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Here in Aspen Snowmass, we are officially opening a week early on Saturday for 2015/2016 ski season and the stoke level could not be higher! According to Aspensnowmass.com, Ajax Mountain is boasting a 19-inch base at the top and reporting 8 inches of new snow in the past 72 hours. Snowmass is reporting 13 inches new snow in the past 7 days with a 23-inch base at the top. Plus, Noaa.gov has just posted a Winter Weather Advisory for our area, in effect until 6pm tomorrow night. Clearly, winter is upon us!
Time to dig out that ski bin and take inventory of your gear. What new stuff do you need and how badly do those skis need tuning? Well, you are in luck! Hamilton Sports stocks the latest and greatest ski gear and accessories including:
• Smith and Poc goggles and helmets
• Arcade Belts and Hestra Gloves
• Kjus and Peak Performance outerwear
• Corbeaux base layers and Darn Tough Vermont socks
• Plus much more!
For all of your ski service needs, come by the shop to take advantage of our great early season specials and meet the newest Hamilton Sports tuner, Willie Klein. Willie was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley and spends his summers as a fly fishing guide. We are so excited to have Willie on the team this year! His positive attitude, love for skiing and ripping fast ski tunes make him the perfect fit for Hamilton Sports.
Full tunes are on sale for $35 and mounts are $30. Hurry in, as these deals won’t last long! Hamilton Sports is now open 8am to 6pm daily with all service work completed overnight and guaranteed to be finished the next day. Won’t be in town until later in the season? Don’t be bummed! You can still take advantage of our ski tune card deal. You will receive 10 full tunes for $375. These cards never expire and your entire family can use it.
From great deals on ski services to the best and newest gear in town, come to Hamilton Sport to celebrate Aspen Snowmass early opening! Winter storm Ajax (noaa.gov) pounded us with snow making this early start possible. Aspen Snowmass will officially open for the 2015/2016 seasons tomorrow. From all of us at Hamilton Sports, Ski ya on the slopes!
Ski season is almost here-let the countdown begin! 79 days, to be exact, until the Aspen mountain gondola begins turning. Hamilton Sports is Aspen’s ski shop for the latest and greatest gear. This season, we are proud to be carrying nine models of Kastle skis. Brand new for the 2015/2016-ski season is Kastles FX, BMX and CPM 82 skis. With updated construction, profiles and widths, these skis offer the unparalleled performance and quality Kastle is known for.
Kastle pro team athlete, Aspen local, and Hamilton Sports ski shop regular, Chris Davenport, inspired and tested the FX or all-mountain freeride series. These skis are fun yet strong, with updated waist widths of 85mm and 95mm. There is also the HP (high performance) option that has two sheets of metal for those needing just a little bit extra. And the new dual rise camber profile makes for excellent float on powder days without giving up edge hold or stability for everyday skiing. And here in Aspen, we love the versatility of the FX series. No powder day too deep and no groomer day too firm for these skis.
From early morning adventures on the backside to the last chair ride up, the Kastle BMX 105 blends traditional construction with a new design. Progressive rise gives a bigger sweet spot and a super smooth ride. And for those sending it extra hard, the BMX 105 is available in HP (high performance) with an additional two sheets of metal. Made for the ripping skier who prefers a wider ski and splits his or her time between the frontside and backside.
For the all mountain, front side skier, the CPM 82 added a carbon fiber layer. As a result, this sporty ski is lightweight and responsive giving you great edge control and stability. If you love the LX 82, the CPM 82 will blow you away. And the modern, stealth aesthetics are sure to make this 82mm waist ski a top seller in Aspen ski shops.
Back again for this season are the beloved MX 88 and MX 98. Traditional camber, no early rise, two sheets of metal and vertical side walls have made both of these Aspen ski shop favorites for years. The MX 88 offers control and speed in variable conditions, while the race inspired MX 98 allows for knifing turns all day. Made for advanced or expert skiers looking for a stable ride that can plow through anything, the MX line can take whatever conditions the mountain throws at you that day.
New widths, rocker profiles and carbon fiber materials are just a few of the newest technologies utilized by Kastle for the 2015/2016 ski season. And we are stoked for the return of the hard charging MX line. Hamilton Sports carries a wide range of Kastle skis that fit all adventure and ability levels. For the extreme, off-piste skier, check out the BMX 105. And for those looking for a smooth ride on sunny, groomer days, the sporty CPM 82 can do it all.
Here at Hamilton Sports, spring is something we look forward to all year! And it is not just the slushy spring skiing that we love. The month of March in Aspen Snowmass is chalk full of ski and snowboard events, concerts and long après sessions at the base of the mountain. Keep on reading to discover some of our spring favorites.
First, we love how much snow Ullr brings us in March. In the past seven days, Aspen Snowmass has reported over 27 inches of powder, making the past week one of the most epics of the season! For those deep spring days that send you skiing late into the spring afternoons, we recommend the Blizzard Bonafide and Blizzard Samba. Both feature a 98 mm waist with flip core technology and can handle any spring condition Ajax Mountain throws at you. P.S. Hamilton Sports has just flipped the sign-DEMO SKIS ON SALE. Come in for a great deal on this years used skis!
And of course, Après: how all spring days should end! This week, March 5-8, Aspen’s own Little Nell hotel is hosting the Après Ski Cocktail Classic. This event will include drink tastings, on-mountain activities, a pub-crawl and an opening party at the new Chair 9 restaurant/bar. Check out AspenSnowmass.com for more information!
What else in March? Spring Break! It’s a great time for family and friends alike to come visit. Watch out for Crazy Legs Quinn, Champagne Freddy and Uncle Larry visiting us all the way from the New York area. You may see this group sliding around under Ajax Express with Hamilton Sports demo skis during the day and dancing their faces off downtown Aspen at the FREE Bud light concert on March 16 featuring Umphrey’s McGee. Venue is located at the corner of Cooper Ave and Galena St, show starts at 6:30pm.
If we have not given you enough activities yet, check out these ski and snowboard competitions free and open to the public:
- Helly Hansen Battle in the Bowls
- Red Bull Double Pipe
- Bud Light Big Rail Fridays
- Kick Aspen Big Air
- Fallen Friends Memorial Event
As you can tell, we love spring! These are just a few of the activities here in Aspen Snowmass that we are looking forward to this year. Stop by and see us at Hamilton Sports for great spring deals and spring skiing tips!
Winter is hitting full force in Aspen! And it does not look like it is going to be spring anytime soon. According the NOAA 7 day weather forecast: snow, snow and more snow. In the past 7 days, Aspen Snowmass reported 7 inches of new snow today with more on the way every day this week! Want to ski untouched powder and find out our favorite powder skis for the 2014/2015-ski season? Keep reading for insider tips on new terrain opening this week on Aspen Mountain.
So, what powder skis and Aspen Snowmass terrain are we at Hamilton Sports loving this year? For the super aggressive skier, the Blizzard Gunsmoke can do it all. With a 114mm waist and flip core design, this ski will float effortlessly down Walsh’s and still be able to carve it up on the groomed run-out. And for the ladies, the Rossignol Savory 7 is back again! Currently in stock in 162cm (102mm waist) and 170 cm (104mm waist), this powder specific ski also doubles as an all mountain ski. Come in and give them a try in our demo ski rental fleet! We promise, you will be amazed at the quickness of turns and the ease in the bumps.
Now, what you have been waiting for! What terrain on Ajax Mountain is opening for the first time this year? Trainor Ridge, known to locals as Trainors. How do you get there one might ask? First, head on over to the Ruthies side of the mountain. On skiers left of Aztec, look for a small traverse that weaves in and out of the trees and follows the ridge line towards town. From here, take in the spectacular view of the city of Aspen. Next, get ready to shred! The zones are labeled T1-T6 but drop in anywhere that looks good. And a shout out to our awesome friends on the Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol for working so hard to get this terrain open for us this year.
With all this new snow new terrain is opening, and Hamilton Sports could not be more stoked! Plus, we have the powder skis you need. Stop by and check out the entire ski wall, plus our outwear collections by KJUS and Peak Performance.
Aspen Snowmass is having one of the best ski seasons ever! It seems like every night has brought snow flurries, while we have awakened to bluebird powder mornings. According to Snowpak.com, we are currently at 122% of our normal snow pack! Thanks to early season snow in November and pre Christmas storms, the mountain is skiing better than ever! And as a result of all this fresh powder, our demo ski fleet is in mint condition this year.
As you would expect with all of this snow, almost 90% of the terrain at Aspen Snowmass is open! Hamilton Sports Assistant Manager Cody Ratledge is booting up right now in the shop and taking out brand new skis today (nope, he’s not scared of rocks)! His pick for slaying pow in 2015, the K2 Annex 118 Seth Morrison. Planned runs on Ajax today include: Face to Six, Short Snort and Zaugg dump. And as a bonus, laying trenches in Spar gulch on the way down to the bucket.
Moving forward in Aspen, we are expecting warm temps and sunny skies. While we can never get enough snow here, a break from last week’s icy temperatures is very welcomed. So, what’s the best outerwear for this cold/warm, sunny/snowy conditions? The KJUS layering system. New for this year is the FRX line. Ultra breathable and waterproof, this line focuses on mix-and-match layering. Pair the FRX Pro Jacket with a FRX 3D Map Jacket and you will be prepared for whatever weather Colorado throws at you!
As the 2014/2015-winter ski season started off stronger than ever (thanks to the seemingly never ending snowflakes), we here at Hamilton Sports can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings! As far as we are concerned, keep the snowy nights and bluebird days coming!
This holiday in Aspen was one of the busiest ski seasons we have seen at Hamilton Sports! What was our favorite gift this year? The two feet of snow that fell over the last two weeks. As a result, Aspen Snowmass has seen record amount of visitors ready to get out and enjoy the champagne powder.
On the top of our list for powder skis again this year are the men’s Rossignol Soul 7 and women’s Rossignol Savory 7. In lengths ranging from 162cm to 180cm, there is sure to be one in our demo ski fleet for you to try. And ladies, get them while we got ‘em as these skis are flying off the wall in the 162cm length! (P.S. We have already placed one reorder and closed to having to make a second!)
If you were here in the past two weeks, you probably endured the frigid temps here in Aspen. While it kept the snow super dry and light on the slopes, faces masks and down jackets were essential. The best way we found to keep warm is KJUS outerwear. Both technical and fashionable, the brand KJUS prides itself on their detailed craftsmanship and luxurious down fills.
For the Ladies, the KJUS Snowray Jacket in Black Melange, Pilgrim Rose Melange and Malawi Blue Melange was a top seller for us this cold holiday! Here are just a few of our favorites about this jacket:
• 600 European White Duck Down Fill
• Super soft 4 way stretch outer fabric
• Built in neck gaiter and goggle wipe
• Detachable hood
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from everyone at Hamilton Sports! The 2015 ski season is in full swing and we are here to equip you with everything you need to make this your best year yet!
The 2015 Holiday season has arrived and Hamilton Sports in Aspen has all the gifts you need! For the skiers on your list, new Smartwool and Dahlgren socks make great stocking stuffers. Ask any skier; the feeling of a new pair of socks before you hit the slopes cannot be beat! What else to stuff in those stockings? How about a seasonal tune card from Hamilton Sports? Offered at a discounted rate, tune cards do not expire and can be used by anyone in the family! No doubt everyone will appreciate sharp edges and smooth bases done masterfully by our tuners Chris and Rich.
With all the new snow we have received (Aspen/Snowmass reporting 13 inches in the past 7 days), you will need to make sure everyone is toasty warm and dry both on and off the slopes. This season, Hamilton Sports is proud to be carrying Corbeaux base layers. With their roots planted here in Aspen, Corbeaux is not only technical and fashion forward, but also incorporates social responsibility and environmental consideration into their products. Designed and tested by athletes, produced from bamboo fabric and made in the USA, these base layers are perfect for your hard charging skier or hanging out in town catching the New Year’s Eve fireworks.
Those of you who have been customers for years know we carry a full collection of Kjus Ski Wear for men and women. Kjus has some of the hottest ski jackets in the world! If you can't make it in check out our full collection online.
P.S. we are stoked on the fun women’s prints for this season, get them while they are still in stock!
The women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup kicked off on Aspen Mountain Thanksgiving weekend. Aspen/Snowmass snowmaking crews have been hard at work since early November getting the racecourse ready for the ladies on the 1A side of the mountain. Everyone was very thankful for the early November cold snap that brought snowflakes and kept the existing blown snow on the ground.
For the weekend, race enthusiasts and Thanksgiving visitors alike enjoyed the race festivities. While the 1A side of Ajax was not open to the public for free skiing, viewing of the race was allowed on the side of Slalom Hill. And, if you were extra lucky, you had passes to the VIP tent. According to Aspen Event Work’s, Aimee Boyle, “the VIP tent was set up by the finish line for the very first time this year”. Woody Creek Distillers was serving up Reserve Whiskey and craft Bloody Mary’s while Sentient Jet provided mimosas and Prosecco to spectators.
Now finally, onto the race results! In the Slalom event, Austria’s Nicole Hosp took first (her first World Cup win since 2008) while the US’s Mikaela Shiffrin finished in 5th. In the Giant Slalom event, Eva-Maria Brem from Austria took the gold and Shiffrin finished in 6th. All and all, Austria clenched the leader boards in this World Cup event. Next up for the female racers, Lake Louise, Canada!
So, want to carve it up like the ladies of this weekend? Hamilton Sports has just the skis for you! First, we have the Rossignol Experience 84 the perfect Aspen ski rental for going fast! We love the new and improved version of this ski because of its honeycomb air tip, commanding grip and edge hold, plus, we are carrying this ski in 6 lengths! Starting at 146 cm and going up to 186 cm.
And for the men specifically, we are digging the new Dynastar PowerTrack 89 as the ski rental of the week. With a 89mm waist, this ski provides excellent stability, versatility and power. An all mountain ski that carves like a dream, is one of Greg Ernst’s (partner here at Hamilton Sports) favorite carving skis on our wall. This ski comes in 3 sizes beginning at 165cm and up to 179cm.
Stop in try any of these skis in our brand new 2014/2015-demo fleet!
This ski season’s early opening on Ajax Mountain was one of the best we have ever seen and a great reason to be thankful! After our unseasonably warm fall weather, a cold front brought loads of snow to us here in Aspen that meant the mountain opened five days early on November 22, 2014. The mountain opened with an approximate 15-inch base on top and slightly more mid-mountain. Ajax Express (commonly known as Chair 3) and the Silver Queen Gondola were running full speed. And yes, the mountain was open top to bottom, thanks to the Aspen/Snowmass snow making crew and Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol.
As Thanksgiving crept closer, Ajax was skiing better and better. On the eve of Turkey day, Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol dropped the ropes on most of the mountain, giving those who skied early before their Thanksgiving feast first tracks. Just a few of the many runs that opened that day included:
- Face of Bell
- Back of Bell
- Gent’s Ridge chair lift
- Upper Gretel’s
So, what demo skis were most popular at Hamilton Sports for this Thanksgiving weekend in Aspen? The Kastle LX 82. This all mountain ski is truly the perfect Aspen Mountain Ski. It is known for it’s dampness and stability on groomed runs while still allowing for a great time in the bumps. Bonus, it is a unisex ski and comes in multiple sizes ranging from 156cm up to 180cm.
For those venturing into the newly opened terrain, the Kastle FX 94 provides a wider waist, plus early rise in the tip that allows for surfy flotation in the new powder snow. Not only does this ski perform great in soft snow, the vertical sidewall allows for superb edge grip while carving on groomed runs.
Speaking of carving- up to come, a rundown of the women’s Audi FIS Ski World cup that took place on the 1A side of Ajax November 28-30. Plus, our picks for carving skis to make you rip like Julia and Mikaela…. or at least try.
After one of the most beautiful fall seasons Aspen has ever seen, winter is finally here. Last weeks cold front that moved down from Canada brought snow for seven days straight and produced over two feet of accumulation. To us here at Hamilton Sports and in Aspen, this weather pattern is very reminiscent to our last truly epic ski season in 2007/2008.
In November of that year, we were experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures. Hiking, biking and camping were in full swing. Die-hard skiers were getting antsy waiting for colder temps and snowflakes to fly; it seemed as though it would never happen. And then it did, and never stopped. 2008 was a record year for Aspen and Snowmass with a recorded 402 inches of snowfall. It seemed as if it snowed every night and every morning was a blue bird powder day. Many thought “Less than 5 inches of snow overnight? Eh, maybe take the day off.” As a result of this record snowfall, powder skis flew off the wall.
So, are we headed for another record season? We hope so and Hamilton Sports has all the gear you need for those snorkel deep days ahead. Here are a few of our top powder ski picks for the upcoming 2014/2015-ski season. Each of these skis is mounted brand new for the season and available for demo in all sizes.
• Rossignol Savory 7. 102-104mm waist. 162 and 170 cm length
• Blizzard Samba. 98mm waist. 152, 159 and 166 cm length
• Kastle FX 104. 104mm waist. 174 and 184cm length
• Blizzard Gunsmoke. 114mm waist. 179 and 186cm length.
• Blizzard Spur. 125mm waist. 189cm length
After all this talk of snow, when can you expect to hit the slopes in Aspen? Just arrived in our inboxes from Aspen Skiing Company, an email confirming an early opening! Aspen Mountain will open one week earlier than expected this year with Saturday November 22, 2014 being the kick off day. Hamilton Sports will be operating on regular winter hours, 8:30am to 6pm daily. Stop by and see us for opening weekend and all of your ski service needs!
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