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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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Last holiday season, Patagonia continued making waves with their “Buy Less, Demand More.” holiday campaign. Patagonia Burlington's Indiana Peters explains: "Buy Less, Demand More." calls for consumers to purchase sustainable, multi-functional, and enduring products with the broad goal of achieving corporate accountability in the industry and of doing work to manage environmental impact.

This forward thinking holiday campaign created a spark for me. I began a deep dive into past purchases I’ve made and concluded that my shopping habits could be revamped. I thought about many impulse purchases I’ve made for something I really didn’t need, the mistakes I’ve made in the past with gift giving (“it’s the thought that counts!”), how I cared for current items I owned, and then what happens when they are no longer usable.

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Comments | Posted in News Expert Tips By Michelle Peters

Selecting the right pair of snowshoes can depend on where you want to go or do. Photo Credit: Crescent Moon Snowshoes.

Outdoor sports has become more popular than ever this year. Whether you are a runner, hiker, walker, biker, skier, snowboarder, or snowshoer I'm sure you've seen a lot more people out, enjoying what nature has to offer. Just like bikes, snowshoes has recently seen a huge increase in demand. Getting outside is important, but it is also key to have the right gear. It is important to know a couple things when you are selecting snowshoes. I am going to walk through what to be on the lookout for and how a snowshoe will best suit your needs.

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How To Select The Right Snowboard

Oct 28, 2021 4:52:12 AM

Snowboard selection requires you to determine what terrain you'd like to ride on the most. Photo Credit: Volcom

When it comes to choosing a snowboard, regardless of your level of experience, picking the right board can sometimes be a tough decision to make. Making the right decision can lead to smiles and loving being out there; making the wrong decision could leave you spending more time in the lodge or just not into going when you have already dropped money on a pass. We’re here to aid in making a decision to lead you to more smiles, high fives from friends and hooting and hollering out on the hill.

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Comments | Posted in Snowboarding Expert Tips Backcountry By Derek Tiplady

How to Host an Indoor Bike Trainer Group Ride using Zwift. Photo Credit: Wahoo Fitness.

Since the start of the 2020 Pandemic, many people around the world were not able to go for a bike ride with their friends. While I'm not a competitive rider, the primary reason I'm out there is the social fun, a few high fives, some solid exercise and a post ride beer. No matter if it's the mountain bike, a gravel route or just ripping around town on a single speed it's the fun of seeing friends and sharing an experience that almost all of us can enjoy. Exercise and socializing are necessary parts of day-to-day life.

What many people soon discovered and enjoyed is the flexibility that an indoor bike trainer provides, especially in inclement weather or when it gets dark earlier in the day during the fall and winter months. A bonus is having the technology to share bike rides with friends in the virtual world of Zwift; an app that connects with a compatible bike trainer's Bluetooth and ant+ and lets you ride, train, race and chat from the comfort of your own home.

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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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Here at Skirack, we do more than just find a shoe that looks good and fits your feet. We pair you with a shoe that functionally operates that fits your exact needs.

We do this by really getting to know the customer, getting to know what kind of runner they are, what their arch looks like, any past or current injuries, and what their ankle mobility looks like. The list goes on and on from there.

This process allows us to narrow down the wall because we have a very large selection. There are strengths and weaknesses to every shoe and we want to best accommodate what your foot is going to need.

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Comments | Posted in Expert Tips Running Videos By Clarke Shedd

Featuring the Specialized Jett: fits better, for longer. Photo Credit: Specialized Bicycles

When is an appropriate age to start including kids into bike adventures?

1 year is the recommended age provided by the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) where babies develop the neck strength required to support the weight of a helmet and to keep their head from bobbing when riding over bumps.

Once your kiddo turns 1, there are many child bike gear options we carry at Skirack which are explained below, starting with the most important: a bike helmet.

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Ellie and Clarke run at the Lake Champlain Waterfront Marina in Burlington, Vermont. Photo: Zach Walbridge.

So you’ve decided to start running, congratulations! Building up a habit of running can have lifelong health benefits, create lasting friendships, and generate endless fun. Starting out can often be the hardest part so here are a few tips and tricks to get you out the door and keep you moving through your runs!

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Comments | Posted in Expert Tips Running By Jack Mitchell
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