Win A Pair of Custom Skis

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Every pair of Whiteroom Skis is unique

NYSkiBlog is giving away one pair of fully custom skis — made for the winner of our subscription contest — by Vin Faraci of WhiteRoom Skis. Read on for details on how to enter.

Plenty of manufacturers say they are offering custom builds. But Vin is different. He’ll listen to you to understand how and where you ski. Then he’ll present you with a design to meet those needs. Front side carver? All mountain? Full on pow ski? He’s got it covered. Rocker, camber, both? Got it.

This is a custom approach top-to-bottom, built specifically for you. Every single pair of skis Vin builds is unique to the owner in dimension and top sheet design.

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Ski Review: WhiteRoom Model 44

Right upfront: This is not actually a ski review, it’s more of a story with a bit of commercial at the end.

I’ve never written a ski review; I never wanted to. I don’t have the understanding of ski dynamics or the vocabulary to evaluate a ski in a way that would be useful to a knowledgeable skier. On the other hand, I like to write about things I love, and that includes my WhiteRoom Skis.

I’ll review the process of working with WhiteRoom to design these skis and try to describe the ski, how it turns, and how it feels when I turn it.

As Leo Kottke once said “I’ll give you what I got.”

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Family Skiing: It’s Expensive

Let’s face it: there’s no easy way to make skiing truly cheap. Gear, lift tickets, lodging, food, it all costs money. If you want to pass the sport on to the next generation, multiply every expense by the number of children in your family.

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Thankfully, there are ways to limit the damage. Before you throw up your hands, take advantage of Mount Peter’s offer of a free lesson and rental to first time skiers. If you don’t live downstate, look into the mountains near you. There are ways for kids to try the sport without spending a dime.

Assuming they like it, there’s no reason to buy brand new skis for a third grader. Look into used gear at a ski swap or tent sale. It will take a little research and planning, but it will pay off in the end. For the last several years our family has attended the swap and sale at Mount Peter. The savings can be dramatic.

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