up with Phil at DIA got our gear and the cruising vessel and headed over to The Icelantic Headquarters to meet Annelise and crew. As a huge fan of thier boards, this was like going to mecca for me. The office is just a few minutes off 70 and 25 so anyone coming in should take a hour and go see them. The studio is fllled with cool art work and of course ski's, Icelantic hats, shirts and such. Annelise, Sam and owner Ben were there are were so gracious. THey are hard at work on getting next season's products ready. They are a really cool and totally passionate about thier skis. The studio is located in the heart of a very trendy art district and there are art studios and interesting shops all around them: including the medical marijuana office behind them..... Go around lunch time for some killer authentic mexican food.
We got a chance to play around with all the 2011 ski's which havea musical theme this season and are very cool.
The new Oracle which is 100 underfoot with slight tip rocker and turned tail will be another one of those skis that will be a contender in the growing 95-100 daily driver category. Originally slated as a womens ski, testing is proving the ski is just as popular with the men so I hope to get on this for testing on Sunday.
The Keeper is Icelantics new pow board, it's their 150-119-136 rockered tip with very slight rockered tail, cambered ski. It has a sweet moderate flex. We have a 178 in hand for testing so for today, it will be on slushy pushed snow, we're looking at potential for fresh this weekend.
TO answer the question regarding the Pilgrim lengths, they are aware of the gap in lenghs, but we didn't get an answer if they plan to add in the missing lenghts.
After the visit, we headed over for mui authentica' mexican food and then headed up to Vail.
We have pics but the site won't let us load!
Edited by Finndog - 4/15/10 at 6:26am