IT’S been so busy this week it’s tough to recall everything that’s happened.
First of all, we’ve been out straight making boot parts and assembling DODGE carbon fiber ski boots. I’ve been molding parts like a fiend and Dave has been cutting them on the robot/laser and assembling. We have quite a stockpile and space is at a premium, especially with more materials being delivered.
On top of that, as you all know, the weather has turned hot. Just the thing for when I’m standing in front of the hot boot press, right?
But, the boots are looking good and I’m pretty happy.
We had a few pair of boots decide to head south this week.
Charles Christianson is headed to Chile this week and he’s all set up with his new boots. We finally got him to update from the original all-black DODGE boots that he’s been skiing on since last summer in New Zealand. I don’t know the count, but he has a LOT of days on those boots. And, they certainly helped his FIS point profile and world ranking, improving his GS points 23% and his World Ranking 46%. We’re looking for even better results this season, too.
Cochran’s coach (and former UVM skier) Elliot Wilkinson-Ray stopped by the shop to borrow a pair of DODGE Ski Boots to take with him to Portillo next week. He and Erik Gilbert (also ex-UVM and now a coach at Steamboat) will be duking it out to see who gets to use the boots.
Ryann Daley, dad Pat and First Trax Sports co-owner John Grush paid a visit to the shop on Thursday so Ryann could be fit up for her new DODGE Ski Boots before heading to New Zealand. Ryann will be training with Guenther Birgmann and crew at the Treble Cone Race Academy in Wanaka. We’ll be headed that way too and look forward to catching up with Ryann, as well as other DODGE skiers at the camp.
Looking forward to seeing Warner this week. He’s headed here to get geared up before he flies to Coronet in a couple of weeks.
One last thought: How long will it take the FIS to retract their new ruling on GS ski sidecuts? I am guessing a “re-think” within a month.