The name says it all. With a tip-to-tail durable wood core, hardy
sintered base, and firm, even flex pattern, Winterstick's All
Mountain is the perfect companion to your snowy exploits. It's not
the most eager turner on hard surfaces, but everywhere else, it
The Mountain: Jay Peak, Vermont
(800) 451-4449 or www.jaypeakresort.com.
Though it's located in the perennially icy northeast, Jay Peak is a
bit of an anomaly. In fact, Jay regularly receives more snow than
most western resorts. Too, the terrain is wonderfully varied, with
groomers, glades, and pristine backcountry aplenty.
Favorite lullaby is the sound of wind
whistling in your ears; favorite sight is anything blurred by
speed. Spends majority of the winter on well-groomed slopes with
Stiff boards for tenacious edge hold on hard
surfaces at speed. Plenty of sidecut for responsive turning.
Ski: Salomon Crossmax 10 Pilot
$1,195, bindings included; (877) 272-5666 or www.salomon-sports.com.
One of a new generation of ski/binding systems, Salomon's Crossmax
10 Pilot is engineered for the rigors of Skiercross, a frenetic
racing event in which multiple competitors do battle over a course
littered with jumps, icy turns, and unforgiving steeps. You may not
be so keen to risk your neck (or any other body part); fortunately,
the Crossmax displays its remarkable edge hold and "riding on
rails" responsiveness at saner speeds, too.