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GEAR: Interchangeable Lens Goggles

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Days. More of them, and more amazing ones at that. Active Junky wants you to see your way clear to good times with goggles that adapt to varying conditions this season.

Whether clouds are somewhere over the horizon or have engulfed you on the lift, single-lens goggles represent convenience with compromise. Until recently, no workable alternatives existed: Interchangeables were exclusively for contortionists or the inordinately patient.

Good news. Major optics companies responded with R&D efforts that converged with on-snow realities. Quick switching with cold hands along with durable attachment tech now make these three editor-endorsed rimless systems worth the change.

Smith I/O7: First Tracks In Interchangeables

Smith’s vision led to their first rimless goggle with a latching lens system seven years ago.  Modifications have kept them ahead of imitators ever since. The latest I/O7 is a sleek tribute to the brand’s leadership as a futuristic goggle both in tech and style. The Single Pivot Quick Release System features a notched strap that pops out with a flick.  Insert the optimum lens for the weather from an arsenal of spherical, Carbonic-X lenses. Terrain revealed, sharp reflections banished.  It feels good to ski with clarity.

Best For: Access to a wide spectrum of lenses for varying and extreme conditions

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Anon M2: Style That Sucks You In

At first glance, you’ll feel a magnetic impulse slip them on. No wonder; the “Magna-Tech” system employ sixteen rare-earth magnets to keep the beautiful thing locked together. The M2 is arguably among the most progressive goggle on this list with eight magnets in both lens and frame. “Frame” is more a concept as the frameless design puts the oversized lens front and center for great wide-angle visibility. The comfortable M2-compatible Rodan helmet makes the magnetic offering from Anon even more alluring.

Best For: Eliminating barriers to weather-reactive lens changes

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Dragon APX:  Snap In And Snap Up The Value (Half Price)

There’s no price barrier with last year’s rimless model, one comparable to many 2014-15 offerings.  A “bracket and gasket” system is simple, reliable and produces superior peripheral vision.  Advanced Projects X (APX) comes from top-secret testing that went down in steep-and-deep zones in Silverton and Alaska.  The lid’s off and the results are on faces from Japan to Chile with this revolutionary-but-affordable goggle.  Don’t wait to take a look as quantities are limited; stare the Dragon in the eye and charge with confidence.

Best For: Making the move to interchangeable – today

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BREAKING: Loveland Opens Saturday

Press Release: Loveland Ski Area will open for the 2014-2015 season on Saturday, November 1.

"We had to wait out a few unseasonably warm weeks, but everyone's patience will be rewarded on Saturday," said Rob Goodell, director of business operations. "We are still putting the finishing touches on the base area, but our snowmaking team has done a tremendous job on the upper portion of the mountain and we are proud to offer our guests the exceptional early season conditions they have come to expect at Loveland."

Chair 1 will run from 8:30am until 4:00pm on Saturday and will provide skiers and riders with access to one top-to-bottom run covered from tree-to-tree with an 18 inch base. The trails Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run make up this Opening Day run which is over a mile long and nearly 1,000 vertical feet.

Loveland Ski Area opened on October 17 last season.  

Loveland Ski Area will be open seven days a week until Closing Day in early May. Lift operating hours are 9:00am until 4:00pm on weekdays and 8:30am until 4:00pm on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $51 for adults and $25 for children ages 6-14.

Sam Collentine | OpenSnow 

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BREAKING: Copper Delays Opening

Press Release: Copper Mountain strives to provide the highest quality experience for guests all year long. With this in mind, Copper has made the difficult decision to delay Opening Day for the 2014/15 winter season from Friday, Oct. 31 to Friday, Nov. 7.

Unusually warm temperatures have limited snow making production causing the inability to create a top-to-bottom skiing and riding experience for our planned opening day. With the forecast looking favorable, Copper Mountain’s Resort Leadership is confident the snow making team can create a quality surface for opening on Friday, Nov. 7. Top-to-bottom skiing will be open on Ptarmigan via Excelerator lift as well as on Rhapsody and Main Vein via American Eagle lift. Easy Rider will also be open for beginner terrain.

“Mother Nature is starting to release her hold on winter and we will have a great start to the 2014/15 season,” said Gary Rodgers, President and General Manager of Copper Mountain. “Delaying Opening Day was a hard decision to make, but the quality of our snow surface and the experiences of our guests are most important.”

Guests can follow Copper Mountain on Facebook, Twitter and at CopperColorado.com for updates on mountain conditions, opening day information and more. Guests are encouraged to call 866-841-2481 with additional questions concerning lift tickets or lodging.

Sam Collentine | OpenSnow

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BREAKING: Keystone Opening Delayed

Press Release: Keystone Resort announced today that unseasonably warm weather experienced throughout the region the last two weeks will cause a delay to the resort’s Opening Day, originally scheduled for Friday, Oct. 31. The resort plans to announce opening day as soon as snow conditions permit, in order to provide skiers and riders outstanding early season conditions.   

“Our top priority is to provide our guests with a superior early season product,” said Keystone Vice President and COO John Buhler. “We’re all eager to get in those first turns, but it’s a long season and we want to make sure we’re providing the best conditions and experience possible from day one.”

The resort will provide daily updates at http://www.keystoneresort.com/openingupdate and will announce a revised opening date as soon as possible.

Sam Collentine | OpenSnow

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REPORT: SIA - State of the Industry

SnowSports Industries America (SIA) released it's annual Snow Sports Market Intelligence Report on Thursday giving an overview of retail sales, trends, consumer behavior and participation. 

A few statistics that stand out: 

  • 2013/2014 was a $3.6B season, up 7 percent in dollar sales and up 4 percent in unit sales, despite the drought in California.
  • More girls bought snowboard equipment this year; junior girls snowboarding equipment sales grew 37 percent in units sold and 36 percent in dollars sold.
  • Alpine equipment sales totaled $547 million for the 2013/2014 season, up 3 percent in dollar sales. 
  • There are 7,351,000 snowboarders in the Unites States with over 80 percent 34 years of age or younger. 
  • 617,000 alpine skis and 414,000 snowboards were sold during the 2013/2014 season. 

Full report: 

Sam Collentine | OpenSnow

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