How do you inaugurate your get-ready for the backcountry skiing season? Over the years I’ve done everything from putting it off so I’ll have more energy in the spring, to getting up there as soon as the first dusting of snow hits in September.
This year I’m getting stoked for backcountry skiing by upgrading our WildSnow.com world headquarters ski shop. First project: get a convection oven for baking thermoform boot liners. Our boot fitter uses a Farberware Turbo 460, so a few months ago I began shopping for that model on Ebay, and finally scored for the right price. This particular model oven has more interior room than just about anything else around, but they’re not made anymore and only available on the used market — and that’s the kind of price we wanted anyhow. So we pulled the trigger and we’re set up to bake liners all winter for the variety of test boots and backcountry skiing boot- fit experiments we seem to always deal with. The oven makes crispy nachos as well — perfect addition to the workshop!