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Archive for October, 2015

A skier knows

Publicerad: 31 October, 2015 av Charlotta Lyon |

(Ski News, 31 October 2015)

A skier knows! – Spirit of Alaska

Check out this flick from Peak Performance. It’s capturing the feeling that every skier all over the world gets. It comes from within, it’s pushing you forward to experience the best, most amazing runs. The feeling of waiting out a snowstorm – knowing that fresh powder awaits you. The urge to leave the ski lifts and hike up the mountains where no one else venture. Hitting that silky fresh powder and savoring every second of the experience. Just to have the same urge to climb up again.

Peak Performance has released “Spirit of Alaska”, the first Episode in the film series A Skier Knows. Henrik Windstedt and Matilda Rapaport takes on the mighty mountain faces of Alaska. It will take you on a journey deep into the mind of a free skier. “Alaska is a mental game with few comparable situations. You sit down for days and just look at the mountains and when the weather clears, you know you have to perform on your highest level and be super aware of your own but also the mountain limits. They seem to be a little more extreme up there.” Henrik Windstedt

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The Big Picture Ski Trailer

Publicerad: 29 October, 2015 av Jaan Oldin |

(Ski news, 29 October, 2015)

Two of the best big mountain skiers Parker White and Chris Logan have just released the duo’s latest installment of their web series The Big Picture, you’ll understand why. Throughout the ten-minute video, both go buck wild on beastly pillow lines, colossal backcountry jumps and tasty pow across interior British Columbia and other playgrounds in N.Am. If you want to ski here too check out our Heli & Cat skiing lodges here and make a booking request.

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Heliski forecast with El Nino

Publicerad: 24 October, 2015 av Charlotta Lyon |

(Ski News, 24 October 2015)

 Heliski forecast with El Nino in western Canada!

hd-mediaitemid24250-6786 - Heliski forecast with El Nino - BCThe season is getting closer and here’s the latest forecast about what’s to come from AccuWeather’s news release. El Nino is going to have major impact and AccuWeather is forecasting one of the warmest winters on record for much of Canada and lots of snow in the west.

The forecast promises to be a great winter for our heli ski lodges in British Columbia.

Here’s more details:

Everyone heading to the Western parts of  Canada can expect above, to even well-above, temperatures as a prevailing westerly flow delivers milder Pacific air across the region. Compared to last winter, there is expected to be more snow across the coastal mountains of western British Columbia. In the Rockies of eastern B.C. and western Alberta however, snowfall will underachieve with the majority falling during the first half of the winter.

 

 

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Boot Fit

Publicerad: 11 October, 2015 av Jaan Oldin |

(Ski News, 11 October 2015)

How to Judge a Boot Fit

Whenever a bootfitter slips what he or she knows to be the correct size onto a prospective customer’s foot, 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. This caveat applies in nearly every instance because the foot in an unbuckled boot will always seek the toe-bending end; only after buckling and flexing will the tootsies retreat into a less confining space.

how-to-judge-1The bones in the green zone should be the focus of every fit.

This “toes will touch” moment is, for many skiers, their first intersection with a concept we at realskiers have adopted as our own, “Fit Tension.” This particular term of art we first heard from the lips of Jim Schaffner, an undisputed master of optimizing equipment who plies his trade at Start Haus, the store he grew from cottage industry roots in Truckee, California.

Every individual has a tolerance level for fit tension. Racers learn early on that they must learn to live with their feet in close confinement if they want to stay in the hunt. While there’s no reason for recreational skiers to endure the sustained pressure of a race fit, anyone can benefit from learning where they should feel high fit tension and where it can be relaxed.

sx-90The legendary Salomon SX 90. Highlighted area indicates path of the interior HIP cable.

The most critical fit area in a ski boot follows a circumference Salomon once christened the heel-instep perimeter (HIP), a zone that encircles the ankle. This is where fit tension should be so snug that it feels as though the liner is penetrating space previously occupied by skin.

Another way to describe where fit tension should be highest is to consider the shaft of the lower leg, down to the heel, as a steering column. The closer the shell and cuff can be brought to the steering column, the better the cuff will wrap around the skier’s lower leg and the more secure the connection will be between skier, liner and shell.

Note that we don’t talk about fit tension across the forefoot, even though forefoot width is the key metric in every boot’s last shape. (Hence the terms “98mm liner” or “100mm last.”) The forefoot needs a subtle range of motion to function inside a ski boot, a ROM that can be shut down if fit tension is too high.

Fortunately, expanding a boot anywhere across the metatarsal ridge is a piece of cake, so, if the only place a shell exerts intolerable fit tension is just behind your toes, this extra pressure can easily be alleviated without compromising desirable high fit tension around the heel.

xpinnacle.jpg.pagespeed.ic.1CpC8tOLKqKnowing the importance of proper fitting, K2 won’t allow their boots to be sold on the Internet.

No one, from racers to never-evers, can ski at full potential in an oversized boot. This is why the “toes will touch” moment is so important; the boot customer has to endure a flash of fit tension in the toes in order to achieve and maintain essential fit tension at the heel. While toes need just enough room to wiggle, any extra room lengthwise will allow the foot to slide forward once this whole operation is set is motion. If steering is shot, control is kaput and confidence quickly corrodes.

The lesson, Dear Reader, is to listen to your bootfitter as he coaches you into your first new pair of boots in several seasons. Realize that the new boots are as unfamiliar with you are you are with them; they need a few minutes to relax their initial tension and get to know you. You need to do your part by buckling down and flexing forward until your toes just brush the end when your ankles and knees are flexed.

Many skiers suffer unnecessarily because they believe that a comfortable ski boot is an oxymoron. In today’s era of custom molded components, it’s lunacy to continue to ski in pain, or even mild discomfort. To achieve the best all-day fit, start with a boot that imparts a sensation of immediate, intimate contact everywhere; the intensity of its first embrace will evolve, in short order, into a comfortable conformity that is made to last for years.

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The Best All-Mountain Skis of 2016

Publicerad: 1 October, 2015 av Jaan Oldin |

 (Ski News 1 October, 2015)

Most skiers need a pair of skis that can perform in any and all conditions. From hardpack to soft snow, ice, on and off-piste, etc., we want a multi-tool that can handle anything that Mother Nature throw at us without having to carry around ten pairs of skis. The options are plentiful, indeed, so the guys at Freeskier have made it easy for you by compiling a list of the newest, best all-mountain skis of 2016. They they tested more than 300 pairs of skis all together and we compiled the top ten list for you for the 90-99 mm waist-width category.

These ten skis ranked above all others at Freeskier ’s annual mega test they’re also featured in thier excellent Buyer’s Guide!

90-99 mm – waisted freeride skies
You might enjoy these skis if… You’re spending as much time in the powder in the backcountry as you are flying down steep groomers or testing your technique in icy pists you don’t shy away from ripping it up in the crud.. and wherever you can step it up with the best of them!

 

Rank # 1 Fischer Ranger 98TI

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Testers celebrate the all-new Fischer Ranger 98 Ti Skis as a powerful tool in an ultra-light package. This ski employs a milled wood core to shed some lbs. Carbon fiber in the tips provides lightweight strengthening, while titanial inserts underfoot bolster torsional rigidity, yielding a smooth ride at high speeds.
“These bad boys are so quick and light,” claimed one tester. “Slam it down and hold on, these things just wanna rip.”
For those seeking an ultra-versatile offering – just gander at the score of 9.66 below – be sure to consider the Ranger 98 Ti as your next all-mountain shred machine.

Dimensions: Tip: 132, Foot: 98, Tail: 122

Rating 8,55/10 

 

Rank # 2 Kästle FX 95 HP

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 “This ski is a high-speed power carver that crushes groomers and cuts through crud like a boss,” claimed one tester about the Kästle FX 95 HP Skis. Its 95 mm waist is versatile, allowing you to transition from the frontside to the backside with ease. An early rise tip and tail provide for a catch-free ride and ensure you’ll float above the chop and the fresh. A mid-density silver fir core is responsive and forgiving, while two layers of Titanal up its torsional rigidity.

“This ski is for kicking ass, charging hard and arcing turns,” noted another tester. “Strap on a pair and witness the sickness.”

Dimensions: Tip: 126, Foot: 95, Tail: 115

Rating: 8,45/10

 

Rank # 3 Folsom Trigger II

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“The Folsom Trigger II Skis are such a fun ski for everyday conditions,” asserted one of our testers.

“It’s a total carving ski that bombs down the entire mountain—front, back, wherever.” With a 99 mm
waist, the Trigger II is a sturdy and stable offering. Its 21 meter turn radius is ideal for big, highspeed
turns. A subtle reverse camber profi le runs the length of the ski, ensuring these puppies are able to fl oat atop modest pow with ease and schmear down the steeps and through the trees. Take it from one tester who exclaimed, “Dust off the credit card and pull the trigger
on the Trigger II.”

Dimensions: Tip: 131, Foot: 99, Tail: 121

Rating: 8,44/10

 

Rank #4 Ski Logic Rave TT

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Our motley crew of testers emphatically applauded the SkiLogic Rave TT Skis. “Patrol is currently looking for me after tearing the mountain to pieces with these skis,” noted one member of the team. SkiLogik utilizes Black Locust — an extremely strong and durable wood — in its sidewall construction for increased torsional stiffness. Layers of carbon fiber and fiberglass around the hardwood core also aid in this regard. A full camber profile makes this ski your go-to, whether you’re ripping groomers or blasting variable terrain—just take a look at that versatility score for evidence.

Dimensions: Tip: 141, Foot: 92, Tail: 125

Rating: 8,43/10

 

Rank # 5 Armada Invictus 95 TI

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If railing turns is a regular pastime, you’re going to want to take the Armada Invictus 95 Ti Skis for a test drive. “The edge-to-edge transfer is super fast and controlled,” remarked one tester. “So much fun. It’s incredibly stable in variable conditions and at any speed,” chimed another. New to the Invictus family this season, this ski features an early rise tip for added float when the going gets choppy. Carbon inserts and Kevlar stringers provide lightweight reinforcement, while Titanal enhances torsional rigidity. We know you want to get from point A to B in a flash — the Invictus 95 Ti will take you there with a smirk on your face.

Dimensions: Tip: 132, Foot: 95, Tail: 123

Rating: 8,41/10

 

Rank # 6 Völkl 90Eight

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Völkl knocked it out of the park with its new Völkl 90Eight Skis. Constructed with the brand’s 3D.Ridge technology — a raised, central ridge that levels out towards the ski’s edge, fore and aft of the binding—the ski is both nimble and ultra-lightweight. Still, these skis maintain top-notch stability thanks to a composite fiberglass sheath surrounding the core, boosting strength and torsional rigidity. “They’re a smooth, reliable thing of beauty,” noted a member of our tester squad. Jump on the 90Eight wagon and open a can of whoop ass all over the place.

Dimensions: Tip: 133, Foot: 98, Tail: 116

Rating: 8,40/10

 

Rank # 7 K2 Pinnacle 95

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Hop on the K2 Pinnacle 95 Skis, and its extremely lightweight character will have you jumping for joy. The ski utilizes K2’s Konic Core Technology, where denser core materials are utilized along the edge while lighter components comprise the center. Specifically, aspen wood and a fiberglass/Titanal laminate line the edges, providing a damp, strong nature–great for turning on the afterburners with confidence. Utilization of Nanolite, a low-density, aerospace grade composite keeps weight down, allowing you to maneuver variable terrain with ease. From the front to the back, the Pinnacle 95 will have you cheesin’ all damn day.

Dimensions: Tip: 132, Foot: 95, Tail: 115

Rating: 8,25/10

 

Rank # 8 Head Monster 98

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New for 2015-16, the Head Monster 98 Skis cater to those who spend the majority of their time ripping hardpack. “An awesome pair of boards for an aggressive skier,” confirmed one of our testers. Its mid-density silver fir wood core is complemented by Graphene; utilization of this crazy-light, megastrong material frees up space for extra Titanal, yielding top-notch torsional rigidity. A bit of early rise in the tip allows you to be quick and nimble when the time calls. “These bad boys hold a very strong edge, lending great action throughout the turn,” remarked another tester. Go HAM on those top-to-bottom gondi laps, folks.

Dimensions: Tip: 135, Foot: 98, Tail: 120

Rating: 8,23/10

 

Rank # 9 Blizzard Bonafide

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Grab life by the horns and tear the s#it out of the mountain with the Blizzard Bonafide Skis. “They just let you rip with confidence,” raved one tester. “They hold an edge with the best of ’em on groomers and with a 98 mm waist, they’re groovy in the soft stuff.” A poplar core keeps weight down and provides for a smooth, damp ride, while a rigid beech wood contributes to strong stability and torsional rigidity. A rockered tip and tail yield a playful and insanely responsive pair of sticks. Make sure to have your “Permission to Rip” slip signed before you load up the lift for all-day domination.

Dimensions: Tip: 133, Foot: 98, Tail: 118

Rating: 8,16/10

 

Rank # 10 Atomic Vantage 95C

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The Atomic Vantage 95 C Skis are celebrated as a lightweight offering that more than holds its own in the power department. “[This ski] has incredibly strong edge grip and swings easily,” exclaimed one tester. An ash and poplar core provides a balance of comfortable weight and great dampening. A layer of rigid, woven carbon-fi ber mesh complements the wood core, providing lightweight strengthening. Titanium inserts run from tip to tail,
yielding superb torsional rigidity. “Cuts very hard and holds up well at speed. Super stable,” said another tester.

Dimensions: Tip: 134, Foot: 95, Tail: 121

Rating: 8,01/10