RealSkiers: The Gifts We Possess

Real Skiers Gifts

People are weird. Everyone thinks that he or she is superb at something, even if that something should happen to be monumentally trivial.   

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SnoCountry's Best All Mountain Skis For 2015

The defining trait of an “all-mountain” ski is versatility, a talent for adapting to any condition from brittle hardpack to tracked-up trees to fluffy freshies. The ideal all-terrain ski is ready for whatever is on the mountain’s menu that morning. 

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RealSkiers: Can't Get There From Here?

Real Skiers illiustration skis

There’s a folk tale about a native Vermonter that begins with a lost tourist asking for directions and ends with the native's curt advice: You cain’t git they-ah from he-ah. Lessons like this one can only be found at RealSkiers.com.

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RealSkiers: Motion Beyond Mechanics

Harold Harb, RealSkiers

Among the many ways to define the boundary between good skiers and true masters is that the former tend to be obsessed with technique (the better to breach said boundary), while the latter rarely, if ever, think about it. We think about it often here at RealSkiers.com.

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RealSkiers: Are Skis Overpriced?

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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RealSkiers: The Lessons of 2014

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.

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RealSkiers: The Rides Of March

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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.

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RealSkiers: How Is It In The Bumps?

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.

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RealSkiers: Are We Over-Serving America?

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

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RealSkiers: The Pendulum Swings the Other Way

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

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.

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RealSkiers: The Right Tool For The Job

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

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RealSkiers: Our Dystopian Future As Ski Shops Disappear

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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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RealSkiers: What You Pay For

Ski Montage -- RealSkiersIf you’re in the market for new skis, you’ll discover a wild diversity in prices. Skis that sell with bindings for $399 are arrayed alongside models with sticker prices well above $1,000, bindings not included.  What does the $1,000 ski have that the $399 model doesn’t, other than the hope of fishing a minimum of 600 more dollars out of your income stream?

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RealSkiers: Bring Backcountry Code Back To Resorts

Backcountry skiingAmerica has fallen in love with the idea of backcountry skiing. Along with this activity comes an ethos, a strict, codified behavior guide with a global aim of bringing all participants back alive. 


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RealSkiers: How Not To Save A Buck

Boot fittingSkiing is expensive. Just affording the requisite underwear requires a second mortgage, never mind all the other clothing layers, equipment, travel, lodging and such niceties as food. Every expense seems to beget another: boots need custom insoles, skis need bindings, goggles go with helmets and you need bags of every description just to haul it all around.

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RealSkiers: If I Were King For A Day - Free Lessons

John Clendenin Ski Doctors of AspenAt realskiers.com, we emphasize the connection between technique and equipment, as the two elements are inextricably intertwined. Skiers who learn to tip and pressure a ski can apply this skill set to all sorts of terrain, opening up their gear selection options.  

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Realskiers: Love Is An Active Verb, So Stay Tuned

Hogen on TuningThe ski junkies who frequent realskiers.com devote a good deal of time and effort to finding just the right model for how they like to ski. They approach the decision with the utmost gravity, as if choosing a mate for life.  

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Realskiers: Bootfitting Brings Hope For America’s Future

Masterfit UI recently attended two days of seminars on advanced boot fitting techniques under the aegis of Masterfit University. The folks who run this worldwide roadshow also orchestrate the annual ski boot test whose results appear on the pages of realskiers.com.

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RealSkiers: The Ski Buyer We Don’t See

Hogen Internet BuyersOnce upon a time, skiers had to go to a ski shop to buy their equipment. How quaint! Now, with just a few keystrokes, one can visit scores of online gear purveyors, most of which blare messages of bargains galore behind their glistening portals.

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