Friday, August 28, 2015

Viva la France?





France
Rossignol logo The highlighted country on the map to the left is France. There seems to be a chicken looking at the map of France. Under the chicken it say Rossignol. Why is this important you ask? I'll tell you why...
 Our Fall Sale starts tomorrow. We will  have a LOT of skis from last year marked way down in price to make room for the new gear. Alongside these skis will be the exciting new skis that have just arrived for the 2015/16 ski season. For the first time, some of these will be from France. France is where Rossignol comes from. Rossignol has been in the ski business since 1907 and has many Olympic and World Cup victories. We have not sold Rossignol in the past, but we have always had a healthy respect for this iconic brand. We have continually tested the Rossignol skis over the years and the current models ski incredibly well and offer some fantastic values. After many years of stocking primarily central Euopean skis, we have said "Viva la France!". 
While we still love our Swiss, German and Austrian skis we would like to think we have evolved and become more open minded. We simply believe that Rossignol skis are some of the best right now and are pleased to finally offer Rossignol skis to our customers! 
So come on down and score some big savings on boots, skis or whatever else you need the next few weeks. The sale runs through September 13th. And while you are here, check out the latest and greatest from France! 



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Will it be a GODZILLA El Nino?

Every year there are lot's of forecasts for the upcoming winter. As a ski shop owner I tend to want to scan all the various predictions until I find the ones I like. Every year SOMEBODY thinks it will be a good snow year. Sometimes it is the National Weather Service, other times it is the Farmers Almanac. Some years it could even just be Tim from Alameda who has a hunch it will snow a lot.

  This year tall the forecasts seem to be similar- "HUGE EL NINO!" they are shouting. One newscaster last week even called it a "Godzilla" El Nino. I wasn't sure how a huge Japanese monster had anything to do with yearly precipitation, but I am thinking Godzilla might be fun to ski with?

Anyway, it is hard to argue with the science behind it as I simply do not do my own ocean temperature monitoring. I just have to trust people that do it for a living. It is looking right now that it could be one of the strongest El Nino's since 1950. That could be very very good news for us powder starved skiers here in the sunshine state! We were talking today about how much we have used our race skis the last few years as we mainly had firm snow to ski on. It would be nice to spend more time on the fat skis this year!

You can read more about El Nino's if you are inclined here:

 http://opensnow.com/news/post/el-nino-part-1-what-is-el-nino-and-as-skiers-why-do-we-care?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20150817

Whatever happens we will be here to help you have a great ski season. Boxes of goods are arriving every day. We open them, geek out at how cool it all is, and put it away for you to check out when you come in. We are currently getting ready for our big Fall Sale which starts on the 29th of August and runs through September 13. All the gear left from last year is at closeout "just get rid of it!" prices, and the 2015/16 stuff is on sale too with all of it's shiny newness! Come on down and check it out. Gear up for a Godzilla year!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

We should be having fun now!





We should be having fun right about now up in the Sierra.



But we aren't unless we are up high or at a few select resorts.
Many of the Sierra resorts have closed and a few more probably should. Carson Pass is said to have a few pockets of good snow but not much is good in the back country either it seems.

There are a few exceptions that we keep hearing about:
Mt. Rose is way up high and still skiing well this spring.
Mt. Batchelor has had it's own weather system all year and is holding snow well into the spring.
Alta has considerably more snow than any of the other Salt Lake resorts and is good to go for spring skiing.
Brians Head in Southern Utah is having a better than average year.
When on the phone to Fischer skis back in New Hampshire I actually heard "I am so sick of winter! It's snowing again today!" To which I replied that I was going to golf tomorrow. I'm not really going to golf but I knew that would make him jealous. It was all I had in response to the snowpack in New England.

So it is not dry everywhere at least.

So will you find the time and make one last trip?

It is not seeming that anyone is still enthused here at the shop...

We are having what may be the biggest markdown sale in the history of the business and we only had a few sales today. We spent all day ordering shop supplies for summer maintenance and to be ready for next year.

Which we better start preparing for now because the forecasts are coming in!

Here are two:

ECMWF:  December looks wet, and we all will certainly be crossing our fingers that this verifies. California is in the midst of a truly devastating and historic drought. January and February looks warm. February could be wetter than average for northern California.

Farmers Almanac:  a warmer than average winter, although not by too much. January is slightly on the wet side. 

Fingers crossed! I may try to ski one more time. Then I golf, cycle, fish, etc.

If you are not busy and want to save some serious money come on by before April 12th. All skis are 40-60% off. Everything else is cheap too. We would be happy to see you!