Twin Tips and Change

I’ve never been one to readily accept change. I seem to find comfort repeating things over and over. I do the same drive to ski the same mountain 20+ days a year.

I remember when Karhu announced they were changing the XCDGT from 57mm at the waist, up to 68, and making it shorter. I got online and bought a new replica of the old GTs I was skiing at the time. I have 2 pairs of Merrill Doubles and one pair is still in the original box. (If I could ski my way through my Asolo Snowfields, and BOTH pairs of Merrill Doubles – I’d die a happy man.)

I’ve been resisting the idea of twin tip skis since I first became aware of them. They’re for jibbers. I have no desire to ski backwards. It will be hard to herringbone. But this season, if you’re committed to “directional skis” your choices seem slim.

I’d asked for advice on moving to a fatter ski, and the advice that I got was pretty consistent: Line Prophet 90s, 100s, and Icelantic Pilgrims. Very similar skis that are all twin tips.

Early in the season, on groomers, the Pilgrims rocked. They have more torsional rigidity than any ski I’ve tried. They are good on hard surfaces. Later in the season, when I got into the trees, I couldn’t get them around. These boards are definitely much bigger (and heavier) than anything I’ve ever skied. I wasn’t being aggressive enough. I started to wonder, is this my new groomer ski? That wasn’t how I’d planned it.

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Hickory Ski Center’s 4th Annual Telefest

Hickory Ski Center in Warrensburg, New York, held its 4th Annual Telemark Festival today. There were plenty of activities including an organized Tour de Trees, telemark gear demos, a “Skin Challenge” and an ongoing Après Party with music that started around 3 pm.

But I couldn’t concentrate on anything but the hill and the skiers I met. Hickory is a simple, pure skiing experience that I won’t forget, and I’ll long to relive.

Click to read: the full Telemark Festival Trip Report.

Jackson Hole: One Man’s Paradise

Have you ever thought about a famous ski resort and asked yourself, “I wonder what it was like to ski that mountain before it was discovered?”

In the final Magazine installment based on his mid-December trip to Wyoming, James interviews Bob Peters — who bought property at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in 1974 and has skied, taught, and/or guided at the mountain ever since.

If you’re a fan of Jackson Hole or planning to be one in the near future (I’m in the second category), this article is a must-read.

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