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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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Avie’s Ski and Ride Trips—2019

Killington is open. Mount Snow is open. Snow is falling up north, and the White Mountains turned very white this past week. The trees aren’t barren of leaves down here along the coast just yet, but up north winter has crept in. And Avie’s ski and ride trips list 2019 is ready.

Avie’s Ski / Sports has put together it’s ski and ride bus trip list for 2019. This year we visit Mount Snow, Stratton, Okemo and Killington in Vermont, and Loon and Waterville Valley in New Hampshire.

For those of you able, or willing, to break away on a Wednesday, Avie’s has trips going to Okemo, Loon and Killington mid-week so you can ski and ride on days when the crowds are thin.

And, if the weather holds, there is even a Bonus trip on the Sunday after the Customer Appreciation Trip, which traditionally is the last Avie’s trip of the year. Why? Because the last couple of years the snow has still been good through end of March and even into early April.

An Avie’s Ski and Ride Trip is the best bargain around

Prices are still being determined, but Avie’s Ski / Sports always gives it’s ski and ride bus trip patrons the absolute best price that can be gotten. You can bet that the deal will be about the same as always. You get transportation to and from the mountain AND a lift ticket for about what it would cost you to purchase only the lift ticket. Pretty sweet deal. And you don’t have to drive. Just chill and watch a movie, or just nod off for a few hours.

All trips originate from Avie’s Ski / Sports in Westerly, RI. For trips heading to a ski and ride destination in Vermont, there is a pick up at the Crystal Mall in Waterford, CT. Details are on the Avie’s Ski and Ride Trip page.

Here’s a couple tips for Avie’s Ski / Sports ski and ride trips.

  • First—These are a phenomenal deal. Family oriented. And fun.
  • Second—If you can get away on a Wednesday, these trips are the absolute best. The crowds don’t exist. You ski onto the lift all day long. It’s an exhaustingly fun day!
  • Third—Super Bowl Sunday the trip goes to Mount Snow, the quickest mountain to get to. NO ONE is on the slopes that day, especially in the afternoon. And the bus gets you back home at about half-time.

Avie’s Ski / Sports is looking forward to another incredible ski and ride season. And we look forward to sharing it with you.

The website has been refurbished and is flush with great information. Check it out, especially if you are contemplating purchasing new skis or boots this season. There is a new page—Skier Need To Know-Skis—to help you think through that new ski purchase (boots coming soon!). And right now Avie’s is flush with everything you want and need to make 2019 a great season in the snow.

Stop in and stock up for the season. And be sure to mark up your 2019 calendar with your Avie’s Ski and Ride trips!! I know I have. And I can’t wait  to see old friends, and meet new ones.

AlanD
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Ski Free At Bretton Woods

Avie’s Ski / Sports is pleased to offer junior skiers and riders the opportunity to ski free at Bretton Woods with a FREE season pass.

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski resort, is nestled in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The resort boasts 10 lifts, 97 trails, and 1,500 feet of vertical. A new 8 person gondola is on tap for the season.

All you need to do is purchase a seasonal lease package for your child or children under the age of 12 from Avie’s Ski / Sports BEFORE December 17, 2018.

The seasonal lease can be a ski or snowboard package. Doesn’t matter. Once you purchase the seasonal lease, you go to an online Bretton Woods registration page, and sign up your child or children for the Junior Pass Program. When you get to the resort, you pick up the pass. It’s about that simple. You will be provided a Bretton Woods Junior Pass Program brochure with all the details at the time of your seasonal lease purchase.

EXTRA BENEFITS

(1) Free night skiing for the Junior Pass holder. (2) Save $15 on one adult full day lift ticket when you ski Bretton Woods. (3) Save 10% on purchases at Bretton Woods retail shops. (4) Parents can purchase Bretton Woods Season Passes at early season rates.

THE FINE PRINT

(1) Program ends December 17, 2018. Seasonal leases purchased after this date are not eligible to apply for the free Junior Pass Program. (2) Child must have been born on or before December 31, 2005. (3) There is a $25 processing fee charged by Bretton Woods for registrations to the Junior Pass Program made after October 31, 2018. The processing fee to register for the Junior Pass Program increases to $119 starting December 21, 2018. (4) You must pick up your Junior Seasonal Pass at Bretton Woods by January 28, 2019. The Junior Pass cannot be mailed to you, it must be picked up in person.

Full details can be found at brettonwoods.com/juniorpass

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Avie’s—New & Improved

If you haven’t been to the Avie’s Ski / Sports website in a while, you may want to check it out. Click the Avie’s button way down bottom. That will get to the newly redesigned Avie’s Ski / Sports home page. But first, read on just a bit farther to see what’s in store—pun intended.

For the past few years Avie’s has been displaying skis in an online store. We felt this was an easy and effective way to display gear and pricing. But we really don’t encourage people to buy ski equipment online. So it was a bit of and ideological conflict. 

Buying online hurts brick-and-mortar stores, like Avie’s Ski / Sports. In person is where you get service and build a relationship. Buy online, you still have to go to a brick-and-mortar shop to have bindings mounted and adjusted. If something goes wrong with your online purchase? You need to deal long distance with the issue. Sometimes with less than great results. Had the purchase been made at a brick-and-mortar shop, like Avie’s Ski / Sports, the problem would be resolved quickly and amicably.

While you could buy ski boots online, why would you? They are just way too personal a piece of equipment. You need to walk into a shop where you can try on multiple pairs, sizes, and styles, to find the one just right for you. And you get a knowledgeable boot-fitter. They help you get into the right kind of boot for your ability and style as a skier. Can’t do that online.

Avie’s Online Store is lights out, doors locked.

Our intent with the website redesign is to give you much more information about the equipment. With a focus on what’s new for the season. That does not however, mean that the only gear in the store is what you see online. There is lots more gear at Avie’s Ski / Sports. You just need to stop in to see it all, live and in person. Which is just the way we like it.

For all the skis, snowboards, and boots, there is a page listing all the new gear for the 2018-2019 season, and pricing. Click on the brand name of the item you are interested in. Click BLIZZARD if interested in finding out more about Rustler 9, for instance. A new page will open with more detail about that ski. In almost all cases, there will be some input from Avie’s Ski Testers who have actually skied on the skis or in the boots.

You get more detail, and more perspective, by hearing what Avie’s Ski / Testers thought of a particular ski or ski boot. That’s the other bonus to coming to a brick-and-mortar shop, like Avie’s Ski / Sports. The folks working there are skiers and riders. They have tried out much if not most of the gear being sold. And we have in-store clinics where the reps from the brands come down and help us better understand the new technologies going into ski and boot creation. We pass that knowledge along to you, so you make better, more informed choices about what you buy. 

All the winter sports pages have been updated (the summer pages will slowly get updated as well). And there is lots more information on each page to help you in your decision-making. There is also a new page, dedicated to Do-It-Yourself gear upkeep. We hope you find it both interesting and useful. But you won’t know until you check it out.

So, Avie’s found a new way to display all the new equipment and fun stuff that emerges on the market each and every fall season. Go ahead, check out the new website. Click the Avie’s button below. Then click SNOW SPORTS on the menu and go from there. 

We will see you soon. When you stop in at Avie’s Ski / Sports. Let us know what you think of the website redesign. But mostly…

Take me to Avie's Ski / Sports HOME PAGE

THINK SNOW!!

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Ready For Winter!?

This summer I built a woodshed

Though not considered winter snow sports, our next door neighbor built the Taj Mahal of chicken coops last season. Complete with multi-colored lighting, flowers, and other enticing egg-laying decor. Secretly, I think the Taj Mahal coop is equipped with air conditioning and a home theater. The chickens love it, and lay dozens upon dozens of eggs. And then for no apparent reason, egg production slowed. 

I thought it might be the rusty chain link fence surrounding my wood pile. It did look pretty shabby all of a sudden. The ripped and tattered blue tarp on top didn’t add much either. Maybe the horrid sight depressed the hens.

I did need wood for the coming winter. So I decided to upgrade rusty fence for a classy and classic lean-to-style woodshed. I hoped that would put “The Girls,” as neighbor Lisa refers to them, back on the nest.

The Shed—Taj Mahal chicken coop in background

The new shed looks great with the Taj Mahal chicken coop in the background. And it looks better still with a couple cords of split, seasoned hardwood in it. 

I’m  about  set  for  winter.                 Are  you?

Farmer’s Almanac is saying that for New England, expect snow. And lots of it. Their predictions are for greater amounts of snow than is usual. They are also predicting that significant snow will be seen by, and in, December. To be sure the snow sticks around, Farmer’s predicts colder than normal temperatures throughout the season. This is a great prediction for all us winter snow sports enthusiasts. 

Oh yeah, I’m all for that!

It would be great to get in a half dozen or more days of skiing before Santa slides down the chimney. And I would be thrilled to see abundant snow continue all the way through until late March. I’ll even wish for the below normal cold. Provided that doesn’t mean the marrow-freezing cold we experienced last season between end of December and mid-January. That kind of cold put the damper on winter snow sports. It was so cold even ski lifts became belligerent, with many refusing to spin! No thank you. Keep that kind of cold up at the North Pole for the reindeer to enjoy.

So, are you ready? Ha ha. I know you aren’t. Temperatures have been floating into the 90s, even along the shore. So I know the only cold you are thinking about is the rapidly melting ice diluting your Dell’s.

The days however, have grown noticeably shorter. And the sun, while still hot, doesn’t carry the same fiery intensity it did a month ago. Yellow school buses have replaced out-of-state license plates. But the most telling change, is the morning bird song having been replaced by the evening chorus now provided by the End of Summer Insect Ensemble.

Winter snow sports enthusiasts take note!

This is not a cause for sadness! New ski and ride gear is beginning to show up at Avie’s Ski / Sports. While still in boxes, it won’t be long before the new “winter crop” of The North Face, Smartwool, and other apparel hangs from the racks. A rainbow will splash across the walls of the shop, made by the colors of this years bounty of new skis and snowboards, boots and poles.

While still it’s too early in the fall season to not stop in and pick up a new stand up paddle board—fall is perfect paddling weather—it’s not too early to start thinking about ski and ride season.

And this winter, there will be much to explore at Avie’s

Expect to see some twin tips and race skis available. There will be new brands, as well as the tried and true. While it’s always exciting to ogle the new skis and boards of the season, the real change up will be found in the ski boot section. Recent changes throughout the industry will be bringing along some great opportunities for your feet, especially those of you with wider feet.

AlanD

Stay tuned to the Avie’s Ski / Sports Blog page as we help you prep for  the upcoming season. New gear. New brands. New styles. And a new ski boot universe.

Oh yeah, the shed upgrade was well received. “The Girls” are back to filling the Taj Mahal to overflowing. 

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