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New Snowboards, Wax & Bus Trips On Tap

We have all been waiting for snow. And we got it. But unfortunately in a melted physical format. But no worries!! Up north they got snow. And lots of it. A foot and more of the wonderful white stuff fell on ski slopes all the way from New York to Maine.

And we have been waiting for a few other things beside snow. Such as, snowboards from Capita, fluorocarbon wax from SWIX, and bus trips from Avie’s Ski / Sports.

Snowboard Arrivals

Capita snowboards have had a hard time getting to retail shops this season. But no longer. A shipment of Capita snowboards arrived at Avie’s Ski / Sports and are now available. If you have been waiting for Capita boards to arrive, wait no longer. And don’t wait too long because they probably won’t have a long shelf life.

Fluoro- Wax

SWIX has been having some difficulty getting fluorocarbon waxes out of Norway, where they are produced, and into the US. The policy log jam finally opened up and we expected SWIX LF waxes to arrive mid-January. But the US government is not open for business, which means that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can’t sign off on the permits that would allow the shipment to get to us eager New England ski and snowboard waxers.

So we found an alternate source, and expect some low fluoro- ski wax to arrive early this week. What’s the big deal? If you wax your own skis or snowboards, low fluoro- wax is the “go to” wax for New England conditions. New England snow is typically high in moisture content, and low fluoro- wax significantly improves glide in high humidity snow. Never used a fluoro- wax? You should. As soon as you make the switch you will notice that your skis, or snowboard, want “to go” is the only way to describe it.

Ski & Ride Loon

And then of course there are ski and ride bus trips hosted by Avie’s Ski / Sports. Next on tap is a trip to the great state of New Hampshire to ski and ride at Loon. Great price of $99.95 per person, which includes round trip travel on a coach bus and your lift ticket at Loon. To best ensure that the trip runs to Loon, sign up before mid-afternoon on Thursday of this week. Avie’s needs to commit to bus and driver Thursday afternoon, and if there are not enough people signed up to go, the trip will be cancelled. You can of course get on the trip if you sign up after Thursday. But you might be disappointed to find out there is nothing to sign up for because the trip was cancelled due to lack of interest. That’s a shame. If you are interested in skiing or riding at Loon, sign up earlier than later.

Wednesday Trip to Okemo

On Wednesday, January 30th, the first Avie’s Ski / Sports mid-week ski and ride trip heads to Okemo in Vermont. Do you want a day on the slopes where you can rip up the trails top-to-bottom without crowds? Do you want a day skiing or riding from top-to-bottom and going directly onto the lift back to the top? If you answered YES to either (or both) then you MUST be on the Wednesday trip to Okemo. Be sure to sign up for the Wednesday January 30 trip to Okemo by mid-day on Monday the 28th so we can ensure the trip runs.

New snow, snowboards, and wax. And some new ski and ride trips ready to bring you someplace fun. So you can play on the new snow with your new snowboard which is slicked up with new wax.

Sounds good to me. See you there.

AlanD

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Fun Day at Stratton

The group from Avie’s Ski / Sports had a blast at Stratton on the January 13th trip north. Conditions were phenomenal. Temperatures stayed in the high teens, but without a breath of wind. Great temps for skiing and riding.

And the sky. Such a beautiful sky. Not a cloud to be seen anywhere. The only thing resembling a cloud were the snow-capped peaks of the Presidential Range in New Hampshire off in the distance to the east.

Ok, great weather. How were conditions?

Incredibly good. Most of the mountain was open, and most open trails were groomed. With no wind, the snow stayed on the trails. The only spot that got a bit nasty in the afternoon was Janeway Junction. Too much traffic always seems to make that spot get scraped to glacier status. But if you avoided that, the rest of the slopes were firm, fast, and snow covered.

The new lift in the Snow Bowl area of the resort is a fantastic addition. The trip back to the summit from the bottom of World Cup now takes about 5 minutes rather than the 15 or so minutes with the previous lift. Better still, few seemed to know it was there because there was never a line. So, you could avoid the long, slow runout back to the base area with a short hop back to the summit. Very nice addition.

Was it crowded?

Even more surprising were the crowds. Or lack thereof. Yes, it was busy, but the longest wait I had was at the Sunrise Express lift out of the Sun Bowl, where it took about 5 minutes to get on the lift. So there were fewer people on the trails than what I think of as “normal” for a Sunday.

And once the Patriot’s game started, the trails got even more lonely. For those that decided to forgo at least the start of the game, the skiing and riding throughout the afternoon was spectacular.

Starting to get the idea it was a great day? It was. Personally, I thought the snow in the Sun Bowl area was the best, and my favorite trails for the day were Sunrise Super Trail, skiers left as you get off the Sunrise Express chair, and Lower Downeaster, skiers right coming off the chair.

Last Run

Right at the end of the day, the Sunrise Express lift in the Sun Bowl experienced problems and was shut down for repairs. Fortunately they got everyone off before shutting it down. This left the Solstice lift running, which I hadn’t been on before. It is a sloooooooow lift, but when it’s the only lift, you take it. Fortunately I took it only once, for my last run of the day. I took Big Ben, a novice trail right off the Solstice lift, back to the Sun Bowl lodge. It’s a scenic, winding trail through the woods, experiencing a gentle grade. It pops out of the woods at the top of a big, broad slope leading past the tubing hill.

The sun had been on the slope earlier in the day, which was now in the shadows as the sun was setting. I tipped over the top of the long wide slope, quickly finding out that the sun must have slightly thawed the surface, which then froze over as the sun dipped behind the mountain. For a novice trail, I had a fast ride down the slope back to the lodge. Big carves across the face of the trail, all the way to the bottom, was a fantastic way to end the day.

I was tempted to jump on the lift for one more spin down Big Ben, but opted not. My quads were screaming from a fun afternoon of torture. I decided to let it end on a high note. My quads were very grateful for that decision.

The bus ride back to Westerly was particularly quiet. Everyone was what I call “blissfully exhausted” from a fun day on the snow.

Mount Snow on tap

This coming Sunday, the 20th of January, the Avie’s Ski / Sports trip heads back to Vermont to visit the slopes at Mount Snow. Same great price of $99.95. Be sure to sign up by early afternoon on Thursday the 17th to help ensure that the trip will run.

Sure, you can still sign up for the trip after Thursday. But you run a risk of two very bad things happening. First—too many people waited until after Thursday afternoon to sign up, and the trip was cancelled because we thought there wasn’t enough interest. Second—too many people did sign up before Thursday afternoon and there are no seats left on the bus. In the first case, everyone loses. In the second, there is a big number of winners, and one loser.

Don’t be a loser. Sign up before Thursday afternoon

Following Mount Snow Avie’s heads to Loon in New Hampshire on the 27th. On January 30th, a Wednesday, Avie’s Ski / Sports has the first mid-week trip of the season, heading to Okemo. I urge you to be on that bus. Mid-week skiing and riding cannot be beat. Sign up for this trip early so that we know there is enough interest.

Check out the full trip list.

AlanD
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Stratton on January 13th

Vermont and New Hampshire are getting whacked with a nice blanket of that fluffy white stuff we call snow. This weekend—Sunday specifically—you can be at Stratton on January 13th.

The 5 to 7-inches of snow, maybe more locally on the mountain, will freshen things up quite nicely for our skiing and riding pleasures. Stratton is a fun mountain, with a variety of terrain for all ages and abilities. A brand new lift over in the Snow Bowl will give another opportunity to get to the summit without returning to the base village.

The best part of the trip, sponsored by Avie’s Ski / Sports in Westerly, Rhode Island, is the price.

$99.95 per person

That price includes a ride to and from Stratton, on a comfy coach bus. Get on the bus in the morning and relax for a few hours as someone else does the driving. Get to Stratton and ski and ride all day long. Get on the bus at the end of the day, exhausted from so much fun, and let someone else do the driving.

The price includes your lift ticket cost. If you were to drive all the way to Stratton on your own, then go to the ticket window and get your lift pass, you would experience at least three unpleasant things. First, you would have driven all that way to Stratton early in the morning instead of relaxing with friends and family. Second, you would pay MORE for the lift ticket than for the entire Avie’s Ski / Sports cost of the trip. Third, at the end of the day, tired and crabby from paying full price for a lift ticket, you have to drive all the way back home.

So, don’t go on the Avie’s Ski / Sports bus trip this Sunday, January 13th, to Stratton. Then you get the pleasure of driving 6 hours AND paying MORE for your lift ticket than if you joined the folks leaving from Avie’s. That sounds like a great deal for YOU.

But not for me. I will be on that bus leaving Avie’s Ski / Sports and headed to Stratton.

Decision to confirm the bus and driver for the trip to Stratton must be made by mid-afternoon Thursday.

That’s tomorrow. Tomorrow afternoon. If you want to go on this trip, you need to have your reservations in place before mid-afternoon tomorrow. If too few are signed up to go, then the trip gets canceled. That would be a sad thing. Sad indeed.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday morning at Avie’s Ski / Sports. Stratton awaits us!!

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Skiing & Riding CAN’T Wait

Looks like the first Ski & Ride trip, headed to Okemo, is a no go for this Sunday. That’s a bummer because conditions are getting increasingly good. Yeah, we had a few flip-flops into some spells of nasty warmer conditions.

Look at the picture above? What do you see? You see “snow whales.” These are gigantic mounds of snow that the mountain ops snow makers create. They close trails and make snow whales. Then they push that mountain of snow around to make nice conditions to ski and ride on. That’s whats been going on up north the past few weeks.

We have a return to cold on tap. And some fresh snow has fallen up in the north country. With more predicted in the days to come. Granted, no major dumps in sight. But they will come. No doubt about that. They just never happen soon enough or often enough for us snow hounds.

Ski conditions are good and getting better. So all of us should be chomping at the bit, as the saying goes, to get out on the hill and let gravity have some fun with us. I know I am. But I don’t get to feed that need at Okemo this Sunday on an Avie’s Ski & Ride Trip. And that’s a bummer.

An Avie’s Ski / Sport Ski & Ride Trip is always fun. And cost effective. The price of a trip, which includes the ride—on a coach bus—to and from the ski area AND the full day lift ticket, costs less than the price of the lift ticket for the day at the resort. Participants have nothing to do except chill on the way up. Ski and ride like banshees until the bull-wheels stop spinning and the lifties wave you away. Chill on the return trip and take in a movie or two.

The thing is that decisions on “trip go or no-go” have to be made by Thursday mid afternoon. The bus company needs to confirm use of the bus and driver for the day. If, as seems to be the case sometimes, everyone thinking about going on the trip waits until Friday or Saturday, it’s too late. The sad decision to cancel the trip has already been made. Days earlier.

Owen, after hearing the trip was off.

Ted gets sad. I get sad. Owen gets sad and depressed. People walking in with big smiles on their faces ready to sign up for the trip Friday evening and Saturday morning leave with frowns. That’s a bummer.

If you are considering participation in an Avie’s Ski / Sports Ski & Ride Bus Trip, then you need to get to the store and commit to the trip before mid-day on Thursday. I figured this was worth saying because hey, how would you know otherwise?

Now you know.

Commit to Avie’s Ski & Ride trips by mid-day on Thursdays

At latest.

Next trip up north on bus from Avie’s Ski / Sports takes place on Sunday, January 13th. This trip goes to Stratton. If you are interested in this one, and you should be, get to Avie’s and sign up.

Do it now. Or tomorrow. Maybe even wait until Monday. But don’t wait until the last minute. Though if you do, that last minute should be Thursday the 10th at noon.

Share this far and wide. Especially with friends and family you know who do take part in the Ski & Ride trips from Avie’s Ski / Sports.

I hope to see you Sunday the 13th as we head to Vermont together to ski and ride at Stratton.

AlanD
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Okemo On Sunday

It will officially be 2019 in a mere matter of hours. And it’s important to start off a new year with some good intentions. One of the intentions, in fact I would argue it to be the very best of intentions, should be to ski and ride.

This Sunday, January 6th, the first Sunday of 2019, you can go to Okemo to ski and ride.

Avie’s Ski / Sports has the first bus trip of the season headed to Vermont. And it will stop at Okemo. Today, New Year’s Eve Day, Okemo has 86 trails open to skiers and riders. Tonight they expect a few inches of snow to fall, and perhaps a few inches again this coming Saturday.

Start 2019 on good footing, and go skiing and go riding. Do it at Okemo with other Avie’s Ski / Sport skiers and riders.

The price for the trip to Okemo is a ridiculous $99.95. Window price for that ticket at Okemo is $106. You SAVE a few bucks on the lift ticket price AND you get a ride to and from the mountain. It sounds incredible, and it is.

Go skiing. Go riding. Go to Okemo. Sunday January 6th, 2019.

Avie’s Ski / Sports is closed on Tuesday, New Year’s Day.

Get to the shop today, or Wednesday as soon as you can to be sure to get your seat on the bus to Okemo.

Hope to see you Sunday. In the meantime, have a safe and wonderful ending of 2018 and start of 2019.

AlanD
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Ski Sock Stuffers

There was a great turn out for the tuning clinic by Bruce Diehl from SWIX last week. And during the clinic he pointed out many things that would be excellent ski sock stuffers for a certainly holiday morning coming up next week. 

First off, a nice SWIX Diamond Stone would be great to find in the toe of a ski sock. As Bruce noted, using one at the end of every ski day to lightly buff and polish edges on skis and snowboards keeps them nice and sharp, and rust free. Sharp edges cannot be stressed strongly enough as important here in New England. The snow can be crusty and even downright hard at times. Sharp edges keep you on course.

Bruce showed how to use SWIX F4 Liquid Wax, which would be an absolutely ideal ski sock stuffer. This liquid wax is super easy to apply, so your skis or snowboard slide more easily over the snow. Give the F4 container a few good shakes. Smear the liquid wax all over the base. Give it a half minute to dry. Then brush it out with a few strokes, tip-to-tail, using a nylon SWIX brush (blue or white nylon brush is fine for this). That’s it! 

While F4 wax is not a long term replacement for a good hot wax—the best of course being a nice ironed in waxing—it is a great way to keep you moving gracefully (and quickly!) over the snow. And since when is that ever a bad thing? Never! According to Bruce Diehl, every skier and rider should have a SWIX F4 applicator in their boot bag. Avie’s Ski / Sports has a good supply of F4, so grab a few and drop them into every ski sock you see.

Sock-In-A-Sock

Avie’s Ski / Sports has lots of other great ski and ride related items that are small enough to be great ski sock stuffers. For instance—socks. Smartwool socks make great ski sock stuffers. What could be better than a sock-in-a-sock? Okay, maybe a sock and SWIX F4 in-a-sock. Avie’s has a big selection of Smartwool ski socks, snowboard socks, apres socks, hiking socks, and plain old warm socks. 

How about a nice, new pair of gloves? Northface, Kombi, Gordini and SWIX gloves are in abundance in all sizes and colors at Avie’s Ski / Sports. Like mittens better? I do on really cold days. Avie’s has them as well.

Know someone with a pretty face? Help them keep it that way with a nice CTR face mask. You will find CTR Adrenaline and Tempest series head and neck wear at Avie’s Ski / Sports. I have the Adrenaline Pro and I love it! Pull it all the way on and I have full face protection from even the nastiest of weather. Slip the face mask down and under the chin when it’s not so bad. Slide the hood down to be a neck gaiter when it’s nice out. Check out the CTR line, it’s awesome. And they will absolutely make great ski sock stuffers!

How about a new pair of goggles? They most assuredly will fit in as a ski sock stuffer. Gordini and Zeal goggles are available at Avie’s Ski / Sports. Too many styles, colors, and options to even begin to cover them here. But they definitely will fit in a sock. And will be much loved by the owner of that sock.

Trip-In-A-Sock

But let’s not forget the one ski sock stuffer that will please anyone and everyone, and you don’t have to take the heat for wrong color, wrong size, wrong style, wrong whatever. What is this magical ski sock stuffer? A Gift Certificate to Avie’s Ski / Sports. The recipient can use them for anything in the shop. Even, heaven forbid, something NOT ski related! That of course would be rare, but I suppose possible. And don’t forget that an Avie’s Gift Certificate can be used to get a seat on an Avie’s Ski / Sport Ski & Ride Trip. The first in on January 6th, to Okemo. Great gift. Think about it.

Skis-In-A-Sock

And if you really have someone special. I mean really, really special. Then consider this as the most amazing ski sock stuffer ever—a pair of skis. Yeah, a pair of skis. They will slip into a ski sock so very, very easily. Granted, it will only cover the tail of the ski up to the binding. But I think the recipient might overlook that issue. 

I am hoping to find some Avie’s Ski / Sports winter sports related item(s) in my ski sock. There ought to be a bit of room in between the lumps of coal. Maybe not enough room for a pair of skis. But maybe enough for some of that sweet SWIX F4…..

AlanD
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Ski Tuning with SWIX — December 13

Just a reminder that Avie’s Ski / Sports will be hosting Bruce Diehl from SWIX this Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 PM, for a tuning clinic.

Hear from SWIX—the folks that make ski and snowboard tuning tools and wax—how to keep your gear in tiptop shape.  

If you have been thinking about tuning your own skis or snowboard, this Thursday is the day to turn thought into action.

The SWIX tuning clinic will take place at Avie’s Ski / Sports at 100 Main Street in Westerly, RI.

The SWIX Tuning Clinic is FREE

Bruce Diehl from SWIX will demonstrate the following tuning tasks:

  • Shaping, sharpening, and maintaining edges
  • Cleaning the base
  • Choosing and applying the proper wax
  • Proper scraping technique
  • Hand and roto-brushing

Waxing Is Critical 

During the SWIX tuning clinic, Bruce will show how to apply wax, then remove it properly by scraping. That will be followed by a demonstration of how to buff the base to a super slick, super fast finish. When you see me go flying by you on a flatter section of the ski slope, it’s not because I’m such a wonderful skier. It’s because I’m such a wonderful ski waxer! Wax makes a huuuuuuuge difference!

For those who attend the clinic, Avie’s Ski / Sports will offer 20% discount on SWIX tuning tools and supplies directly following the clinic. 

Thursday December 13th at 6:00 PM. 

See you there.

AlanD
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Ski Trip “sniagraB”

Ski Trip “sniagraB?” That’s Bargains spelled backwards. That’s Ted’s way of highlighting a super deal. And the Avie’s Ski and Ride Bus Trips for 2019 are indeed a super “sniagraB.”

For 2019, the Avie’s Ski / Sports price for trips to Vermont and New Hampshire ski resorts is $99.95.  Can you believe that?

Ski and Ride for $99.95

Not only is an Avie’s Ski / Sports Ski and Ride Trip a great bargain, it’s lots of fun. Most importantly, the trips are family oriented. Quiet on the ride up. Until we get near the mountain and the excitement builds. Quiet on the ride back. Once the chatter about how great the day was dies down and the movie begins. Quieter still as people nod off after a long day of fun on the slopes. 

Transportation is included in that price?

You betcha! Price includes your lift ticket. Price includes a ride to and from the ski resort.  On a nice comfortable motor coach. Avie’s staff even deliver the lift ticket to you. It doesn’t get much better than that. It’s a phenomenal bargain because for the cost of a lift ticket—or less in many cases—you get a lift ticket and a ride to and from the ski resort destination. 

All you need to do is have fun

Check out the Ski and Ride Trip page on the Avie’s Ski / Sports website. Pick a bunch of dates and ski resorts you want to get to. Mark them on your calendar. Then get ready to have fun.

Ski and Ride Trips make great Seasonal Gifts

What’s more fun that going on an Avie’s Ski / Sports bus trip? Bringing someone along with you.

Stop in to Avie’s Ski / Sports and pick up a gift certificate for one or more—we suggest more—Ski and Ride Trips. They make great gifts. And great stocking stuffers. All the recipient need do is stop in at Avie’s, present the gift certificate and select the trips they want to be on.

Want the best deal for your Ski and Ride Trip? Get yourself on one of the Wednesday trips. That means you most likely ski onto the chair lift. A “long line at the lift” might mean a half-dozen people in front of you.

Ski resorts can be pretty lonely places mid-week

Whether you go mid-week or weekend, Avie’s Ski / Sports Ski and Ride Trips are a fun-filled, phenomenal adventure. Great bargain. Great fun.

Hope to see you on the Avie’s Ski / Sports bus headed north.

AlanD
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Bretton Woods Jr Pass—FREE

Just a reminder to all of you who are considering the purchase of a seasonal lease ski or snowboard package for this season. Bretton Woods Jr Pass is FREE.

IF you have a skier or snowboarder age 12 or under, and purchase a seasonal lease at Avie’s Ski / Sports, you can get a FREE junior pass to Bretton Woods ski resort in New Hampshire. 

This is a phenomenal opportunity to get your youngsters on the slopes at a major New England ski resort, for FREE. That’s a pretty good deal anyway you look at it. As parent of the youngster, you get to purchase a Bretton Woods adult season pass at pre-season pricing. Also a pretty good deal.

But, the offer is only good for seasonal lease packages purchased at Avie’s Ski / Sports BEFORE December 17, 2018.

Sounds far away, but isn’t. And once the holiday hysteria settles in, it gets closer faster! 

If this great offers sound interesting, click THIS LINK to get more detail.

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SWIX Tuning Clinic

Mark your calendars! Avie’s Ski / Sports will be having Bruce Diehl from SWIX coming to the shop on Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 PM. Bruce will be running a SWIX tuning clinic for Avie’s ski and snowboard customers.

If you have been thinking about tuning your own skis or snowboard, now is the time to put your thinking into action. Mark your calendar with the date and time above. The SWIX tuning clinic will take place at Avie’s Ski / Sports at 100 Main Street in Westerly, RI.

The SWIX Tuning Clinic is FREE

Bruce Diehl from SWIX will demonstrate the following tuning tasks:

  • Shaping, sharpening, and maintaining edges
  • Using the SWIX Eco Pro Tuner
  • Cleaning the ski base
  • Applying prep/conditioning wax
  • Choosing and applying the proper “wax of the day”
  • Proper scraping technique
  • Hand and roto-brushing 

New England Skiers Need To Be “In Tune”

Here in New England, having sharp edges is a real necessity. Much of our time on the slopes sees crusty, hard pack, and even icy surface conditions. Sharp edges set at the correct angle will help your ski or snowboard bite into the snow surface. Bruce Diehl will demonstrate during the SWIX tuning clinic how to get your edges in shape to handle the often harsh New England conditions.

Too many times I see ski and snowboard bottoms that look like the image on the right. They should look like the image on the left. It’s a shame. Skis and snowboards without wax just don’t slide well. What’s the purpose in that?

Bruce Diehl will demonstrate how to properly clean the base and apply a conditioning wax. The base is then ready to accept a wax designed for a given range of temperatures. Sound complicated? Not really. Especially after Bruce walks us through the SWIX line of “designer” waxes and their proper use and application.

Waxing Is Critical 

During the SWIX tuning clinic, Bruce will show how to remove the wax properly by scraping. That will be followed by a demonstration of how to buff the base—using a hand brush and when using a roto-brush tool—to a super slick, super fast finish.

Waxing is critical. When you see me go flying by you on a flatter section of the ski slope, it’s not because I’m such a wonderful skier. It’s because I’m such a wonderful ski waxer! Wax makes a huuuuuuuge difference!

So be sure to get to Bruce Diehl’s tuning clinic. It’s at Avie’s Ski / Sports. It’s FREE.

Thursday December 13th at 6:00 PM. 

Plan on the SWIX tuning clinic to last for about an hour or so. Actual length will depend on how many questions get posed as Bruce Diehl from SWIX works through the process of tuning a ski or snowboard to perfection. 

To help us gauge interest and get the shop set up to accommodate those that plan to attend, please RSVP to: tuningshop@aviesskisport.com  You may want to also check out Avie’s Ski / Sports Do-It-Yourself web page on ski and snowboard maintenance as a primer to the SWIX tuning clinic.

For those who attend the clinic, Avie’s Ski / Sports will offer 20% discount on SWIX tuning tools and supplies directly following the clinic. 

See you there.

AlanD
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