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Before rocker, there was (and still is) camber . . . in the ski and snowboard world, that is.

Ski and snowboard technology has come a long way in the last decade. The biggest being the development of camber and rocker designs. Camber describes the shape of a traditional ski – the original shaped ski design since shaped ski technology in the early 1990s, courtesy of the sport of snowboarding. Rocker, also referred to as “early rise,” is more about how camber is shaped and manipulated from tip to tail in both skis and snowboards. It’s the happy medium between the two.

Camber Explained

Picture this: A ski or snowboard resting on a flat, hard surface with the base side down. The two contact points correlate to the widest parts of the shovel tip and tail. The section between these two points, called the “waist,” arcs upward. This built-in arc is the camber of the ski or snowboard. It’s also the skis’ / snowboard’s effective edge – section of ski / snowboard used to make a turn.

In skis, camber puts springiness and pop into a ski. It allows easy handling, responsive turning, powerful carving, and stability. With this ski shape, you have a longer effective edge, meaning a more stable and controlled ride when skiing. Plus, due to ample edge contact with the snow, camber gives a good grip on icy slopes, making it a popular choice when skiing groomed trails or on hard pack snow.

In snowboards, camber is the bend in shape, raising the middle of the snowboard slightly. This shape engages the tips of the snowboard, pressing the nose and tail edges into the snow, giving the rider a high level of control and locked-in edge hold on groomed snow. Camber snowboards float less in fresh snow than other shapes and tend to be more catchy and grabby.

Rocker Explained

Rocker technology is essentially the opposite of camber and is also known as reverse camber or negative camber. In skis, the side profile of a rockered ski resembles the upturned rails of an old-school rocking chair. On a flat surface, the midsection of a rockered ski rests on the ground while its tips and tails rise off the ground much earlier than on a cambered ski.

In snowboards, like camber, rocker is a bend in shape, but this time raising the nose and tail of the snowboard slightly. Rocker-shaped boards engage the nose and tail edges of the snowboard less and in return, give the rider higher maneuverability and float on top of heavy or deep snow. Rockered boards are a more forgiving ride because the tip and tail are engaged into the snow less, making the snowboard less catchy.

  • What Does Rocker Do?

  • Rocker offers skiers and riders alike several advantages including improved flotation in powder, greater maneuverability, and enhanced park experience. Early-rising tips help you stay on top of soft snow and keep those shovels out of the powder. Fully rockered skis and boards designed to stay afloat, have a shorter effective edge. Less edge contact with the snow permits easier initiation of turns. In skis, this allows the sidecut of the ski to be engaged more smoothly and easily.
  • Rocker technology also offers an enhanced park riding experience, making sliding rails and doing tricks easier. Skiers – keep in mind, not all park skis are rockered, but those that are tend to make sliding rails for skiers easier as well. There’s also less risk of catching an edge when trick skiing, especially when landing a trick.

What to Consider When Renting / Purchasing

What does this all mean when it comes to renting / purchasing skis and snowboards? Both camber and rocker affect the way a ski or snowboard performs in various conditions. As a result, different styles of skis and snowboards have been designed to meet different conditions. Here are helpful some tips:

  • Consider choosing skis and/or snowboards based on the terrain you will mostly being skiing / riding: powder, snow pack, icy conditions, groomers, or park riding.
  • Familiarize With Styles of Skis and Boards:
    • All Mountain: Designed for all mountain style skiing/riding, from ripping groomers to hunting powder hiding between the trees. You need a ski/board that has a solid amount of on edge control, but still has a great amount of float and agilness for getting through the deeper snow and tighter spaces.
    • Twin Tip / Park Riding / Freestyle: A rockered ski / board offers more contact space in the midsection so sliding rails is easier. It creates a more stable landing platform and reduces the chance of catching an edge. If you enjoy free style riding from jumps and jibs to tricks and spins, you want a ski/board with quite a forgiving amount of edge hold and maneuverability. Full rocker is going to be ideal for your style.
    • Alpine: Designed for Alpine or Free Carve style riding with high speeds and perfectly carved lines. Full camber is ideal for this style of riding as it provides the best control and precision.
    • Back Country / Deep Snow: Whether you are deep into the back country or just off the beaten trail, you want a ski / board that features a great deal of rocker throughout. Full rocker will get you through deeper snow with ease compared to full camber.

The best way to find out what kind of skis or snowboard is right for you, is to ride each style! Christy Sports offers an exceptional inventory of skis and snowboards in both our rental fleet and for purchase. Plus, check out our Demo Test program ( https://christysports.com/theridgereport/to-demo-test-or-to-demo-rent-that-is-the-question/ ) to find your perfect match and put two days of the cost of rental towards the purchase of that perfect ski or snowboard!

Stop by any of our Christy Sports locations and see for yourself. We’ll see you out there!

ski socks and cat on feet

We’re not here to convince you socks in general are important. If you can read and you don’t already feel that way, we’re certainly not going to change your mind! But we can guarantee that before slipping your foot into a ski or snowboard boot to hit the slopes, you’re going to want a sock- and not just any sock- adorning your tootsies. Here are a few reasons you should invest in ski-specific socks and how to choose the right pair!

Why Socks Matter on the Slopes

Your boot is designed for them.

Try on a ski or snowboard boot without a sock and you’ll most likely agree- boots are just not comfortable sans socks. Multiply that discomfort by all the hours you’re about to spend shredding. Just trust us, wear a sock with your ski or snowboard boot.

They keep you warm.

This may be a no-brainer but socks are a crucial layer of insulation. The feet regulate much of our body temperature. Like our hands, they have a large surface area as well as specialized blood vessels which can be opened up to pass high volumes of blood through them and therefore offload heat quickly when required. When not required, the blood vessels are constricted. Feet also don’t have much muscle (and muscle=heat) which means that they cool down much more than other regions of the body. So cover those tootsies up!

Choosing the Right Ski Sock

The right sock fit in your boot plays a huge role on your comfort going down runs. This is so important, in fact, that we recommend choosing your sock before even seeking out a new boot and trying said sock on inside each boot to ensure a match made in boot fit heaven.

Fit

First, you’ll want to choose a snug fit, but not so snug it interferes with circulation. A snug fit will prevent the sock from moving around and bunching up which often leads to blisters. If you’re shopping a ski sock brand that offers sizing and are in between sizes, it’s always better to go smaller. Most socks are designed for “men” or “women” but this is only due to the width and instep fit. Womens’ socks tend to have a narrower footbed and heel and offer more support around the arch. There should be minimal to no difference in warmth and cushioning.

Material

There are a couple of good options when it comes to the material of your ski socks. Merino wool is a material that retains its warmth when wet and is naturally odor resistant. Wool also breathes more easily and is known for its ability to wick moisture away from your skin, ensuring your feet stay dry & warm.

Synthetic blends such as nylon-polyester are becoming increasingly popular, especially as an alternative for people who are allergic to wool or have skin sensitivities. Synthetic yarn typically features fibers that trap warmth as well as wick moisture away, giving the material many of the characteristics naturally found in wool. Most synthetics also come with an antimicrobial coating for odor control. Whether you choose wool or a synthetic blend, when it comes to cotton, just say NO. Cotton is unable to wick moisture like wool and merino, leaving your feet vulnerable to wetness, cold, and blisters.

Thickness

A thicker sock does not necessarily constitute a warmer sock. Socks that are too thick can restrict circulation, your body’s nature-made mechanism for staying warm. With advancements in sock technology, a thinner sock can pack a lot of warmth and keep your blood flowing. In the same vein as thickness is cushioning. Ski socks can range from no cushioning to heavy cushioning, and the “just right” amount of padding for you will really depend on personal preference as well as environment. Pro skiers, for example, may opt for little to no cushioning because aggressive boots have a tighter fit and these individuals tend to like to feel the terrain beneath them. Snowboarders sometimes opt for a thicker sock because some snowboarding boots fit more loosely than ski boots.

Note: if you are prone to blisters, make sure there are no seems no matter which level of cushioning you prefer.

Ski Socks vs Snowboard Socks: What’s the Difference?

Ski Socks

Generally ski socks are thinner than snowboard socks so they can easily pair with tighter-fitting ski boots without bunching up. They are also often longer to ensure that they extend beyond the ski boot for a comfortable fit and protection for your shins.

Snowboard Socks

Snowboard socks tend to be a little bit thicker and have more padding than ski socks because snowboard boots don’t fit as tight as ski boots do. Therefore, snowboard socks are thicker to fill in the empty space in snowboard boots and maintain insulating properties, keeping your feet warmer in a looser-fitting boot.

Shop ski & snowboard socks at Christy Sports.

selection of snowboard stomp pads

We were all new once- and we all remember the chairlift can be the most intimidating part of getting started. This is especially true on a snowboard, since chairlifts weren’t necessarily built to cater to the boarder. But you don’t have to dread the chairlift ride! Try a stomp pad on your snowboard.

What is a stomp pad?

A stomp pad is a pad made of a high-friction material that adheres to the top of your board. Most snowboard surfaces are naturally slippery, which can be enhanced when the board is wet with melting snow. A stomp pad is designed to help you gain some degree of control over your snowboard when you aren’t strapped in. (like when you’re exiting the chairlift) It will act as a steady spot on which to rest your unbound back foot.

Where does a stomp pad go?

Your stomp pad should be placed on top of your board, just in front of your back binding for easy placement of the foot that is not strapped in. Before attaching the stomp pad, try standing on your board with your boots on and observing where your back foot naturally rests. The stomp pad should lie in the center of your back boot. Some riders like their stomp pads more toward the middle of their boards, some like it up against their back binding. Everybody is different but once you attach your pad, rearranging it probably won’t be an option and you want your stance to feel as natural as possible.

How do you attach a stomp pad?

Your stomp pad will likely come with directions, but the majority are attached in a similar fashion. Stomp pads have a very sticky adhesive on the bottom which, once suctioned to your board, is designed to stay put so it doesn’t fall off while you’re out on the slopes. After deciding where you want your stomp pad placed, you’ll want to clean your board and dry it thoroughly with a material that won’t leave residue behind. Try to avoid getting any particles trapped under the stomp pad. Remove the protector from the underside of the stomp pad and stick it where you want it, ideally leaving a heavy object on it for 24 hours to let it set.

Tip: It’s important to make sure your board is room temperature when you attach the stomp pad. If it has been sitting in a cold car all night, it might not stick. You can use a hair dryer to heat the desired spot on the board as well as the adhesive for extra stick.

Where can you find a stomp pad?

Most local ski retailers such as Christy Sports will carry stomp pads. Or, you can shop them online. Well-known snowboard brands like Burton and Volcom produce them. Or, choose a brand that specializes in stomp pads. Whatever you choose, you can head up the lift or across a cat walk confident in the board beneath your feet!

Old snowboard on wood floor

We know what it’s like to become attached to a snowboard. (and not just literally) The valuable time you spend with it strapped to your foot while taking in breathtaking views from the lift, the way it carries you down the slopes. But when is it time to break that cherished bond with your board and upgrade to a new snowboard?

The rules for replacing your board differ from those for replacing your skis or replacing your bindings. This is because barring any major damage, your board can carry you through quite a few seasons on the slopes.

What is considered “major damage” to your board?

We’ve seen boards snapped clear in half- that’s an obvious reason to replace your board. Some less apparent cosmetic reasons include minor cracks which can impact the feel of your ride, a lifting top sheet, or an abundance of core shots to your board. Many of these ailments can be repaired, but the damage overtime can become too extensive to fix.

The level of rider you are and the type of terrain you prefer will certainly play into the likelihood of doing irreversible damage to your snowboard as well as how quickly your board wears out. For instant, if you’re a park rider who enjoys hitting jumps, you have a higher chance of breaking your board. If you enjoy cruising down groomers, you and your board might have the chance for season after season of bonding.

What if you just want the latest & greatest?

Just because you don’t NEED to replace your board, doesn’t mean you don’t want to. Snowboard technology is advancing year after year and it’s ok the want the latest and greatest. Some of the evolving technologies include a volume shift to shorter and wider boards, lighter-weight materials (especially in the core), a 3D base construction, and boards built for more sustainability.

You also might not need to replace your board, but might want to simply add to your collection. Different boards have different functions. For instance, powder boards are created for fresh pow whereas split boards are ideal for backcountry snowboarding.

Snowboarders during sunset

Not sure if your board can last another season? Stop by one of our Christy Sports locations and our experts can help you decide if your board is past its prime. Or, if damage done is minor, they can repair it for you so you can enjoy it for seasons to come!

 

Old ski bindings

Whether you are a skier or snowboarder, your bindings are the second most important investment you will make. You will want to take care of your bindings to avoid frequent and expensive replacement. While each has its own set of maintenance and care to follow, here are a few tips from Christy Sports to help you make your bindings last longer.

Ski Bindings

Ski bindings are the performance link between your boots and your skis. For your safety, they release you from the ski when pressure exerted on them exceeds the release settings. Bindings, then, are perhaps the most important piece of equipment to regularly replace. Bindings have a lot of moving pieces that can wear out, resulting in a poor connection between the skier and their skis, not to mention the dangers of not releasing or pre-releasing.

When should I replace my ski bindings?

Each season the ski industry releases a list of “indemnified bindings” that are still covered by manufacturers. This means there are actually bindings each year that, according to the manufacturers, cannot be skied anymore due to safety issues. While it might sound like a trick to get you to buy new bindings, it’s really intended to keep skiers safe. If you think your bindings might be too old, stop by any of our Christy Sports locations and our certified techs are happy to help you determine if they are still indemnified.

Bindings also simply wear out. Just as ski boots must pass a visual inspection by a certified tech when you have your bindings torque tested to ASTM standards (American Society for Testing and Materials), bindings must also pass a visual inspection. If anything is broken or missing on your bindings they will not pass visual inspection. For example, if your AFD is scratched up and worn down, your bindings will not pass visual inspection.

This all comes down to safety once again. Broken and worn out bindings will not function properly, which means your bindings might not release when they should or might pre-release, both of which can cause serious injury. If your bindings are this old, chances are they are either not on the indemnified list and cannot legally be adjusted by a ski tech, or are simply in unsafe working condition.

There are, of course, additional factors that can play into needing new equipment. Perhaps you just bought ski boots with Grip Walk soles and your bindings don’t support multiple sole types (many bindings even just over 2-3 years old will not), then it’s time for new bindings. Multiple binding mounts to your skis are also a factor. Different bindings use different hole patterns, which can sometimes conflict with each other. So, be strategic about your re-mounts as your bindings may not be able to be set where you need them to ski safely.

What about snowboard bindings?

Unlike ski bindings, snowboard bindings do not need to make an “indemnified” list to determine their replacement. Rather, snowboard bindings tend to be the longest lasting piece of equipment you will own, as long as taken care of properly.

Snowboard binding technology doesn’t change much from season to season – at least not recently. With the smallest amount of regular maintenance, your bindings can last for years. The only time you really need to replace your bindings is if they start to crack or break. But of course, you can always decide to upgrade to the latest style or technology!


Skier or rider, if you have any doubts as to if your bindings need to be replaced, before the season kicks off, pop in at any of our Christy Sports locations and our certified techs are happy to help determine what’s best for you. Ride safely out there!

a tree in the snow

The Sustainability Trend

The ski industry is deeply dependent on the health of our environment. Thankfully, the outdoor industry continues to address the broader trend of sustainability. We’ve seen Colorado ski resorts make pledges to take better care of our environment, and ski and snowboard retail brands are also hopping on board. Some amazing brands are creating top-notch gear with Mother Nature front of mind.

6 Ski & Snowboard Brands Leading the Sustainability Charge

Salomon Skis/ Snowboards

Salomon has adopted an environmental responsibility policy called Play Minded that includes “protecting the playground,” our environment. The objectives of this policy include reducing their carbon emissions by 20% as well as reducing the environmental impact of all of their products. The brand preaches “The outdoor is our playground. If we are to continue playing, we all have to protect it.” Salomon’s goal is to build progressive solutions that will reduce the company’s environmental impact.

Shop Salomon Skis

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Patagonia

Back in 2010 Patagiona helped to form the Sustainable Apparel Coallition which now includes 49 members, collectively representing nearly a third of all clothing and footwear sold on the planet. The Coallition’s aim? “An apparel industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm and has a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities.” It’s safe to say Patagonia has been an innovator and a big player in the sustainability game, using materials like TENCEL®, a branded lyocell fiber that comes from the pulp of trees that are grown on sustainably run farms and REFIBRA™ lyocell, a fabric made from 80% wood/20% recycled cotton scraps.

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Liberty Skis

The innovators at Liberty Skis manufacture their products with the goal of using eco-friendly materials in their designs, like their bamboo laminate core. Their focus on the environment certainly doesn’t take away from designing skis that perform well and cater to skiers of all experience levels.

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Arbor Snowboards

Not a skier? Your gear can still support Planet Earth! Arbor is a snowboard brand that focuses on selling eco-friendly products. Arbor Collective sources sustainable bamboo and wood for all its boards. Arbor’s stylish and cutting-edge boards appeal to the masses, allowing them to spread a “green” message throughout the industry and offer shredders everywhere some sick board options to shred on.

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PrAna

The brand may be best known for yoga garb, but they create clothes for “whatever form of moving meditation you choose”, including skiing. We love using their well-made and eco-friendly products as mid layers when hitting the slopes or enjoying après. PrAna has been a vocal leader in the sustainability movement from the get-go, creating “clothing for positive change.” The brand is challenging consumers to start asking questions about their clothes in the same way they ask about the food they eat, and they can help fundamentally change the way clothing is made.

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Picture Organic

Picture products are made from 100% recycled, organic or responsibly sourced materials and the brand is consistently finding new ways to make their products more sustainable. Picture believes that fighting against climate change is our responsibility, but that doesn’t get in the way of them producing high-quality and stylish products. From materials used, to production, to shipping & packaging, sustainability is deeply ingrained in their company culture. So is producing some awesome outfits for out on the slopes.

Shop Picture Organic

If we want to keep playing in the mountains, (which we definitely do) we have to respect our environment. Ready to hop on the sustainability train? Shop these awesome brands following the sustainability trend in the ski industry at Christy Sports.

Nine 2018/2019 Ski and Snowboard Clothing Trends

Clothing tech trends eb and flow out on the slopes just as in everyday life. Whether your goal is looking sharp as you fly down runs or staying warm and hydrated on the lift, fashion or function, we’re here to keep you in the know out on the snow. We sat down with our entire softgoods buying department, those responsible for choosing with clothing Christy Sports sells, to find out some of the latest ski and snowboard clothing trends in the interests of both fashion and function. Here’s what you’ll likely be seeing out on the mountain this season. (and might want to be a part of yourself!)

Ski and Snowboard Clothing Trends this Season

  1. Spyder Goes GORE-TEX

If jacket fabrics made up the animal kingdom, GORE-TEX would be King of the Jungle. Sturdy, waterproof, and breathable, GORE-TEX garments are equipped to handle any weather conditions that blow their way. GORE-TEX even boasts a “guaranteed to keep you dry” promise. This trend didn’t crawl past Spyder, one of the leading ski outerwear companies. They’re making sure this season’s products can tackle wind, rain, and physical activity. Spyder is also one of the few brands to include GORE-TEX in clothing for the kiddos this ski season.

Girl skiing in the Spyder Lola Jacket.

Spyder Lola Jacket

Shop Spyder Jackets for: 

Women

Men

Boys

Girls

Meet Our Clothing Buyers:

 

Kristin Pappas is in charge of buying all the kids’ winter outerwear for Christy Sports. She grew up in the mountains of Colorado and has stayed in the home she loves. Kristin has worked for Christy Sports since 2011 and loves “sharing the winter stoke” with others who never get tired of snow. When not researching the latest softgoods trends in the ski industry, you can find Kristin tele-skiing, alpine skiing, trail running, and hiking with her pup.

 

  1. Primary Colors

Remember that color wheel from elementary school art? It’s making its way onto the slopes via outfitting skiers and snowboarders. That’s right, primary colors will be painting the mountain red, blue, yellow, and yellow this season. (With yellow being en ESPECIALLY popular color for the men.) We like primary colors, but at the very least, sporting these hues is a great way not to lose your buddies on a run.

Primary colors in ski clothing

  1. Ski and Snowboard Clothing Unite

While sometimes on the mountain it can feel like there’s a “skier vs. snowboarder” mentality, that’s not the case when it comes to their closets, with skiers and boarders agreeing on great brands that produce high- quality outerwear for their sport of choice. There is more and more overlap between what could be considered a “ski” clothing brand and what brands primarily outfit boarders. It seems snowsport enthusiasts of all kinds just want quality clothing at an attainable price.

Meet Our Clothing Buyers:

 

Cynthia Henry is the ladies’ ski outerwear and casual wear buyer for Christy Sports. Born in Southern California, Cynthia has resided in Colorado for over 20 years enjoying the mountains and taking advantage of the highly accessible winter sports, her favorites being tele-skiing and snowboarding. She loves that no matter what part of the industry calls to you, we are all tied together by snow!

 

  1. Staying Hydrated- 686 Hydrastash

Dry mouth on the lift is one way to dash those mountain views. 686 wants you to stop planning your route back down to the lodge for that tiny plastic cup of water and start getting pumped for your upcoming run. That’s why they created the Hydrastash, a jacket that stores up to 750 ml of water right in the powder skirt. Unlike your typical on-mountain hydration technology, the Hydrastash bladder is designed to be noticeably unnoticeable, distributing weight equally around the rider’s waist. Finish that with the smallest micro valve system on the market for seamless sipping and you have yourself a great way to combat dehydration through run after run.

Shop hydration for men

Shop hydration for ladies

  1. Far From Floral

Ladies- we don’t ALL want flowers and cheetah prints painting our pants and jackets this season, am I right? While prints and fur are certainly in (and cute), they aren’t for everyone. Snowboard clothing brands are designing slope-side looks that air more on the side of “tomboy” then you might typically find in the ladies section of your local ski shop, like the 686 Meadow Jacket or the Burton Prowess Jacket. Tackle runs in YOUR style.

Ladies 686 Meadow Jacket in the snow.

686 Meadow Jacket

Meet Our Clothing Buyers: 

 

Amandine O’Winter is the snowboard clothing buyer as well as the softgoods coordinator for Christy Sports. She has been in Colorado since age 8 and has worked for Christy Sports for over 9 years full-time. She loves to play in the snow, both on skis and a snowboard, and enjoys working in an industry that breeds so many people with a passion for the outdoors.

 

  1. Bibs, bibs, bibs

Boys and girls, bibs are back! Lucky for skiers and snowboarders alike, bibs have made their way from the 80’s and 90’s back to battling it out with pants. Bibs provide additional warmth with an extra insulated layer at your core and effortlessly slick snow style. Bibs can keep you warm and dry while being put to work. Need to hit the loo in between runs? Not to worry, ski apparel brands are outfitting most of their bibs with long exterior zippers for ease of entry and painless removal. 

Flylow Firebird Ski Bib for Men.

Flylow Firebird Bib

  1. Street to Slope

More and more shoppers are looking for one jacket to both conquer the mountain on powder days and conquer the office commute on a Monday morning. Enter jackets that are both fashionable for walking around town and functional for hitting the slopes. More and more brands are working to create outerwear that can transition seamlessly from street to slope and vice versa, so you can purchase one piece that does it all. 

Meet Our Clothing Buyers: 

 

Joan Deck is the merchandise manager for all apparel and focuses her efforts specifically on Men’s apparel. Joan is from New England and came to Colorado after college to “take a year off.” It’s pretty easy to see why she’s been in Colorado for over 31 years and with Christy Sports for over 28, considering she loves to ski. In the winter, Joan loves alpine and nordic skiing, as well as exploring the mountains via snowshoes. She has two teenage daughters who also enjoy playing in the mountains. All of the wonderful people she’s met in the ski industry and her love for the outdoors have kept her coming back for more!

Christy Sports Powder Daze Sale

“Will summer ever end?” isn’t something most people ask. If this thought crosses your mind regularly, it’s because you’re one of us. You prefer altitude to sea level, snowpants to boardshorts and a goggle tan to an even one. You dream of slashing through beautiful white powder when it’s 90 degrees, and have definitely been guilty of cranking the A/C to remember how right your winter getup feels. You won’t have to abuse your thermostat for much longer, old man winter is on his way back. Until then, there is a twelve-day respite from your summertime sadness. The Christy Sports Powder Daze Sale gives winter its moment in the sun. (Don’t worry, we have A/C too.)

Maybe you’re one of the many new residents moving to Denver every month on the premise of snowfall measured in feet rather than inches. Maybe you’re a Colorado native that knows these Rocky Mountains better than your own siblings. Or maybe you fall somewhere in the middle. Whether you fall into one of these groups, or another one entirely, Powder Daze has something for everyone.

If you’re new to the Colorado snowsports scene, you might be looking to pick up snowboard or ski gear at a bargain price. And you’re in luck; Powder Daze has gear marked down to the extreme. I’m talking up to 70% off top of the line equipment! If this isn’t your first rodeo and the state of your equipment proves it, maybe you’re looking to talk to an expert that is up on all the latest tech. At Powder Daze, you’ll be surrounded by them. Our team is made up of folks just like you; who live to ski and snowboard, and know the gear they sell because they use it every chance they get. If your set up is already dialed for next year, drop in for the atmosphere and to talk shop with some of the most passionate skiers and riders in The Rockies.

Regardless of where you fall on a scale of “I’m new to town” to “I’ve been skiing these mountain since before they had names,” you’re going to need a ski pass. Powder Daze has got you covered here too. The likes of Copper, Winter Park, Steamboat, A-Basin and many more will be onsite to hook it up with their best deals of the season. See the full list of resorts and exclusive deals here.

If you’re one of us, I would highly suggest jumping on the Christy Sports’ email list. I’m not saying there’s an early access V.I.P. event or anything, but…you’ll never know if you aren’t on the list. Sign up here; you’ll be glad you did. If you don’t want to miss a minute of the action, give us a follow on your favorite social media. All our posts will be tagged with #PowderDaze, and if you want to share an exceptional find or story with us, yours should be too.

The Details

Who: Christy Sports and You

What: Deals you have to see to believe! Skis, snowboards, outerwear, accessories and passes marked up to 70% off

Where: Christy Sports Event Center – 8601 W Cross Drive Littleton, CO 80123

When: August 28th – September 8th, 10am-8pm

Why: Great deals, great people, good vibes.

P.S. If you can’t make it to Powder Daze in Denver or the other two locations (Dillon|Steamboat), you can still capitalize on the great deals by shopping the sale online beginning August 19, 2015.