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How to Store and Protect Your Skis/Snowboard in the Off-Season

Monday, March 24th, 2014

By: Willi’s Ski Shop
March 24, 2014

One of the most common questions we field around this time of year is how to properly care for and store ski equipment in the off-season. This is an important topic as it has an impact on the condition of your skis before your fall tune up, as well as the longevity of your equipment in general.   In this post we will cover where you should store your gear, how you should prep it for storage and why it is important to do so.

What is a Summer Tune Up?

Willi’s will complete any repairs that are needed, grind your base, sharpen the edges and apply a summer wax. A summer wax is when we melt wax onto your skis/snowboard and completely coat the base/edges. Unlike a typical wax we DO NOT remove the excess. It is instead left on your base as a protective barrier against drying out, corrosion and dirt. In the fall come back to see us (and check out all the cool new stuff we’re getting in!) to have the excess wax removed from your skis. There is no additional charge aside from the original summer tune and you will be ready to head out on the hill!

Why Do I Need a Summer Tune Up?

Preventative maintenance is an essential part of making sure your winter gear lasts a long time. Keeping the edges rust free and preventing the base from drying out will help ensure your equipment has a long happy life. Dry bases can be ground down to fresh material and rust can be removed from your edges, however pitted or deep rust may not all be able to be removed. Also any rust on the edges means we will have to grind your edges more than we would have to for a normal sharpening. The same goes for an overly dry or worn base. If we need to grind a thicker layer of material away, ultimately it will shorten the life of your skis/snowboard. The best way to ensure longevity of your equipment is to make sure that you are taking measures to protect it during the off-season, as well as during the winter!

Where Should You Store Your Skis/Snowboard?

Ski/Snowboard storage location is an important part of the equation when it comes to keeping your equipment in the best condition possible. Ideally you want to keep your gear somewhere inside your house, in an area that is both temperature and moisture regulated. A cool dry place such as a bedroom, coat closet, or displayed in your man cave are great locations. You want to avoid leaving your gear in a garage, attic, shed, backyard or unfinished basement. These types of locations will not adequately protect your gear from rust and other issues that may result from too much moisture. If a storage location is too hot, it can lead to de-lamination of your skis or snowboard by heating up the glue that binds all the layers of the gear together.

Ski Storage Do-Dont

 How?

Another frequently asked question about off-season storage is how to store your gear. The first item to address on that topic is should your equipment be standing up or lying down. Either way is actually fine! If you want to lay your skis/snowboard down and slide it under the bed, that is a perfectly acceptable solution. If you would like to stand them up in the corner of your bedroom or in your closet that is also a great way to store them. The main trick is to make sure that your gear is not covered up by piles of boxes, other sports equipment or anything else that may bend the skis/snowboard out of shape.

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New York Announces Launch of Ski Bus

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

By: SAM Info
March 11, 2014

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the ‘I Ski NY’ Bus, a new, dedicated bus line to 13 upstate ski mountains from New York City and Toronto to begin service for the 2014-2015 winter ski season.

Currently, only two mountains—Hunter and Windham Mountains—are consistently serviced through bus transportation out of New York City. Both of those mountains have established relationships with New York City tour operators to bring busloads of skiers and snowboarders upstate on weekday and weekend trips.

Under the new plan, the State will provide bus service to 13 different mountains from New York City. Additionally, when the established New York City tour operators are not going to Hunter or Windham, the I Ski NY Bus will make the trip. The plan also includes a secondary market from Toronto to expose western New York ski areas to the same transportation opportunity.

Trips from New York City will be offered to 13 different mountains:

In the Hudson Valley/Adirondacks/Catskills regions: Thunder Ridge, Belleayre, Plattekill, Hunter, Windham, West, Gore, Whiteface and Catamount Mountains. In the Central New York region: Greek Peak, Toggenburg, Labrador and Song Mountains

Trips from Toronto will be offered to six mountains in Western New York: Bristol, Holiday Valley, Titus, Kissing Bridge, Peek n Peak and Swain Mountains.

“New York is home to some of the best winter resorts in the world, and with more operating ski areas than any other state in the nation, the region is the perfect winter getaway,” Governor Cuomo said. “With some of the best ski slopes, snowmobiling tracks, hiking trails, and scenic views, we want New Yorkers to know they should stay in New York and all out-of-state visitors to feel welcome to partake in all that Upstate has to offer.”

“We think this new program will have a positive impact on our overall skier visits,” SANY president Scott Brandi told SAM. “Making it easy and affordable to get to the slopes is our primary goal.”

Extreme sports mark changing of U.S. Olympic guard

Monday, February 24th, 2014

By: USA Today
February 24, 2014

1392812531006-USP-Olympics--Snowboarding-Men-s-Parallel-Giant-Sl1SOCHI – For the U.S. team, the Sochi Games signified an end of an era. Goodbye, ice queens. Hello, flippie hippies. See you later, pucks and sticks. Nice to meet you, slopes and rails.

As 17 days of competition came to a close Sunday, this much was clear: The face of the Winter Olympics no longer wears skates. Twelve of the USA’s 28 medals came from freestyle skiing and snowboarding, including six of nine gold.

The U.S. Olympic team had never won a medal on every day one was awarded in the Winter Games, and through 14 days in Sochi, the Americans were poised to do that. But the men’s hockey team failed to show up in Saturday’s bronze medal game, losing to Finland 5-0.

If only the kids in baggy pants with a language all their own had competed in the Games’ final days, perhaps the USA could have gone out with more of a bang. Instead, Russia ended this cold war with a flourish — sweeping the podium in the men’s 50-kilometer cross-country ski race Sunday and winning gold in four-man bobsled to secure the top spot with 33 overall medals and 13 golds.

BRENNAN: In an upset, Sochi pulled off the Olympics

SOCHI: 14 unforgettable Olympic moments

For decades, figure skating was the marquee event of the Games. In Sochi, the U.S. men and women figure skaters had their worst collective finish since 1936. Speedskating has been the USA’s most successful winter sport. But the short-track team left with one medal and the long-track team exited empty-handed, complaining about their suits.

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Win a dream trip to Alaska with Chris Davenport

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

By: Protect Our Winters
February 12, 2014

Win a dream trip to Alaska with Chris Davenport from protect our winters on Vimeo.

All you have to do is make a $5 donation to Protect Our Winters (POW) to be entered here:

The Chris Davenport Ultima Thule AK Adventure

Contribute $5 to Protect Our Winters – and be entered to win three days of guided expert skiing and advanced mountaineering with Chris Davenport at the Ultima Thule lodge, deep in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, ” the last true wilderness on earth”. Multiple entries are allowed and encouraged – every $5 is another chance to win. Advanced skiers only, please.

Winner’s package includes:
• Black Diamond – Legend Gloves, Alias Pack, Compactor Ski Poles
• Smith – Touchstone sunglasses, I/OX goggles, Maze Helmet
• GoPro – Hero 3, Black Edition
• Spyder – White Spyder Collection Outfit
• Boxes of POW’s seasonal bars from Clif – Pumpkin Pie, Iced Gingerbread and Peppermint Stick
• $500 towards travel to Valdez, AK where you’ll fly to the lodge via bush plane

Contest ends on February 15, 2014. Package for two guests, 4 nights, all inclusive, April 20th-24th 2014. Transport from Valdez included.

iF3 is coming to Whistler on October 12

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

By:
July 30, 2013

The International Freeski Film Festival to host a one-day event in Whistler, BC that includes premieres, parties and more.

Press Release:

The International Freeski Festival (iF3) is excited to announce the first ever iF3 Whistler Blackcomb, which will take place in beautiful Whistler, BC on Saturday, October 12th.

The one-day event will feature premieres of the year’s best ski movies, along with a retro ski-themed kick off party on Friday night and a rocker party on Saturday night amidst Whistler’s wild nightlife scene. The premieres will be held at Millennium Place in the heart of Whistler Village and will take place alongside Whistler Blackcomb’s legendary Turkey Sale, where over 20,000 people descend on Whistler to take advantage of huge pre-season savings on ski and snowboard equipment from the industry’s top brands. The event will be held in conjunction with Whistler Blackcomb, consistently ranked as the #1 ski resort in North America, making Whistler the ideal location for the International Freeski Film Festival’s latest expansion and the place to be during Thanksgiving weekend in Canada.

Stay tuned to iF3.ca for more info on iF3 Whistler Blackcomb, including the list of films that will be shown along with the official schedule for the event.

Google Maps Now Has Popular Ski Runs on Android and iOS

Monday, February 25th, 2013

By: TechnoBuffalo
February 25, 2013

Google Maps wants to help winter sports enthusiasts navigate the slopes with 38 all new run and lifts maps. The search giant on Wednesday announced new ski resorts available through Google Maps for Android and iOS, where users will see comprehensive mountain information, including solid colored lines to represent runs.

Locations includes popular spots in Colorado (Alpine Meadows, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Breckenridge Ski Resort, and more), along with locations in Utah, California and British Columbia. Each map is designed to help you not only plan out which runs you want to go on, but how to get out of a jam should you get lost. (Does it offer up-to-date traffic information?)

You can check out the same maps on your browser, and even visit a closeup Street View of a select few, Google said. So even if you can’t go shred right now, you can virtually get down your favorite black run without worrying about wiping out.

Snowlink.com Gets Make-Over

Friday, December 14th, 2012

By: SIA
December 14, 2012

Adds Fresh Content for 2012/13 Season

Snowlink.com

SnowSports Industries America (SIA)’s consumer website Snowlink.com, which re-launched this week, arrived just in time for the 2012/2013Winter Season.  The site features a fresh look with a new logo, bluebird skies and dynamic easy-to-use homepage. Snowlink visitors will also have a variety of content at their fingertips including featured articles and helpful tips on fashion, gear, safety, instructional advice, a snow sports – specific blog feed, plus links to Resort, Retail and Ski/Snowboard Club finders in their region.

Snowlink.com

Here are just some of the new features consumers will find on Snowlink.com:

Women on the Snow:
Snowlink’s universal women’s section provides the lowdown on girls’ getaways, fitness tips from SBC Women and fashion feeds from SNOW Magazine.

Fitness, Health and Well-Being:
Includes fun calorie stats, recipes and discusses the peace of mind snow sports can bring.

Gear & Styles:
Snowlink’s most popular page the Gear and Styles in the Snow is back and features a long list of trends for the 2013 season, brand gallery, and complete with videos from fashion forecasters Stylesight to help you look your best on the mountain.

Tech & Trick Tips:

The new Tech & Trick Tips page in the Snowboarding section was provided by TransWorld Snowboardingwith great advice on choosing a snowboard, setting up your stance and tips for pulling off some classic tricks. Over on the Freeski pages, Freeskier Magazine has provided videos of top athletes.

Tips from the Pros — Instructional Advice:
Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) have created the Tips from the Pros video section to help you move on to the next skill level.

Safety Videos from National Ski Patrol (NSP):
Safety first – check out these videos to remember the rules of staying safe on the slopes.

Buyer’s Guides Ski, Snowboard, Cross Country, Snowshoe
Check out the season’s best consumer buying guides – great for researching trends or finding the perfect skis or snowboard. For skiers, check out Snowlink’s section of Buyers’ Guides including SKI, Skiing Magazine, Freeskier, Powder Magazine, SBC Skier Magazine and Backcountry Magazine. For snowboarders, there’s TransWorld Snowboarding, Snowboard Magazine and Canada Snowboard Magazines Gear Guides. For cross country skiers and snowshoers, there’s Cross Country Skier, SkiTrax and Snowshoe Magazine.

Take the Bring a Friend Challenge

Monday, December 10th, 2012

By: Bring a Friend
December 10, 2012

beginner snowboarder“Taking the Challenge” simply means that you invited and helped enroll at least one newcomer to a beginner lesson or lesson package provided by a professional instructor. You can win prizes from Challenge sponsors for helping to enroll newcomers even if you are one yourself. You can enter more than once by introducing several different newcomers. Please read the Contest Rules before signing up.

There are two ways to qualify for prizes in the national Bring a Friend Challenge (on this Web site).

1) If you are a current skier or snowboarder, just introduce at least one newcomer – a friend or family member – to a beginner lesson or lesson package from a professional instructor.

2) If you are a newcomer yourself, bring another newcomer with you to take beginner lessons from a pro. It’s more fun to learn with a friend or family member.

Either way, you will be considered an “Inviter”. Those those who you invite/help enroll will be considered “Invitees”. These terms will apply when the registration form is filled out.

Qualified participants – Inviters – can win among weekly prizes offered by Challenge sponsors. Product prize winners will be drawn starting the first week in January through March 17. Grand Prize four-day trips to Sun Valley, Idaho; Park City, Deer Valley and The Canyons in Utah or Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont (during the 2013-14 season) will be awarded at the end of the Challenge. Check Prizes for details.

The national Bring a Friend Challenge runs from December 1, 2012 – March 17, 2013.

To qualify for prizes:

1. Inviters must out the Bring a Friend Challenge Entry Form (a new form must be used for each new person you invite).

2. The person(s) you invite must take a beginner lesson or lesson package from a professional instructor. Lesson programs are available HERE or at a local venue of choice. Either way, a copy of a receipt, voucher or beginner lift ticket must be uploaded to verify that your friend(s) or family member(s) took the lesson(s). Special January learning programs and basic newcomer information is posted on www.skiandsnowboardmonth.org.

3. Eligibility requires a completed registration entry form and verification.

THANKS for taking the national Bring a Friend Challenge! Our Bring a Friend/Facebook Sweepstakes is going on now through December 31. You can win a pair of HEAD Rev 75 skis with bindings by going to facebook.com/learntoskiandsnowboard. Spread the word about what’s happening in your area. Don’t forget – January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. See www.skiandsnowboardmonth.org.

Arapahoe Basin opens for business, kicks off 2012/13 ski season in North America

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

By: Henrik Lampert
Freeskier Magazine
October 23, 2012

Two days ago, Arapahoe Basin announced to the world that they would officially open for business on Wednesday, October 17, 2012—today—kicking off the 2012/13 ski season in North America. The announcement put to rest the highly anticipated question, “Who will open first this year—Loveland Ski Area, or Arapahoe Basin?” and simultaneously put a light at the end of the tunnel that is a summer’s worth of misery for many diehard skiers in Colorado.

Last night, I placed my skis, poles and boots at the front door, and laid out my ski clothing on the floor of my bedroom. I thought to myself, “Is this really happening right now?” Just a few days prior, I’d been enjoying the 75 degree weather here in Boulder, CO, hiking, biking… still clinging to the long, wonderful days of summer.

When the alarm sounded at 5:45 a.m. this morning, it still hadn’t fully hit me—”We’re going skiing today?” Even as I hopped into my long underwear and tossed my goggles and gloves into my pack and loaded up the car, it all seemed a bit foreign. Coming off of a dismal 2011/12 winter season, perhaps I’d forgotten what lay in store an hour and 30 minutes up I-70.

It didn’t take the full hour and 30 before I remembered. Near Georgetown, the temperature dropped to a balmy 15 degrees Fahrenheit and we encountered ice on the road. Moments later, we passed a truck jackknifed across the eastbound lanes, forcing a full closure of the interstate, surely spoiling the morning for travelers headed toward Denver. Then, of course, a bit of precipitation froze on the blades of my windshield wipers. With each spray of the icy blue antifreeze, the blades whooshed past without effect, the antifreeze then ironically freezing to the window, making it a bitch to see the car that was now braking, just up ahead. And I don’t intend for you to take pity on me. That’s not the moral of this story. The point is: This is it, baby! That very moment, my mind filled with memories of winter’s great adventures. The “getting there” is always a pain—and I thought to myself, “And it’s always worth it.”

After a slow ascent and descent over Loveland Pass (man, I really need to get some snow tires), we pulled into the parking lot at A-Basin just after 8:00 a.m. Already, a line had formed by the Black Mountain Express—Summit County’s infamous “Nate Dogggg” at the front of the queue, ready to claim Colorado’s first chair for the 17th straight year.

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Echo Mountain Ski Area Bought to Be Converted Into Training Facility

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

By: Jason Blevins
Denver Post
August 29, 2012

Nora Pykkonen was ready to move her family to Vail to keep her kids’ passion for ski racing aflame.

“Kids really need to spend a lot of time on snow to become very good skiers and we were spending most of our time in the car,” said the mother of four.

But instead of moving, Pykkonen purchased the 226-acre Echo Mountain ski area and is converting the Clear Creek County hill into a ski-racing training facility focusing on school-aged racers. The sale price was not disclosed in the deal that closed Tuesday.

“This all started with asking how do you keep your kids in the great schools we have in the Front Range and still keep your kids in ski racing?” said the co-founder of Slalom Consulting, a management consulting firm with 1,300 employees and more recently founder of the Front Range Ski Club.

The club will call Echo home, with a roster of top-tier ski coaches, including World Cup skiers Sarah Schleper-Gaxiola, Petter Brenna, Patrik Järbyn and Mike Farny.

Echo will open in November.

Pykkonen plans to upgrade the resort with ski-race training in mind. Her team will set up the mountain as a gym, with stations designed for honing skills like jump starts and sliding. Two surface lifts will rush racers back to the top more speedily than the chairlift. Racers will finish each run in a video tent, reviewing their form before grabbing another lap.

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