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RealSkiers: Where We Stand On Skis

Standing on skisFor as long as skiing has been a sport, skiers have squabbled over the ideal location of the skier on the ski.  

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RealSkiers: The Second Most-Asked Question Is 'Where To Buy?'

Boot fittingThe question most commonly asked by the new ski buyer, whether in person or via the Internet, is, to no one’s surprise, “What ski should I buy?”  When this query is posed on line, the second most frequent question is, “Where should I buy it?”

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RealSkiers: Beat The Bad Bootfit Blues

RealSkiers not montageThe device responsible for making skiing an accessible sport instead of a risky form of recreation is the alpine boot. If it isn’t set up to function properly, the expensive slat it’s meant to control and the binding to which it’s connected won’t operate as their designers intended. 

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RealSkiers: The Master's Secret Of Being Light

Snowbird crustMineral Basin, on the backside of Snowbird, is a bowl so large if it were any bigger it would be a lake. When storms move into this corner of Little Cottonwood Canyon, visibility collapses to a range so dense it should serve as the optical equivalent of Absolute Zero on the Kelvin scale. 

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RealSkiers: Let's Buy A Ski

Real Skiers ski buyingTo familiarize prospective first-time-in-years ski purchasers with today's altered landscape, we’ll walk you through the Q & A of a current ski sale. Let’s assume in this example that you’ve already confessed to having no idea what’s right for you in this brave new world and have asked a reputable salesperson to clue you in.  

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RealSkiers: What Comes Down Must Come Up

Castle adThe average American skier buys a new pair of skis every 8 to 10 years. For every gear junkie adding to his or her arsenal every other year there’s someone who, as far as the ski industry is concerned, goes dormant for over a decade.

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RealSkiers: In Praise Of The Apprentice

Apprentice (RealSkiers)Every day of every ski season, well meaning but untrained bootfitters at general sporting goods stores cheerfully guide skiers into the wrong boots.  

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RealSkiers: An Award Best Not Bestowed

Real Skiers Boot  AwardOne of realskiers’ core missions is to recognize and reward excellence in product design. We’ve created a sophisticated protocol to identify the best alpine skis, sorted by terrain preference, skier style and gender. 

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RealSkiers: The Age Of Zealotry

RealSkiers TouristsFew skiers are as zealous as Masters and Citizen racers. When the editors at realskiers worked in product development for Salomon in the early 1980s, extensive consumer research led to the identification of three skier archetypes we’ll call Tourists, Players and Zealots.  

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RealSkiers: How To Judge A Boot Fit

boot fitting real skiersWhenever a bootfitter slips what he or she knows to be the correct size on a prospective customer, it’s standard procedure to intone, “You will feel your toes at the end of the boot; please try not to panic,” or some such admonition.  

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RealSkiers: Are You A Power Or Finesse Skier?

average skierIn another sentence or two, we’re going to inform you that what ski brand you buy isn’t very important. We want to caution you in advance that this statement isn’t entirely true. It does indeed matter what brand you buy; it just doesn’t matter as much as a few other factors that need to be settled first.

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RealSkiers: The Primordial Importance Of Boots

Boots must fit rightMany skiers with 20 ski seasons or more of experience base their associations with each boot brand on their personal history, despite the fact that this history is most likely limited to three models, the last of which was purchased a decade ago.  

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RealSkiers: The Five Fallacies

RealSkiers Fallacy 1Most skiers who aren’t professionally involved with the sport at the granular level cling to any number of misconceptions about equipment and technique. Just how some of these fallacies came to be embedded in the skiing public’s zeitgeist is unclear, but friends and family are the usual culprits when it comes to cementing bad ideas in place. To help you shed the shackles of ignorance, we hereby expose five fallacies that hinder pursuit of the quality ski experience. 

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RealSkiers: Wrapping Up, Moving On

Season wraps up (Head Skis)As the 2014/15 season winds to a close, so does the window in which we test next year’s crop of new skis, affording us a long view of the year just past and a short glimpse into what the immediate future holds for the alpine ski market. 

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RealSkiers: Is Your Gear Limiting Your Development?

Real Skiers GearMost Americans believe in self-improvement, believe that regardless of the chosen endeavor, one should strive to get better at it. As applied to skiing, this world-view implies that all skiers, from rank beginner to elite competitor, would like to ski better. Effective immediately, if possible.

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SnoCountry's Best New Model Skis For 2016

skisNarrowing the field to new models, note that in today’s world, a completely overhauled model may continue to bear a longstanding nameplate.  Among our picks, this alert applies to the Völkl Kendo and Dynastar Cham 97. Here are SnoCountry.com's choices for best new models for 2016:

 

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RealSkiers: The Eternal Stickiness Of Skiing

Dudes At SnowbirdI’ve just returned from a five-day re-baptism in the gravity streams that cascade from the crown of Hidden Peak at Snowbird, Utah. It's an annual pilgrimage that re-stokes my passion, reaffirms my place in the world and reminds me of every reason why I ski. 

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RealSkiers: Big Picture -- It's Getting Tough To Find A Bad Ski

RealSkiersAt realskiers, we’ve spent the last three weeks devoted to the nuts and bolts of our trade, gorging on new product information and indulging in as many test runs as we could squeeze in a day. 

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RealSkiers: Demo-Ing Skis From Elite Racers To Savvy Consumers

SIA Demo DaysAs I pen this piece, two events of singular importance to the ski industry are unfolding a few miles apart at either end of Vail Pass: the 2015 Alpine World Championships debut in Vail/Beaver Creek while the national Snowsports Industries America (SIA) On-Snow Demo concludes at Copper Mountain.  

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Snow Show Takeaway: Weatherproofing Products AND Businesses Is Industry's Future

weatherproofing snow industryClimate change, ecology, backcountry responsibility, the future of the ski industry. These topics and sentiments were at the forefront of the just concluded 2015 Snowsports Industries America (SIA) Trade Show in Denver. 

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