Posts Tagged ‘Powder’

Spring Break!!!

Friday, March 8th, 2013

The snow keeps on coming and the action is heating up with spring break just around the corner! There are tons of fun events coming up this month in Aspen Snowmass. Bud Light Big Air Fridays will continue every week through the end of the month. A couple other competitions coming up soon are the KickAspen Big Air on the 23rd and the Buttermilk Snowboard Rail Jam on the 31st. There are some awesome ski races coming up as well, such as the NASTAR National Championships on the 20th, the Elk Mountains Grand Traverse on the 29th, and the Battle in the Bowls at Aspen Highlands on the 30th.

This is one of the best times of year to take a ski vacation (and work on your goggle tan). The snow coverage is great, and the weather is even better! Get your friends together and start planning now, and don’t forget to reserve your ski rentals early.

p.s. More snow is on the way. 4-7” tonight and another 4-7” through Saturday! (Read as: POWDER DAY!) Check out our Facebook page for more frequent updates as we’ll be posting some pictures over the next couple of days. Click below to drop in.

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SIA and Snow!!

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Guess what? We’ve got snow! The last winter storm that rolled through this area at the beginning of last week left Snowmass with about 14 inches of new snow for the storm total, Aspen Mountain reported 19 inches of powder, while Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands got 17 and 15 inches respectively. And that’s not all, because another snow storm is in the weather forecast to hit us this coming weekend! Ullr is finally giving us the weather we’ve been waiting for!

Some of our crew was lucky enough to spend last weekend over in Denver at the SIA Snow Show. They were there checking out all of the new ski and snowboard gear for the 2013-2014 season. Then on Monday and Tuesday they were burdened with the task of taking the skis and snowboards to the snow and testing them out. Our rental skis and snowboards for next year are looking pretty sweet!

Short Flim

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Days To Come

Hey rippers! Here’s little update to get you stoked. The high pressure system that was hanging around the Roaring Fork Valley here has moved on, and we’re getting snowed on again! As always, the reports are varying quite a bit for snow predictions, but on the low end we should end up with around to 6-10 inches for the storm total in the Aspen and Snowmass area. A more optimistic weather forecast is calling for around 1.5 feet in isolated areas. So regardless, we’ve got some powder skiing to look forward to! I can already hear the dedicated hollering, “Woohooo!” as they make first tracks this weekend.

A local production company, Vital Films, just released a short ski film called “Days to Come” starring Torin Yater-Wallace, Gus Kenworthy, Aiden Sheahan and Jacob Wester. It was shot entirely in the Aspen/Snowmass area, featuring the Winter X Games Slopestyle course and Superpipe at Buttermilk, as well as the terrain park at Snowmass. Check it out http://vimeo.com/57135411.

 

Winterskol 2011

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

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Making Sense of the Rocker Revolution

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

If you’ve been reading any ski or snowboard magazines this fall you have seen plenty of hype on rocker.  If you aren’t living in a ski town or a part of the industry you are probably asking yourself what the heck rocker is.  To put it simply, rocker is the ski/board bending out instead of traditional camber.  Rocker comes in all different shapes and forms and every company calls it something different.  Rocker was invented a few years ago to ski in powder.  The tip and tail of the skis were bent up to keep them above the snow in deep powder and this is still the main concept of rocker.  The further from the tip that the rocker starts the more the ski will be geared towards skiing in powder.  The best way to see this is to hold the press the skis together at the binding and you will see the ski bent out.  The K2 Obsethed has a lot of rocker in the tip and the tail and is primarily designed for skiing on powder days or off piste.   Some skis like the Volkl Bridge have less rocker.  Volkl refers to this ski as ELP rocker or early low profile.  When skiing this ski on a groomed run you still have a full effective edge making contact with the snow when you flex the ski as you would with a ski that has traditional camber.  I feel that this gives the rider an advantage in powder and crud without sacrificing the ability to make turns on the groomers.  Even skis for beginners such as the K2 Commanche have a little rocker in the tip.  They call this catch free rocker and the goal is to make each turn easier to skid and less likely to catch an edge.  Snowboards are also using rocker-giving the rider the ability to keep their nose up in the pow without having to set your stance back.  The Lib-Tech Skate Banana is a good example of this and can be riden anywhere from the Highland Bowl to the park at Buttermilk to Fanny Hill.  Every manufacturer is now producing equipment with rocker and K2 is not even manufacturing a ski or snowboard without some form of rocker.  Rocker isn’t just for heliskiing in Alaska anymore, I strongly recommend that you give it a try the next time you demo a ski or snowboard!

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