Archive for October, 2012

Snowing in Aspen Snowmass!

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Well, it’s officially snowing here in Aspen & Snowmass and it’s not just that “it’s kind of snowing up top” kind of snow.  There are several inches accumulating right before my eyes and the excitement in the air is contagious!  The ski shops in both Aspen and Snowmass are coming together quite nicely as the crew has been painstakingly branding this season’s boots and skis.  Beneath piles and piles of boxes, bright and shiny skis with a fresh Incline stamp, are slowly emerging, ready to make their entrance into the 2012-13 ski season.  If you’re starting to make plans for an Aspen/Snowmass ski vacation, fear not; this one is going to be a good one and we can’t wait!  Time for a happy dance!

Jump for Joy, photo courtesy of Tara Willis

Knowing Your Gear

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Here in the Aspen/Snowmass ski area, it’s getting to be that time of year where people are looking at the new gear guides and picking and choosing what they want for season.  Or,  maybe you are one of many who visit Aspen/Snowmass once a year to tear up the slopes and you visit the ski shop for the latest and greatest ski rental equipment.  One thing we do know is that it’s very hard to pick out the correct ski gear if you don’t truly understand it. The technology and terminology can be very overwhelming and confusing!  The last thing we want is for you to be confused when you come in to pick up your skis!  Fear not, we have some help for you. The folks at Incline think this great glossary from does the trick!

› CamberConvex curvature built into the length of a ski. Distributes the pressure of a skier’s weight to the tip and tail, giving the ski more grip on the snow. › Dampening The reduction of the vibrations that occur when a ski is in motion. A damp ski is better able to hold an edge in the snow— but it might lack liveliness.› Dimensions  Tip, waist and tail widths: an expression of the shape of a ski.

› Mold  A metal plank with a ski-shaped cavity milled into it. Typically, ski components (and liberal amounts of epoxy) are placed into the mold, which is then subjected to intense heat and pressure to bond the components and squeeze out excess epoxy.

› Pre-preg  A type of prefabricated laminate used to reinforce cores. Sheets of fiberglass fabric are impregnated with epoxy, cured and then cut to fit the ski’s width and placed in the mold.

› Rocker (reverse camber)  The opposite of camber: The tip and tail curve up off the snow. Makes skis more buoyant in powder and easier to pivot on hardpack.

› Sidecut The narrowing of a ski at its waist; aids in turning when the ski is tipped on edge and pressured into an arc.› Sidecut radius  A measurement, usually expressed in meters, of the depth of a ski’s sidecut curvature.

› Taper  The difference between the tip and tail widths. A ski with a smaller taper generally initiates arcs easily, resulting in a turnier ride, while a ski with a larger taper is less hooky and easier to skid.

› Titanal  The brand name of the aluminum alloy commonly used in laminates.

› Torsional rigidity  A ski’s ability to resist twisting, often achieved by aligning glass fibers across the core at an angle (see “torsion box”). By increasing torsional rigidity, a manufacturer can make a lighter, metalfree ski that still holds an edge on hardpack.

For more on the anatomy of a ski, visit: and be sure to visit your friends at Incline Ski & Board Shop for all of your ski rental needs while in the Snowmass ski area or on an Aspen ski vacation!