Ski Haus http://skihaussteamboat.com Steamboat Springs, Colorado Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:09:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ice Climb! http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/ice-climb/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/ice-climb/#respond Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:02:32 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=7310 Learning to ice climb – Three winters ago, I first learned how to ice climb. I was fortunate enough to have a mentor that was as excited to teach the art of ascending frozen water, as I was about learning. Randy and myself would routinely meet at the Fish Creek parking, every Sunday, 7am to […]

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Ouray iceLearning to ice climb

– Three winters ago, I first learned how to ice climb. I was fortunate enough to have a mentor that was as excited to teach the art of ascending frozen water, as I was about learning. Randy and myself would routinely meet at the Fish Creek parking, every Sunday, 7am to get a morning session of ice climbing in before I would have to clock into the ole Ski Haus later that afternoon. My eagerness to learn this fascinating new endeavor was uncontrollable. Randy would feed off my energy, teaching me different tricks and techniques he has learned over 30 years of playing in the mountains. He pushed me well beyond my comfort level. Getting my crampons above ice screws for the first time is still one of my greatest thrills I have ever experienced. Since then, I have learned to push myself on all the mediums of the mountains; rock, snow and ice.

Three years later, I was asked to help instruct the Ice Climbing course at Colorado Mountain College. Even though helping others experience the mountains in new and unique ways is a passion of mine, I never thought I would become a college instructor for one of the activities I love most in this world, Ice Climbing. This past weekend, I was lucky to be engulfed by the rugged spire ridden landscape of the San Juan Mountains. The CMC Ice Climbing course took us to the internationally renowned Ouray Ice Park.

Climbing parties from around the world journey to the quaint mountain town of Ouray each winter to lean about ice or hone their climbing abilities. This free public park serves as a playground for those rugged enough to weather the cold temps and sharp tools. Ouray Ice park is home to over 100 ice climbs, dozens of mixed climbs for climbers of all abilities to cut their teeth on.
This would serve as a perfect setting for teaching 6 individuals with an array of climbing experiences about the intricacies of climbing ice.

Feeling lucky to be teaching a course I’m so passionate about with such an amazing group of students in such an breathtaking venue, my stoke was cranked up to 11 the entire time! From the first day at the Kids Wall, to the final steep climbs in Scottish Gully, each and every student progressed exponentially. From anchor set up to steep ice technique and lead theory, the students were bombarded with loads of new information, which eventually translated into proficient ice climbing.

I believe most all students walked away from this class with a positive experience; accomplishing their primary goal, Ice Climb. Others wanted to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the sport in order to take their efforts in the mountains further. As an instructor, I believe I accomplished my goal of spreading the stoke for ice and helping others push themselves out of their comfort zone and have a new life experience they will hopefully not forget anytime soon.

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Upgrade Your XC Poles http://skihaussteamboat.com/nordic-cross-country/upgrade-xc-poles/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/nordic-cross-country/upgrade-xc-poles/#respond Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:19:27 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=7292 Lighter. Stronger. Better – It’s time to upgrade your xc poles and you probably aren’t even aware of it. Too many cross country skiers settle when it comes to their poles. Lots of effort goes into picking their skis and boots and lots more effort goes into maintaining their skis with countless hours of waxing […]

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upgrade your xc polesLighter. Stronger. Better

– It’s time to upgrade your xc poles and you probably aren’t even aware of it. Too many cross country skiers settle when it comes to their poles. Lots of effort goes into picking their skis and boots upgrade your xc polesand lots more effort goes into maintaining their skis with countless hours of waxing and brushing. But how much consideration did you put into the purchase of your poles? Are you still using the same poles from way back when? More than likely the answers are not much and yes.

I’ve seen it lots of time here in Ski Haus when a Nordic skier finally decides to upgrade their poles. Usually, right after their first ski session using their new, lighter, stronger, stiffer, and better pole they come back in saying they had no idea a pole could make so much difference. A huge factor with an upgraded pole is the swing weight. This is the resistance you feel as you bring your pole forward to planted again. Reduced swing weight is energy savings over time and distance. This is the same thing we said to you about your skis… a lighter ski with less swing weight saves you energy as you’re skiing.

Upgraded poles don’t even feel like poles. I remember skiing with my first pair after several years of skiing with a pole that was “just fine.” I could feel the grip in my hand and the strap over the top and I could feel about a third of the pole shaft down from the grip and I felt nothing else until I planted the pole on the next stride… Amazing. Fantastic. Fun. Incredible. Unreal… I could go on.

I know budget plays a huge part in whether or not a skier can upgrade their poles and in the long run I’d rather have someone out skiing with a basic pole than not skiing at all. Having said that here are a few choice choices for when the time is right to regulate the old poles to stringing Christmas lights.

Swix CT3 Carbon – $170
Swix Petter Northug – $169
Fischer RC 10 – $179
Swix CT2 – $310

 

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Salomon Premiere Splitboard http://skihaussteamboat.com/snowboards/salomon-premiere-splitboard/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/snowboards/salomon-premiere-splitboard/#respond Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:30:14 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=7282 The Salomon Attention to Detail – The Salomon Premiere Splitboard is evidence that splitboarding is not merely a “fad” that is destined to go the way of the monoski or the snowblade… rather the demand for reliable and efficient backcountry snowboarding gear has made it easy for companies like Salomon to justify the expense of […]

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Salomon PremiereThe Salomon Attention to Detail

– The Salomon Premiere Splitboard is evidence that splitboarding is not merely a “fad” that is destined to go the way of the monoski or the snowblade… rather the demand for reliable and efficient backcountry snowboarding gear has made it easy for companies like Salomon to justify the expense of innovating newer and better designs.

Salomon Premiere splitboardAt first glance, it’s obvious that the Premiere is a splitboard unlike any other on the market today… It looks like it has a lot going on, because it dSalomon Premiere Splitboardoes! Salomon developed the unique interface of the Premiere with the help of Voile to allow for a narrower “ski” when touring, and thus provide a much more efficient setup on longer hikes. The old adage, “one pound on your foot is worth six in your pack” applies here as the middle section of the board separates into two pieces that are easily stowed in your pack leaving you with less material underfoot when in tour-mode. Saving precious energy for the descent is something any splitboarder can appreciate.

Salomon is new on the splitboard scene, but they are not rookies when it comes to building quality snowboards. I have set up more splitboards than I can count, and it becomes obvious during that process what companies are meticulous when it comes to construction and which are willing to cut corners. Salomon’s splitboards are built with remarkable attention to detail, and it’s for that reason that they were able to produce a board that splits into four pieces and still rides like a real snowboard.

Due to the unique size and shape of the Premiere when it’s in tour-mode, the $1299 price tag includes specially-designed skins and crampons, as well as the complete Voile interface. This marvel of snowboarding craftsmanship is available in very limited numbers, so don’t waste any time getting to the ‘Haus to check it out!

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Winter Pull on Boots http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/winter-pull-boots/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/winter-pull-boots/#respond Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:34:27 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=7266 Pull on boots are a winter necessity – Winter pull on boots are a necessity. When you’re stocking the inside woodbox from the outside woodpile in the dark, taking the dogs out late at night for last call, trying to be quick with the snow shovel to clear slippery steps, or a taking a late […]

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winter pull-on bootsPull on boots are a winter necessity

– Winter pull on boots are a necessity. When you’re stocking the inside woodbox from the outside woodpile in the dark, taking the dogs out late at night for last call, trying to be quick with the snow shovel to clear slippery steps, or a taking a late night saunter down the county road to see the stars – you only appreciate the ease and convenience of a pull on boot. With a pull on boot you become spoiled pretty fast. Laces are time time consuming or if you try and wrap them around the top of the boots they still come undone or if you slide your foot inside the boots with the laces tucked down inside then it’s uncomfortable… See? Pull on boots are a necessity.

Ski Haus stocks four models of pull on boots. Shown above, from left to right, are the Ahnu Tamarack ($169.95), The North Face Chillcat II ($100.00), Merrell Polarand Rove Pull ($160.00), and the Sorel Cheyenne Premium ($120.00).

The biggest issue with pull on boots like these are your instep. If you have a high instep not every pull on boot will work for you. It’s important to try them on. Afterall, we’re wearing these boots for the convenience of the pull on factor. If you have trouble getting your foot inside a pull on then, well, you’ve lost the convenience factor. And this is why we stock a selection of these of these boots. Not every foot will fit every boot.

Another minor limitation of these boots is snowshoeing. They really aren’t built for snowshoeing and most of us are not buying them for that reason. A lace up boot is best for that…

But, back to convenience and saving time and laces not coming undone and keeping your feet warm and excellent traction and good looks… Well, now we’re talking winter pull on boots. Stop by Ski Haus and see which boot will work for you!

 

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Salomon Sick Stick Snowboard http://skihaussteamboat.com/snowboards/salomon-sick-stick-snowboard/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/snowboards/salomon-sick-stick-snowboard/#respond Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:39:30 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=7258 One board to do it all! – The Salomon Sick Stick snowboard is proof that the old idiomatic proverb “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” is simply untrue. Making the commitment to have one board to do-it-all often feels like an unsatisfying compromise. We want the board that was designed to surf […]

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surfing powderOne board to do it all!

– The Salomon Sick Stick snowboard is proof that the old idiomatic proverb “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” is simply untrue. Making the commitment to have one board to do-it-all often feels like an unsatisfying compromise. We want the board that was designed to surf epically deep conditions, but know that it’s more practical to get the “all-mountain” board. It’s like wanting the sports car, but electing to buy the mini-van because that’s what a responsible adult should do. It’s time to stop compromising… Salomon has your cake, and feel free to chow down!

sick stickThe Sick Stick has been around for a number of years, it’s tried-and-true, a local’s favorite, but remains one of snowboarding’s best kept secrets. Its unique shape and rockered tip & tail make for big smiles on deep days. While the flat bend profile between the binding platforms, lightly tapered twin shape, quadratic sidecut, and centered stance allow it to motor on hardpack conditions. This is one board that should be in your quiver, unless it is your quiver!

The Salomon Sick Stick is in stock now and will keep you shredding happy until the next powder day arrives… at which time you’ll understand what real happiness is all about! If you’re looking to avoid compromise and maximize your “sick days”, we have just what you need. See you at the ‘Haus!

2015 Salomon Sick Stick ($599)

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Nemo Victory Blanket http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/nemo-victory-blanket/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/nemo-victory-blanket/#respond Sat, 17 Jan 2015 23:24:14 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=7247 New! The anywhere blanket – We were hoping the Nemo Victory Blanket would arrive at Ski Haus in time for this past Christmas but, well, now we have them in stock! The Nemo Victory Blanket has arrived just in time for you to start thinking about your Spring escape… Here is the perfect blanket, ground […]

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outdoor victory blanketNew! The anywhere blanket

– We were hoping the Nemo Victory Blanket would arrive at Ski Haus in time for this past Christmas but, well, now we have them in stock! The Nemo Victory Blanket has arrived just in time for you to start thinking about your Spring escape… Here is the perfect blanket, ground cloth, hammock liner, inside the tent protector, hard rock softener, and back of the truck comforter. Can you tell we’ve been thinking how we will use our Victory Blankets? The mountain-town Spring-break-exodus is not too far away. It’s not to soon to be thinking about Moab, Fruita, Sante Fe, Pie Town, the Rio Frio and beyond.

nemo victory blanketNemo Victory blanketOur list for things and places to use the Victory Blanket are beaches, picnics, concerts, camping, and backyard stargazing. It is amazing how summer day dreams have begun to thaw our frozen January imaginations. How will you use your Victory Blanket?

Nemo has thought of just about everything when it comes to this great lifestyle accessory. It comes in two sizes which just happen to fit into NEMO’s 2-person and 4-person tents. The Victory Blanket is easy to stow-and-go with integrated straps and carry handle. A hidden velcro stash pocket is a nice touch and the waterproof bottom resists water dirt and sand to keep you dry. You can also stake down the blanket with four handy corner loops to help you keep it in place during windy days.

The big blanket’s dimensions are 90 inches by 90 inches and the small blanket measures 86 inches by 50 inches.

$49.95 for the 2p. $79.95 for the 4p.

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Outdoor Research Trailbreaker Jacket http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/outdoor-research-trailbreaker-jacket/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/outdoor-research-trailbreaker-jacket/#respond Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:51:36 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=7237 All ’round OR shell with huge value – The Outdoor Research Trailbreaker Jacket is a great all-round shell jacket that offers huge value – especially when you consider its price of $250. A quick look at some other jacket retail prices and I saw $429, $499, $699, and $725! I know everyone has different requirements, […]

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OR trailbreakerAll ’round OR shell with huge value

– The Outdoor Research Trailbreaker Jacket is a great all-round shell jacket that offers huge value – especially when you consider its price of $250. A quick look at some other jacket retail prices and I saw $429, $499, $699, and $725! I know everyone has different requirements, tastes, and uses but I come back to the OR Trailbreaker and think to myself… this jacket is really packed with value!

Or Trailbreaker jacketThe Trailbreaker has a lighter denier to it. It is a lighter shell but still has enough heft to it to protect you on the gnarly days (depending on how you layer up underneath it). The ideal user is a skier or rider hiking and touring for their turns. This middleweight jacket offers a premium on breathability. When your working hard and generating a good amount of heat you don’t want to overheat. You don’t want to turn yourself into a sauna. Having a jacket that isn’t heavy, offers plenty of breathability, and offers excellent protection from wind and snow is the perfect blend of function and performance. The double weave stretch-woven soft shell body has a waterproof three-layer Pertex® Shield+ on the shoulders and hood, areas most exposed to the elements. Weather protection where you need it most combined with breathability to keep your core temperature comfortable. This is ideal.

If you are really cranking out the heat you can open up the pit zips and dump the excess heat fast. There are also two oversized shove-it pocket for stashing goggles, gloves, and skins and keeping them handy and easily accessible.

There’s more good news. The Trailbreaker comes in a pant as well. So for all you backcountry skiers, uphill hike the mountain in the morning A.T. skiers, snowshoers, and even ride the lifts “love a lighter shell” alpine skiers… The Outdoor Research Trailbreak Jacket is for you!

Ski Haus stocks the OR Trailbreaker Jacket in Hydro (blue) and Taos (red).
$250

Features:
Hybrid Mapped Construction
Water Resistant
Wind Resistant
Breathable
Lightweight
Durable
Movement-Mirroring Stretch
Adjustable Wire-Brimmed Hood
“Halo” Hood Closure
Bonded-In-Hood Cordlocks
In-pocket Goggle Wipe with Tether
Single-Separating Front Zipper
Internal Front-Zip Stormflap
Pit Zips
Zippered Napoleon Pocket with Media Port
Two Internal Shove-It™ Pockets
Two Zippered Hand Pockets
Articulated Elbows
Hook/Loop Cuff Closures
Drawcord Hem

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Salomon Custom Shell Boots http://skihaussteamboat.com/alpine/salomon-custom-shell-boots/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/alpine/salomon-custom-shell-boots/#respond Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:24:58 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=7230 Custom Fit – Raise your hand if you have had your ski boots for over 10 years. Keep your hand up if you know that you need a new pair. Keep your hand up if you have resisted buying new boots because you don’t want to deal with finding your next boot then spending the […]

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custom salomon alpine shell ski bootsCustom Fit

– Raise your hand if you have had your ski boots for over 10 years. Keep your hand up if you know that you need a new pair. Keep your hand up if you have resisted buying new boots because you don’t want to deal with finding your next boot then spending the next handful of ski days breaking it in, and going back to your shop to take care of adjustments. That’s right, ski boots can be a huge hassle, but it is time for a new pair and we have a pair for you.

custom alpine ski boots salomonWe have all been there, and everyone knows that ski boots are by far the most important component of your equipment. Salomon has come up with a way to help and it is called Custom Shell 360. Many of us have had ski boots molded to our feet, until recently that meant heating up the liners and helping with the initial break in of the boot. Those liners are foam and can be super comfortable, but eventually the foam will meet the plastic that it is encased in, and 99.9% of the time they meet on the most sensitive spot on your foot.

Salomon Custom Shell boots not only mold the liner, they also mold the actual plastic. In about 20 minutes you can go from trying on a boot to have the most custom fitting boot on the market.  Once you pick the Salomon boot of your choice, we heat up the shell and throw it back on your foot. In just a few minutes the shell will actually change shape to better fit your foot, and once it cools it is set. The shell will mold all around your foot, the end results are quite remarkable. This cuts down on pressure points, sore feet and trips to the Ski Haus for boot adjustments.

Come on down and try a pair.

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Fischer E109 Skis http://skihaussteamboat.com/nordic-cross-country/fischer-e109-skis/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/nordic-cross-country/fischer-e109-skis/#respond Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:14:56 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=7225 Fischer e109, light, fast, fun! – The Fischer E109 skis are an under the radar ski at Ski Haus. The skiers who have found this ski are having a blast with it… while many skiers have yet to discover this terrific lightweight and versatile crosscountry ski. The E109 lives in the middle country. It’s not […]

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Fischer e109, light, fast, fun!

– The Fischer E109 skis are an under the radar ski at Ski Haus. The skiers who have found this ski are having a blast with it… while many skiers have yet to discover this terrific lightweight and versatile crosscountry ski.

The E109 lives in the middle country. It’s not too wide, it’s not too narrow, it’s just right. It offers plenty of sidecut to make elegant turns. It is narrow enough to provide a fluid kick and glide. This is the perfect ski to go explore, cover a nice amount of distance, and make some really fun turns along the way. This sounds a lot like backcountry cross country skiing to me!

Fischer E109 XC skiProbably the ideal way to mount up these skis is with either a NNN BC or SNS BC boot/binding combo. But I also think a nice lightweight leather boot like the Crispi Mountain and a three pin binding would match up nicely, too. The idea with either system would be to save some weight. Keep the package light and keep your xc options open when it comes to terrain and where you want to ski.

The Fischer E109 comes in five sizes. 170, 180, 190, 200, and 205. I like this because it allows most skiers to ski a slightly longer length (more length = more glide = more fun) compared with t-shirt sized skis (small, medium, large, extra large). The sidecut dimensions are 82.60.70. To me, this looks like the perfect blend of stability and glide. This is just enough width to offer stability in funky snow and it is just narrow enough to offer a fun kick and glide.

If you have been looking to upgrade from an old ski or looking to add a versatile xc ski to your quiver… Don’t let this ski slip under your radar!

$339.95

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ArcTeryx Nevus Pants for Women http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/arcteryx-nevus-pants-women/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/arcteryx-nevus-pants-women/#respond Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:21:27 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=7213 White Line from ArcTeryx – The ArcTeryx Nevus pants for women are my favorite pants from the ArcTeryx White Line. The White Line from ArcTeryx is designed for multi use snow sports with specific details to keep us comfortable skiing, riding, backcountry skiing, and just being outside in winter. The ArcTeryx Nevus pants have an […]

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nevus women's pantsWhite Line from ArcTeryx

– The ArcTeryx Nevus pants for women are my favorite pants from the ArcTeryx White Line. The White Line from ArcTeryx is designed for multi use snow sports with specific details to keep us comfortable skiing, riding, backcountry skiing, and just being outside in winter.

ArcTeryx Vevus PantThe ArcTeryx Nevus pants have an unbelievable amount of freedom of movement due to the incredible amount of stretch they have and the articulated knees are an added bonus. It is super easy to hike for your turns in these pants, snowboard, snowshoe, or even go on a long XC tour.

The Nevus Pant provides an optimal blend of thermal qualities, stretch performance, weather protection and wind resistance for backcountry ski and snowboard tours. The midweight softshell sheds snow like a champ. The ArcTeryx attention to detail pays off with articulated patterning and gusseted construction to elevate freedom of movement. The athletic fit is streamlined yet allows room for light layers, with a higher cut waist in the back for added snow protection.

The Nevus pants can be used for more than just backcountry skiing but these pants are ideal for the backcountry because they are so streamlined. Bulky pants are heavy and a pain to ski in – anything extra adds unnecessary weight and slows you down. Arc’teryx designed these pants to be simple and glove friendly. The tug and release system on the rugged PowderCuff  allows the users to make adjustments without fumbling or overexposing themselves to cold and wet conditions. Other features include a Keprotec instep reinforcement to protect the cuff from abrasion and edge cuts, two side zippered pockets and a large volume cargo pocket that provide quick, easy access to important essentials.

I love these pants because the are so light weight. They are easy to layer for warmth yet light enough that you won’t risk overheating. Ready to try the next best ski pant you’ll ever wear? Try the ArcTeryx Nevus pants!

$299.00

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