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Looking out to Camel's Hump after skinning up Mt. Mansfield. Photo Credit: Jake Whitlock.

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. Ideally, we would want to go with a lighter ski to make the uphills a little less strenuous but if you still want that hard charging heavy ski - it’s up to you!

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Looking out over the Green Mountains after skinning up Mt. Mansfield on the Stowe side for sunrise. Photo Credit: Jake Whitlock.

The clock strikes 4:00 AM and I awake to the ding of my alarm. With eyes closed my hand swats and taps at my nightstand hoping to touch down upon the snooze button. Finally, after a few failed attempts and a spilt glass of water I force myself to get up. I look out the window into the darkness. The only light I can see is the dim street lamp shining down on the row of parked cars outside my house. A perfect, untouched, blanket of beautiful snow sits below my window. The feeling of dismay is replaced with excitement. I run to my closet to quickly throw on my base layers and bibs. I call my friend Forrest to see if he’s still “in” but am greeted by a voicemail. I try once more and this time I hear a very muffled “I’m up.”

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Comments | Posted in Downhill Skiing Backcountry By Jake Whitlock

Preseason Skiing...and then Mountain Biking

Here at Skirack there’s not much that gets us more stoked than skis and winter – I guess you could say it comes with the name. We’ve been selling skis for 5 decades! In recent years, another growing outdoor sport has begun to capture our attention too. If you frequent the shop over summer, you’ve probably noticed our ever growing collection of mountain bikes on the second floor.

Mountain biking is the largest growing summer sport in the northeast and naturally Skirack employees are leading the charge. From events, trail building, group rides, and races - to say we’ve fully embraced Vermont bike culture would be an understatement.

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Comments | Posted in News Bicycling Downhill Skiing Backcountry By Charlie Kahn

Meet Brad Tasik

Apr 24, 2019 10:20:56 AM

Meet Brad Tasik

Hometown: Wyckoff, NJ

Years of Experience: 10+ years of Mountain Bike Racing, 2 years of mechanic experience

Certifications and Awards: STU (Sram Technical University), “Best laugh”- 8th grade Superlatives

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Skiing, Rock Climbing

Favorite Gear: Santa Cruz Nomad because it gets you to the top and allows you to rally on the downs.

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Meet Kelsey Campbell

Feb 18, 2019 3:58:26 PM

Meet Kelsey Campbell

Hometown: East Longmeadow, MA

Years of Experience: I have been skiing since I was 3 and snowboarding since age 8. I have 3 years experience in softgoods. At Skirack, I specialized in alpine softgoods, helmets & goggles, and running shoes.

Certifications and Awards: Masterfit Associates Plus, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Kayaking, surfing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, biking, stand-up paddle boarding, reading and practicing my Spanish and German.

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Meet Damian Roman

Feb 15, 2019 4:10:06 PM

Meet Damian Roman

Hometown: Lake George, NY

Years of Experience: 18 Years of Ski and Bike Tuning (& Sales)

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Skiing, Mountain Biking, Gravel Grinding...being outdoors.

Favorite Gear: Specialized Swat Gear (because it's so practical!), Lang XT boot line up, Kona Honzo ST (because steel is real)

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Downhill Ski Boot Adjustment

Jan 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM

What do you do when your downhill ski boot is giving you pain or discomfort? Did you know that the our Downhill Boot Fit Experts not only fit new boots, but can make adjustments to any downhill ski boot?

When a customer comes into Skirack with an existing downhill ski boot, the first questions we ask are: what's going on, what are the problems, and what can we solve? Based on their answers, we assess the foot and the boot to confirm compatibility. We can then advise if a new boot is needed or make modifications to the existing boot to address their issue. 

Call or stop by for more information and pricing on an existing boot fit.

Learn more about Skirack's Boot Fit Guarantee

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Downhill Skiing and Touring with the New SHIFT Binding

The Atomic and Salomon Shift is brand new binding that combines the best of a traditional alpine ski binding, and that of a technical alpine touring binding. Being able to Shift from a technical pin toe piece, to a hard-charging driver toe piece that most alpine bindings have, it’s a new force to be reckoned with.

After a lengthy 7 years of R&D along with testing, the binding was finally released this season for purchase. One of the biggest draws to the binding is the fact that you can go uphill with the tech toe piece, then come downhill in a DIN-release binding. DIN is an industry standard for the amount of force it takes for the boot to release from the bindings. In a traditional tech toe piece, you just have two pins holding the boot in, lacking DIN. With the new combination of tech and DIN, it introduces safety where it heavily lacked before. This is why a fair amount of the Skirack staff has purchased the Shift, myself including.

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Meet Mike Masterson

Jan 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Meet Mike Masterson

Hometown: Groveland, MA

Years of Experience: 16 years of skiing, training to be the best alpine boot fitter I can be!

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Skiing of course, but also hiking, fly-fishing, skateboarding, and just being outside.

Favorite Gear: The Salomon Shift binding - because it can really do it all. The Line Blend for buttering around the park and the rest of the mountain as well. The Armada Tracer 108's because they are pretty lightweight, making them the perfect option for some deeper snow tours.

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Downhill Skiing By Mike Masterson

Meet Tyler Falk

Jan 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Meet Tyler Falk

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Years of Experience: Have worked in six different outdoor retailers. 10+ years experience with Bike, Ski and Climbing shops.

Certifications and Awards: American Avalanche Institute Level 3 Certification; American Avalanche Association Pro Lifetime Member; Wilderness First Responder Certification

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Downhill Skiing By Tyler Falk
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