Winter is in the air here at Sierra with the last storm dumping 16” of pow and white out conditions as I type! Saturday the temps were perfect and the snow was prime, so we invited our buds from Never Summer Snowboards, Ramp Skis + Snowboards, Hoveland Snowskates, Dakine, and Spy Optics to come kick it in Solstice Plaza so we could fine-tune our Christmas lists. I rallied the marketing crew to demo some gear and hit the slopes (our job is really tough, guys) and we headed over to West Bowl to test the product and slash some pow!
I rode the Never Summer Aura 150. This board SLAYED in terms of edge control, I was carving down groomers and loving every minute! It helped that the board was smaller than what I’m used to riding. Once I hit some choppier spots the ride became a little bouncy in comparison to my usual stiffer board, which is to be expected. This board would be amazing in the park or jibbing side hits, a sick combo of fun pop and powerful edges!
Leslie strapped in to the Never Summer Infinity 142. She loved the amazingly smooth turns, and agreed her board also had excellent edge control, making it a great all-mountain board. Unlike the Aura I rode, Leslie had to adjust to the stiffness of the Infinity, since she generally rides a board with a little more flex. Despite the adjustment, Leslie really enjoyed the way this board rode from groomers, to pow, to rollers in the boarder cross park on Upper Snowshoe.
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Thea hopped on some Ramp Skis, Beaver 102s with an all-mountain camber. She loved the minimal chatter, smooth ride, and edge control. Not to mention the rad chicks that were working the booth! For Thea’s riding style, she wished the skis had a twin tip, so she could play a little more and ride switch. These skis would be great in pow and are good all around the mountain.
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After we swooped up our rides, Leslie and I strapped on some Bravo Spy goggles. Guys, I cannot say enough good things about these sweet gogs. Spy has developed a new technology they’ve deemed the “Happy Lens” which blocks out short-wave blue light and UV rays (harmful for eyes) and lets in long-wave blue light, which has been proven to boost mood and alertness. I was a tad skeptical that a lens could really be THAT different. As someone who was cursed with poor vision (thanks, mom and dad) I genuinely noticed a difference in clarity and color. And when you’re riding in one of the most beautiful places on earth, the ability to see color more clearly is a must-have. Not to mention we were looking G'd up from the feet up!
Read more about Spy's innovative technology and how to get happy HERE
If you’re bummed you didn’t get to demo any gear, quit trippin! Sunday the 20th we’ll have DC, Hoveland Snowskates, and Never Summer back on Solstice Plaza ready to hook you up with some fresh gear.