February 13, 2013

Nordica Fire Arrow EDT

Nordica Fire Arrow EDT

The Fire Arrow tradition continues with Nordica’s flagship Fire Arrow 84 EDT EVO, an absolute screamer of a high-level carving ski. Compared to previous Fire Arrow models, the 2013-2014 EDT reduces sidecut, adds tip and arguably a bite of tail rocker, and delivers a ride that is unquestionably drawn directly from the race room. I think we have to consider the Fire Arrow EDT as basically a new species of ski (more…)

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February 12, 2013

Dynastar Chrome 78 Pro

Dynastar Chrome 78 Pro

Is the era of rockerless skis finally over? Dynastar’s tip-rockered 2013-2014 Chrome 78 Pro replaces one of the very last holdouts, the thrilling Speed Course Ti. Debuting for the 2013-2014 season, the Chrome Pro is part of a new all on-trail ski series designed to offer expert and even elite-level carving performance by updating Dynastar’s race-stock Speed-series skis with modern geometry (more…)

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February 11, 2013

Slide Peak Sunday

Slide Peak Sunday

Okay, maybe it’s because I’ve got a season pass, but if you ask me, Snow Valley has by far the best vibe of any of the SoCal mountain resorts. It just feels like skiing here. Yes, the lifts are awful, but the value is great—especially if you bring your family. And on a day like today, with 14-18″ of fresh snow blanketing the hill, the mountain really shines. No shortage of fresh tracks were had on Slide Peak today (more…)

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February 9, 2013

SIA 2013: The New Skis

SIA 2013: The New Skis

As usual it was a fast and furious few days at this year’s SIA Snow Show in Denver. I did manage to get on an exhausting personal-best 19 pairs of skis during the Winter Park on-snow demo—reviews pending. And I also got a sense of where the ski makers are headed for the upcoming 2013-2014 season. But first, the big question: should you buy a new pair of skis? (more…)

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February 1, 2013

Skiing: The Greatest Sport on Earth

Skiing: The Greatest Sport on Earth

Telluride, Colorado. It wasn’t supposed to snow Wednesday night, but it did—nine inches of perfectly light snow on top of nearly three feet of fresh snow that fell earlier this week. And then, in that incomparably magic way, the clouds parted at nine a.m., just as the lifts opened. Snow crystals sparkled in sunlight, floating lazily in impossibly still air. Mountain tops gleamed in coats of fresh white (more…)

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