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Are Waist Widths Waning? We think so...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 2:12:38 PM America/New_York

Over the past 10 years our sport has undergone another shift in ski shape. Similar to the parabolic revolution in the 1990s, we've recently seen the movement towards wider, fatter skis across multiple disciplines. For those who remember skiing crud or powder on narrow, straight skis - they can attest to just how much more effective these newer, wider boards perform in deeper conditions. This experience is easily supported, as the shift towards wider waists has allowed for more float, with less strain on the skier. This thinking spread throughout the industry and, in effect, the majority of all-mountain & freeride skis had their waists widened.

 

Brands have had solid experience fine-tuning these wider skis for some time now and are starting to perfect overall ski shape (and all of the elements that comprise "ski shape"). As shapes continue to be polished, it is allowing companies to scale back the waist-width of the ski, without sacrificing on-snow performance. This means more versatile all-mountain skis - that are more reponsive under foot and can actually carve (rather than slide!) on groomed conditions.

 

Identifying this shift from both customer interaction and our own on-hill performance, we moved to increase our selection of narrower-waisted all-mountain and frontside carving skis a frew years ago. Dynastar, one of our flagship brands, actually never really strayed from this narrower mindset. We would pose that their Course models were a leading example for other brands to jump on board as well. 

 

One of these other brands is Nordica - as they are now offering their wildly popular Enforcer model in a new 93mm width. After its impressive launch (2016 Ski of the Year) at a 100mm waist, Nordica realized the benefits of the Enforcer's overall shape could still be achieved at a narrower width. We've seen this scenario begin to play out across our brands and we expect this pattern to continue moving forward.

 

 

This transition back to narrower waist-widths is particularly pertinent for us East Coast skiers, as we're the ones performing on more hardpack and variable conditions on a day-to-day basis. Scaling down waist-width will help us all turn those boards over much easier, allowing for more carve and less slide on the groomers (while not sacrificing much for those deep powder days)!

 

Ultimately, we expect to see slightly narrower, more nimble all-mountain & freeride skis, that can still perform great in variable conditions & powder.

 

 

Think Snow! 

- Mac 

Skip with the Nordica Enforcer 93 & 100

Nordica Enforcer 100 vs 93

Posted By George Beitzel

Epic Conditions in South America has us thinkin' Snow!

Friday, June 17, 2016 1:37:22 PM America/New_York

Next winter is starting to look promising as the El Nino weather pattern recedes and La Nina moves in to replace it. Typically, La Nina results in colder and snowier winters in the Northeast. If continental weather patterns continue to point towards La Nina, we could be looking at a nice bounceback year here on the East Coast. 

 

What's happening now in South America is really getting my psyched for next winter as well. Early & heavy snowfall has numerous resorts opening early down there, which has allowed skiers & boarders to experience some epic pow days already!

 

Check out the link below for some great snowfall pictures and to read more about the early-season conditions down there - 

http://unofficialnetworks.com/2016/06/south-america-just-got-buried-in-snow-100-in-7-days-a

 

Portillo | Chile

Portillo



Keep Thinkin' Snow!

- Skip

Posted By George Beitzel

The Cannondale Mavaro

Monday, May 9, 2016 11:50:36 AM America/New_York

I want to introduce you to our newest, "techiest" bike yet - The Cannondale Mavaro. The Mavaro is the ultimate in pedal-assisted, e-bike technology. It makes cycling a whole lot easier and convenient for any rider. Commuters, are you listening...? Think - "No sweating while riding uphill"!


The Mavaro features Bosch-powered electronics with Shimano drivetrain componentry. It handles crisply and offers Headshok front suspension, a specialty of Cannondale. This is one plush, comfortable ride. From early morning commutes to leisurely evening rides - The Mavaro is ready with its built in headlight, taillights and fenders. 


Lastly, The Mavaro is super easy to understand and operate. You can ride up to 60 miles with pedal-assist power, at a max speed of 20mph. We welcome you to come on in and test-ride this bike! E-bikes are a fast growing segment of the bike industry. Hickory & Tweed cyclery wants our customers to know we have whats hot! 


Hope to see you soon!

 - Skip


 Skip with the Cannondale Mavaro

Cannondale Mavaro

Posted By George Beitzel

Aspen Is Awesome (In case you don't already know)

Monday, May 9, 2016 11:50:36 AM America/New_York

For the past couple of years, I've been serving on the board of the International Skiing History Association. Our most recent annual meeting was in Aspen, Colorado this past April. Simply put, Aspen is awesome.


Plenty of snow, lots of terrific terrain and lots of great people. I was happy to run into Dan and Marlise Fry, Klaus Obermeyer and Bob Beattie - all old friends of The Tweed. A big plus for me was that my brother, David Beitzel, joined me for three stellar days of sun, snow and friends. We primarily skied Ajax and Snowmass - No crowds! Conditions on the groomers were perfect for my carving skis. Each night the snowcats worked their magic and by mid-morning the corduroy was spectacular. I also made sure to set aside time to walk around the town of Aspen (along with everybody else!). I couldn't stay out of Gorsuch, what a hallmark shop (and location)! I hope H&T can be considered the Gorsuch of the East. Also had the chance to visit with Lee Keating & Tom Bowers at their shop, Performance Ski Shop - cannot go wrong there either!


All in all, everytime I'm in Aspen it's like a trip back in time. A classy resort with real terrain, for real skiers. Just seems to get better and better. 


 - Skip


David & Skip Beitzel | Aspen, Colorado

Skip & Dave

Posted By George Beitzel

Stoked @ Stowe!!!

Monday, February 29, 2016 12:36:06 PM America/New_York

Last week I had the opportunity to shoot up to Stowe after the rush of Presidents Day Week had settled down. Joined by my son, Mac, and longtime Tweeder, John Greenwood - the three of us experienced the full gamut of New England skiing in just a few days. Stowe has always held a special place in my heart and my visit last week reminded me why.


We kicked it off Monday with crisp, bluebird skies and perfect carving snow, all without a single lift line the whole day. Tuesday's snow conditions were similar, however we lost the sun that day. Grey skies and super fast snow - most all East Coast skiers are quite familiar with this type of day up North. We concluded Wednesday with deteroriating conditions. Early morning offered up a couple fresh powder runs off of the gondola, however the snowflakes quickly warmed to raindrops and we were suddenly skiing in freezing rain. While not ideal weather that day, I'm always reminded that experiencing these less-than-ideal conditions really helps me appreciate the classic bluebird days in the Northeast. Gotta' take the good with the bad in this case.


Shifting elevations down to the village of Stowe, the community has continued to do an amazing job offering up all modern amenities, while still being able to maintain a traditional, small-town feel. With a wide variety of restaurant options, there is one in particular that has quickly vaulted to the top for me. Swiss Fondue by Heinz is newer to Stowe, however it already feels right at home. Run by Heinz himself, a Swiss national, his cozy space takes you right to the base of the Matterhorn. While enjoying our full-range of tasty fondues and seldom-seen Swiss wine, Heinz joined our table to trade stories of the Alps and his journey to the states. After the last banana was finally dipped into our chocolate fondue, our quick trip to Stowe had finally come to an end (for now)...


As mentioned at the top, we really ran the gamut of East Coast skiing last week. And all-in-all, I wouldn't have it any other way!


Catch you on the next chair,

- Skip

                                                                             

Skip @ Swiss Fondue by Heinz

Heinz


Posted By George Beitzel

Skip's Holiday Week Round-Up

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 11:16:04 AM America/New_York

Happy New Year from The Tweed! 
 
Just got back from the holiday week up at Stowe, VT.  Witnessed first-hand, an incredible transformation into a winter wonderland.  This past Sunday it snowed at least 8-10 inches alone.  It gave me greater confidence in Mother Nature.  I know further south it was not quite the same, but I did get reports of improving conditions throughout the week.  Seems to me everyone last week ended on a high note, wherever they were.  And I'm not even talking about the West.
 
Those fortunate enough to have spent the holidays out there were pleasantly surprised by wave after wave of snow storms.  My friends at The Alta Lodge in Alta, UT were barely able to get out the door half the time, given all of the recent snowfall.  I'm thrilled California got so much snow. Those folks need that snowpack and water for a successful season.  Even Sun Valley, Idaho received a bunch of early storms.  And our friend and staffer, Jamie Anderson, reports deep pow pow in Big Sky, Montana.

So, on balance, the West got what they richly needed and we here in the East got somewhat lucky in the end.  A lot changed during the holiday week.

Mid-January looks interesting... we could see a nice cold snap here in the Northeast.  
 
Stay tuned and think snow.......
- Skip

Stowe, VT  |  January, 2nd 
Posted By George Beitzel

Throwback Thursday at The Bird!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 3:27:37 PM America/New_York


Boy, what a throwback!


You really get a sense of what vintage Snowbird (and the 70's) was like from these shots. I admit, I actually still remember when this promo video was originally released to the public in 1972. Funny enough, I was working at Hickory & Tweed as a high schooler at the time!


Only a few of our longtime customers will know this - but when Snowbird had first opened, H&T's original owner, Jimmy Ross, partnered with the resort to establish Hickory & Tweed as it's original ambassador ski shop in NY. So, The Tweed and The Bird happen to go back a long way!!!


Hope you enjoyed this video as much as I did. And, if you get a chance, make sure you experience The Bird's famous tram for yourself this season! 


As always, Think Snow!

- Skip Beitzel 



Posted By George Beitzel

Two Storied Ski Brands Return to Hickory & Tweed

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 5:43:06 PM America/New_York

A full generation later, we're proud to reintroduce two storied ski brands to Hickory & Tweed

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Posted By George Beitzel

Celebrating Skips 30th Year Running The Tweed

Thursday, October 15, 2015 3:05:21 PM America/New_York

Join us we celebrate Skip's 30th Anniversary of ownership at Hickory & Tweed!!!

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Posted By Mac Beitzel

The Dog Days of Summer. Well, Sort of...

Thursday, August 13, 2015 11:40:55 AM America/New_York

It's the 2nd week of August - Summer is over!!!

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Posted By George Beitzel
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