Prepping Ski Gear for Summer

We have made this post before, but as the season comes to an around the US and Canada it is always nice to get a bit of a refresher of what to do with your ski gear for the summer.  Getting your skis ready for summer is just about as important as winter in order to keep the skis lasting as long as your knees can handle them.

1. Get a tune. If your skis have any gashes in the bases, really dull edges or the bases are starting to show some white (dry spots) getting a tune at the end of the season is a good idea. Not only does this help keep your skis from getting worse over the summer, it also makes it so you don’t have to add another thing to the list when the season starts and all you want to do is get on the hill!

2. Clean and dry your skis. Take a damp cloth to your skis to get any dirt or salt off the top sheets and bases. (Don’t use any cleaning solutions, water will do) Make sure to dry any water you may have used, especially on any metal parts of the skis to prevent rust.

3. Clean your ski boots. Cleaning your boots is also a good idea, especially if you took them spring skiing because they could have some extra dirt on them from walking through the muddy parking lots. Taking your liners out of the plastic shell and letting them really dry out is a good idea as well. Sometimes mold can form in spots that are bunched up and take longer to dry when they are in the shell.

4. BUCKLE YOUR BOOTS! Make sure to put the liners back into the shell and buckle the boot up! Leaving boots unbuckled for long periods of time will warp the plastic and effect how the boot fits. Also chose a clean spot to store your boots as sometimes if you keep them in the garage or attic you will end up finding that a mouse or mildew are now calling them home.

5. Coat skis With Travel Wax (A thick coat of wax): If you tune your own skis, give them an end-of-season tune, then slather on a thick coat of cheap, soft wax and leave it (don’t scrape). This helps keep your bases and edges clean, rust-free and uncontaminated. (Don’t forget to scrape the wax off in the fall.)

6. The best place to store your gear is somewhere that is going to keep a decently constant temperature as well as stay clean from things like dust dirt. While storing your skis in the garage will probably be fine, it is good to check on your skis once or twice in the off season to make sure they are still clean.

And as always, keep them in a spot easily visible to friends and family so they know you are a die hard.

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Holiday Shopping Guide

Gifts for Mom
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Get your orders on time! Order before these dates to make sure your package gets to you when you want to.

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Staying Warm On the Hill

There has been quite the cold front going around the country this past week. In our home base of Utah we were skiing in -19 degree Fahrenheit weather this past weekend. Here are a few tips for keeping warm.

1. Layer up!

http://www.levelninesports.com/Base-Layer-Apparel

Sometimes just wearing your jacket with a t-shirt under doesn’t cut it. Base layers are great for these days, and even after that sometimes it takes an extra sweatshirt or sweater to wear in the middle to stay warm.

Terramar 2014 Mens 3.0 Ecolator Crew

2. Gloves or Mittens?!

http://www.levelninesports.com/Ski-And-Snowboard-Gloves-Mittens

For those who have trouble with keeping their hands warm, we say go for mittens! They help to radiate heat and keep your hands warmer on mega cold days.  If you really prefer gloves over mittens make sure you take a good look at what kind of insulation they have to ensure warmth.

Dakine Womens Camino Mitten Grey

3. Ski socks not cotton.

http://www.levelninesports.com/Socks

Ski socks are usually made of wool, or some sort of synthetic material, one reason for this is to help wick sweat, and even wet snow from your body. This makes an overall impact on the warmth and comfort of your feet, by not allowing them to get that clammy feeling of sitting in a wet sock all day.

Fox River Mammoth Ski Snowboard Socks

Ski socks usually have some padding on the shin and bottom of your foot to help give a bit more comfort while skiing around. But overall, ski socks are extra thin to help protect your feet from pressure points and friction inside the boot.

Overall, a good pair of ski socks will actually help to keep your feet more comfortable in your not so comfortable plastic ski boots.

 

4. Hand warmers.

http://www.levelninesports.com/Little-Hotties-Hand-Warmers

When it gets so cold that you think nothing will work, grab some hand warmers. Lots of gloves these days have little stash pockets that are great for sliding a hand warmer into. They last a few hours, and are a great way to quickly bring that body temp back to a comfortable level.

Little Hotties Hand Warmer

 

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Getting ready to hit the slopes.

With Thanksgiving behind us, and many resorts around the country and Canada already open. The season is upon us! Here are some things to remember before your first day out, and hopefully things you didn’t forget if you already have hit the slopes.

1. Make sure your bindings are set correctly and safely. Even though your bindings were working fine last season, if you grow taller or gain weight, lose weight or you get new ski boots, you should probably get your bindings adjusted. Bring those skis to your local ski shop and have a tech do what they do best.

2. Put some fresh wax on those planks. If your bases are starting to look dry this is especially important. There is a point of no return for dry bases, where they will not be able to hold fresh wax any longer. Dry bases are when the base material starts to look white, usually first near the edges.

3. Get your gear together. Do a head to toe to make sure you have everything. Hat, goggles, face-mask, jacket, gloves, pants, and hard-goods, boots, poles, skis. The worst thing ever is forgetting your boots! Rental boots are uncomfortable and usually packed out beyond belief. Also, make sure you have enough layers to stay warm!  A warm family is a happy family.

Those are the basics. Now get out there and enjoy some turns!

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Black Friday/ Cyber Monday Deals At L9

We are blowing it out. Crazy deals on Smith I/O series goggles. Check them out by clicking the photo below. These deals are only going to be good through Monday so don’t wait!

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3 Videos to get you stoked for winter.

First of all, I will preface this with the fact that I understand not everyone gets to ski powder, but it is something every skier hopes to ski at some point in their life, and is more entertaining to watch than people making turns on groomers.  Here are some videos that get me excited for the upcoming winter, hopefully they do the same for you.

1.  This video is shot at Alta Ski Area last season. If you like deep powder, nice turns, and some cliff hucks. Definitely give this one a watch.

2. Japan is a dream ski destination for anyone who has ever seen footage of people skiing in Japan. As far as it seems, every day is a pow day, and you can ski neck deep powder until last chair. This is one of my favorite pow segments featuring Tanner Hall, in his first solo movie, Believe.

3. Lastly, this. No music, just skiing. Candide Thovex, the best.

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October 16, 2013 · 5:11 pm

Tyson’s L9 Dream Quiver

Eight years ago when I started with level nine I could not have picked a quiver of skis or even a powder ski from that first collection (we had no powder skis). We had carving skis, beginner skis and a few all mountain skis. Wow times have changed.
So with all the great skis  available at Level Nine right now you might be asking yourself, “What should I get?” I have asked my self that question since last spring when the skis stared showing up.
So here is a list of the skis I would add to my quiver:
Condition – Firm snow:
Rossignol Experience 88 Skis
I would go with the Rossignol Experience 88. It is a great ski with a lot of side cut and a stout flex. This thing will kill groomers and off trail but more than anything its a great front side ski.
All Mountain Twin:
Ninthward B Murdah Skis
I would go with the B Murduh from Ninthward. At 95mm underfoot this ski can handle the whole mountain form light powder and crud to the park and groomers.
For my Daily Driver:
Fischer Watea 101 Skis
Give me the Fischer Watea 101. This ski has had my interest since it came into the shop.  It has a generous side cut and 101mm waist, with medium flex and slight tip rocker. This thing can handle it all form crud, groomers, powder, trees, steeps, you name it. 
Big Mountain Rippin’:
Head Kiss of Death 110 Twin Tip Powder Skis       Rossignol S7 Skis
Give me the Head Kiss of Death or the Rossignol Super 7. With tip and tail rocker as well as a stiff underfoot flex and a 110-115 waist, these ski like to go fast but can still make great turns. They will float in powder, kill crud and rail groomers.
Condition- Powder:
Salomon Rocker2 122 Skis      Elan - Boomerang Powder Skis
I have this solved before we sold out I got the Fischer Watea 120 and I love this ski, however since were out I would go with the Elan Boomerang or Salomon Rocker 122 both sporting waist widths over 120 along with tip and tail rocker which means they will eat up powder like the best of them. Both of these skis will also ski the whole mountain and you wont need to switch out skis once the powder is gone.
What can I say that would be a sick quiver. If those skis don’t suit your needs I’m sure we have something that does. Besides, where else are you going to get a 5 ski quiver for between $1385 and $1721?

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