by Victoria Mashkova – originally published at www.victoriamashkova.com
This past weekend I discovered something life changing and what everyone probably already knew: ski boots are the most important part of your equipment, and they have to fit perfectly. It cannot be just an o.k. fit or what’s worse: I-want-this-boot-because-it-looks-smashing-with-my-skis situation (I know, we’ve all been there). It has to fit the unique design of your foot and function to suite your skill level. It has to be tight but the right kind of tight to hold your foot in place regardless if you take aggressive turns, knocking it out of the park in the backcountry or spending most of your time on groomers chasing after your kiddo. It should flex when you lean forward and put weight on it, yet provide adequate support so you can trust it will hold when necessary. (continue reading…)
By Victoria Mashkova, victoriamashkova.com
For those of you who don’t know me the most important fact about my ski culture upbringing is the following: I grew up in a far-away land of cold and unforgiving winters in a small Russian town called Togliatti where hosed-down bunny slopes were the delight of my winter season. Little did I know about a world-class skiing until I moved to Colorado in 2005. And so my slope adventures began!
This past Thanksgiving, I had a great pleasure of spending a long weekend at my friends’ house in Salida, Colorado. Oh, Salida! It is a small, cute town located southwest of Denver. It is close enough you don’t have to get on a plane or spend countless hours in a car and far enough you forget about Denver the minute you take 285 South. It was my second visit to their beautiful home and being in such close proximity to Monarch Mountain, I could not help but sneak away to the slopes. The weather could not have been more perfect. The drive was quick, about 15 minutes from Salida; I popped my skis on and was on a lift in no time. (continue reading…)