RealSkiers: How to Be a Good Customer

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Try to be as specific as you can when describing yourself as a skier. (RealSkiers.com)

Thanks to the popularity of rating sites like Yelp and Trip Advisor, every retailer, restaurant and service provider in America is subject to appraisal by its customers. On the whole, this phenomenon is a positive development, even if human nature is such that many folks are more likely to rant about a negative experience than extol an exceptional one.

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RealSkiers: You Have One Hour And You Need All New Gear

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If you only have an hour, first focus on your feet. (Tecnica Skiboots/Facebook)

If you can only carve one hour out of your crazy holiday schedule to get fully outfitted in new gear, how best to spend this precious hour?

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RealSkiers: Unbalanced By Design

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Scenes from a short seminar in buckle pressure. (RealSkiers.com)

After each bootfitting exercise, I spend a few moments ensuring that my freshly fitted customer understands the basic operation of his or her new footwear. Part of this brief operations overview is a lesson on buckle tension. You might think experienced skiers would know all about this; after all, many have been wearing 4-buckle boots for twenty seasons or more.

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Ridge Merino: Ski And Ride Layers You’ll Want to Live In

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Ridge Merino Wool baselayers in Hot Creek Blue and Atmospheric River. (Ridge Merino/Facebook)

Ridge Merino is an up-and-coming Merino layer company based out of Mammoth Lakes, California, and their pieces perform as well in daily life as they do in the wildest outdoor conditions. The apparel is inspired by the lifestyle in the Eastern Sierras – where you may spend one morning backcountry skiing and then go bouldering in desert sunshine that very afternoon.

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RealSkiers: What You Should Know Before You Buy Your Next Boots

RealSkiers: What You Should Know Before You Buy Your Next Boots

This young lady wisely opted to have her boots fitted by the pros at Boot Doctors. (RealSkiers)

Buying alpine ski boots has never been a picnic. It isn't going to get any easier, at least not in the near term.

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RealSkiers: On Fluidity

RealSkiers: On Fluidity

Harald Harb pouring himself downhill.(RealSkiers)

If there is a single quality that epitomizes how great skiers ski, it's fluidity. Fluidity is the application of technical skills to the opportunities the terrain and snow conditions provide. Fluidity is anticipation so precise every arc appears effortless. Fluidity arises from the awareness that when we ski, we step into a torrent of gravity.

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RealSkiers: When Race Skis Ruled

RealSkiers: When Race Skis Ruled

Franz Klammer's Olympic gold in Innsbruck didn't just raise Fischer's profile among American skiers, it helped build the entire sport's popularity. (RealSkiers.com)

Last week on Realskiers.com I wrote about the best all-mountain skis made since that terminology became common usage. This week's reverie highlights some of the great race skis that served an earlier generation of skiers as their everyday ride.

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RealSkiers: Incremental Innovation - What To Expect in 2018 And Beyond

RealSkiers: Incremental Innovation - What To Expect in 2018 And Beyond

Over time, incremental innovation results in significant change.(RealSkiers.com)

To appreciate the global trends evinced by the 2018 ski market, one must first comprehend the pressure on major suppliers to renew as much of their product line as resources permit. At a minimum, cosmetics need to change; any model that doesn’t change its stripes, so to speak, risks dealers filling in around carryover, thereby reducing initial orders by 20-30 percent off the bat.

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RealSkiers: So You Want to Test Skis?

RealSkiers: So You Want to Test Skis?

There's a big difference between skiing and ski testing. (Copper Mountain)

Everybody loves to demo new skis. When most skiers try out a new model, they just go skiing and see if they like it. They may lack the vocabulary to describe precisely what they prefer and what they loathe, but they can easily distinguish between being happy and being miserable.

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RealSkiers: On Roundness

RealSkiers: On Roundness

 

Gad Valley, Snowbird. (Realskiers)

In the White World of the mountains, every line is a curve. The innocents who proudly announce that they straight-lined such-and-such a slope fail to observe that every inch of their descent described an arc through space. (Through time as well, but let's not complicate matters any further for now.) Once atop a mountain, the instant you step into gravity's stream you go from standing on a dot to standing on a curve.

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