Take care of your gear and it will take care of you.
1. Take Stock: Go over any equipment issues while the season is still fresh in your mind, and address any fixes you’ve put off. It’s discouraging to bust out the gear for a new season and see that core shot’s still there, that buckle’s still bent, that basket’s still missing.
2. Get Them Tuned: Shops are busy in the fall, and so are you. Take your skis in now for the post-season tune and any other backshop business. While you’re there, it’s always worth asking if the shop is selling any high-end demo models at season’s end.
How’s this for the perfect vacation: a carbon-neutral indoor ski mountain on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Maybe this is our long-awaited, selfish, shortsighted, gotta-ski answer for global warming: dome skiing. In beautiful Barcelona, of all places. By 2015, even. A Dutch company has proposed building Barcelona Snow World, a massive recreational complex, including a 39,000-square-foot ski dome. It’s part of a vast redevelopment initiative south of the city, which, so the advance publicity claims, will be carbon-neutral. We’ve haven’t met a turn we don’t like, but a carbon-neutral 39,000-square-foot indoor ski slope? We’re all in.
The Mantra has been a mainstay in Volkl's freeskiing line. It's quick and snappy on hard snow, but wide enough for a powder day. Here's what the testers thought.
At 96 mm, the Mantra was second-fattest in the category. That put it at a disadvantage in terms of quickness and all-mountain versatility, but it will rock those powder days. It’s a traditional-camber, wood-core, laminate construction— built for racy edge-grip that belies its girth; demanding, but also rewarding. It was No. 3 in Flotation, yet still in the middle of the pack for Hard-Snow Grip. It loves long arcs and high speeds, erring on the side of power over finesse. Among all the rockered skis, it feels especially long and burly, which skilled traditionalists will love.