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Posted: Oct 30, 2008 - 4:35 PM GMT

The Northeast is poised on the brink of winter, areas testing the snow guns or making snow, weather systems already dropping snow across the region in varying amounts. skiers and boarders checking equipment and wallets to see if new gear's in the budget, scanning the Web for tidbits of news, asking each other what's the latest from ski country. It's mid-fall, and people tingle with anticipation at the season's impending arrival. We're almost there. I can hardly wait.
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Posted: Oct 30, 2008 - 4:37 PM GMT

I'm feeling it too. My wife surprised me with new skis (for no particular reason other than she wanted to, I guess), which was fantastic. I got new boots, too - these custom-fit with numerous modifications and a custom footbed (can't recommend highly enough, if you have hard-to-fit feed, go see Leaf over at Strand's Ski Shop in Worcester - he does things with boots I've never seen anyone else do!)

So, now all I need is SNOW!!!!
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Posted: Oct 30, 2008 - 6:02 PM GMT

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(can't recommend highly enough, if you have hard-to-fit feed, go see Leaf over at Strand's Ski Shop in Worcester - he does things with boots I've never seen anyone else do!)


I'll second that. Be prepared to spend 3 or 4 hours to get it done right. It's worth time.

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Posted: Oct 30, 2008 - 6:35 PM GMT

For me it's down to just about a month till the season opener (weather dependent of course). Have a new pair of Atomic's but still need to pick up a pair of rock skis and my boy needs new boots. Even with some of the biggies making snow I will not venture up to New England for a WRD. Hoping the weather cooperates so that either the weekend before or Thanksgiving weekend a few areas can be operating at about 25 - 50 %, then I could see spending the bucks and making a trip. The jones meter certainly jumped with snow in my yard Tuesday and reports of about 16 - inches in the Poconos. Going to check on the Pocono house this weekend and will be interseted to see if any of it is still around. Tenative opening at Camelback, Fri December 5th.

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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 11:17 AM GMT
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go see Leaf over at Strand's Ski Shop in Worcester


Mr. E, I concur. The Mikkelsen boys are one of Worcester skiing's great traditions; Strand's is the oldest ski shop in New England. I have shopped there since my first year on skis. Bill29 has gone there even longer than I, and has some funny stories about when the brothers were young and their father, Strand Mikkelsen, the North American Ski Jump Champion, was still alive.

For some reason I am more excited about skiing this year than I have been in awhile.
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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 3:56 PM GMT

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The Northeast is poised on the brink of winter, . .


I dunno, is "brink" really the word we want to use? Brinks are usually kind of scary, something you can fall off of. A winter we're on the brink of might be something really awful, with blizzards, sleet storms, closed roads, power outages, food shortages, epidemics, riots - excuse me, I'm getting carried away. I prefer to think we're on the
threshold of winter.

Which gives me an idea for a new thread.
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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 7:34 PM GMT

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[QUOTE] go see Leaf over at Strand's Ski Shop in Worcester


Mr. E, I concur. The Mikkelsen boys are one of Worcester skiing's great traditions; Strand's is the oldest ski shop in New England. I have shopped there since my first year on skis. Bill29 has gone there even longer than I, and has some funny stories about when the brothers were young and their father, Strand Mikkelsen, the North American Ski Jump Champion, was still alive.

For some reason I am more excited about skiing this year than I have been in awhile.[/quote]

Roger,

There's an article you wrote in your T&G ski column about Strands that is still hanging on their wall. When did you write that column, any idea? Anyway, you gave them high marks back then, too - and from what I've seen, they are just as good as they always have been.

Both my wife and I are *very* hard-to-fit-feet people, and Leif just jumped right in and got us both fit. Carrie's fitting took about 3 hours, mine took slightly longer (he had to do more reshaping of the boot for mine than for hers). And for all the work he put in, the only charge was list price for the boot itself (and the custom footbed) - no charge for all the labor involved.

I got a riot out of his "tools", though. Most of his re-shaping was done with whiskey bottles! As he said, there are only a handful of shops in the country that will melt and re-shape the plastic on ski boots, so no one makes tools for that purpose.

Jason

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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 9:03 PM GMT

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When did you write that column, any idea?


Hi Jason. It may have been one that ran Jan. 28, 1996. Pic of Roy at the grinder and Leif working on a boot? Thanks for noticing.


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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 11:59 PM GMT
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Were over the brink. Some of the major areas are already open. SR is open all weekend, then next weekend.
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Posted: Nov 02, 2008 - 1:27 PM GMT

More signs of the season: clocks back an hour; leaves coming down quickly, trees bare and the woods more silent; nights often well below freezing, meaning the furnace/wood stove is on morey; and the Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo is coming up Nov. 20-23 - later this year than in the past, I believe.

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