Category Archives: Hardgoods

To Rent Or Not To Rent

Skiers and boarders often make excuses why NOT to rent skis when they go on vacation. You trust yours. The rental shop won’t have the quality or length you expect. You hate standing in line on your first day out. You paid good money for your skis and you want your money’s worth back. But if you plan ahead those […]

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SIA14: The Hardgoods Story

(Photos by Ryan Freitas) If only we had ski hills in Baton Rouge. The weather has turned on its ear. Droughts in California, 50-inch base depths in Utah, rain in the East and snow in the south. Dogs and cats, living together. And while business is booming at this year’s SIA show it’s because of the unprecedented demand for cold-weather […]

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Ortovox Recalls Beacons

The last thing you need when frantically searching for your best bud in an avalanche is for your beacon to switch out of search mode. Ortovox is recalling a small group of its 3+ beacons when testing revealed that they switched to transmit mode after two minutes. The avalanche transceivers switched unintentionally and internal tests showed that the problem is […]

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Lids on Ski Kids

I didn’t start wearing a ski helmet until the 90s. By then I had spent more than 20 years lidfree. I wore a bike helmet but my parents wore cute ski hats and so did we on the hill. In their minds, the two sports weren’t the same thing. After all, asphalt streets are one thing, snow another. But any […]

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