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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Tad is a Tool

Tad Elliott has apparently been in a process of self-reflection.  Is it possible that self awareness is something we could all use more of…? Nah. I don’t see it. Here’s Tad: I don’t know how this happened. One of my fears has now come true. I’m a tool. A full-on walking Colorado stereotype. That person […]

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Tad Gets Nostalgic

For several months in 2016 & 2017, Tad Elliott lived with us. I remember it as a particularly idyllic time. I’ve assumed that’s because I was high as a kite on narcotic painkillers for most of it, having broken my leg. But Amy and Gunnar both remember it fondly as well, and we still call […]

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Birkie Wax (don’t panic)

The American Birkebeiner is a phenomenon. As an event it clearly transcends the category of “ski race”. It is a major moving force in the lives of thousands of people, and in the ski market. Like other major citizen races around the world – the Norwegian Birkebeiner, the Vasaloppet, the Marcialonga, the Engadin – it […]

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