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The Takeover, a Private Pico Mountain Day

Have you ever wanted to have an entire ski area to your self? Well here is your chance, on February 25, Pico Mountain in Killington, Vermont, is yours for a day. The mountain has been rented out and 250 lift tickets have been made available for those skiers and riders that want to participate.  Proceeds go to benefit Vermont Adaptive.

The Takeover is the brainchild of Polly Nimitz, a passionate skier who heard that the ski area could be rented so, she went all in, stepped up and rented the place. Nimitz, who is only in her second season as a skier, see the day as a dream come true.

“When I found out it was possible to rent Pico,” Nimitz says, “I just had to do it and to tie in the sponsors and help Vermont Adaptive it just seem so fun.”

Activities for the day include unlimited skiing at a discount price, a DJ mixing the soundtrack throughout the day, and Vermont’s own Ski Day playing the apre from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Pico base lodge.

Don’t miss your chance to ski for a great cause and have a private ski area day for a day on February 25 at Pico Mountain in Killington, Vermont. For ticket and links go to Facebook event, search for The Takeover, and sign up.

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‘North Country’, The Movie

The oldest ski shop in America is in Littleton, New Hampshire. Joe Lahout, the son of Lebanese immigrants who owned a small general store, founded it upon his return from World War II.   

Skiing was an escape for the war veteran as it was for many young men returning from war-torn Europe. Lahout saw an opportunity to service the growing skiing enthusiast coming up to ski Cannon Mountain and other small rope tows in the White Mountains.

His grandson Anthony, a passionate skier hooked up with Stept Studios and director Nick Martini to tell the story of his grandfather in a film simply titled North Country. The film has taken the film festival world by storm earning honors at Baniff Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and New Hampshire Film Festival, and recently won The International Skiing History Association (ISHA) Film Festival.

Listen to the Anthony Lahout interview on Fresh Tracks!

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Ski Tip: Tip Pressure in the New World of Ski Design

Recently, ski design has changed again with the introduction of early rising tips (rocker) and reverse camber. So what changes are necessary in our ski technique when it comes to tip pressure and speed control? Shaped skis allow us to edge early in the turn and decelerate through edge pressure and turn initiation. And to accomplish this you need to create pressure on the edge early in the arc. This is all initiated through pressuring the tip.

Now how do new ski designs affect this? With the advent of shape skis, we saw shorter skis introduced on the market. Now skis are getting longer again. Why? The is answer is skis are getting longer again because with the early rising tip we need more ski in front of the binding to grip with.

What you notice with early rising ski tips is that the camber under the foot is where the entire grip takes place. The early rising tip is easier to initiate into the turn because it is pre bent in the direction of the arc. But it still requires us to pressure the front of the ski and that is why skis are getting longer again.

The secret to creating tip pressure is to pull up on your heels to create down pressure” on the tips. For shaped skis you need a bit more “up” pull from the heels to create the “down pressure on the tips. Older skiers will recognize this movement as it is similar to the why we use to ski the old, straight skis. On today’s early rise ski, that initiates the turn a bit easier, I can adjust the amount of “up” heel pull and ski with slightly less tip pressure.

With the new reverse camber and early rise skis, the sweet (or balance) spot on hard pack snow is smaller and in softer deeper snow the sweet spot is larger because the softer snow supports the arc of the ski. With these newer skis, if you adjust your balance points you’ll grow to love them. Solid ski technique still remains the same; tip pressure is the key to controlling your speed.

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About Fresh Tracks with Dan Egan

Join Extreme Skiing Pioneer Dan Egan each week on indie617 for Fresh Tracks, a weekly hour long show packed with interviews with top Olympic and Extreme Sports personalities, US Ski and Snowboard Team updates, as well as event and condition updates from New England and around the world all mixed in with the live, local and independent sound of indie617.

Each week Egan jumps into his vast winter sports knowledge combined with his insight into top results on the FIS World Cup Circuit, World Pro Ski Tour, Freeride World Tour, X-Games and so much more with analysis by his Co- Host Olympian Pam Fletcher. Together Egan and Fletcher bring humor, and first hand knowledge into the people, places and personalities that make up the ski and snowboard industry in North America.

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January 3A new decade in skiing and snowboarding

January 10Tanner Hall, Caite Zeliff, and more

January 17Jan Reynlds, MLK Day weekend, and more

January 24: Caroline Gleich, Mayor of Cannon, and more

January 31: Mikaela Shiffrin, dream job, and more