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Basin Sports Ambassador Program

Basin Sports Ambassador Program

Basin Sports Ambassador Program
Basin Sports Ambassador Program

Basin Sports is looking for people who are passionate about the outdoors and skiing and riding to apply for their Ambassador Program. Basin Sports sponsors a small group of skiers and riders each year. You DO NOT have to be a freestyle skier or snowboarder to apply. Backcountry Enthusiasts, freeriders or people who really just love to ski and ride are encouraged to apply. Being an active member of the Killington community is an important part of skiing/riding for Basin Sports.  We select people based on their enthusiasm for the sports of skiing and snowboard, while also engaging and encourage new people to partake in it.  Having fun while out riding is key, we want you to enjoy all that skiing and riding has to offer while also actively promoting the brand of Basin Sports.

Though enjoying winter sports is our main goal of this sponsorship, we also offer some great perks that go along with being a Basin Sports Ambassador.

  • Pro Deal on Winter Clothing Brands and Gear
  • Free Ski Tuning
  • Employee Pricing on Outerwear in the store
  • Access to Basin’s large demo fleet of skis and boards

Responsibilities of a Basin Ambassador

Having the ability to do what you’re passionate about is awesome but we ask you contribute back to Basin Sports. The requirements are simple, but if you find you’re unable to complete the requirements your agreement with Basin Sports will be terminated and you will no longer get to benefit from the perks of the Basin Sports Ambassador Program. Requirements are as follows:

  • Contribute to Basins Social Media at least once a week.
    • Contribute via video, photography, blogs through Facebook, Instagram or twitter
      • All Social Media content will be submitted to Basin Sports Social Media Coordinator
    • Participate In At least two competitions or events at Killington or within the Ski Community a season
      • Untraditional Events That You Could Participate In
      • Ski The East Freeride Tour
      • Ski- Mo Events
      • BMMC Mogul Challenge
      • Ski Bum Race
      • Other: We’re open to suggestions, winter sports promotion is the most important
    • Participate In At Least One Basin Sports Event A Season
      • Blast Off Party
      • KSC Ski Swap
      • December Demo Day
      • March Demo Day
      • If you cannot attend any of these events we encourage you to join us for our ski clinics that reps host for us in early winter

Think this is you? Message us via Facebook and tell us why you’d be a good fit for the job.

Basin Sports Ambassador Program
Basin Sports Ambassador Program

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Fall Into Fall With Winter Clothing: Men’s Edition

Fall Into Fall Prepared For Winter


Fall Into Fall



Don’t start of the winter season wrong, Fall Into Fall with the right men’s outerwear.  This week we focus on men’s ski jackets, choosing one jacket we find to be the most prominent for the 2015- 2016 ski season.  For many of you, you see me as the blogger/ social media guru.  What many don’t know is that I also lend a hand inputting ecommerce data into our online shopping site (  A small team and I are the ones writing descriptions for products. But I’m getting off topic, the point is that I see almost every product that comes into Basin Sports.  I see the specs, the dirty details and after seeing the model of a jacket I could tell you everything you’d want to know about it.


The Down and Dirty


Fall Into Fall

Which brings me to Mammut, in particular the Mammut Trift GTX 3L Parka.  This jacket has already won numerous skiers choice awards and is bound to win even more as the season progresses. It’s considered a parka because it’s a longer than average fit, so guys on the taller end of the spectrum will find it to fit better.  Anyone who wears it will tell you it’s roomy, and has a more freeride fit to it which isn’t a bad thing if you like that look.

Now before I go any further I’m going to explain what freeride means as a skier type and ski form and how the term Freeride has changed in the last couple of years.  Five years ago many associated freeride with park and pipe, meaning twin tip and extra baggy clothing and skiers with bad attitudes.  Freeride was associated with that- now not so much. I like to tell customers that Freeride is just another way to say all- mountain. In present day most skis have some form of rocker and twin tip design.  Yes, even your directional 85- 95mm ski, if bought in the last three years is going to most likely have some form of rocker and tail taper/rise to it.  That’s because having twin tip and rocker incorporated into a ski makes it easier to turn.  Freeride doesn’t necessarily mean freestyle either.  Freeride means I like to go off trail, hunt for powder and maybe send it off a jump or cliff, but I want to be able to lay it over on hard pack too.  That sounds like all- mountain doesn’t it? The point here is, that freeride is just another term form of all- mountain and the culture behind freeride doesn’t necessarily mean park and freestyle anymore.



Fall Into Fall


Tech Terms You’ll Find Interesting


GTX and 3L should be indicators of one thing, Gore- Tex.  The 3L stands for three layers, meaning you have 3 layers of Gore- Tex incorporated into the design so getting wet really isn’t a option.  I should also note that Mammut offers a cheaper price point version of this jacket with their own proprietary take on Gore- Tex. When it comes to water resistance, you get what you pay for so cheaper price point equals the lesser amount of time an item will take to become soaked.  Also remember water resistant and waterproof are two different things.Fall Into Fall

Most people find Gore- Tex to be the best because it’s the most water resistant fabric available, yet breathes and manages moisture more efficiently than any other comparable product on the market currently.  Normally a waterproof piece of apparel isn’t as breathable as a water resistant item. But, this jacket isn’t super advanced or jam packed with terms and jargon you barely understand. Yes, it has cool tech but it’s rather simple in design and is an honest to goodness ski jacket, built to protect you from the winter elements.

What You’re Getting:

  • You get extra-large pit venting systems with big zippers so you’re not fumbling around or having to take your gloves off, plus they’re two way so you can go up or down with the zippers.
  • Start thinking freeride equals big because you’re getting extra-large front pockets too.
  • Again, big zippers are key because no one enjoys pulling off gloves on the lift.
  • You also get a removable powder skirt and powder gaiters for the deep days.
  • Remember though, freeride has evolved into a similar form of all- mountain and is a moot point.

Freeride = All- Mountain

Closing Notes

Fall Into Fall


Bringing it back around, this is a freeride shell which means it’s not insulated (Shell equals not insulated).  It’s going to supremely manage moisture and block elements but it’s not insulated. That means you have to layer effectively to insulate properly. Don’t expect to solely wear this jacket and not much else and stay warm. We suggest the Mammut Aconcagua Light Fleece Jacket as a baselayer and the Mammut Mammut Eigerjoch Light Insulated Jacket.  These will complement the Mammut GTX 3L Parka very well.  So fall into fall right, fall into fall prepared for winter.

We’ll post links to where you can purchase the jacket online, but we’re in the process of updating our ecommerce site so bare with us.

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Fall Into Fall: Winter Clothing Women’s Edition

Fall into Fall with the right winter clothing

Winter is Coming, are you ready?


Fall into Fall with the right new gear.  In this blog we highlight the some of the new clothing options for the winter from some of our highlighted brands.  These are brands we find have something new and interesting for the 2016 season.  Though we only highlight a few, we have many other brands as well.


Arc’teryx Sentinel Jacket

Plum Purple Sentinel Jacket for Women.

It’s not just another jacket it’s something designed for the active women in mind.  The big mountain freerider crusher.  It’s a technical piece with a lot of potential that is if you know how to use it.  But, you don’t have to be a freeriding, aggressive skier either, you may just be the kind of gal who likes comfort and functionality in what they wear, and not necessarily wear something because it looks “cute” or “what’s in” for the season.  So why not fall into fall with a functional jacket designed for the ladies.

The Dirty Details:

Gore- Tex, you’ve heard it a million times but never fully understood it, right?  Well let’s try and work through the Gore- Tex concept then shall we? Gore-Tex by definition is,

“A synthetic waterproof fabric permeable to air and water vapor, used in outdoor and sports clothing.”

A full view of the Arc’Teryx Sentinel Jacket

Every company has their own form of Gore-Tex but the name itself is actually a company with a history of only providing the best quality product for outdoor enthusiasts.  In the Sentinel the Gore- Tex used is called N70p fabric. If you read hang tags on jackets with Gore-Tex technology you’ll often see that same name with different numbers.  Much like primaloft measured in grams the “fabric tag” establishes weight and stitching thickness.  Most 3 layer jackets like the Sentinel are made with N70p Gore-Tex.  What this means is that you’re getting a jacket that’s extremely water resistant with exceptional breathability and functionality.

This jacket is also considered a relaxed fit.  Well what’s relaxed fit, because every company’s idea of relaxed fit is different.  Arc’teryx is not designed with the, “non- curvy” shape in mind, and I’m sure you’re going whaaa? Right about now.  But from personal experience I have found that these jackets just don’t fit me well.  But before you turn this jacket off completely understand my body type. For starters I’m 5,10”, 140 pounds and super leggy.  I also have a short torso and barely C cup size.  For some reason the Relaxed Fit by Arc’teryx just feels baggy in the stomach area. But then some women like a little extra space in stomach area and that would describe “relaxed fit” pretty well.  Reach wise, it tends to be a little long but the right length for multiple layers and gloves.

Who knew white could look so good?

Take- Away:

My takeaway is this.  If you want function with comfort then buy this jacket.  Just because it wasn’t for me doesn’t mean it can’t be for you and It’s a really nice jacket.  Plus, Arc’teryx has one of the best customer service reps I’ve ever chatted with so you no they back the quality of their product.  Have questions about this jacket, call us at 802-422-3234.


Technical Features

  • Waterproof
  • Breathable
  • Durable


The guts look as good as the jacket.
  • Micro-seam allowance (1.6 mm) reduces bulk and weight
  • Tiny GORE® seam tape (13 mm & 19 mm)
  • GORE-TEX® three-layer construction


  • Gathered fabric sections on front for aesthetic design
  • Women’s specific design and fit


  • Anatomical shaping for fit and comfort
  • Articulated elbows
  • No-lift gusseted underarms

Hood Configuration

  • Helmet compatible StormHood™
  • Laminated brim
  • Stealth hood adjusters

Collar Configuration

  • Laminated chin guard

Zippers & Fly Configuration

  • WaterTight™ external zippers
  • Pit zippers for easy venting
  • WaterTight™ Vislon front zip with chin guard and wind flap
  • Webbing zipper pulls

Cuff & Sleeves Configuration

  • Laminated die-cut Velcro® cuff adjusters reduce bulk, and won’t catch or tear off
  • Large cuffs to fit over gloves

Hem Configuration

  • Laminated hem
  • Adjustable hem drawcord

Pocket Configuration

  • Internal chest pocket with laminated zip
  • Laminated sleeve pocket with laminated zip
  • Two high-volume hand pockets
  • Note: Our WaterTight™ zippers are highly water resistant, but not waterproof. We do not recommend keeping items in your pockets that may be damaged by moisture

Snowsport Features

  • Lift pass loop
  • Slide ‘n Loc™ snap closures on powder skirt enable jacket to be fastened to specific ski pants to prevent snow entry
  • Hidden Recco® reflector


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Saturday Segments: Top 5 Clips of the Week- Week 3 August 2015

Saturday Segments: Week 3 August 2015

Top 5 Clips of the Week

Each week we search the internet for the best outdoor action videos.  We narrow down our selection to the five most interesting and share it with the world.  As summer winds down and ski season begins you will start to see a trend towards more fall/ winter events.

1. #TrailLove Episode 4: East Burke, VT- Team BMC


3. Claudio’s Course Preview: World Cup DH, Val di Sole- Red Bull Bike

4. Shop Team Sessions: Eastern Boarder- Killington Resort

5. Trail Hunter – Japan- Specialized Bikes

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Mountain Hardwear Nitrous Down Jacket Review

Mountain Hardwear Nitrous Down Jacket

Insulation and the Importance of Layering

Ariel KentNitrous

Insulation, what does it do? Most people will pick up an insulator or “puffy” and think, “This little thing won’t keep me warm, and sheesh it’s so expensive.”  That little puffy is often an importance piece of layering that many forget to add to their ski attire.  In this blog I focus on the Mountain Hardwear Nitrous Insulator Jacket.  This jacket has a low- profile look with an amazing warmth to weight ratio.  Insulators are designed to trap body heat and keep you warm.  Generally, I wear a wicking base layer with my puffy that way I have something pulling moisture away from my skin and then have a puffy to trap my body heat.  The Nitrous in particular has 800- fill insulation (The higher the number the warmer the jacket) so staying warm isn’t an issue with this jacket.  Despite its big- jacket warmth, the Nitrous can be compressed to the size of a baseball for easy storage and fits comfortably under a ski shell jacket.  The jacket has also been filled with Mountain Hardwear’s Q Shield insulation, which is water resistant.  Available in multiple colors and a lifetime guarantee this jacket is a must have on your ski outings.  I skied for years without a proper insulator and can firmly say that adding an insulator to my ski attire changed a day of skiing for me.  For more info on this product or questions regarding proper layering in general feel free to call Basin Sports a 1-802-422-3234.



[face fabric] 30D ripstop nylon
800-fill Q.Shield down
Center Back Length:
28 in
2 hand
Claimed Weight:
12.6 oz
Recommended Use:
skiing, alpine & expedition, camping
Manufacturer Warranty:




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Top 4 Skis for The 2016 Season- Or At Least In Our Opinion

Skis to Keep an Eye on Next Season:

Top 4 Skis of the 2016 Ski Season

Ariel Kent

Tradeshows are winding down, orders a have been placed and everyone is pretty set on what their lineup of skis will be for the 15-16 winter.  We’ve narrowed down our list from all the skis tested and demoed to the top four that stand out the most and will make the greatest impression on the ski industry next season.

Tail Profile
Tip Profile
Side Profile
Base Profile
Topsheet profile

Atomic Vantage 100CTi

First off, Jake Strassburger, Atomic’s alpine category manager, claims the new Vantage 100 is the best ski Atomic has ever made.  The new Vantage is lighter, stronger and better than its previous model for many reasons.  The first is the carbon tank mesh inlayed into the ski.  Picture a chicken wire like pattern, with a matte black finish.  The carbon acts as an absorber, as well as adding rigidity and snap making this ski power in and out of turns effortlessly.  The carbon also makes the ski lighter and more dynamic in variable conditions- a true all- mountain quiver.  The wood core has been updated helping to reduce weight and the other big kicker is the titanium inserts into the ski.  No longer have a titanium backbone but rather inserts that leave space underfoot so that the ski can flex naturally.  Otherwise, design is similar to last year’s 100 Vantage in regards to shape. This will make a great do everything ski and is a great option for someone looking to replace their one ski quiver.  In fact, multiple employees at Basin Sports have already ordered a pair for next season.

Available Sizes: 172, 180, 188

188cm: 139.5-100-126.5/ 19m

180cm: 138-100-125/ 18m

172cm: 136-100-123.5/ 16.9m

1,950g per ski

Tourist pictured 2nd from the left.
creative topsheet graphic

LINE Tourist

Line has jumped on the “ski uphill” bandwagon and developed a ski designed for going uphill first, the LINE Tourist.  Constructed with Line’s cloud core (also found in the Magnum Opus and next seasons redesigned Sir Francis Bacon) this ski is super light weighing in at 1,670g per ski.  They also took the shockwall technology that was in this year’s Supernatural line and incorporated it into the ski.  That makes the ski absorb vibrations more efficiently and dissipate it before your knees do.  So what you’re getting is a lightweight, fast climbing ski that’s going to get you from point A to point B without wasting a ton of energy.  Then you’re also getting the same quality ski going downhill.  The Tourist is very snappy and quick moving downhill and was rather surprising for such a light ski. So in conclusion what you will get is a solid side-country, backcountry ski that will also perform like an all- mountain charger on in-bounds uphill jaunts.

Available Sizes: 179, 186

135-102-120/ 18.7m/ 1,670g

Nordica Enforcer 

It’s back and better than ever.  With a brand new mold the Enforcer is back and ready to rip.  The new Enforcer is the spawn of a Patron and Helldorado, giving it a big mountain look with an all- mountain feel.  You’ll still get that hammerhead tip design common to Nordica skis, but also get a little bit of early rise in the tail.  And did we mention how snappy these are? Bringing in a 16.5m turn radius at 177cm, that’s quick.



More info to come on the Enforcer….

K2 Pinnacle 95

Another ski that stood out was the Pinnacle lineup, available in 95 and 105 underfoot.  This is another great ski for the intermediate to advanced skier that likes to ski in bounds but all over the mountain.  You’re getting K2’s triaxial braid with hyritech sidewall, metal laminate and nanolite core.  A super nimble ski that can take you all over the mountain and have you begging for more at the bottom.

Available Sizes: 170, 177, 184, 191

132-95-115/ 17m (185m)


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Climbing Skins – Part IV of V

Part IV of V

Climbing Skins

Climbing skins are always tricky because there are two key differences between the two main types of skins, Nylon and Mohair.  Nylon = Grip while Mohair = Glide.  Now there are mohair mixes but you must understand the pros and cons of mohair before buying your skins.  I’m personally a full nylon skin person but I’ll explain why later.

Mohair is a natural skin made from the angora wool of goats.  It’s soft, plush and sewn into the backing of your climbing skins.  Mohair is great if you want to get from point A to B quickly because it glides efficiently.  The cons of Mohair is that after extended uses it will develop bald spots and then wear on the base of your skins.  Mohair also does not perform well in icy conditions often found in the east.  This is where Nylon comes into play.

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Nylon is a full synthetic material put on climbing skins and my personal choice when it comes to skins.  I use nylon versus mohair because nylon last longer.  It also grips extremely well in icy conditions and on steep slopes.  I have also found in my experience with climbing skins that nylon is a lot easier to clean and maintain than mohair.  There are however, mohair mixed skins which have mixed reviews.

Mohair mixes is a combination of mohair and nylon.  Many say it is the best compromise for all conditions and should be your go to.  I personally will stick with my full nylons since my powder days are rare and far between.  On those good powder days I also often find the powder to be of the wetter variety. This is where I find nylon to work well, my skins could be soaked and I can still climb uphill.  But, skins are something you should play around with.  Everyone has different preferences and it’s hard to say which one you should buy.

Stay tuned for our last part of this series discussing Uphill Etiquette.

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Alpine Touring Bindings- Part II of VI- Ski Touring

Part II of VI

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Tyrolia Adrenaline 16 Binding

Alpine Touring Bindings

Alpine Touring (AT) Bindings have gone through quite a few changes since there creation in the late 80’s- early 90’s.  Alpine touring basically means a binding that looks and performs like a regular alpine ski binding, but also can be unlocked, freeing the heel so that you can essentially walk uphill.  Alpine Touring bindings are different than their Dynafit Counterpart because they still release like a regular alpine binding when you crash.  The best example of the modern AT binding’s origin would be the Alpine Tracker, which is still available today.  It was created in the early 90’s and acted as a frame that you locked into your binding where your boot would go.  You then would strap into the tracker frame and be able to walk uphill with your skis on.  It wasn’t really until 2007 with the unveiling of the Marker Duke that we saw anything that slightly resembles modern AT bindings.  Obviously, Marker has updated their Duke Tour binding as well as added other tour binding to the line-up since then but the original design has not changed.

Today there are three major manufacturers of AT Bindings on the market, Maker, Salomon and Tyrolia.  Though all these bindings share similar traits they each have something that makes them stand alone from the other.  Tyrolia for example, though being in the binding industry for a very long time, only unveiled an AT binding last year.  The Tyrolia Adrenaline was a game changer for the AT Industry because it shed excess weight while also remaining sturdy, making it the lightest AT binding on the market.    It also incorporated a freeski like flex and a low pivot point, giving it better edge to edge power transfer and making it more appealing to the touring audience that mainly skis in-bounds, touring only a couple times a year. The binding was unveiled in 13 and 16 max DIN ranges and as we move into its second year on the market, is still impressing the ski industry.

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Salomon Guardian AT Binding

Salomon has also been in the AT binding industry for a while.  They carry the Guardian which new this year, is compatible with many different boot styles.  Salomon has the most metal in its frame than the other two bindings, with metal bars connecting the toe and heel versus Marker and Tyrolia who use heavy duty plastic. This binding is pretty sturdy to say the least, and also has the second lowest pivot point making it also an efficient uphill climber.  The one thing that has been improved upon in the guardian, is the pivot pin.  The pin that was previously hollow has been beefed up, to add strength to the binding.  This is a good choice for price and is a great option for the skier who only tours a couple times a year.

Marker Duke EPF 16 AT Binding
Marker Duke EPF 16 AT Binding

I’ve saved Marker for last because, well there is a lot to talk about.  The Marker Duke, Baron, and Tour F12 are the main options for tour bindings by them.  What makes these bindings different from the competition is mainly, the release point for hike ski mode.  Unlike Salomon and Tyrolia where the release point is behind the heel, Marker’s release point is under the boot making the user have to unclip to change modes.  I’m not going to dive into the Marker AT line-up much because it’s very similar to Tyrolia and Salomon and the small differences do not change its awesome performance.  What Marker has done this year which is changing the ski touring industry as we know it, is the release of the King Pin Binding.  The Kingpin essentially, takes the toe piece of a Dynafit binding and the heel of an Alpine binding and combines the two.  Adding a rear heel release and anti-friction device on the heel, marker has combined AT and Dynafit into one making this awesome piece of technology.

The bindings by Marker, as well as The Salomon Guardian and Tyrolia Adrenaline are all going to perform well for in-bounds ski purposes as well as light touring.  I personally am a fan of the Adrenaline and have one mounted on a pair of my skis.  But, having worked on all the bindings I’ve described above they are all good bindings, it really comes down to how much you want to spend and how much touring you’re doing versus regular alpine skiing.

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Ski Touring Focused on In Bounds Skinning and How To Prepare- Part 1 of VI

image_1 Part I of VI

What Is Ski Touring

Now a day’s ski touring has evolved into many forms.  Originally ski touring for recreation was a term used to describe skiers who ventured into the backcountry for long periods of time to ski untouched pow.  Now, ski touring can mean many different things.  The most commonly found forms of ski touring on the east coast is backcountry touring and in- bounds touring.

Backcountry touring entails skinning into an area designated “backcountry” and skiing where there is no lift access.  The most common areas in New England are White Mountains National Forest, specifically Mount Washington, and Green Mountain National Forest where the most popular areas lie in and around smugglers notch.

In- Bounds Touring has gained popularity in the past few years as technology in the ski industry has advanced.  Here in Killington, the resort holds an uphill access policy, which allows users to skin specific ski trails whenever they want, even during resort operations.  In- Bounds touring basically means skinning and skiing within resort boundaries.  Using Killington as an example, the lifts could be running while people are “earning their turns” or skinning up the mountain.

Most people who mainly do in- bounds touring, use Alpine Touring bindings that are compatible with regular ski boots.  These bindings look fairly similar to that of a regular binding, the difference being that the binding is on a frame and the heel locks and releases to provide that pivot motion needed to move uphill.  These bindings are different than Dynafit bindings because of their ability to function exactly like a regular alpine binding in ski mode.

Alpine Ski Touring is a ton of fun, great exercise and a way to claim first tracks on a powder day. Basin Sports carries a full line of alpine touring gear as well as some out of bounds specific gear.  We have a knowledgeable staff who enjoy sharing their love of skiing.  If you have any questions feel free call Basin at, 802-422-3234.  Stay tuned for Tomorrow’s blog where we discuss the many different types of ski bindings and their evolution to what they are today.

Part 2: Alpine Touring Bindings

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