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The ski manufacturers have unveiled their new 2012 product lines, here's a quick preview of a few new powder skis that will be available next year.
K2 has redesigned the original Pontoon and replaced it with the Pon2oon. The Pon2oon will have less twin tip in the tail and a new progressive sidecut of 159/134/124 at 189cm.
Salomon has released the Rocker 2. Made from a bamboo core and with shorter edges that end roughly ten centimeters short of the tip and tail, the Rocker 2 is much lighter and has less swing weight than the original model. Could a great touring ski for the really deep days? Sidecut of 144-122-134 at 184cm and 192cm lengths.
Black Diamond has replaced the Justice with the Amp. I'm not sure what changes they've made, maybe only a new graphic. It's rumored that many of the 2012 BD skis will have a traditional laminate full sidewall construction, rather than the cap design of their previous models. The Amp sports sidecuts of 141-115-123 at 175cm and 142-115-124 at 185cm.
Stay tuned, details on 2012 models from Volkl coming soon!
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Here's some new POV footage from Jackson Hole Skier coverboy Andrew Whiteford.
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Here's some interesting ski industry trivia from www.theskimonster.com
- K2 bought 7 molds for $35,000, they used these molds to create Full Tilt.
- The bird associated with Rossignol is not a Rooster, it is a Nightingale.
- All 2010 – 2011 Armada and Salomon Skis are made by Atomic
- Dalbello and Volkl/Marker are NOT teaming up in the US.
- In 1991, 1.3 Million skis were sold to retailers in the US, in 2008 350K were sold to retailers in the US.
- Domino's Pizza does more business in one year than the entire Ski and Snowboard industry.
- K2 and Volkl are owned by the same company Jarden Corporation
- #1 Selling ski of All-Time, the Salomon X-Scream….. was made by Fischer.
- Scott Skis are made by Fischer.
- Nordica Skis are made by Blizzard, before this they were made by Elan.
- 4FRNT Skis are made by Elan
- Bob McKnight, CEO/Co-Founder of Quiksilver, owns the patent to reverse camber technology, patent went through Winter 2010
- Nordica Enforcer and Tecnica Agent 120, are made from the same mold.
- The average cost to make one mold for a ski boot, each size is a different mold, is $100K
- The average cost to make a mold for a ski, each size is a different mold, is $3K
- The Ski Monster has seen most of the 2011 – 2012 product already
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The Subaru Freeskiing World Tour recently announced that Jackson Hole Resort will host a World Tour qualifier event January 27-30, 2011.
“Jackson Hole Mountain Resort stands out in my mind as one of the top freeskiing meccas and a great fit for the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour Qualifier,” said Bryan Barlow, event director for the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour. “The resort’s steep flowing terrain, natural features and heavy snowfalls are conducive to our tour, and specifically the new ‘style’ category we’ll be judging on. Combined with Jackson’s charging locals, you can count on high energy and innovative freeskiing being thrown down in the Tetons.”
For more info check www.freeskiingworldtour.com
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Glossies celebrate winter in Jackson Hole
From art to bars, one plank or two, magazines cover ski town lifestyle
By Sam Petri from the Jackson Hole News & Guide
Three magazines published in Jackson celebrate the winter season with new issues on newsstands now. Pick up a copy at your favorite coffee shop, or almost any other Teton County location, and read about how the skiers, snowboarders and residents of the valley entertain themselves when it snows. From features on Olympic skiers and art by professional snow-boarders to articles on the environment, there's something for everybody.
Jackson Hole Skier
The 2010-11 issue of Jackson Hole Skier captures the steep mountains, deep snow and extraordinary characters of Teton County. The annual winter guide, published by Bob Woodall and Wade McKoy of Focus Productions, features informative, engaging articles for visiting and resident skiers.
Take Jackson Hole News &Guide columnist Bert Raynes' opening article on winter wildlife. In it, Raynes explains the dos and don'ts of wildlife encounters on skis. For any Jackson Hole skier, this is useful information, as winter wildlife encounters are common.
Of course, at the heart of the magazine is a large section dedicated to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Although a lot has changed since the area opened in 1966, the reader learns from longtime resort employees that much of the sport of skiing is timeless — that people are having the same fun today as they did 44 years ago. The section has comments from Jackson Hole skiers spanning five decades — starting with Renny Burke, who has skied the resort since 1966, to newcomer and Jack-son Hole Skier cover athlete Andrew Whiteford.
Throughout, the magazine pays homage to Jackson Hole ski history while looking to-ward the future. Articles honoring Jackson's five U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Famers, fallen ski patroller Mark "Big Wally" Wolling and recently deceased ski legend Jimmy Zell are in there with articles on the resort's new Anomaly freeride ski team.
Not to be overlooked is the article on what Olympic medalist Josef "Pepi" Stiegler. calls the "best run of his life" at the 1961 Austrian National Championship in his
hometown Lienz. In it, Pepi recounts a gripping day in ski racing that can easily resonate with athletes of today.
The magazine makes sure to cover all the haunts of the Jackson Hole skier from. Snow King Resort's Town Downhill Race, to powder skiing at Grand Targhee Resort, the surrounding backcountry, and even helicopter skiing in Valdez, Alaska.
Beyond the sport of skiing, the winter guide profiles 10 area artists inspired by skiing. Mike Tierney and Lynsey Dyer comment on their artistic experiences within ski culture to round out the publication. Jackson Hole Skier magazine is free and available at 160 locations throughout Jackson Hole.
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