As the snow builds up on Lone Mountain and Big Sky Resort sets its sights on a Thanksgiving Day opening, it’s time to take stock of the ski closet. Is your gear up to date or are you still rocking those skinny skis and rear entry boots? Still wearing that old neon ski coat?
It might be time to refresh your gear and on-slope style so you can look and ski your best this season. Here’s what to look for at one of Big Sky’s outdoor shops:
“By now, every ski company has settled on the early rise and/or rocker, so it’s definitely more than a fad,” says Alex Buecking from Big Sky’s East Slope Outdoors. “It’s now integrated into every line.”
This early rise is also referred to as “reverse camber,” which means that the front and back of the skis rises up so that there’s less ski on the snow.
“In soft snow, it makes it so everybody can ski powder,” Alex says. “Now you don’t sink, there’s no more wallowing in it, and it’s more maneuverable.”
Ski companies are also starting to focus on alpine and touring ski combinations. That means that they are making gear that can fluctuate seamlessly between ski resort and backcountry skiing.
In boots, this year’s trend is more of a hybrid ski-walk mechanism instead of traditional fixed fit, Alex explains. This fit offers more comfort in between runs and also aligns to the alpine touring gear trend. Many boot companies are also featuring an upgraded intuition style liner that molds to the foot better and keeps the feet warmer due to better insulation.
What kinds of trends will you see on the slopes this year? We asked Jennifer Radick, Lead Buyer at Big Sky’s Gallatin Alpine Sports.
“For guys we are seeing brightly colored jackets—orange and lime green are a hit,” Jennifer says. “If they are wearing a dark top, then bottoms are a fun pop of color, or maybe they go for a brighter colored two-toned coat with the bottom of the jacket matching the pants.”
And for the ladies?
“In women’s styles, midnight blue, turquoise, and bright pink are popular,” Jennifer says. “If they have a neutral jacket, they might go with fun pants; we have a tropical print with green leaves and tropical flowers.”
Ski/Snowboard Shop Roundup
In Big Sky, we are lucky to have a selection of amazing outdoor gear shops that feature sales, demos, rentals, tunings, and repairs. All of these shops listed below have knowledgeable staff members to safely guide you through the gear updating process.
Grizzly Outfitters: Sales, demos, rentals, tunings & repairs, located in the Big Sky Town Center at 11 Lone Peak Drive, Ste. #101, 406-995-2939.
Lone Mountain Sports: Sales, demos, rentals, tunings & repairs, located slope side in the Arrowhead Mall at the base of Big Sky Resort in the Mountain Village, 406-995-4471.
East Slope Outdoors: Sales, demos, rentals, tunings & repairs, located in the Big Sky Town Center at 32B Town Center Ave., 406-995-4369.
Gallatin Alpine Sports: Sales, demos, rentals, tunings & repairs, located in the Big Sky Town Center at 3091 Pine Dr., 406-995-2313.
Boyne County Sports: Sales, demos, rentals, tunings & repairs, located in the Mountain Mall at the base of Big Sky Resort, 406-995-4471.