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Powder Days, Free Concerts and Rail Jams, Oh My!

We got 5” of snow last night! That’s right today was a full-blown powder day, I’m serious! Well it was sort of a powder day, because after a solid month with very little snow, 5 inches goes a long way. A crisp, cold bluebird day followed this welcomed snowstorm, and people were enjoying everything from soft moguls on Bell Mt to silky smooth groomed runs down Ruthies.  The nice thing about this storm was it started after the mountain closed on Monday, so there was a fresh blanket of snow for everyone to enjoy this morning. Every resort goes through a dry spell, and long-range forecasts seem to point ours letting up. It’s our guess that March will be a big month for snowfall, but I guess only time will tell.

Well besides talking about the weather, or lack thereof, lots of fun things have been going on in Aspen. Presidents weekend was very busy in town, visitors from all over the world were here enjoying all Aspen has to offer. If you drove past the airport you could see a literal parking lot of private jets, a sure sign that it’s going to be a busy weekend. Things started to pop off on Wednesday, with people arriving at Miller Sports to pick up their ski rentals. On Friday over in Snowmass was the Bud-Light concert series and Rail Jam. Local athletes throwing down their best rail tricks while music playing loud in the background. Later that night is the Ullr Night’s event at Elk Camp lodge, where tasty dinner and local music entertain the guests.

One trend we’ve noticed at the shop is people trying skis that are completely out of the comfort zone. Whether it be a mid-fat powder ski like the Kastle FX104 or the consumer race ski by Rossignol, AKA the HERO. The Hero comes in a long-turn and short-turn model, and with a waist of 68mm these badboys are meant for one thing… carving turns both short and long. Miller Sports is the only shop in Aspen to carry the HERO ST and LT. Everyone from customers to ski-school instructors have been coming in to test them out, and everyone come back saying the same thing, which is they rip, period.  If theres one good thing the lack of snow has brought us it’s selling narrower skis. Ripping groomers is cool again, and having the right tool to do that is key.

The past two weeks in Vail have been the World Alpine Championships. Ski racing fans around the world were watching ski stars like Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsay Vonn, Ted Ligety and Bode Miller represent the US in what is essentially the biggest ski race event besides the Olympics.  Mikaela won the Slalom, Ted won the Giant Slalom, and bode had a spectacular crash in the Super-G, tearing a hamstring and possibly ending his career. A big surprise was Travis Ganong who took 2nd in the Downhill. He is certainly a force to be reckoned with in the years to come. One of our main apparel brands, J. Lindeberg, was the event sponsor, and we’ve certainly received lots of people curious and excited to check out this amazing skiwear brand.

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