Greetings Granlibakken! Lis at Tahoe Mountain Sports here, and I’ll be bringing you exclusive peeks at Tahoe gear, adventures and events through the lens of our Kings Beach store, just a few miles around the lake from Granlibakken.
For our first post, we want to introduce you to some of the new gear that’s arriving for winter 2010-11. Though you can’t quite use these snowshoes or skis yet, it’s never to early to think about your Tahoe trip, or what you want to do and what you’ll need when you get here.
Despite the fact that they remained virtually unchanged for the past 15 years, MSR snowshoes have always been considered at the forefront of snowshoe design. They’re lightweight, weather-proof and extremely portable. But MSR upped the ante this fall, unveiling a whole line of fresh-faced snowshoes. For beginners or those who want a basic, no-frills snowshoe, we have the Evo base model, a top quality yet affordable model that integrates frame and deck.
For those a little more serious about trekking in the snow, we have MSR’s higher-end Lightning models, crafted with 7,000-grade Boeing aluminum frames. The Lightning Axis models have the Axis Gait Efficiency binding system to ensure a parallel stride, no matter your natural toe-in or toe-out stance. If you’re one of those snowshoers who is constantly clanking around, these are the snowshoes for you!
SNOWSHOEING IN TAHOE, What Shoes to Wear and What Size to Use
One of the most common mistakes novice snowshoers make is assuming they need to wear big, burly, waterproof boots. One pound of weight on the foot when snowshoeing is equal to 5 to 6 pounds on your back, so the lighter you can keep it down there the better. Wearing a waterproof, low-profile shoe or lightweight boot is your best option.
When you’re choosing your snowshoe length, also remember that weight ratio, and buy the smallest-length snowshoe for your weight. If you always snowshoe with a pack, or a kid on your back, total the combined weight for the best-fitting snowshoe. When in doubt or on the cusp, downsize. You can always add on the flotation tails (now available for every model) to accommodate for weight gains and deeper snow.
K2 SKIS & POLES
Skiing is Tahoe’s #1 pastime in winter. If you’re coming here to take some turns, check out the latest in stock from K2. True to our style, we went with skis from K2′s Adventure Series: the K2 COOMBAck, the K2 SideStash and the K2 GotBack, all which have all-terrain rockered tips. Stop by the shop or click through the links to our website to learn more, but in short, the COOMBAck and women’s specific GotBack are backcountry machines, built lightweight yet burly for big mountain, self-propelled charging. A bonus for buying? K2 has an Alaska heli-ski trip drawing going for anyone who purchases their backcountry skis.
You know a ski is great when the sales rep skis it. That’s the case with the K2 SideStash, also the choice of our hard goods manager, Kevin, this season. For the more descent-oriented skier who charges hard inbounds, but wants the option to take a few runs in the backcountry, the Sidestash is gonna be a big seller for us.
We’re also carrying 3 different K2 poles, the most robust of which is the K2 LockJaw Carbon/Aluminum Pole. Think of it as a James Bond-worthy ski pole: it not only serves its main ski pole function but doubles as a backup probe, inclinometer and snow depth ruler.
See you out in the snow soon!
This post is excerpted from the Tahoe Mountain Sports Blog. Check it out for more photos and video! And shop Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings Beach while you’re here, and online anytime, anywhere – we ship to more than 100 countries worldwide!