New Eyes = New Ideas
Taking work off to ski is an important
element in running a ski business.
Last Friday Ben, Sam and I spent the day
at Loveland celebrating among other things,
the day Sam was born.
As many of you may know, I am the lone "tele-er"
in the company. Sam and Ben have been wanting
to learn the fine art of tele skiing for
a while now, so we decided to mount up a couple
pairs of 151 Pilgrims
(AWESOME ski to learn to tele on!),
demo some nice new tele boots
and head for the hills.
So there we were, two super athletic,
medium sized, strong guys on 151cm Pilgrims
and me on the 161cm Shamans (my favorite ski)
- yes people commented, I chuckled.
Within a couple of runs and some fool proof
telemark tips from yours truly, they were charging
- linking turns and feeling the burn.
I got to thinking about how good it is
for people to try new things on a regular basis
- to test ourselves and to push our limits.
It keeps us sharp.
We are goal striving mechanisms -
we like to aim for things.
On this occasion, trying new things led to
another incredible realization for me:
the importance of us taking these days to ski.
Every lift ride up we would talk about the run,
how the skis feel, how different tele skiing is
from alpine skiing or snowboarding, etc....
Who know's what would happen if we just watched
the snow report and listened to all of you
out there getting down in deep pow.......
but I know if wouldn't be good.
Skiing is a common passion for us -
it's why were in this business, and it's this
awareness that keeps us creating new designs
and innovations to enhance your time on
the mountain - and push YOUR limits.
On that note, if you've been contemplating
tele-skiing or maybe you're already tele and
you want to lock your heels - I say - go for it!
Our skis are awesome mounted both Alpine and Tele.
About 60% of current Icelantic users are
mounted Alpine and about 40% are mounted tele.
Why not do both.
Sam and Ben are great testimonials to this.
They saw the mountain in a whole new light -
and you know the seeds were planted for future
developments in our line.
Ben's creative genius is on max when he's
on the mountain - imagine his thoughts
halfway into his 500th lunge of the day. Oof.
Here's to trying new things
and awakening our perception.
P.S. I'm serious about the Pilgrim 151 being
an IDEAL STARTER TELE SKI.
It's short, relatively skinny, quick turning
twin-tipped and poppy. Check it out here: http://www.icelanticboards.com/#/skis/detail/pilgrim
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