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Killington Demo Days – December 17th & 18th!

Everyone who's tried the Magics comes back ranting and raving. Come see for yourself why they're so awesome!

Everyone who's tried the Magics comes back ranting and raving. Come see for yourself why they're so awesome!

If you missed us at Stowe last week, don’t worry – the next demo day is nearly upon us!  We’re excited to be attending this years’ Test Fest at Killington on December 17th & 18th.  We’ll be set up both days around the K-1 base, so swing by and give our skis a shot.  You’ll be impressed how well they handle!

 

We’ll also be giving away $25 vouchers* towards a new pair of Worths to anyone that comes out and gives our skis a shot.

 

Additionally, we’ll have a bunch of stickers and some awesome Tracks Tees and Hoodies with us.  Check out some more details and RSVP at the Facebook event page.  Hope to ski you there!

 

 

* Offer not good with any other discount.  Offer expires April 30th, 2014.

Posted December 11th, 2013 by Adrian Kostrubiak | Permalink

Jay Peak Demo Day – March 23rd!

Skier Andy Orowitz enjoys some deep snow at Jay Peak, VT

Skier Andy Orowitz enjoys some deep snow at Jay Peak, VT

With over a foot of fresh snow forecasted for the north country in just the beginning of the week, conditions should be pretty darned close to epic at Jay Peak for another demo day! So join us this Saturday, March 23rd to try out a pair of Worths – between the fresh snow and amazing terrain of Jay Peak, you’ll be sure to find out for yourself what all the buzz is really about. We’ll be stationed in the Tramside base area, with free demos going out from first chair ’till 2pm.

We’ll also be giving away $50 vouchers* towards a new pair of Worths to anyone that comes out and gives our skis a shot.

Additionally, we’ll have a bunch of stickers and some awesome Tracks Tees and Hoodies with us, a few of which we’ll even be giving away for free!

Check out some more details and RSVP at the Facebook event page.  Hope to ski you there!

 

 

* Offer not good with any other discount.  Offer expires September 30th, 2013.

Posted March 18th, 2013 by Adrian Kostrubiak | Permalink

Sugarbush Demo Day – March 16th!

Come out and try a pair of Worths to find out why Krysta Frye was ranting and raving after only her first day on her Humpbacks!

Come out and try a pair of Worths to find out why Krysta Frye was ranting and raving after only her first day on her Humpbacks!

UPDATE: As of 3/13, We’ve been forced to move this event to Sugarbush due to the inclement weather we’ve had over the past few days.

Didn’t get a chance to make it out to our Okemo Demo Day this weekend?  Well not to fear, we’ll be at it again this coming weekend.  So come on out and find us this Saturday, March 16th for a free demo at Sugarbush!  We’ll be in the Lincoln Peak Base Village, near the Super Bravo Quad, from 8am – 2pm with free demos!  Come and see for yourself what all the buzz is about by trying out a pair of Worths – we’re sure you’ll be blown away!

We’ll also be giving away $50 vouchers* towards a new pair of Worths to anyone that comes out and gives our skis a shot.

Additionally, we’ll have a bunch of stickers and some awesome Tracks Tees and Hoodies with us, a few of which we’ll even be giving away for free!

Check out some more details and RSVP at the Facebook event page.  Hope to ski you there!

 

 

* Offer not good with any other discount.  Offer expires September 30th, 2013.

Posted March 11th, 2013 by Adrian Kostrubiak | Permalink

Okemo Demo Day – March 9th!

A skier getting very into some deep snow in VT

A skier getting very into some deep snow in VT

Although we’re still in full on ski mode here in VT, there is no doubt that spring is around the corner.  The days are getting longer, school vacations have come and gone, and with all the recent snow, the snowpack throughout the north country is nice and deep!

So come on out and sample the fine snow conditions on Saturday, March 9th for the Mary Davis Demo Day at Okemo Mountain!  We’ll be stationed at the Jackson Gore base from 8am – 2pm with free demos!  Come and see for yourself what all the buzz is about by trying out a pair of Worths – we’re sure you’ll be blown away!

We’ll also be giving away $50 vouchers* towards a new pair of Worths to anyone that comes out and tries our skis.

Additionally, we’ll have a bunch of stickers and some awesome Tracks Tees and Hoodies with us, a few of which we’ll even be giving away for free!

Check out some more details and RSVP at the Facebook event page.  Hope to ski you there!

 

 

* Offer not good with any other discount.  Offer expires September 30th, 2013.

Posted March 4th, 2013 by Adrian Kostrubiak | Permalink

VT S.111 – Criminalizing Backcountry Access From Ski Areas?!

Even the youngest Vermonters can and do enjoy the great terrain and snow of the VT backcountry

Even the youngest Vermonters can and do enjoy the great terrain and snow of the VT backcountry

UPDATE: As reported by Fox 44/ABC 22, this bill has died in committee.

The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee is considering S.111, a bill to criminalize backcountry access from Vermont’s ski areas. Here is a letter I sent to the Committee tonight. If you feel similarly, please let them and your local reps know.

Dear Senators Sears, Ashe, Benning, Nitka and White,

I would first like to thank you for your hard work on behalf of citizens of our state. I deeply appreciate your work and commitment to the well being of Vermonters. As a lifelong Vermonter, I have been the beneficiary of the advantages of the accessibility and community spirit of our citizen legislators. It is, in part, because of this that I write to you today to express my concerns regarding S.111.

I am a skier. Since I was three years of age, I have been skiing in Vermont’s resorts, public trails and public and private backcountry terrain. For 34 years I have, along with countless others, enjoyed the beauty and wonder that Vermont has to offer those fortunate enough to be willing and able to explore our fields, forests and mountains in what I believe is Vermont’s best season: the winter. I believe that Vermont truly cradles the soul of winter sports. Together with my partner, I am raising my three young children to respect, appreciate and enjoy the beauty, majesty and challenge of the natural environment around us.

Even the youngest Vermonters can and do enjoy the great terrain and snow of the VT backcountry

Entering the backcountry of the Green Mountains has been and will continue to be a family affair in Vermont.

I am fortunate to live close to some of the most beautiful wilderness in the region, the Breadloaf Wilderness of the Green Mountain National Forest. This area, characterized by open hardwoods glades, favorable snow conditions and easy accessibility from the Long Trail and the National Forest road and trail system, is a treasure and a haven for me, my family and my friends in the winter. I have attached some photos of us enjoying this resource to illustrate my point. This area is also accessible from the trails of the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, which is located on private land owned by the College and operated as a ski area. The Long Trail (and the terrain it accesses), runs through this and a number of Vermont’s ski areas.

Inspired by my love for skiing in Vermont, and by this area, I recently started an alpine ski company, along with two friends. We design and market our own semi-custom ski designs focused on backcountry skiing, and contract with an outside production facility to build our products. We are in conversations with another small Vermont winter sports equipment manufacturer to bring our production home to Vermont, and are pleased with the response and the growth we have seen so far. We have marketed ourselves in no small part as connected with the tradition of backcountry and adventure skiing that has characterized the sport in Vermont since it first arrived here. We are thrilled at the connections we have found with the many other enthusiasts who share our love for the sport, and for the backcountry terrain Vermont can offer. Through our efforts, we have introduced many from around the region and beyond to the spectacular experiences available here in our state.

Although they don't have to deal with skins, the little ones still need to change from hike to ski mode

Although they don’t have to deal with skins, the little ones still need to change from hike to ski mode

Backcountry skiing is not a crime. It is the soul of winter sports in our state, with a long, rich, proud and storied tradition. Accessing our backcountry in the winter, from a resort or otherwise, is a thrill, a challenge and a pilgrimage that many in our state have spent years or more developing. Some of us have built businesses, lives and family traditions around this centerpiece of our Vermont culture.

The vast majority of backcountry enthusiasts and users in our state are knowlegable, responsible and respectful of the challenge that winter travel in the backcountry can bring. Criminalizing their behavior is not only counter to a venerable and honorable Vermont tradition, it is counterproductive. This measure will not go any further toward preventing the kind of irresponsible behavior we are seeing from a few folks with limited experience and understanding of the rigors of backcountry travel. This is not a criminal issue, it is an educational issue.

Do we really think that it should be a crime for trained, knowledgeable and well-equipped people who encounter an unexpected circumstance (such as an aggressive moose, failure of a defective piece of equipment or other similar unforeseeable happenstance) to access the services of our public safety system as any others would? I would suggest that I, and those with whom I travel in the backcountry, are generally more prepared for emergencies than many who use our state snowmobile trail system. I always carry gear appropriate to survive several days and nights in the woods, to find my way home, to stabilize injuries and to repair broken equipment. I understand that I must operate in the wilderness under my own recognizance. I am trained as a Wilderness First Responder. My companions have similar training and experience and yet, should the worst occur, we could face criminal charges under this proposed legislation. This, despite the fact that a wholly unprepared, untrained snowmobile operator (far more likely to require such services, if you review the numbers of snowmobile accidents to which the state police have responded in the past week) could access these same services with impunity? Please do not place my 6 year old daughter, already a backcountry enthusiast, in criminal jeopardy should she or I become unexpectedly in need of assistance during legitimate use of our public lands and despite our best precautions and preparations. How would you explain to her that the jewel of our state, its winter wilderness, is inaccessible to her under penalty of law?

She's only 6 years old and already enjoying the wonders of the great Vermont backcountry!

She’s only 6 years old and already enjoying the wonders of the great Vermont backcountry!

I understand the pressures that irresponsible use of Vermont’s natural landscape can place on our busy and dedicated public safety personnel. There exist now, under current law the tools to recover the costs associated with these limited incidents. Other states have faced these concerns, and have found that a reasonable balance between public safety and resource preservation can be struck. I urge the Committee to consider other mechanisms for achieving these educational goals that do not criminalize legitimate use and enjoyment of our state treasure.

I am happy to discuss my thoughts, experiences and perspectives further with the Committee in person, via e-mail or by phone. Please feel free to contact me at this e-mail address or by phone at (802) 989-1618. Thank you once again for the thoughtful, vital and critical work that you do.


Jason M. Duquette-Hoffman, M.S.
Co-Owner, Worth Skis

 

So, what are your thoughts?  Feel free to leave a comment here, or join our conversation that’s already in progress on our Facebook page.

Posted February 26th, 2013 by Jason Duquette-Hoffman | Permalink

The Humpbacks Get A Facelift

The Worth Humpback

The Worth Humpback

The Humpbacks have been killing it as our most versatile, go everywhere and do everything ski.  We’ve had people telling us that they’re “the best ski ever.”  The wonderment doesn’t stop there though: “I can’t believe how well they owned the chop leftovers and loud pow groomers.”  And of course, they rule in the deepness (see the picture below!)  But until recently, these skis have been lacking one thing – a kick-*ss graphic to match their shear awesomeness.

 

A skier getting deep in an incredible 23" overnight storm at Jay Peak, VT

Worth Skier Andy Orowitz getting deep in an incredible 23″ overnight storm at Jay Peak, VT

Thankfully, the multi-talented Amy Gironda has yet again knocked it out of the park with a brand new graphic for the Humpbacks!  Between the outline of Camel’s Hump on the tips and the trail signs on the tails (hmm, wonder if there’s any good skiing around there…), everyone will be sure to know just what inspired us in the design of these ultra-versatile daily drivers.

 

Come on out to one of our upcoming demo days in March (exact details to be released soon, but let’s just say it will be our version of March Madness) and give these skis a shot – we guarantee you’ll be nothing short of impressed by their versatility when you’re floating through the powder,  sneaking through the trees and ripping it up on the groomers!

Posted February 22nd, 2013 by Adrian Kostrubiak | Permalink

Up Your Worthiness

Worth Co-Owner Jason Duquette-Hoffman is raising his little ones Worthy in his new Tracks Hoodie

Worth Co-Owner Jason Duquette-Hoffman is raising his little ones Worthy in his new Tracks Hoodie

So you follow our Facebook page, anxiously waiting for the latest bit of stoke to come out, but are still struggling with how to show off your Worthiness to all of your friends?  Well, fret no more – we’re pleased to open our online shop, where we’ve now got hoodies, tees and stickers available.

Between the killer design by Marc Kostrubiak and the softness of the 100% cotton American Apparel shirts (proudly made in the USA and printed in Burlington!), these shirts and hoodies scream “I’m the best skier on the mountain!”  We can also help get your car up to Worthy standards with our die cut stickers (also printed in Burlington).  The clean cut and bright colors of our die-cuts will be sure to pop out on your bumper, even when coated in more road salt and grime than you know what to do with.

Swing over to the shop to up your Worthiness – you know you want to!

Posted February 7th, 2013 by Adrian Kostrubiak | Permalink

Smugglers’ Notch Demo Day – January 26th!

Skier Mark Lynch enjoying some fresh snow at Smugglers' Notch

Skier Mark Lynch enjoying some fresh snow at Smugglers' Notch

The annual January thaw has come and gone and conditions are getting a bit beter with every passing day, so come out this Saturday, January 26th to Smugglers’ Notch for our first demo day event of the season.  We’ll have free demos of our lineup of semi-custom skis from 10-2, and with a chance for a storm towards the end of this week, there should be plenty of fun snow to try out some Worths.

 

We’ll also have a bunch of stickers and some brand new t-shirts with us, a few of which we’ll even be giving away for free!

 

Check out some more details and RSVP at the Facebook event page.  Hope to ski you there!

Skier Andy Orowitz finding some fresh snow in the Northern Green Mountains

Skier Andy Orowitz finding some fresh snow in the Northern Green Mountains

Posted January 21st, 2013 by Adrian Kostrubiak | Permalink

Snow Bowl Demo Day – January 12th!

Worth Skier Jason Duquette-Hoffman enjoying some fresh turns at the Middlebury Snowbowl

Worth Skier Jason Duquette-Hoffman enjoying some fresh turns at the Middlebury Snowbowl

Don’t let the approaching January thaw get you down – come out on Saturday, January 12th to Worth’s home mountain, the MiddleBury College Snow Bowl, for our first demo day event of the season.  We’ll have free demos of our lineup of semi-custom skis from 10-2, and the mountain is skiing great right now.

You might even get a chance to  check out a pair of our all new Magics, as some of our beta testers should be in attendance.  Maybe they’ll even let you take a ride, if you ask really nicely!

We’ll also have a bunch of stickers and some brand new t-shirts with us, a few of which we’ll even be giving away for free!

Check out some more details and RSVP at the Facebook event page.  Hope to ski you there!

 

Skier Brady Hoffman enjoying his Georges in a fresh patch of snow at the Middlebury Snow Bowl

Skier Brady Hoffman enjoying his Georges in a fresh patch of snow at the Middlebury Snow Bowl

 

Posted January 7th, 2013 by Adrian Kostrubiak | Permalink

Introducing The Magic, A New Model!

Worth Skis Magic

The Worth Skis Magic

Like Willy Wonka, we just can’t leave well enough alone. The Humpback has been killing it as our most versatile, go everywhere ski. Of course, as a more traditional, directional shape, it left a few of the more progressive skiers out there wanting more….

You know, the ones who spend almost as much time backwards as front-wise. I’ve got this friend, an incredible skier, who has a habit of flinging himself off anything he can, and typically upside down, backwards or some such thing. Now, while I cannot share his enthusiasm for stretching the laws of physics, I do enjoy watching him ski. And what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t offer a design that worked for him and his ilk?

So when a few other friends, denizens of Magic Mountain, began asking about a backcountry-friendly twin that was more forward-mounted, I saw an opportunity.  Thus emerged the Magic.  Based on our Humpback, but with a more forward mount point, more balanced twin tip design, it is a perfect tool for getting jiggy with backcountry jibs. Topped off with a kickin’ new graphic from Amy Gironda that celebrates the natural mysticism of Vermont’s icon of the southern mountains, the Magic rounds out our offering of everyday backcountry shredding tools. Check it out! – Jason

Posted December 19th, 2012 by Jason Duquette-Hoffman | Permalink