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

Nordica 2017 Line Up

Last February I had the opportunity to go try out skis and other gear that would hit the market in the 2017 season. Since Avie’s Ski / Sport is a Nordica dealer, I spent some time checking out their gear for you. Here I pass along to you what I found.

For the 2017 season, Nordica has come out with the all new GT Series of men’s skis. The GT Series is an upgrade of the Fire Arrow series of skis. While the Fire Arrow series were solid skis, I never really took a shine to them for some reason. The GT Series is designed to take on the front-side groomers, and I found them to be up to the task.

The 84 Ti EVO, 80 Ti EVO and 76 Ti EVO all contain titanal for stiffening. They all tipped into and out of turns with ease. And they held tight throughout the turns. I think this is the big difference with the Fire Arrow series which tended to slip a bit in tight turns. So this is a really nice upgrade. These same skis also have a slightly rounded tail design. In my opinion, this makes them a bit more agile and fun in the bumps and in the woods. …more

2017 Avie’s Ski & Ride Trips

The New Year is officially begun, and we at Avie’s Ski / Sport are asking you to consider adding one more resolution to the weighty list you no doubt have already concocted — SKI MORE! RIDE MORE! SKI MORE! RIDE MORE! SKI MORE! RIDE MORE! SKI MORE! RIDE MORE!

Okay, that’ more than one, but you get the point. Read on to resolve the issue. …more

Volkl 2017 Line Up

The big news in the 2017 Volkl ski line has to do with the ladies. Volkl redesigned—from top to bottom—the entire line of ladies all-mountain skis. This new product line is the Flair series of skis. From the carbon infused Flair SC UVO to the composite-bodied Flair 73, ladies have their choice of hard charging to user-friendly carvers. …more