June 27, 2006:
Ski Trab US Distributor Mark Lengel recently sent me these pictures of the Trab factory in Bormio, Italy . . . some day I'd love to tour this place, but for the time being I'm really enjoying the 178 Freerandos I've been skiing on this spring and summer. Really light for their width, softish forebody with plenty of tip (quite handy for bashing through summer runnels on the Interglacier last week) but good edgehold on firm stuff. The slope in the lower picture is the GS hill from the 2005 FIS World Championships.
In other ski-related news,this tidbit about skiing in China came up recently on Telemarktips.com - Nanshan is a new ski area located 62 km outside of Beijing, and while the skiing may be marginal, they appear to have already rounded up sponsors like Volvo and Nokia. Beijing residents on the cell phone while driving to the ski area in their XC 90's . . . now that's a cultural revolution!
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