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Junior Lease Fit Night at Skirack: Dec 14 - 6-8PM

Junior Lease Fit Night at Skirack
Reserve Your Spot | Space is Limited
Thursday, Dec 14 - 6-8PM

Bring your junior lessee to get fitted for Cross Country, Downhill Ski and/or Snowboard gear during a dedicated and convenient time after store hours with our junior lease fit experts.

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Junior Lease Fit Night at Skirack: Sept 26 - 6-8PM

Event has ended. Walk-ins are available.

Junior Lease Fit Night at Skirack
Reserve Your Spot | Space is Limited
Tuesday, Sept 26 - 6-8PM

Bring your junior lessee to get fitted for Cross Country, Downhill Ski and/or Snowboard gear during a dedicated and convenient time after store hours with our junior lease fit experts.

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Junior Lease Fit Night at Skirack: Oct 13 + 19 - 6-8PM

Junior Lease Fit Nights at Skirack
Reserve Your Spot | Space is Limited
Oct 13 + 19 - 6-8PM

UPDATE: Nordic spots are now full for Thursday, Oct. 13 and Wednesday, Oct 19.
Not to worry! Junior Lease fitting can be done any time during store hours.

Avoid the weekend rush!
Come with your junior lessee during a dedicated + convenient time - after store hours.

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We are delighted to announce a new partnership with U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

Ski Rack Inc. is delighted to announce a new partnership with U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Ski Rack Inc. supplied U.S. Ski and Snowboard with a Wintersteiger Race NC tuning machine that will be the foundation for the first ever proprietary, European-based ski grinding program for the Davis U.S. Cross Country Team.

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The Claim ski boot: white boot with gold accents. The last Full Tilt ski boot ever to be made is now at Skirack.

Introducing the Full Tilt Claim. The boot worn by the best skiers in the world, and the last boot they will be releasing as a brand. Skirack is proud to be the only shop in New England to carry the Claim Boot and Après Bootie.

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Early morning skin up Bolton Valley in Vermont. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

Alright so your cool skier friends have finally convinced you to give Alpine Touring or “AT” for short, a go. So, what should you do first? Well if you don’t have a set up then the first thing you should do is go to Skirack at 85 Main St. in Burlington to get your gear.

1. Boot Fitting & Ski Selection:

Take time to sit down with a Skirack boot fitter and let them help you decide what boot is best for your foot. Keep an open mind when it comes to brands and models. Even though your friends may have recommended an awesome touring boot, it may not agree with your foot profile. Listen to the boot fitters’ suggestions and work with them to get your fit dialed in. We can also recommend a great ski and binding that best suits your skier type. To start out, you can opt to keep your current skis and add a touring binding and boot combo. A lighter ski will make the uphills a little less strenuous, but that is up to you.

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Skinning up Vermont's Bolton Valley sidecountry is a great beginner friendly route. Photo Credit: Brennan Guerriere.

So you’ve decided to get into alpine touring this winter? Not only will this allow you to skip the lift lines and earn your turns, but also gives you an opportunity to explore the Vermont outdoors! Due to COVID-19 limitations at ski resorts, alpine touring can also help limit crowding.

We know it can be a bit daunting to find the right equipment to get out there, and the options of what to buy seems endless, but we are here to help! There are three categories to this blog post: first-time touring, frequent touring, and the elite alpinists out there. Although this will in no way be an exhaustive list, we hope this will be a good jumping off point! Just note that we have seen an increase in demand for alpine touring gear this season. Supply can be limited as well as shipment delays. Some gear recommended below might be out of stock, but please check in with us to see if we expect more or can find another option for you.

As a reminder, any time you are heading into the backcountry, educate yourself first, bring a trusted friend who is also knowledgeable, get the right avalanche gear (and know how to use it). Avalanches do occur in Vermont. If you are new to touring, check out ski resorts as a first step to get used to touring. Not all ski resorts allow uphill travel, so head to their website first and learn and follow the rules.

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1 Comments | Posted in Product Features and Reviews Expert Tips Downhill Skiing Backcountry By Soren Feola and Caroline Dunbar

Tuning your skis or snowboard: what can you do at home and when is it time to come into the shop? Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge

Temperatures are dropping, the snow is flying, and you realize that ski season is just around the corner. As you lay your equipment out, filled with anticipation, you notice some rust on the ski/boards edges. Upon further inspection, the bases also have some discoloration and are scratched. Retrospectively, maybe that spring skiing base depth wasn’t very deep. There were just a few rocks, right? We've all been there with our gear so let’s talk about ways to ensure your equipment is ready for the season, focusing on what you can do at home and when it's time to come into the shop.

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Downhill skiing with kids can be challenging, but also very rewarding. Photo Credit: Rossignol.

Outdoor activities with kids in any weather can be challenging but also very rewarding. Cold, snow, rain, and wind can add another element to the mix. No matter the age of your kiddo, follow these general tips for a most positive outdoor experience. This article is focused on downhill skiing and snowboarding, but these tips can be applied to any cold weather activity. Our mission is to inspire a lifetime of outdoor activity and starting them off right is the best way to instill a love of nature at an early age.

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Winter sports gear (more specifically for backcountry skiing or backyard exploration) has been in demand like never before. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

The Popularity of Cross Country Skiing + Backcountry Snowsports

Last winter, the outdoor community saw an unprecedented surge in winter outdoor activities. Between travel and ski resort restrictions, more people discovered or rediscovered snowsports as a way to get out of the house, get back into shape, or socialize while enjoying the outdoors.

As a direct result of this popularity, winter gear has been in demand like never before. Last winter, touring and backcountry cross country skis and equipment sold out, with few or no options for our buyers to reorder. We also saw an uptick for backcountry gear and snowshoes. Indoor bike trainers also increased in popularity as people preferred the flexibility of riding at home with their friends virtually. More recently, running shoes and clothing have seen supply issues due to production and shipping delays.

If this all sounds familiar, it should. We’re still experiencing the same demand and supply issues with finding a bike.

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