Our testers spent a week testing next year’s ski boots at Mount Bachelor outside of Bend, Oregon with America’s Best Bootfitters. We’ll have tons of reviews and videos coming, but for now, here’s a few photos from the trip:
James putting Technica R9.8 130 Ski Boots through the paces.
A look at the boot testing rack in the lodge.
Allison testing out the women’s Nordica La Nina.
James and Allison deep in boot testing discussions.
The Nordica Vagabond is a new ski for the 2013-14 season and is one of many new skis from several makers in the 105-108mm width range.
The Vagabond shares the construction that has become the standard classic from Nordica on such highly successful skis as the Steadfast and Hell and Back. This is a wood/glass/carbon layup ski with a lightweight composite stringer down the center of the core to reduce weight.
The Start Haus crew got out on a wide variety of 2015 skis for 2015, getting a feel for the latest and greatest.
After an early season test had to be cancelled due to low snow, Sugar Bowl stepped up to host the event to give ski industry employees the ability to get the hands-on experience we need for next year’s skis.
With a crew of five Start Haus testers on the slopes, we were able to put a wide range of skis through the ringer on groomers, in crud and in soft, heavy snow left over from a recent storm.
Highlights from the tester’s notes included the Dynastar Cham 117, Blizzard Spur, the new Volkl Mantra, the Stockli Stormrider Pro 115, the Atomic Automatic 109 and the Nordica Nrgy 100 on the men’s side, and the Atomic Century 102 and Cloud 11, the redesigned Nordica Nemesis and Wild Belle, new Volkl Aura and Kenja, and women’s Dynastar Cham 87 and 97.
Today the Start Haus covers the whole range of the skiing world, from powder skis to frontside rippers – but our roots are in ski racing.
One of the services we provide as a part of our ski racing community is a wax call for all the ski races happening in and around the Lake Tahoe area, giving Jim Schaffner’s (a World Cup ski technician and owner of the Start Haus) expert advice on how to get the most performance out of your skis for a given race.
Some of you have been following our wax calls for years. But if you haven’t we have two videos explaining the process, and how to best utilize the information we put out each week.
First, the selection process of waxes for a given race, based on wax hardness, flouro content and the use of anti-stat:
And second, what to do with that information – properly waxing your skis with the suggested waxes, anti-stats and overlays:
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email at email@example.com, or call us at (530) 582-5781.
If you know about our Nordica Blemish Ski Sale, you know its the best deal in skiing. You also know it normally only happens once a year in the fall – but we’ve got an early taste of the goods this year!
That’s right, a sampling of 2014 blems are already on sale at the Start Haus starting at $349, but at these crazy low prices and in very limited quantities, they’ll go fast. Really fast.
If you don’t know about our Nordica Blem sale, we get Nordica’s blemished skis, which have small cosmetic defects that don’t affect performance and are still covered by Nordica’s warranty. Small imperfections you won’t see when they’re covered in snow and huge savings!
Looking for a narrow ski boot that steers like a Porsche? The Atomic Redster Pro 110 may just be the boot you have been looking for. From fit to function the Redster is a full package aggressive all-mountain ski boot.
Atomic gave the Redster the exact same look as its narrower, more aggressive cousin; the Redster World Cup. The wider pro is a lot friendlier to get in and may have been misappropriated as a “race boot” by fitters and skiing public alike. However, the Redster Pro has a way more mellow fit, but still skis like a boot made by a top racing brand.
Welcome to the Start Haus ski tuning video series, where Start Haus owner and World Cup Serviceman Jim Schaffner shows you how to tune your skis like a pro, making tuning easier and your skis faster.
We’ll add videos each week, taking you through the ins and outs of ski tuning and waxing.
First up, meet Jim:
Next up, Jim shows you how to set up your work station with the right tools in the right places so you can work quickly and efficiently. You can shop ski tools here.
Last in this week’s group, Jim shows you how to position your body to work efficiently, more leverage and less energy goes a long way in getting your skis set right without an achy back:
Now that we’ve got your work station and your positioning dialed in, we’ll move onto tuning next week. If you have any questions, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the shop. You can buy the entire World Cup Ski Tuning DVD here.