As I write this, the first snow of the season has just fallen but sadly it did not stay around for very long. Now that it’s getting colder, I am hopeful that the season will be a wondrous one but I must admit I despise late starts and this month I thought I would include this apropos cartoon created by my fellow snow sport journalist Mike Roth. If you ride or glide, you can relate to this sentiment of wanting the season to get into full swing already! Thanks for the contribution Mike!
I’d like to share with you the top 4 picks for all mountain skis and snowboards according to Outside Magazine. For the ski segment the Blizzard Quattro RX ($1,320 w/bindings) is a “user-friendly, lightweight, subtly rockered ski that lays trenches in corduroy.” The Atomic Vantage X 83 CTI ($899) is ideal “for everything from groomers to bumps to chalky steeps.” The Völkl RTM 86 UVO ($1,175) is best when used “many, many days in Vermont.” The Salomon X-Drive 8.8 FS ($850) shines while “wailing turns in packed powder.” Lastly the Blizzard Bonafide ($840) is “your Colorado one-ski quiver” meaning these planks will do you right for 90% of the skiing you might do out west. For the boarders, the top five list looks like this: The Ride Alter Ego ($600) offers a double edge sword of sorts. It has a locking split-tail design. “Unlocked, the tail sinks low offering surfboard-style control and float in deep snow. Latch it together and the board stiffens up to carve hard pack like an ice-sculptor’s saw.” Gnu Eco Choice (580) is “perfect for free styling with panache.” Burton’s FT Branch Manager ($670) is great for “soul searching through the forest.” Get it? Branch manager?! Lol Last but not least is the Lib-Tech T. Rice Climax ($1,000) which is Travis Rice’s highly anticipated new pro model. Outside says it is ideal “for big turns on big mountains.” Click http://www.outsideonline.com to learn more about Outside Magazine and to see their other choices for the best boots, resorts and much more.
As you look for good deals this season don’t forget to check out Liftopia which is a great resource for ski and snowboard industry trends and most importantly, how to save on ski vacations this winter. Liftopia is the largest online and mobile marketplace for lift tickets and other mountain activities. Their marketplace, offers deals on everything from lift tickets to equipment rentals, meal vouchers and more at more than 250 ski areas in North America, with savings of up to 85% off walk-up window rates when purchased in advance. That is pretty sweet! Surf to www.liftopia.com for the full skinny on their offerings.