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RealSkiers: Tips To Avoid Fall Ski Sale Sins And Snafus

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on Thursday, 28 August 2014
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Fall ski sales

If you’re a real skier, you suffer from a chronic condition caused by the Gottaski virus. One of the only forms of relief available in the late summer is attendance at a well-stocked Labor Day ski sale and even weeks beyond. Which is where I’ll be for the next five days, ministering to those in the greater Reno area who are terminally ill with Gottaski. 

 

RealSkiers: Are Skis Overpriced?

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on Wednesday, 09 April 2014
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Anton UForia skis

No question about it, alpine skis are pricey. Middle-of-the-line models run for over $500, top-shelf all-mountain skis routinely check out for around $700 or more, unmounted, and some exotics seem to reach second mortgage territory. One has every right to wonder, what am I paying for?

 

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    As usual, Jackson delivers an in-depth and entertaining analysis. Frankly, the industry does a great job of telling people how exp...
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    What part of free enterprise do you not like? Should a trophy be given to the 8th place winner of an American little league team?...

RealSkiers: The Lessons of 2014

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real skiersThe first week of spring seems a propitious moment to look back on the lessons we learned from our stewardship of realskiers.com over the past season. 2014 was a watershed year for realskiers, as the editor’s pen was passed from founder Peter Keelty to me.

RealSkiers: The Rides Of March

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Rides of March real skiers

Recent commentaries I’ve posted in the Member Section of realskiers or in comments here at SnoCountry.com have looked beyond the near horizon at next year’s collection of new skis.

RealSkiers: How Is It In The Bumps?

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How is it in bumps?In today’s market, we define the skis we use by the terrain for which they’re best suited. For example, narrower, Frontside models are adapted for hard snow at high speed. Wider All-Mountain skis are presumed equally adept at groomed and off-piste conditions; it’s their terrain versatility that makes them the current market darlings.

RealSkiers: Are We Over-Serving America?

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on Wednesday, 26 February 2014
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Different skis for different folksThe process of evaluating next season’s crop of new models begins in earnest this month, inspiring this rumination.

RealSkiers: The Pendulum Swings the Other Way

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Real Skiers pendulum swingsLike many in our small but loveable trade, I’ve just returned from three cathartic days of demo-ing a passel of next year’s skis, in my case at Mammoth Mountain. Despite a thus far dreadful winter, the hill could not have been in better shape for our purposes. Spirits were high and the vibe was joyous.

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    I demo'd a pair of 98mm skis last winter at Crystal (WA). They felt dead and lifeless while turning. There was no powder around ...

RealSkiers: Your Boots Aren't All That Need To Be Fit

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RealSkiers Fit

Eventually, all skiers learn the importance of getting their boots properly fit. It may take more than a season in rental boots, hand-me-downs or Craig’s List re-treads, but in time, even the most plodding intermediates figure out that maybe it’s their boots that are holding back development and impinging on their enjoyment of the sport.

RealSkiers: The Right Tool For The Job

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Race slalom skis (Head)There’s never been a better time to own a race slalom ski. Seriously.  

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    The carving performance ski has been overlooked by many skiers lately because it is not in tune with the current freeriding fad. N...
  • Dave Schmidt says #
    Jackson, spot on again! Spent more time on Sl race skis this June-uary than have in a long time. Limited groomed runs, and low sno...
  • superdave says #
    I couldn't agree more. Today's wide waist skis feel dead when you try and arc them on groomed slopes. There's no snap or rebound...

RealSkiers: Our Dystopian Future As Ski Shops Disappear

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on Friday, 17 January 2014
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Abandoned lift

In 1985, there were 727 lift-served ski areas in the U.S. Today that number is 427, a decrease of 40 percent.

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    As an owner of problem feet I understand the need for an experienced bootfitter. The problem is out of several ski shops in my cit...
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    I feel your pain & share your fear. I think part of the problem is us. Of the remaining skiing public, probably 90% spend 90% of t...
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    Then we have Brent Hansen at Hansen Orthotics/Ski Tek.....Unbelievable service. Again one of the finest boot fitters in the count...

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