November 8 Testing

Nov 8 Grind & Wax Test Fairbanks AK If you want good help, you need to find a good helper. If you want good wax testing help, you need to find a helper who is about 80% wax nerd, and about 30% just plain crazy. Yes, I know that adds up to 110%, but tired […]

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High-Temp Powder Iron & How To Not Destroy Your Skis

Introducing the Star Digital Pro 190C Iron Davide Mosele, the son of the founder of the Star wax company, and the head engineer and product developer, has a degree in electrical engineering. When the guy who designs the wax also designs the iron you use to apply the wax, you’ve got a good idea that […]

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New Waxes We’re Excited About

Every year there are new waxes that hit the market, and it can be difficult to figure out what’s hype, and what’s really a step forward in performance. We don’t have any answers about what new stuff might be more hype than substance; in general we like to wait for new products to prove themselves […]

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November 2 Testing

Erik Mundahl made our first test of the season in AK yesterday, and sent us this report: Girdwood Nordic Ski Club Trails: Girdwood, Alaska – No testing was planned for the weekend given the generally poor early season snow conditions in Alaska. Snow in Anchorage is extremely thin, bordering on dangerous to attempt to ski. […]

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Magic Skis

We’ve all had those days on classic skis where everything works just right; the kick is easy, the glide is free, and we feel for a few minutes at a time like some kind of World Cup Superhero. Some of us are lucky enough to have owned skis that deliver these sensations with consistency. “Magic […]

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New Grind Menu

Here’s our new grind menu. Those of you with good sleuthing skills will probably detect through your powers of observation that it’s the same as our old grind menu. What gives? What happened to all the talk of new grinds? We’ve decided not to put any new structures on the menu for this season. It’s […]

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Ski Request Form

It’s been a while since we had a functional ski request form on the website. The old web-based form attracted huge numbers of junk responses, and exposed various security issues in the website that at one point crashed the whole site. So, we’ve got to a PDF version. I’m certain there’s a way to make […]

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Ski Selection According to Amy

I’ve written a lot (maybe too much) over the years about ski selection. Since we returned to Vermont, Amy has been an equal partner in ski selection. This year she has handled the ski picks and inventory selection for all of our women’s skis. We work together through every step of the process, comparing notes […]

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Salomon Pilot Carbon Skate Bindings

We’ve just unpacked our first shipment of Salomon bindings for the season, and had to take some photos of the new Pilot Carbon Skate bindings. We’ve worked with these on World Cup skis for the past two seasons, and know them to be functional, reliable, and light weight (130g per ski compared with 160g per […]

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Reviews / Previews – Midsummer Ski Notes

When ski companies produce a model and support it with marketing material they provide a very general outline of what the ski actually is. They focus on specifically marketable factors, like new materials or construction methods (e.g. cold base-bonding with the Fischer Speedmax), or camber profile features (like variable tip splay with Madshus REDline). These […]

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