time for Action

Protect Our Winters Pre-order partnership on Earth Day supports ski-focused climate change activism. We are lucky to have a business that allows us to pursue our passion as a job, and to earn a living doing what we love. We are lucky to have a client base that values our work and shares our values. […]

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Turnamic Questions

Most ski equipment nerds (if you’re reading this, then that’s you) have heard that Fischer and Rossignol have introduced a new binding for next year. Like everybody, we’ve had a lot of questions. This afternoon Andrew Gardner brought some new Speedmax skis with Turnamic bindings down to help answer some of these questions. Andrew is […]

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Birkie Prognostication

We’re not going to the American Birkebeiner this year, which means that we’re free to prognosticate from home without any big chance of having to eat our words. We won’t be offering an official wax recommendation this year because the weather is comically chaotic. But we’re happy to offer an interpretation of the situation, and […]

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US Nationals 2017 – 1/8 Race Report

I always promise myself that I’m going to take a ton of photos at these big championship events where we’ve got all our test skis and materials spread out, and test pilots on the snow for long hours. But it seems my hands and brain stay too busy with other things. We’ve just concluded back […]

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US Nationals 2017 – 1/5 Pre-Race Report

Conditions at Soldier Hollow over the past two days have run the gamut from rain yesterday afternoon to a cold morning of temps at about -18F when our testing started. The course preparation has been… well, call it late. The distance courses were finalized yesterday afternoon, and this morning the snow-guns were still blowing when […]

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Craftsbury Eastern Cup Day 1

The most reliably awesome venue in the east has delivered again, but unlike the past few years, Craftsbury had some help from mother nature this time around. Today was cold, snowy, and downright wintery for the first Eastern Cup of the year; a 5 & 10KM classic individual start. Our testing for this event got […]

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West Yellowstone Testing 2016

Early Season Testing Report For the past two weeks most of the US-based racing scene has been focused on West Yellowstone, Montana. For the past several years Amy has made the trip to West to test wax and skis, as well as help coach masters clinics. This year the Super Tour was not scheduled to be […]

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