Colder weather means the arrival of several good things. One of those regular features are the annual Fall ski, snowboard, and gear swaps. Swaps are a great place to sell gear that you’re no longer using, and to pick up gear that you will put to use.
Just as happened last year, Fall crept up upon me swiftly and the Snowbird as well as the 2nd Tracks Sports Ski Swaps came and went before I remembered to post about ‘em. Whoops! However, 2nd Tracks Sports does offer a consignment service (they keep a percentage of the sales price), so if you want to display your gear for sale there, get in touch with them or drop it off at 2927 East 3300 South, SLC, UT. (801-466-9880)
The granddaddy of the Continue reading ‘Ski, Snowboard, and Gear Swaps 2011′
Powder. It is the drug of choice of many skiers. It’s also the basic reason behind more than one day of missed work across this nation. Whether one refers to the fluffy as gnar gnar, cowboy pow, gunsmoke, sick, awesome, unreal, a snorkel fest, sickter, pow pow, The Drug, or any of the scores of other descriptors that attempt to convey the wonder that is powder skiing, most everyone has had a few forays into the deep.
Measuring the deep at two-plus feet.
While first time powder immersion can cause the most basic question to spring forth from the lips of Easterners (how do you ski powder?) virtually anyone who has carved a turn in a blanket of fresh snow remembers the experience favorably. If you fall down, it’s laughable. It doesn’t hurt, unless you make contact with something other than snow.
For those who manage to Continue reading ‘Powder (Answer 9 of 12)’
Ok, you knew I’d mention the price aspect sooner or later. And for good reason. Ticket prices at many ski areas seem to be just a few notches beyond outlandish. $100 for a non-discounted one day ticket is the (latest) benchmark. If price is what you pay and value is what you receive, what does a sum like that land the enterprising in-bounds skier?
Hello, Ben, I’m going skiing today. Inbounds. “Goodbye, Mr. Franklin.”
A ski area that’s open for roughly 7 hours. Assuming you stop for a relatively brief half hour lunch, you get 6.5 hours of skiing. But in that timeframe, you’re probably going to spend 1/3 of your time in each of: lines, on lifts, and skiing. So, about Continue reading ‘Price (Answer 8 of 12)’