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October 2000


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Gear Galore

Kids are people too! Thanks for including gear reviews for kids (“Energy to Burn,” September 2000) in this year’s Buyer’s Guide. As a parent of three, I’m amazed at how quickly my kids have taken to skiing. Your reviews are written so that they can understand the differences between skis and participate in the buying process. We’ll see if I can keep up!

Elizabeth Jenkins

Northampton, Mass.

I read all about this season’s new gear and am still trying to decide which skis to buy. There are so many to choose from! Any suggestions on getting more personalized information?
Joe Bitterman
New Rochelle, N.Y.

Congratulations on another great job on the Buyer’s Guide 2001. Yours is a daunting task; a huge responsibility when done right; and invaluable to consumers trying to sort through the plethora of great ski products out there. That said, I want to correct a small error in your description of Dynastar’s Autodrive Technology as presented in your review of the Dynastar Speed Cross. You wrote: “…the tail is cap again for easy turn-exit.” Actually the tail has vertical sidewalls as well, but they’re much shorter than in the waist, thus allowing the tail to flex more and impart the easy turn-exit.
Tait Wardlaw
Product Manager
Skis Dynastar Inc.
Colchester, Vt.

Slope Rage
I would say that the etiquette on the slopes has diminished somewhat, but that can be said about society in general (Ski Life, “Slope Rage”, September 2000). I’m an “old” snowboarder at age 35, but would agree that snowboarders generally are the least polite and the least likely to follow the “Skier’s Responsibility Code.” But that has more to do with the average age of the riders and not their chosen mode of snow transport.
Mike Sylvester
Oceanside, Calif.

Slope Segregation
So, what you’re telling me is that a 42-year-old lifelong skier should be banned from enjoying the slopes with her husband and three sons, who are all die-hard snowboarders (Forum, “Segregate the Slopes?” September 2000). That doesn’t sound like a very fun family vacation to me.
Lilly Tucker
Denver, Colo.

Nathaniel Reade is absolutely right. Having snowboarders and skiers in the same arena is a recipe for disaster. It’s like having heavily trafficked roads with no signs or signals. Not to mention, the two just don’t get along: Skiers think snowboarding “dudes” cut them off and are disrespectful; and “dudes”…well “dudes” just don’t really care what skiers think¿they just want to “board,” “dude.”
Chris Brewer
Idaho Springs, Colo.

Long Live Warren
I was so psyched to read that Warren Miller will be writing a regular column (Warren’s World, “Travels with Jean-Claude,” September 2000) for SKI. It’s a much-needed addition that adds great credibility and humor to the magazine. Every fall I anxiously await the opening of his latest ski movie to get me pumped up for the season. Warren is a ski icon¿it’s good to see him in your pages.
Jeff Ciccone
Hoboken, N.J.

Who does Warren Miller think he is? He makes excellent films, but what kind of person would make Jean-Claude Killy ride strapped to the landing gear of a helicopter? Did he start his own fan club, too?
Marci Ramirez
St. Louis, Mo.

Fat and Fast?
I’m living proof that, despite what your “Too Fat to Ski” (Healthy Skier, September 2000) article suggests, extra pounds and good skiing aren’t necessarily incompatible. I’ve been overweight for years, and I’m still able to keep up with my gym-rat friends on the slopes. It doesn’t hurt to be in shape, but in the end, good technique outweighs a trim bod.
Justin Killebrew
Kirkland, Wash.

Manifest Destiny
When I read that it costs $63 to ski a day at Deer Valley plus another $475 to spend the night there, mmy jaw dropped (“Rich Man, Poor Man,” September 2000). Yeah, all that service sounds great. But what about those of us who don’t have several spare Gs to toss at a ski vacation? Thankfully, to balance it out you included a piece on Powder King…in remote British Columbia. Now, will you pay for a poor man to get there? Or can you suggest any other ski resorts, preferably in New England, that I might be able to afford to go with my family?
Carl Anderson
Manchester, N.H.

Editor’s Note: You’re in luck: We’ve broken out the 10 best value resorts. (For details on the best ski schools for kids, see Ski Family: All the Best Schools.)

Deer Valley? A place for the “rich man?” I go there every year and am by no means rich, nor a man for that matter. Granted, I don’t stay at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. Friends and I rent a house in Park City and then have the best of both worlds: Deer Valley’s slopes and Park City’s nightlife and prices. I hope that your less affluent readers won’t shy away from Deer Valley after reading Fred Smith’s piece.
Linda Shafran
Austin, Texas

Thank you, thank you, thank you. For your story about Powder King, that is. With 14,000 acres, it sounds like heaven. Sign me up. Sorry, Mr. Reade, I’m not going to stay away. And neither are my friends once I get back with my own tales of “death by powder.”
Tim Reavis
Grosse Pointe, Mich.