Author Archives: Alan Desbonnet

Nordica in November

It is so very exciting to tap into my web browser every morning and, using the “snow spy cams” at various New England ski mountains, take in the beautiful sight of landscapes growing from green and brown to lovely, lovely, whiteness!! It is, other than actually being on the slopes, the best way for me to start a day. I have a great view of lower Narragansett Bay from my office, but it doesn’t rate with the flash of excitement that comes with seeing a snow covered ski slope.

But I digress. The past few posts have taken a look at this season’s crop of skis and boards from Capita, Blizzard, and Volkl. This post takes a look at Nordica, and the next will focus on RIDE snowboards. …more

Veteran’s Day Sale!

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Avie’s Ski/Sport will be taking 20% off regular price of ALL jackets and pants.

Yes, ALL jackets and pants.

Yes, 20% off regular price.

Sale ends when the shop closes at 5:00 PM this Sunday, the 12th of November.

So don’t wait until Monday.

The temperature is dropping (just wait until tomorrow!!). The snow is flying up north. Yes it is, both natural and man-made. Lifts are spinning. Opening Day is only a few scant weeks away. 

Get the goods while the getting’s good. 20% off jackets and pants until 5PM Sunday.

 

First Frost

It was great to wake up this morning and see a nice heavy coat of frost. It has snowed a couple of times up north. Ski areas are working snow guns overnight as they begin to build up the base we will ski and ride on this season. Killington and Sunday River have lifts spinning taking eager beavers up for some early season turns.

If you haven’t turned thoughts towards skiing and riding, this ought to help you get focused. Last post focused on What’s New from Blizzard and Tecnica, and the one before that on new Capita, Union, and thirtytwo snowboard gear. Check those out if you missed them, but first read on as we check in on Volkl and Dalbello. …more

This year, women skiers win big

Blizzard and Tecnica have spun up an initiative called “Women-2-Women.” Basically, they are having women engineers–and designers–work with women skiers in a back-and-forth fashion so that they design gear that not only mechanically works specifically for women, but also addresses considerations of style, form, and function from a women’s perspective. …more

Take A Ride

Hear Ye, Hear Ye All Riders!  Avie’s Ski / Sport has a new brand of snowboards, bindings, and boots for you to come drool over.

Capita snowboards have found there way into the shop, and they are sweet. Great graphics atop a hi-tech deck makes for great adventures all over the mountain. Capita mixes up some great blends of carbon fiber and lightweight but structurally strong woods—like bamboo—to create snowboards that are hard charging, yet responsive. Come on over to the shop and check them out while they still adorn the wall in the “Riders Room.” They won’t be there long. Not with their come-hither great looks and siren-call pricing.

Union Binding Company makes a debut at Avie’s Ski / Sport this season as well. Rugged, lightweight, and with a bit of flex to give a cool, surfy feel to your ride, Union bindings might just make a nice marriage on the Capita snowboard you are ogling. Yeah, we noticed. But it’s okay. And Union bindings will fit the deck you have if you are looking to do an upgrade on those old, beat up, duct-taped, dry-wall screwed, zip-tied bindings that while serving as a badge of honor, are also an embarrassment.

And guess who walked into Avie’s Ski / Sport this season? thirtytwo boots, that’s who. Sure, they got BOA lacers, but they also have traditional lacings for those of you who really do like the flexibility of lacing your boots the way you like them for the ride that you want to have. Warm and highly weather-proof (think no more soggy wet feet), thirtytwo boots may be just the thing to nestle your tootsies into this season.

But riders beware!! There are only so many goodies in the shop, so make it a point to surf your way into Avie’s and check out the new gear before it disappears. 

 

 

AlanD

Be Prepared!

My apologies for the barrage of postings of new skis and snowboards to Facebook. I didn’t realize that there was a switch—which obviously was in the ON position—that  auto-posts each product. Sorry about that!

On the plus side, I don’t really need to announce the arrival of TONS of NEW STUFF at Avie’s Ski / Sport!! But I am going to anyway…….NEW STUFF for 2018 is flowing into the shop each and every day! 

So don’t delay! Be prepared for the 2018 Season of Snow to start! They are making snow at Sunday River. Killington Peak is coated in white amidst the blaze of orange and red. I personally saw the onset of winter when hiking Mt. Hood in Oregon a couple weeks ago. As we hiked toward the summit, clouds poured over the peak and down the slopes bringing mist, then rain, then snow! And lots of it! Over two and a half feet! The Rockies are already getting dumped on and that wonderful, white, fluffy stuff is heading this way.

Get prepared! The BEST selection of gear you will have available at Avie’s this season is RIGHT NOW!! The biggest selection of boots and sizes is available right now. The broadest selection of ski models and lengths is available right now. The coolest, newest snowboards are available right now. The widest selection of seasonal lease gear is available right now. 

The longer you wait, the slimmer the pickings. Sure, Ted can order more——IF the manufacturers have it in stock. 

Check out the website. Peruse all the new skis, boots, and boards. Better yet, stop into the shop and let us help you into some new gear for the 2018 season. Now is the time. Selection is best and you will have the widest range of options and choices, ensuring that you get exactly what you want and need to maximize the fun you will have playing in the snow.

See you soon.

AlanD

Let the season begin?

Ted thinks I’m nuts, though I’m not so sure he’s right.

I start thinking about skiing in July, and I readily admit to that. And the fever builds over the long months of heat and humidity, though that doesn’t wilt my resolve that snow will come.

But then comes August, and things get worse. …more

Hot New Item!

Check this out —- Adirondack-style ski chairs.

Ryan has been busy measuring, cutting, and constructing. And yes, he still has most of his fingers. The outcome of this unexpected burst of creativity has been some really nice leisure living furniture for your deck, lawn, porch, patio, campsite or cabin. Heck, they might go pretty good at the dining room table.

These are likely to be limited in availability as they are not factory produced. It takes a bit to put one together, and Ryan only has so much time available. And he’s pretty slow at it. So stop in for a visit at Avie’s and park your derrière in one of these fine pieces of outdoor furniture, while they last.

While these Adirondack ski chairs will help you chill this summer, for the bold they can give a thrill this winter. Fasten an old pair of skis to the chair legs and point-em-downhill!*

*this activity not appropriate for children under 6, or anyone older with half a brain

Come Forth on the Fourth

Unless you’re the most hardened of diehard skiers, the weather is perfect. And even then it’s pretty darn good.

And Avie’s Ski / Sport is OPEN from 10AM until 5:00PM on July 4th so that you can be sure to pack in as much fun in the sun as is possible while the getting is good.

An expanse of paddle boards. A sea of surf boards. An acre of sun glasses. A — place your own witticism here — of sandals and other summer fun gear.

Don’t let the 4th of July slip by as just another day wishing you were having outside having a blast. Avie’s has what you need to go from blah to gaga. And you can get in on the 4th of July.

So on the fourth come forth and start summer. Don’t wait until too late.

 

What’SUP?

You are if you are standing atop a new Stand Up Paddle Board that you picked up at Avie’s Ski / Sport. New paddle boards are in stock and ready for you to take out for a spin. Avie’s has a nice selection of lengths and styles, and can help fit you to one to match your abilities whether a first-time SUPer or a super SUPer ready to paddle out into the surf.

Individual boards and paddles, or SUP packages await your perusal at Avies. Paddle boarding builds upper torso strength, and greatly enhances your balancing abilities. And yes, both will be very useful, especially the balance part, when you get back onto the slopes this coming winter.

And as an extra bonus, there is NO SALES TAX on paddle boards in Rhode Island. That’s a 7% savings from buying in a nearby state, without even trying!