Smuggler’s

Spent Monday on the slopes at Smuggler’s Notch in upper Vermont. This was my first time on this mountain, though likely not my last. The view from the top of Madonna Mountain is worth the drive. The skiing is too.

Yes, the lifts are fixed-grip doubles that take their time getting to the top. But since there were no lines at the lifts it wasn’t a nuisance or a bother. And it was a sunny, windless day in the low to mid-30s so it really was a pleasant ride back to the top.  …more

Yes, It’s Still Snowy Up North

It’s tough for some of us to think about skiing or riding when the temperature in Westerly is creeping near the 70ºF mark. In February. And there isn’t a speck of snow left on the ground. In fact, daffodils and a few other early bloomers are poking greenery up through the not frozen ground. Many are thinking spring is sprung and skiing and riding is done for another season. But the ospreys aren’t back just yet, and for me that’s the true marker of the start of spring.

I got to spend a couple days on the slopes in Vermont with my daughter Allison and her boyfriend Rob. We hit Killington and then Okemo. I thought I would share a few thoughts, especially for those thinking the season is over. It’s not. …more

Atop of Okemo

Forty skiers and riders, including my niece Kayla, made the journey to Okemo Ski Resort in Ludlow, Vermont yesterday to enjoy the snow. Yes, it was a busy day on the mountain with President’s Day weekend in full swing. But the condition of the trails made the hustle and bustle fade rapidly. …more

Ski & Ride Alert!

All the folks lucky enough to have been on the Avie’s Ski and Ride trip to Killington this past Wednesday had the best of times. Sore muscles after a day of fantastic skiing and riding were the norm. It snowed much of the day while they were on the slopes. And then it snowed even more after the bus pointed south. 

Don’t miss your chance at Okemo. This Sunday, the 19th of February. 

Conditions up north are just incredible. Between 2 and 3 feet of snow have fallen in the hills of Vermont over the past week-and-a-half. Don’t miss out on a chance to dig your edges into some wonderful packed-powder this weekend. 

Wax those skis and boards. Get to Avie’s Ski / Sport and sign up for the trip to Okemo this Sunday. Get some of that tasty snow while the getting is good.

And it’s really, really good.

 

 

AlanD

Ski & Ride Update from Vermont

I had the pleasure of spending Tuesday and Wednesday up at Stratton doing some skiing. It was the annual “Demo Days” dealer event where we get to visit ski and snowboard dealers, see what’s new for the upcoming season. i agree it is a very trying and difficult job, but someone has to do it. I don’t mind taking a shot “for the team” every once in a while. …more

Dream Day at Okemo

Thirty-nine smart riders and skiers took the Avie’s Ski Bus north yesterday to Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, Vermont. Temperatures hovered in the mid-20s at the summit and low 30s at the base, with a mix of sun and clouds. A brief but intense snow flurry for about a half hour graced the day just to add a special touch. …more

Avie’s Magic Ski Bus

Yes, the Avie’s Ski Bus is indeed magical. You get on the bus, chill, and end up at a New England ski mountain refreshed and ready to slay the slopes. If that isn’t magic I don’t know what is.

And the magic happens again this Sunday, the 29th of January. Get on the bus, close your eyes, and when they open you will have been whisked to Okemo ski area for a day of fun on the slopes. The trip is filling quickly, so if you want to experience the magic, sign on soon. Don’t let the Avie’s magic bus leave you in a cloud of pixie dust in snowless Rhode Island or Connecticut!

And now for some good news. And a little bad news.

The bad news is that the trip to Mount Snow on the 5th of February has been cancelled. It’s Super Bowl Sunday.

The good news is that the New England Patriots will be walking into yet another Super Bowl  on that very day, and we know you don’t want to miss a second of game time.

So on that day the Avie’s magic bus will be pulling for the home team instead of pulling skiers and riders to the slopes. But this weekend the bus goes north into snow-country. Be sure to sign up for this weekend’s trip to Okemo and experience a bit of magic.

 

Blizzard 2017 Line Up

For 2017 Blizzard has replaced their Magnum and XPower series skis with the Quattro set of sticks. Quattro encompasses both men’s and women’s skis, which have been designed to best accommodate the differences between the sexes. What a great concept!

But Quattro is not just a ski, it is a system ski. That means that the bindings were designed specifically for the ski they sit atop, and working together, ski and binding provide a partnership that really makes these skis sing. Less chatter over crust and crud. Better holding power in tight, high speed carves, even on crusty, snow bare patches of trail. The Quattro design is a winner. …more

Fischer 2017 Line Up

The big news from Fischer for 2017 is the Pro MTN series of skis. Featuring Air-Tech technology, the Pro MTN skis shed considerable weight relative to other carving skis, but retain the stiffness needed to keep them stable in turns and at speed. Aimed at skiers who focus on carving up the corduroy, the Pro MTN skis do the job and do it well. I skied all in the series, from 95 mm waist to 77 mm waist, and liked them all. My favorite was the Pro MTN 80, which was fast into turns, and stable throughout. …more