Ski Picking Trip #1

Amy and I are in terminal E at Logan Airport, ready to board a flight to Munich for our first ski picking trip of the year. Gunnar skipped school for the day to come down to Boston with us and meet Amy’s mom, who flew in to spend a couple of weeks with the boy […]

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Reviews & Previews – Ski Trab for 2016

Last August we visited the Ski Trab factory in Bormio, Italy. We spent a little time with Adriano and Daniele Trabucchi – the brothers who run the company, and we reviewed the design, materials, and construction of the skis. And in the winter we had a good fleet of demo skis to work with on […]

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Reviews & Previews – Fischer for 2016-17

What can we say about Fischer? As a brand they dominate racing, from citizen racing all the way to the World Cup. Since FIS started tracking world cup brand rankings in 2008 Fischer has been the leader in every discipline, every year, for both men and women. The margins have generally been large. This year […]

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Reviews & Previews – Madshus for 2016-17

We make every attempt to remain neutral in our brand preferences, and we have good relationships with all of the brands we work with. But I’ll admit that we’ve got a bit of a family bias toward Madshus, and find ourselves spending a lot of time on REDline skis. Part of that is because Gunnar […]

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Reviews & Previews – Salomon for 2016-17

We’re just about one month away from our first ski selection trip of the year. As we gather orders and build our pick-list, we’re putting out some information on what we learned from the past season, and what we expect from our big industry partners in the next season. There is a lot of good […]

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Spring Cleaning Week Deals – Wax Closeout

Today’s cold snowfall notwithstanding, we’re calling it spring here, and have starting spring cleaning. Yesterday I tackled the kitchen pantry, and Amy reviewed all of our wax inventory in order to put old packaging on sale at clearance prices. In the next couple of days I’ll sort out our demo ski inventory and will put […]

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Friday Afternoon Birkie Update and Wax Recommendation

I’ve been saying that I thought the course was likely to be soft and mealy, but that’s sure not what we saw today. We arrived at Birkie Ridge a little before 9:00 AM, and it was quite packy, hard snow. As we climbed up there was some finer and dryer stuff, but overall it was […]

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Thursday Evening Birkie Update

I wish I had pulled out my phone and gotten a picture of the lightning when that front came through at the Birkie Ridge Trailhead around 4PM today. For a minute there it looked like Armageddon! But, as it happens, I didn’t manage to get any pictures at all today. So this update is unadorned. […]

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Wednesday Evening Birkie Update

Today was an ideal day for skiing, and completely useless for any kind of testing for Saturday’s race. The forecasted cold overnight temperatures were surpassed (we woke up to -15F), and the daytime temps appeared to top out somewhere near 25F. Jeff Tumbleson gave me a tour of various road crossings in the early afternoon, […]

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Wednesday Birkie Update

Greeting from Hayward! In a demonstration of great weather-related foresight  and judgement, we hit the road Monday evening instead of Tuesday morning in order to drive in cold snowy conditions instead of terribly icy conditions. The most recent majorly disgusting eastern El-Nino driven storm was pretty easy to read, and us easterners know when we […]

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