“Burke Mountain is, both geographically and spiritually, a monadnock-an isolated solitary mountain”. Burke has 100+ acres of glade skiing and riding along with a new high-speed quad at Mid-Burke. They also put in a new wind turbine that supplies 20% of the mountains energy needs…way to go Burke! Every year for the past 4 years Burke Mountain has hosted a youth program day with a middle-school JAG program (Jobs for American Graduates) . We would like to thank Hannah Collins, Marketing Director, for allowing this opportunity of getting at-risk students to the mountain to learn all about the jobs available at ski areas. The kids make a great Demo Team for Nevado as they learned how to team build while setting up and breaking down the demo that day. They all worked great together and did a wonderful job this year.
RAMP sports has some really great eastern skis that were tried out for most of the day. One model is called the Frenzy and Hysteria. If you love to blaze down the slope at high speeds on groomers and on hard snow then this is the ski for you. The other two fantastic all-mountain skis are called the Chickadee and Woodpecker. You can fly on the groomers with these skis and venture out in the trees as well. Or if your looking for a BIG all mountain ski then either the Beaver or Groundhog would suit you just fine in the East. If you want one ski that does it all on any snow surface at any speed these these two skis will do it all. Burke had fresh snow on Thursday and there were still many lines to find on the weekend.
INDO BOARD balance trainers were also a big hit and are great for board sport training. Indo carries decks, rollers, cushions and other fun accessories for training, fitness and therapy. You can also be a part of the Indo Board continuing education workshops right on line. If your serious about cross training then the Indo Board is ideal to keep you tuned up. Improve your leg strength and core building so your mountain performance will improve.
A new product that Nevado is introducing this year are seamless orthopedic compression garments that are adapted for athletes by EC3D. This Montreal-based company offers compression tights, short and long sleeve shirts, socks and other items that are designed to optimize the bio-mechanics of the body, reduce injuries and increase overall performance. Not to mention that they have added merino wool in some of the winter garments and socks. They also have anti-bacterial fibres that are individually treated with a silver-based solution to destroy 99.99% of odor-causing bacteria. When people did try them on they immediately felt the merino wool warmth it offered but generally the overall feeling was “WOW this really feels like it is doing something” One lady mentioned that the shirt felt like her shoulders were being stretched back which gave her better posture. The shirts have a long front and back so it gives extra support along the abdomen and hips. When the tights and shirt are worn together it really give you support and a slimming figure. We have not found anything better than EC3D compression to help give you the better edge for the day.
BERN Helmets were also a popular venue, at Nevado, for kids and adults. Bern has always specialized in action sport head protection, pads and apparel. Their helmets feature an all-season comfort liner system with removable and interchangeable warm and cold weather liners. The stylish Baker is the original Bern visor helmet used by two-time Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott at the 2006 Olympic games. The Brentwood is one of the lightest helmets out there and it features a cold and warm weather liner so you can use the helmet in any season.
Leki Vario adjustable ski poles and gloves are great for outdoor enthusiasts whether your flying down the hill or taking a stroll in the back-country. Escape through the terrain with a flexible and versatile pole. If you don’t want to worry about pole straps anymore then check out this set up by the world’s leading manufacturer of poles–LEKI. The gloves are made of a soft leather and are truly waterproof to give you dry, breathable comfort all day no matter what the temperature might be. Poles can be either used with the gloves that attach to the poles with a loop sewn right into the V in between the thumb and the fore-finger or a strap that remains on your glove with the same loop. You detach the strap or glove with a light push from your thumb to release the lever that holds it all together. It works great and people really love the system.
Nevado heads back west for Hope on the Slopes at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 24-hour event that raises money to support the mission of the American Cancer Society. HOPE to see you there March 9 and 10 then we go to Crystal Mountain in Washington on Sunday the 11th. Another adventure ahead of us…. The next weekend we travel to Ashland Oregon in the southern part of the state and then to Mt. Shasta in California. We did reschedule another demo at Hoodoo April 7th for their annual Spring Fling. This was added since we did have to cancel Mad River Glen in Vermont last weekend. After that we will have done 20 on snow demos this season both in the East and West–yeehaw! Looking ahead we do have some spring and summer demos cooking up so keep checking in with the Nevado Blog, Facebook and Twitter.