In spite of the snowy road conditions Stevens Pass is a ski destination area where nothing is going to stop skiers and riders who come from both sides of the pass. Stevens Pass had the first lighted quad for night skiing and its the only ski area that has installed two electric vehicle charging stations at the resort. Stevens has 1,125 acres of skiable terrain including 37 major runs and it has 1,800 vertical feet on three sides of two different mountains.
White Pass is a summit you can find at the top of US 12 located just 12 miles southeast of Mt Rainier National Park. They have a 2050 foot vertical drop and the summit elevation is at 6,550 feet. This “kick-back” mountain is for both the hard-core skier/rider and for families who want to come up and enjoy a relaxing day on the slope.
The Nevado demo weekend started off very busy in fact we had a lot of customers ask us if we would be back on Sunday as they walked into the demo. They had heard that we had numerous soft and hard goods to demo through web advertisements and t.v. ads.
The award winning, hand-made, factory direct RAMP skis and boards were very “poplar” not only with customers but with what they are made of. No seriously RAMP manufactures their skis with a poplar wood-core sandwich to ensure a durable construction that gives you high performance through tough runs. Our big mountain powder ski called the Peacepipe is the Freeskier Editor’s pick for 2011-2012. We had a line of people waiting for the ski to return on the hour. This ski is the ultimate tool for going fast on the steeps and in the deep. We also had customers trying out RAMP snowboards as well. We carry the Sagebrush and Tumbleweed. The Tumbleweed is for experts who like a big all mountain snowboard with zero camber and a rocker tip and tail. The Sagebrush is a wide-open fun for every kind of riding snowboard for advanced all mountain riding with zero camber and a rocker tip and tail. If your in Park City then take a ride over to the RAMP headquarters and they will give you a complimentary demo for the day. You can also check out their demo schedule online by going to www.nevado.com and then click on the RAMP icon to get to their website and upcoming schedule.
GoPro camera’s were another big hit both on the hill and in the demo. Several customers came in to check out the new HD Hero 2 camera. It got its name because it is two times more powerful and sharper than the HD Hero. Let’s not under estimate the power of the HD Hero either because that camera can give you what you need if your not looking for a professional one. The HD2 can take 10 photos in one second, the inputs have a mini-HDMI port and a 3.5 mm External Stereo Mic port to enhance sound and quality.
Another popular video camera that we carry at the demo and that is a lot different from the GoPro’s are the Liquid Image goggles that come with a built camera whether it be HD 1080p or the HD 720p. The 720 gives you 60 frames per second for additional high action videos vs the 1080 that gives you 30 frames per second with audio but offers better HD photos and clarity. Both snow goggles contain 136 degree wide angle lens that are “hands-free”. The Summit Series HD 1080 can hold a micro SD/SDHC card up to 32 GB so this camera is capable of recording thousands of photos or hours of HD videos.
As promised each ski area gets a case of Yaktrax to outfit their ski patrol, lift operators, parking staff or whomever they employ and want to keep safe on the mountain. Yaktrax stretch over everything from casual walking shoes to winter boots. Yaktrax has also introduced SkiTrax to protect your ski boots off course while enhancing traction on snow. SkiTrax protects your ski boot sole, is resilient yet sturdy, has a rounded tread design and easily fits on all Alpine Ski boots. The Sof Sole Fit series performance insoles offer premium support. Not sure what kind of arch you have? No problem the Sof Sole Fit System is a tool that we use with consumers to easily identify their foot and arch type, resulting in an informed purchase of an insole which is what makes this insole so special.
Speaking of feet and hands for that matter, the Little Hotties toe and hand warmers are always popular at our demo because people are often cold in those two areas. One of our team members was working without any gloves on and was asked by a customer how she did that and the secret is that she had hand warmers already placed in the mittens to heat up her hands when they did get cold. These hand and toe warmers are known as the leading provider for killing the chill. These Little Hotties warmers are used by athletes, sportsmen, skiers, riders and anyone wanting to stay warm during outdoor activities. They now offer the “tailgater” package which includes 2 body warmers, 2 pairs of toe warmers, and 2 pairs of hand warmers which is perfect for a day out on the mountain.
Multisport Journeys, LLC had a lot of onlookers at their garments. By going online to their website you can simply select and customize sports garments that have fun artwork. MSJ was formed in 2009 as an outdoor apparel company that truly sells custom active activewear and not just t-shirts. Link onto www.nevado.com and go to our gear page where you will find Multisport Journeys logo. Click on that logo and you will be directed to their website for more information.
The Superfeet rep. Trevor showed up to deliver some Redhot and Hotpink insoles that are specifically engineered to fit the shape of men’s and women’s feet while being in winter footwear. Both insoles provide support, shock absorption, power transmission and edge control to tear up the slopes. The “rebound” foam offers maximum forefoot flex, while their patented stabilizer cap gives the rear foot stability and alignment. The “Outlast Adaptive Comfort” top cover, “Thermo-foil” and “AirWeave” technology efficiently regulates temperature by offering heat management when wearing them all-day. These insoles increase fit, comfort and performance for skiers, riders and winter sport footwear.
We had several employees and customers who were especially interested in Native goggles and sunglasses. When customers come in to look at all the accessories we carry sometimes they already have the product and want to try the newer styles. We tell people that Native goggles have a newer
style “Glide-Lok” interchangeable lens technology that takes the grunt work out of swapping lenses making it easier for you to adapt your vision on the go. The triple layer compression-molded face foam contours perfectly to fit your face while the outer layer of fleece wicks away moisture to keep you warm and dry.
We also had customers who were interested in the Leki Vario adjustable ski poles that come with a trigger release glove. The straps make the poles an extension of your arm so your hand is firmly supported by the anatomic shape. The 16 mm aluminum upper shafts and 14 mm carbon lower shafts combine for a light and smooth swing weight that allows for quick transitions.
Come check out our next demo at Hoodoo mountain on Saturday February 25th.