Shop for ski supplies at the MTNSIDE store in Wachusett Mountain
PRINCETON – It was December 1997 when Mike Vlass gave me the right words about the new skis shaped at the time as they burst onto the alpine ski scene.
And they were revolutionaries.
Like metallic woods replacing khaki in golf, streamlined skis have made the sport easier and more enjoyable, especially for novices trying to maneuver the hard part – carving a turn.
“Contoured skis are wider and shorter than conventional skis. They created a whole new level of excitement in skiing, ”said Vlass, manager of what was then called Ski Shop in Wachusett Mountain.
The store is in the same location inside the lodge at the foot of the mountain as it was in the late 1990s, but it is now called MTNSIDE Shop. Over the years, I’ve stopped to pluck Vlass’ brain, especially when winter officially begins.
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Returning for his 28th season guiding skiers and snowboarders in all aspects of buying and fitting new gear and clothing at Wachusett Mountain, Vlass knows his stuff and he recently briefed me on some of the new stuff. as another busy season on the slopes begins.
Here are some ski categories and Vlass’s comments.
Like love and marriage it’s helmets and glasses together
“Glasses have always been a problem for skiers and runners who wear glasses. They have trouble with their glasses misting up and with glasses that are not wide enough to fit comfortably over their glasses. The solution was to create a helmet integrated with glasses, a helmet where the glasses remain connected to the helmet. It has been an evolutionary process with tremendous results.
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The new single unit helmets and goggles have now become very popular even for skiers and runners who do not wear goggles. They love the feel and size of the goggles and they also love the ease with which the goggles can be pushed toward the front of the helmet and then back down – with just your thumb. You don’t need two hands to lift them like you would with a separate pair of glasses.
The Atomic company, best known for its skis and boots, has made great progress with the integration of helmet and goggles. In addition, on their advanced models, they use a high precision Ziess lens for the glasses with different choices available.
“We’re very focused on our products – the fabrics, the dyes in the fabrics and how the production of all materials affects the environment. Thus, our products are Bluesign approved, which means that they have been officially labeled as having removed harmful chemicals from the process. When you see a Bluesign hang tag on an item in our store, it means the organization has reviewed our supply chain, approved the fabric, and certified it to be safe for the environment.
“Camouflage, like camouflage, is always strong for all skiers and riders. Trends for women’s clothing are moving away from pastel colors and moving more towards deeper, richer colors like dark raspberry, dark jade and merlot.
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The colors in men’s clothing are still traditional New England colors like blue, red, and black, although we are seeing a lot of bright yellow starting to creep in. backpacker and hiker style, exterior type colors like muted yellows, muted browns and reds, and dull olive greens.
Electronic touch gloves
“These are great for when you want to navigate on your cell phone without having to remove your gloves. While skiing, people like to stay in touch with friends and family, and they need their phones to do so. Most people keep their phone in their chest pocket and when they pull out their phone, the electronic touchpad in the index finger of the glove allows them to scroll and use the screen, while keeping their hands warm. . Serius is a leading manufacturer of tactile gloves.