Following a rousing event in Vail, Colorado, on the first stop of the Buyer’s Guide Live Demo Tour, the FREESKIER team hopped on a plane headed for Boston, Massachusetts, our final destination: Killington Mountain just outside of Rutland, Vermont. Driving into the Green Mountain State the night prior to the event, fog, rain and 40-degree temperatures plagued the small mountain town, but we kept our hopes high that the precipitation would fade as the forecast predicted. We knew that East Coasters don’t wimp out on a ski day just because of a little rain—but we’d have to wait and see…
Come morning, sideways rain faded into a drizzle as brand reps from 4FRNT, Amalgam Skis, Atomic, Dynastar, Faction, Fischer, Icelantic Skis, J Skis, Line, Rossignol, Salomon and Völkl set up an assortment of their latest and greatest skis, first featured in the FREESKIER Buyer’s Guide. As the rain subsided, our doubts quickly realigned—out here, no matter the weather, people go skiing, that much was clear from the get-go. Diehards donning trash bags, ponchos and fully-waterproofed rain jackets, including proper sailing gear made for cross-Atlantic expeditions, made their way toward our registration tables, wide-eyed at the chance to take turns on a variety of this year’s best skis. Slightly soaked and with a grin on his face, one skier said it better than I ever could—he coined the conditions “perfect Scottish weather.” Well-said, stranger, well-said.
As darkness settled over Killington Mountain in the mid-afternoon, the FREESKIER team and hoards of thirsty skiers relocated to the K1 Lodge, Killington’s foremost après spot. Solo musician Chris Palutto treated the crowd to acoustic tunes that spanned a variety of genres—an impressive, lengthy set that had everyone’s feet stompin’. FREESKIER then took the stage to hand out gear from YETI, POC, Mammut, Ski Town All-Stars, Zipline and others, which stirred the crowd into a frenzy.
Looking ahead to next weekend, FREESKIER will bring the Buyer’s Guide Live Demo Tour to Copper Mountain, Colorado, for its final stop. With snow in the forecast, it’s lining up to be the ideal scenario for finding your next set of powder skis. Intriguing? Certainly. Exhilarating? Definitely.