There’s nothing like feeling the G-forces of a true carve on a groomed run, or feeling like you’re flying while floating on deep powder. And, there’s nothing like getting smacked down onto a patch of ice when you can’t hold an edge, or getting stuck on a catwalk because you have no wax. It’s not you. It’s your gear.
The tuning techs at Christy Sports have plenty of tricks up their sleeves to keep your skiis and boards in great shape. They have machines that can flatten your base and impart a solid structure. They have experts on hand who can manually sharpen your edges and coat your base with wax for the current snow conditions. We got to go behind the scenes to learn what’s the big deal about ski tuning?
Did you know that the Colorado snow is so dry that it actually creates a static charge? Adding a layer of graphite when your waxing can get rid of the static, so you don’t feel like you’re skiing on styrofoam.
Did you know that before you get out your bike for the summer and put your skis and boards away for the season, you should put a coat of storage wax on your base? If you forget, the base will oxidize and your skis and boards won’t be as fast and won’t be able to absorb wax as well.
There’s lots to learn if you want to get super techy, but the basics are fairly simple: keep your gear maintained, just like you would take care of your car. Your skis and boards won’t run well if you don’t keep them in shape. Whether you have tuning parties with your buddies, or take your equipment to the ski techs at Christy Sports, a fresh coat of wax and sharp edges will go a long way! See for yourself:
It would be hard to beat a perfect day snowboarding down endless fields of powdery bliss—unless, of course, you arrive by HELICOPTER! Goodbye chairlift lines, hello heli!
Tucked away in the majestic San Juan Mountains, Silverton Mountain offers a wonderful guided backcountry experience all within the confines of resort boundaries. It’s not for everyone, but for anyone who’s very capable on skis or a board and looking for an adventure, Silverton takes it to the next level. They promise run after run of advanced and expert terrain, steep vertical drops and an annual average snowfall of 400+ inches!
That said, you sure do earn your turns. There is only one chairlift, so be prepared to hike in high altitude, knowing your tuckered out self will have a good rest the night after. There are very limited facilities, so be prepared to pack a lunch and on occasion, leave yellow snow.
Of course, this is all part of the true adventure of Silverton, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Where else can you ride in a helicopter, UPS truck, and prison bus, all in the same day? Be sure to check out my Silverton experience heliboarding and be warned, you may find yourself booking your next trip right away.
There’s nothing better than a fun day skiing on the mountain. This much is true. But, if you sunburn the shape of your goggles onto your face and look like a raccoon for the rest of the week, that’s not so fun.
If you carelessly let go of your snowboard while strapping in and watch it fly down the mountain, well, that’s not so fun either. And, if you have a collision with an unsuspecting victim and send them to the hospital, well, that would be a huge bummer.
The first on the mountain and the last to leave, our trusty ski patrollers have seen it all! With safety always at top of mind, they’ve got tons of tips and tricks to help you have a great day on the mountain. We asked ski patrollers across the state of Colorado to share their top safety tips. From the laws of the land to smart suggestions, here are a few words to the wise, so listen up! Better to be safe than sorry!
Long after we step into our skis, learn the “pizza” and move on to the “french fry”, the people who taught us how to slide down the mountain fade into the distance. But what happens when you’ve been cruising the blues for the millionth time, and you’re just ready for a new challenge?
Despite what you may think, Ski School is not just for the kiddos. It’s not just for the first-timers. Let’s face it, we could all benefit from some lessons on the hill to sharpen up our skills, learn some new tricks and master challenging terrain. It’s an investment that will benefit you throughout your entire ski and snowboarding career. You’ll become more efficient with your turns so you don’t feel so tired or sore the next day, you’ll feel more confidence, and you’ll be able to ride more of the mountain. Imagine carving down groomers, floating through powder, weaving through the trees, hitting up the terrain park or mastering moguls–you know you want to!
PSIA certified ski instructor and trainer Erik Mogensen of Winter Park has made a career out of teaching skiing. It’s amazing how quickly the tips and tricks can transform the way you ski. On his lesson with Victoria, an intermediate skier and a mom who fears the day her son will surpass her on the mountain, Erik shows her how to take her skiing to the next level in the bumps.
Take a peek:
January is National Safety Month and resorts all across Colorado are celebrating in style to raise awareness to the folks on the hill. Arapahoe Basin’s Jake Ziemski, the 2013 Colorado Ski Patroller of the Year, shares some tricks and tips to keep you safe on the mountain. Jake walks us through the rules of Your Responsibility Code and surveys the little ones about skiing and snowboarding safely. There are lots of things you can do to keep yourself and others safe on the mountain, whether cruising the slopes or hitting up the terrain park. Find out here:
If you want to be the King of the Mountain, you have to know your stuff. It’s not all about blazing fast and shredding hard or pulling tricks and looking super steazy doing them–though we’ll give you bonus points for that! The brains we protect under our helmets are the biggest assets you can take to the slopes.
We got to chat with the folks at the Ski & Snowboard Expo and put them to the ultimate test in slope smarts! The name of the game: ski safety and Ski Country trivia. Think you can earn a perfect score? (continue reading…)
Ever wish you could be a kid again? This will definitely make you jealous: Colorado Ski Country offers 5th graders 60 days of FREE skiing and riding!!! That’s for Zero! Zilch! Nada! Over 20 Colorado resorts–like Copper Mountain, Telluride, Steamboat and more–offer 5th graders three full days of fun as part of the renowned Passport program. And, after kids graduate from fifth grade, no one’s left hanging.
6th graders get a pretty awesome deal, too, receiving four days of skiing and riding at all 20 member resorts for just $99–that’s 80 days of fun! That amounts to $1.24 per day. That’s kind of ridiculous. There’s also a rockin’ deal for kiddos who have never had the chance to try skiing or snowboarding: The First Class Program provides one free lesson in January to 5th Grade Passport who have never skied or snowboarded. Resorts have excellent ski and snowboard schools, where taking a lesson from a pro will help your child get better faster.
What a perfect excuse to partake in the Coloradan tradition of skiing and riding!
I recently got the chance to meet up with Colorado Ski Country’s esteemed 5th grade blogger, Emma, and hang out with her rad fifth grade posse. Check out all the fun we had at Copper Mountain, all thanks to the Passport program:
While we can’t turn back time, we can at least tell every 5th and 6th grader you bump into to sign up for a year of FREE skiing and riding. Learn more about the Passport program here: http://www.coloradoski.com/passport.
You did a good deed.