SIA On-Snow: Battle Of The Uphill

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Uphill racers from all walks of the ski industry clad in Lycra, Polartec, jean shorts, and down began with a joyous parade through the ski booths slopeside at Copper Mountain Resort.

Clad in Lycra, Polartec, jean shorts, and down, uphillers from all walks of the ski industry joined together to parade through the ski booths slopeside at Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado.

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end

Mr. Morrison couldn’t have said it any better.

After weeks of globetrotting, hitch-hiking, couch surfing, pedicab-jousting, smog dodging, gear geeking, gathering inside convention centers for ski industry tradeshows, and of course blogging, things are finally wrapping up for many industry insiders.

The last major tradeshow for many is the Snowsports Industry Association (SIA) Show in Denver which finishes with an on-snow demo held at Copper Mountain Resort. This year’s event took place under rare sun/snow showers. The highlight is the Uphill Challenge. The race includes categories for elite COSMIC racers, industry individuals and three member teams. First, second and third places win custom cowbells of monstrous proportions.

Officially the race began by crossing past the backcountry ski tents.

Officially the race began by crossing past the backcountry ski tents.

The men and women clad in this year's tightest lycra took the lead.

Men and women clad in the tightest Lycra took the lead.

Following closely behind was the rest of the industry wolfpack.

The rest of the wolfpack followed closely behind.

Eric Henderson, from Dynafit, proved that you cannot win solely on the up, you need to have style, and a proper tuck on the way down. We hear he perfected his perfect race tuck form on his multiple descents of the Grand Tetons.

Eric Henderson, Communication Manager for Salewa/Dynafit North America, proved that you cannot win solely on the up. You need to have style and a proper tuck on the way down. We hear he perfected his perfect race tuck form during multiple descents of the Grand Tetons.

Cosmic race organizer Pete Swenson and the top 3 finishers in the Elite division.

Cosmic race organizer Pete Swenson and the top three finishers in the elite division.

Kim Miller, president of Scarpa USA, wins this years award for skimo jokester.

Kim Miller, CEO of Scarpa North America, wins this year's award for skimo jokester.

The presidents of the United States of America--of Backcountry ski brands that is. Chris Sword, President of Salewa North America, Kim Miller, CEO of Scarpa North America, and Jonathan Lantz, President of LaSportiva North America.

The presidents of the United States of America -- of backcountry ski brands that is. Chris Sword, president of Salewa North America, Kim Miller, CEO of Scarpa North America, and Jonathan Lantz, president of LaSportiva North America.

Local shop owners duked it out in friendly fashion. Cripple Creek vs. Summit County.

Local shop owners duked it out in friendly fashion. Cripple Creek vs. Summit County.

Dynafit took the win in the industry team category.

Dynafit won the industry team category.

First time uphill ski racer Annelise Loevlie, newly minted CEO of Icelantic Skis, with Kim Miller.

First time uphill ski racer Annelise Loevlie, newly minted CEO of Icelantic Skis, with Kim Miller.

Michael Hagen and his Hagan skis crew showed a strong representation.

Michael Hagen and his Hagan skis crew made a strong representation.

The local shop intern played hookie from high school and made a strong showing in the race.

Cripple Creek Backcountry shop intern played hookie from high school and raced well.

These girls all finished with huge sweaty smiles across their faces.

These girls all finished with huge sweaty smiles on their faces.

At the award ceremony over one thousand dollars in raffle tickets were raised to benefit the US Ski Mountaineering team.

A raffle raised over a thousand dollars to benefit the US Ski Mountaineering team.

Now let’s ski some powder!

Comments

12 Responses to “SIA On-Snow: Battle Of The Uphill”

  1. Stano February 6th, 2014 10:24 am

    Thanks for the news Lou. I hope to be there next year!

  2. Lou Dawson February 6th, 2014 3:59 pm

    Doug (Cripple Creek) says he wants to get faster uphill. My suggestion is ditch the two-pound gloves!

  3. Doug CCBC February 6th, 2014 4:58 pm

    Lou I don’t want to lose my Fly Low sponsorship, they give me gloves for only $30.

  4. Lou Dawson February 6th, 2014 5:44 pm

    Well, start wearing their pants for racing as well!

  5. Stano February 6th, 2014 5:50 pm

    The colder you get the faster you will go :) there is a limit of course ;)

  6. Eric Steig February 6th, 2014 10:30 pm

    Looks like Scarpa Aliens on the Dynafit team! Perhaps they are TLT6s though….

  7. Rodney February 7th, 2014 7:27 am

    Looks like TLT6′s to me

  8. Lou Dawson February 7th, 2014 7:33 am

    Those are 6′s, Eric perhaps you need to calibrate your monitor?

  9. Haris February 7th, 2014 7:47 am

    Hello,
    I have a pair of ski boots and I have to stretch the toe box. The boot I am going to stretch is a Dalbello Lupo freeride ski boot. My Mondo size is 26,5 and I chose the 25,5. The big toe is jammed and slightly bent. I might need to stretch 4-5 mm as I have about a pencil width of space behind my heel in the 25.5 shell. The plastic of the shell is PU. What I would like to ask you is after how many seconds do I have to stop the heat gun and check with the infrard therm pistol if I have reached the desired temperature for a permanent ski boot stretching? I know there is no fixed rule on this but an approximatey suggested time would help me a lot. I am asking as this is the first time I am going to perform a stretch like that and I want to make sure I will not overheat the boots. (Email removed to block spam harvesters.)
    Haris

  10. Lou Dawson February 7th, 2014 7:52 am

    Haris, it doesn’t sound like you are properly equipped nor have the knowledge to be heat molding expensive ski boots. The process is based on past experience and practice. Thus, to answer your own question, grab a pair of PU boots out of the trash and practice on them first. Lou

  11. Greg Louie February 7th, 2014 9:03 am

    @Haris: Like Lou says, there are too many variables to give you a concrete answer. It depends on which heat gun, which plastic/how thick, whether you are heating equally from inside and outside, how close you hold the gun, etc. How and where you measure the temperature makes a difference as well, and most experienced bootfitters I know rely on tap, touch and experience rather than a thermometer.

    I don’t know what mechanical device you’re using to punch the toe length, but three piece shell designs often experience sole deformation if you punch the toe without somehow locking down the mid sole (both Dalbello and Full Tilt). Check that you aren’t bending the sole of the boot out of DIN/ISO spec as you punch.

  12. Drew Tabke February 7th, 2014 10:08 am

    Lou travels the world for weeks, busting his but to bring in-depth coverage of the most important developments in the global ski industry… But this blog is my favorite.

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