H2O Outdoor Gear (H2OG) presented its expanded ATG (Access The Goods) Ski Line at the 2012 Summer Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City Aug. 2-5, 2012.
The all-new AK Pow Carver (135-95-121) is one of H2OG’s newest shred sticks. It’s available in lengths of either 164cm or 181cm.
The AK Pow Carver features nylon-blended top sheets, a full linear wood core, edges that wrap 360 degrees around the ski for enhanced protection, deep heat-infused rounded tapered sidewalls, a medium profile tail, a custom stone grind, and solid 4001 Sintered Base Material. Plus it’s fully tuned to World Cup standards so that it’s ready to rock from the get go. These features are found in all H2OG skis.
What differentiates the ATG Ski Line is the innovative concept “Lay Down Technology” which means the skis have traditional camber underfoot and precise reverse camber and sidecut in the tip and tail with specific ski radius.
H2OG’s brand of hybrid-rocker technology lets the skis dynamically “lay down” in all snow conditions, regardless of speed, so that skiers can maintain precision control in powder, tight tree lines and on corduroy. Even the Karen’cito’ (165-133-149) will efficiently carve on groomers.
Lay Down Technology also keeps the skis damp enough to perform well at high speeds, blast through chop and crud and greatly reduce chatter and other vibrational effects that are inherent in many rocker skis.
The entire ATG Ski Line is inspired and tested in Alaska, the Rockies, the northeastern United States and South America’s Andes; all skis are custom handmade in the United States. Dean Cummings, who won the World Extreme Skiing Championships in 1995, says the grassroots company will only sell 380 pairs of skis this year, so get ‘em while you can. They are available at select dealers in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Washington State (see below).
Once you land your skis, why not book a helicopter skiing trip with H2O Guides in Alaska’s Chugach Range. Cummings launched H2O Guides in 1991, and his family-owned business is the longest running heli-ski outfit under one owner and the only one based in Valdez full time.
If you’re going heli-skiing in Alaska there is no other company that can top H2O Guides. The company has permits through the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service to access more than 2.6 million acres — more than any other operator in the world.
H2O Guides has an impeccable safety record and a commitment to backcountry education. That combined with the company’s vast knowledge of the terrain and snowpack it operates in and the cumulative experience of its guides makes reserving your heli-ski trip with H2O Guides a no-brainer.
Pray for snow!
Where to get your H2OG skis:
Olympic Bootworks, Olympic Valley
Powder House, South Lake Tahoe
123 Mountain Sports, Lakewood
2nd Avenue Sports, Durango
Confluence Kayaks, Denver
Eskimo Ski and Board Shop, Centennial
Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods, Grand Junction
Paragon Boot Doctors, Telluride
Pine Needle Mountaineering, Durango
Salida Mountain Sports, Salida
Wilderness Sports, Dillon
Santa Fe Mountain Sports, Santa Fe
Sports Systems, Albuquerque
Alta Ski Shop, Alta
Christy Sports, Deer Valley
The Sport Loft, Holladay
Wasatch Touring, Salt Lake City
Backdrop Sports, Everett
Ellsworth Sports LLC, Spokane
Leavenworth Mountain Sports, Leavenworth