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End of Season Wrap Up: On The Road with Ed Wray


By: Ed Wray
Eastern Sales & Marketing Manager
April 25, 2013

With the ski season winding down, I thought this might be a good point to look back at an amazing season.

I started this season with three goals; 1. Learn to Telemark.  Mission accomplished.  Now my brother Dave is sending me his old set up to get started.  Next year I’ll be joining a few others for morning skin-ups at Loon2. To learn to bi-ski. Mission accomplished.  Having my son Connor teach me was one of the most rewarding things ever.  3. To have more fun than ever. Mission accomplished. I skied/rode with more friends, families, reps, retailers, kids of all ages and smiled the whole time.

Who would have thought I would get four straight powders days over Christmas vacation?  Never happened before, but it was sweet to say the least. I was lucky enough to do an amazing splitboarding trip in Utah with Hutch and the crew from K2.  Going from sea level to 10,000 sucked but it was a great time.  Two days at Winter Park at the SIA demo; priceless.  After four very hectic and busy days in Denver, the opportunity to get out and test next year’s stuff is wonderful.  Winter Park and SIA did it right.  If you’ve never gone to the Winter Park SIA On-Snow Demo/Ski-Ride Fest, it’s a must.  You won’t regret it.

Then it’s back to Loon for February break with the family, guess what? More snow= more powder and even more fun.  In one day, I drove from Albany to Stratton and skied at the Stratton Demo. In the morning, I drove back to Rhode Island to avoid winter storm Nemo, then drove to New Hampshire. I was spent; but the next day was epic, actually the next three were epic.

Now it’s March and I had a really great day with Teddy and Leah Schiavoni from Summit Ski Shop; a postcard bluebird day and good snow.  The next week it was another Nor’easter.  This one I skied at Killington with Lee and Cathy Qualia from Aspen East Ski Shop.  Lee and I have been planning this trip for months and every time, something came up; this time we were not going to be denied.  We nailed it! Howling winds and deep powder on fat skis made for another great day.  I drove or rather “bobsledded” back to Loon that day.  Woke up to a perfect morning with fresh light snow… yeah it was Utah light!  It was the single best morning I’ve had at Loon in 30+ years there.

Now I’ve still got one more weekend and a quick trip to Vail before it ends.  However, Tuckerman’s is calling me this year…