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Cyber Week Ski Bum Deals (2013)

Updating this post to feature my hand-picked cyber week ski deals. Don’t pay full sticker on ski gear! Originally compiled and posted at another site I have: Ski Gear Deals

Backcountry.com | Christy Sports | Derailed | Equipe Sport | evo | Fontana Sports | Mountains Plus | OMCgear | RAMP Sports | REI | Second Ascent | Sierra Trading Post | Skis.com | Tahoe Mountain Sports | The Clymb | US Outdoor Store

Store: Backcountry.com
Offer: Up to 50% Off Site-Wide + Free 2-Day Shipping over $50!
Code: N/A – CLICK no Code
***Valid Black Friday Only!***


Store: Christy Sports
Offer: Extra 10% Off Previous Year’s Gear & Closeouts!
Code: Gobble
Expires: 12/02/13


Store: Derailed
Offer: Take an Extra 25% off your order of $100 or more!
Code: DAVBLACK3
***Valid Black Friday Only!***


Store: Equipe Sport
Offer: Additional 10% off Coupon Code! +FREE SHIPPING
Code: Winter13
Expires: 12/05/13


Store: evo
Offer: 70% OFF ENTIRE evo OUTLET!
Code: CLICK no Code
***Valid Black Friday Only!***


Store: Fontana Sports
Offer: Save $40 On Any 1 Outerwear Item Over $200!
Code: TDJ200
***Valid Black Friday Only!***


Store: Mountains Plus
Offer: GoPro Hero3+ 2013 Holiday Special! Get a Free 16GB SanDisk Ultra Class 10 Micro SD Card, Wasabi Battery Kit and a GoPole Grenade Grip w/ purchase & Free Shipping!
Code: N/A – CLICK no Code
Expires: 12/08/13


Store: OMCgear (Oregon Mountain Community)
Offer: Save 20% ENTIRE ORDER with code!
Code: MEMBER
Expires: 12/02/13


Store: RAMP Sports
Offer: $50 off ALL SKI & Snowboard Packages! (Handmade in Park City, Utah)
Code: SBS13
Expires: 12/02/13


Store: REI
Offer: Across the board 40% markdowns PLUS FREE SHIPPING ALL ORDERS no minimum purchase!
Code: N/A – CLICK no Code
***Valid Black Friday Only!***


Store: Second Ascent
Offer: 20% OFF ANYTHING!
Code: YARDBIRD
***Valid Black Friday Only!***


Store: Sierra Trading Post
Offer: Take an Extra 30% off $100+!
Code: AVBLACKFRIDAY3
***Valid Black Friday Only!***


Store: Skis.com
Offer: Black Friday Doorbuster Deals + Extra 10% Off Thousands Of Items!
Code: N/A – CLICK no Code
***Valid Black Friday Only!***


Store: Tahoe Mountain Sports
Offer: 20% OFF 1 Full Price Item!
Code: SAVE20
***Valid Black Friday & Cyber Monday Only!***


Store: The Clymb
Offer: 20% Off any purchase! November 29th at 8am PT through December 2nd at 8am PT (plus free shipping orders over $50)
Code: N/A – CLICK no Code
Expires: 12/02/13


Store: US Outdoor Store
Offer: Take an additional 20% off clothing or outerwear in the Outlet! (PLUS FREE SHIPPING & NO SALES TAX!)
Code: OUTLET20
***Valid Black Friday & Cyber Monday Only!***

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Alta 75th Anniversary Ale

Alta 75th Anniversary LogoThis season officially marks 75 years of skiing at Alta! Of course before the ski area opened there were a select few “ultra humans” accessing Alta’s terrain via Park City & Big Cottonwood Canyon…including Alf Engen (Alan Engen interview by Johnny B), who was hired by the Forest Service in 1935 to determine the area’s potential as a winter sports site. Check out the Alta Historical Timeline we put together for AltaCam a spell ago. It’s due for an update, but it’s still worth browsing.

Back on Nov 1st Alta Ski Lifts posted the following question to their Facebook page: Question: If Alta Ski Area was transformed into a tasty microbrew, what type of beer would it be? The question generated a buzz with over 50 people taking a guess (including my guess, which was the Dubhe Imperial Black IPA LOL). Well later that day, it was clear why that question was asked with a follow-up post:

Ladies and gents, we here at Alta Ski Area are proud to present the Alta 75th Anniversary Ale. This thirst quenching steep and deep dry hopped Pale Ale, brewed in collaboration with Wasatch Beers, is the perfect pairing for those deep days to come this winter. Drink up and enjoy.

Alta 75th Anniversary Ale 6 Pack
Alta 75th Anniversary Ale
Photos by Tara Thomas

So there you have it. Not only do we get another year of skiing “The Greatest Snow on Earth”, we get to celebrate the 75th year with an Alta-dedicated pale ale after the lifts close. For more info check out this excellent write-up at the Alta website.

Gear up, snow is coming!

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Handmade Skis! (in U.S.A.) RAMP

RAMP Peacepipe Skis 2013

For the past couple of winters I have been proud to be riding Garage Skis. Proud for one because my friend custom builds these out of his garage in the Salt Lake valley. But I was also proud to be on skis that were handmade in the USA, rather than built by machine in a land far away. My Garage Skis have served me well, but like any hard charging ski they are pretty much done after 80-100 days skiing in the Wasatch. They held up with quite the beat down, considering last season was literally “the winter of no snow”. The 2011-2012 season was one of the worst snow years on record in LCC.

So when I started thinking about what skis to line up for this season, it occurred to me that RAMP Sports was now building skis by hand right in my back yard. For my day job, RAMP Sports is a client so I was already familiar and intrigued with their mission and branding strategy. I had also seen some press recently about their new factory here in Park City. I decided to reach out to them because it is my goal to support ski companies (well, any outdoor company) with a sustainable vision. Not only are RAMP skis built by hand here in Park City, they are all about responsible green practices and materials and do plenty to walk-the-walk when it comes to these things.

Now handmade in the U.S.A., RAMP is transforming the way skis are manufactured. The Park City, Utah, based company uses a revolutionary patent-pending process that makes use of Earth friendly, U.S. made materials to produce the most technical ski products on the market. The new process allows for tremendous flexibility giving RAMP the ability to change shapes and designs by adjusting computer DXF files versus making a new mold. This allows for much more innovation and creativity. Read more…

When I reached out by email Vanessa and Polly responded right away. They invited me to the factory for a tour and to spend some time learning more about the brand. To simply say “I was impressed” would be an understatement. Although I already knew this, it was easy to see they were on to something good just by interacting with the team, and observing the company culture close up. Take a look at the embedded video below with Brant Moles. It says it all and speaks clearly to why RAMP Sports is such a unique start-up in the ski industry. What other ski brand can have team members come to their factory in the USA and mold their own skis?!

Similar to the attributes of Soul Poles that I like (featured on my last post) RAMP Sports is local, walking-the-walk when it comes to green business practices and giving back to the community. Stay tuned this winter because I am going to have LOTS more to say about these guys…especially once I get my boots locked into some Peacepipe 2013 Skis after the first big Wasatch dump!

BTW the best place to get your hands on RAMP skis are directly from them. Visit their website to browse/shop. Take a look!

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Bamboo Soul Poles

Soul Poles Logo

Heard of Soul Poles? The company has been around for over a year, but not yet two. In that short amount of time they have made TONS of progress spreading the word

No snow. No ski. That’s the simple fact of global warming and the grim predictions of disappearing alpine snow. And it inspired Soul’s singular focus: Innovate the greenest equipment in the snow sports industry by merging sustainable design with uncompromising performance and truly original style. Read more…

I knew they were in PC, and although I heard the company name mentioned by friends, and saw some stuff online, I only just recently had a closer look. It took hearing Park City resident Bryon Friedman (Soul Poles founder) on KPCW (our local radio station) talking about their bamboo trekking poles for me to think to myself: Hmmm, I need to email Bryon and see if I can check these out. So I did. Bryon responded immediately, had me in to the shop for a tour and set-up me up with some “Original Soul” poles for this winter. To say I am “Psyched” is an understatement.

"Soul Original" Poles

As soon as I held them in my hands, my first thought was that everyone is going to be asking me about these on the lift. I know I would be intrigued if someone sat down next to me with Soul Poles. REALLY slick and unique looking product! Of course the best part to me is that they are sustainably manufactured BY HAND here in Park City, not to mention their durability.

Some Soul Poles highlights include:

  • Sustainable Design: Unlike traditional ski poles, Soul Pole’s 100% biodegradable bamboo shafts create a minimal environmental footprint. Other green design ingredients?
    • Water-based, low VOC paints.
    • Grips and baskets made of recycled plastics.
    • Recycled aluminum tips.
    • Straps made of a blend of hemp and recycled poly.
  • Optimum Performance: Don’t let the retro look fool you. These are solid poles designed by former U.S. Ski Team racers competing at the World Cup and Olympic level. They give you balance and stability, and help you push into the fall line whether you choose to ride a first descent in the backcountry or to an apres ski party at the base of the lodge.
  • True Originality: Soul Poles are functional art, designed and hand-painted by acclaimed artist R. Nelson Parrish. On a mountain of mass-produced sameness, distinctively unique Soul Poles makes your individuality stand out. They can even be personalized with your name or logo.
  • Eco Activism: Every pair of Soul Poles helps save our snow—they pledge 1% of gross revenue to environmental initiatives that support: 1% For The Planet, POW – Protect Our Winters, and World Cup Dreams Foundation.

    I am committed to telling more of the Soul Poles story here at SBP, so stay tuned.

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Alta in April

As the Powder House Ski @Facebook person would say.. “If you’re not here for Alta in April, well, you’re blowing it. Check out the full event line up!” (for example) Click the image below. Nice work on that Alta Chamber & Visitors Bureau…tons of info on this page:

Alta in April

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Safely Ski from A to Z -Childrens Book

Safely Ski from A to ZEarly this ski season I was contact by Mary Palmer who also lives here in Park City. She found this blog, noted we had two young kids, and offered to send us a copy of her children’s ski book: Safely Ski from A to Z

I have to say a big THANK YOU to Mary…it was perfect timing this year for us to have your book!

So far this has been Ellie’s epic skier year. She went from stomping her feet skiing between my legs last winter, to Level 3 in three lessons at Alta Ski School this winter. By the last of her four lesson package in February she was riding the lifts with the class. Her instructors were really impressed with her balance at 4 years old. She was pedaling her bike @Trailside pump track when she was still 3, so maybe that has something to do with it ;)

Alta Ski School Tags

I believe having this book for bedtime stories while she was learning to ski safely in real life was an incredible opportunity, not to mention the learning value of relating the safety message to letters of the alphabet. Not only does Ellie ask to read Safely Ski From A to Z regularly now, but her 2 year old little brother loves it as well.

Get Safely Ski from A to Z at Amazon or Dolly’s Book Store in Park City.

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Avalanche Footage Favorites

Today at work we swapped around YouTube avi footage that’s been getting around social media as of late…at least in my neck of the Interwebs. I decided to post three. They are all impressive to say the least. The lift carnage in two of them is #badass (St Francois-Longchamp & Chimbulak respectively), but my favorite is the Telluride Monster off Ajax Peak…top one listed below. LOVE the boulders mingling in the snow slide and whole town of Telluride cheering @ around the one minute mark :) The second one listed is also in CO by the town of Ophir -Check these out and comment to let me know which one you like best!

For more information on Telluride visit Telluride.net.

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Collage Forthcoming…

Adah Dog

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Vapor Light Winter Style

There are some memorable summer sunsets tucked away in my head. I have surely been touched the same way in winter months, but since I moved to Utah in ’98 the June/July sunsets stand out to me. If you’re a fan of day turning to night, then you have it made here.

On Friday, December 30th 2011 we headed up to Timberlakes to change over our Utah mountain cabin rental for some guests bringing in 2012 up there. In that subdivision when you drive up the hill @Lake Pines you’re heading northeast. The entrance is also in a tight canyon, so there is no west view regardless.

As we crested the hill near our house, and pulled into the driveway, I could see there was something special in the sky that night. I was drawn to it. I walked up on the front porch and stood there mesmerized. It did not last long, but I was able to snap a picture with my phone while the colors were peaking.

The photo directly below is from our porch, an unobstructed view of a surreal winter sunset. The other photo is compliments of the Powderhouse Ski Shop via their “LCC Sunsets” Album on their Facebook page…taken from Alta’s Wildcat base in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Looks like it was taken about the same time.

Now it’s safe to say that a memorable winter sunset stands out to me as well :) Happy New Year 2012!

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Generation Alta

Here is a good one from Salomon Freeski TV. It’s about five minutes long, featuring some LCC local shredders who have been Alta pass holders since they were very small children. Fluid, natural, powder skiing…worth a watch.

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