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International Women’s Ski Day – December 12th Telluride

International Women’s Ski Day – December 12th Telluride

 

2015_IWSD blog header_mergedCalling all Ladies… Saturday December 12th join us in celebrating International Women’s Ski Day and Telluride’s own Chicks on Sticks: A day of skiing, free demos, head to toe gear giveaways, and endless toasts to winter!

Meet at The BootDoctors in Mountain Village at 10 am for coffee and pastries, tutus, and FREE 2015/16 Demo Skis. Spend the day shredding around the ski area with some of Telluride’s premier female athletes.

At 3 pm, toast to winter at Tomboy Tavern for an après ski libation and free giveaways including head to toe ski packages from Volkl, The North Face, Patagonia, Arcteryx, Marmot, Smith, Hestra, and more. Dress up to be entered in the raffle for FREE VOLKL SKIS! We look forward to seeing you there!

International Women's Ski Day

Details: Whether you like cruising corduroy, carving a fine arc, ripping fresh lines through powder or dancing down high mountain couloirs, we are ready to show you a great time.

When: BootDoctors Mountain Village at 10 am for coffee, pastries, fresh smoothies and get set up on new 2015-16 ski demos.

Split into small groups to explore our ski area with some of our best lady skiers who are ready to share their secret stashes and help you to stretch your grin muscles. Want to try several skis? Drop back to the base of lift four anytime to trade out your skis. Our ski buyer and ski rental manager Kelli Gleason and sister Galena share their inside track on ladies’ skis. Both were ski testers for SKI and SKIING Magazine 2016 gear tests.

What to bring: You, your boots, poles, skis (Free demos available), smiles and a costume of choice.  Don’t forget your phone to gather new ski partners digits and your camera to document the event and share images on our Face Book page.

Drinks: At 3 pm we will re-group at Tomboy Tavern for an après ski libation and fun giveaways….did we mention prizes?

Questions: Call Kelli at Oak Street 970-728-4581
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Early Season Turns in Telluride, CO

Early Season Turns in Telluride, CO

BootDoctors® and Paragon Outdoors in Telluride, CO is glad to have a new member of our team; Chris Dickson.  Chris is working at the Paragon store on Main Street.  He’s a passionate climber, skier and all around good guy, we are stoked to have him on board.  Chris decided to get out into the San Juans and get some turns in before the current low pressure system (yes, it’s currently hammering us with snow). rolled into town.  Here’s a few pictures to whet the pallet and get your ski stoke building! Stop by Main Street and say hi to Chris.

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How to Master Bumps w/ Pancho Winter

How to Master Bumps w/ Pancho Winter

Our Good Friend Pancho Winter has written this article to help you master the bumps, so get out there and start enjoying all that the hill has to offer! -BD

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Moguls bring out the blemishes in the ski technique of all intermediate and advanced skiers.  If you find yourself “bucked around” and unable to control your speed in moguls, take heart, you are not alone. Learning how to control your speed in bumps will make mogul skiing safe and fun for skiers of all ages and abilities.

As Dr. Kim Hewson explained in his recent Watch Newspaper’s “Ski Tips” column: Good skiers control their speed through round, symmetrical C or S shaped turns as they move down the fall line. Controlling our speed through round turn shape unifies almost all forms of contemporary skiing.

Read more: Watch Newspapers – SKI TIPS | Tactics for Moguls Select Your Line and Shape Your Turns

Trick or Treat, Halloween Powder Turns

Trick or Treat, Halloween Powder Turns

Moab FreeRide Dusty Mason BootDoctors®

Dusty Mason of BootDoctors® Oak Street

Trying to determine the season can be slightly convoluted this time of year.  Is it summer or is it winter?  Mountain Biking in hot Moab sun one day and the next morning you are back in Telluride making turns on your skis or snowboard. Snowshoeing along your favorite trail enjoying the subtle crunch of the new snow beneath each step. As we returned from a quick trip to enjoy Moab we were met by new snow on the high peaks.

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Returning home to new snow

Excitement built quickly as the snow continued to fall.  Trick or treat?  I’ll take the treat of powder turns please. We set off on our tour skinning high up the mountain and enjoying the perfect quiet of breaking new trail.  The temperature was ideal to prevent one from overheating while climbing.  We pushed on thru the trees enjoying the warm sun on our faces.

Halloween Skin Track

Halloween Skin Track

I enjoyed the benefit of skinning thru the fresh snow while the snowboarders utilized snowshoes.  It’s still pre-season conditions and therefore we were all on our “rock” gear.  The boys didn’t feel it necessary to potentially foul up a nice new split-board.

Luke LaFemina enjoying the approach

Dusty Mason enjoying the approach

As we continued in and out of the trees the sun brilliantly illuminated the small amount of frost hoar that was on the snow.  It’s quite easy to find yourself slipping into a meditative state; one step at at time, smooth consistent breathing and mother nature putting on a natural light show for your eyes to feast upon.

Dusty developed some frost hoar of his own

Dusty developed some frost hoar of his own

When we began ascending we had hopes of deep snow and more realistic expectations of some low tide turns.  What we were met with was consistent knee deep powder with an ample base that allowed us to carry speed.  Pow turns with friends, I couldn’t ask for a better Halloween.

 

Dusty settles into a smooth turn

Dusty settles into a smooth turn

After the first few hundred feet of vertical we found the snow getting deeper.  Luke and Dusty were able to find face shots for dozens of turns in a row.  Truly surprised by how good this Halloween treat is, the laughter spreads thru the cold smoke that lingers after each turn.

Luke LaFemina finds himself in the whiteroom

Luke LaFemina finds himself in the whiteroom

We were able to link turns for just over 3,000′ of Vertical.  This early in the season, we’ll take it!  We descended back to reality and returned to work, after all there is another storm in the forecast for the start of next week and frankly; we are addicted.

Dusty milks another out of the free treats bowl

Dusty milks another out of the free treats bowl

 

 

 

 

 

September Skiing, Telluride

September Skiing, Telluride

Telluride skiers are hungry for snow, especially early in the season.  Luke LaFemina and I set out early Monday morning Sept 30th.  The following is the short story of what we found.  Enjoy and more snow please.

Sept 30th Skiing with Luke-5

I must admit, I’ve never skied in September.  I’ve ridden my bike in the snow, I’ve thrown snowballs and I’ve enjoyed September surf sessions, but I’ve never skied in the month of September, until today.  Luke and I were certainly happy with the outcome.

Luke Slashes a September Turn in the San Juans

Spirits were high as we left town early and began the drive into the high alpine.  What we were looking for was shaded North facing slopes with enough wind deposited snow to make it count.  What we found was exactly that, with surprisingly cold and dry winter snow.  Autumn in the San Juans, scratch that…life in the San Juans is so good.

Sept 30th Skiing with Luke-3

This little chute provided cold and dry winter snow with surprisingly few rocks.  While certainly not the type of conditions that allow one to open it up and carry speed, fresh pow turns are fresh pow turns regardless of limitations.

 Sept 30th Skiing with Luke-7
Wind lips can harbor great turns, this lip surprised us with soft and creamy pow turns.  The shadows fell perfectly on the lip and provided an aesthetic appeal that got us all hot and bothered. Then again it doesn’t take much to get us all wound up, we had just enough time to make a second lap before the solar gain became intense on the slopes we were enjoying.

Sept 30th Skiing with Luke-8

Luke doing what he does best.  Enjoying the mountains with a friend, sliding on snow. The tool matters less than the approach.  Skis, snowboards, sit ski, on your ass, it’s all the same. Simply sliding on snow with friends and seeking out smiles, involuntary laughter, and high fives hopefully spreading smiles and love along the way.  Luke certainly embodies this spirit to the core.Sept 30th Skiing with Luke-10

We are tiny creatures in this huge environment, getting to play in a medium that has certainly been crafted for adventure and exploration. It comes with the need to give it great respect, much like we should approach all aspects of life. Some may say that our time in the mountains is a selfish and non productive endeavor.  I’d counter and say we both came back to town as better people than when we left a few hours earlier.