Well, hello again from the staff here at DSJ WHQ.  Hope you all had a great summer and, like us, are looking forward to a kick-ass ski season!  We’re dusting off the desks here at corporate, and look forward to keeping you pumped up with the latest snow rider related news, drivel, trivia, etc. for upcoming season.  We hope you’ll find it informative, amusing, or just total BS, but all good!

This just in from the DSJ News Desk:

Say it ain’t so!  ESPN has announced that two of the longest-running events at X Games – Snowboarder X and Skier X – will be cut from the competition schedule beginning this winter.  Boarder cross has been a staple of all 16 past editions of the X Games, with skier cross added in year two.

“There wasn’t one single factor that led to this decision,” explained Tim Reed, senior director of content strategy for ESPN X Games. “It just comes down to filling the schedule with how much we believe we need to make the event enjoyable to the fans and deliver on what we need from a product standpoint.”

Winter X Games will return to Aspen, Colo. without cross competition, Jan. 24-27, 2013.

Editor’s take:  What are they thinking?  Who doesn’t enjoy watching the cross events?  What’s not to like about head to head competition, wild jumps, trading paint, crazy lead changes and crashes?  And unlike snowmobile flipping, it’s something we can all relate to.  Who hasn’t had a little taste of adrenalin doing the Chinese Downhill with your homies on the hill?  I’m guessing there’s a story behind the story on this one. 

Update from the DSJ Tech Dept:

Negative camber or full “rocker” has been around for a few years now and has revolutionized deep snow skis giving these specialty boards amazing performance in deep snow, but not so much on anything else.  Now the latest technical advance has really taken off: the hybrid design of traditional camber under foot for hard snow performance combined with early rise or rocker in just the tips and/or tail.  Claimed to be a big advantage in shock absorption: A raised tip, when it hits a bump, doesn’t jolt you like a cambered tip will; the impact is gradual.  And if you’re not getting tossed around – say in bumps or crud – it’s easier to balance.  Also for the deep stuff if you combine massive width with tip rocker, the result is a tip that simply won’t dive. Everyone wins: novices because keeping tips up in powder is one of the hardest things to master; experts, because they can stand more aggressively, with more shin boot pressure, knowing they won’t go over the handlebars.  An additional benefit for novices and intermediates is the effective reduction in running surface on hard pack creates easier turn initiation.  Expect to see some of this “rocker” tech on virtually all new models with the “possible” exception of top end frontside carvers.

Editor’s take:  Initially a sceptic, I’m now a convert.  Another benefit of this design is versatility.  With a slow rise tip, not only is the running surface reduced on hard snow, but the binding position is relatively more forward for quicker response.  Conversely, in deeper snow not only is the length is effectively greater, but the binding position is moved relatively back for greater floatation.  If you want to learn more and see the latest stuff, visit our friends at any one of the three Phoenix Ski Pro locations.

DSJ “Cool Gear” shout out: 

I know neon is making a comeback, but is that old stuff Gore-Tex?  Now is a great time to update that snow wardrobe.  Check out the latest from the ski wear brand that’s taking Colorado by storm.  Flylowgear out of Denver is coming on strong with unique backcountry inspired designs that emphasize fashion, utility, ruggedness, and affordability.  Check the “Deals” section of their web site for some amazing bargains.  Also check our free offer at meetup.com/DesertSnowJunkies

DSJ Local Resort News:   

As a great excuse to escape the August desert heat, myself and long time fellow Junkie Ron Logan had a blast participating in the first annual Muck and Mire on the Mountain adventure race at Durango Mountain ResortWe did the 5K which started at 9000′ elevation and climbed about 1000′ before a looping descent which included about a half dozen obstacles.  Free beer and a party afterward on a perfect summer day in the Rockies made this a must do annual tradition.  Keep DMR in mind this fall – when the aspens change it’s spectacular, and check their web site for sweet “tween season” lodging discounts.

From Az Snowbowl: “It’s going to be a great winter! El Nino is back and we are forecasted to receive above average snowfall this winter. Make sure to purchase your season pass at the pre-season rate from September 1 – October 17.”

From Az Sunrise: Annual “Free Junior Season Pass” program is Oct 13 & 14 for kids ages 12 and under.  This is a fabulous deal if you have little ones!  Check their web site for all the details. 

Coming up in the next edition:  Rider Specific Conditioning Tips, Hard vs. Soft Shell & Layering, Resort Updates, and more.

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“Never Summer” my ass !

fritzski out