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Comments from COSMIC Race Winner – Brian Smith

Hey Dave, I was meaning to get an e-mail out before now but I have been busy at work. 

The GOODE skis are the best randonee skis I have skied so far.  They ski like a big board not an 875 gm race ski.  They are predictable and solid from tip to tail.  I have never gone as fast as I did on a 160 ski before!

As for the race:  I had my binding ice up on the start.  I lost like 5 minutes to the leaders (Bryan Wickenhauser for 75% of the race) before I got the ice cleared and the pack was out of sight.  I just about waited till the leaders came in for lap two to have people to race with.  I got really mad and just went as hard as I could.  After two climbs and some crazy fast descending I got within a minute of Bryan with about 30 minutes left in the race.  I took over the lead at the start of the boot pack and never looked back.  I won by 1 minute 40 seconds!  My first randonee win to date!

All in all I was blown away by the big ski performance of such a light ski.  Very snappy and stable at high speeds.  Being an alpine ski racer growing up I can appreciate a good stiff ski.  You have really helped to bring my randonee racing to a new level.  Thanks, Dave!
                                                                                                     – Brian Smith

GOODE Skis is a proud sponsor of Brian Smith. Brian also won the 2008  Xterra Winter World  Championships. Brian uses the GOODE Rando 160cm. Click here for more info.

COSMIC – Sunlight 1/18/09

We’re going to need a miracle this year….

The first race of the year for Team Crested Butte was the opening stop on the COSMIC Tour, at Sunlight Ski Resort near Aspen.  Everyone was sporting the newest gear, with our team on the new GOODE Skis, SCARPA F1 race boots and Low Tech bindings. 

The race opened up with 1711ft of climbing to the top of the resort at 8AM under beautiful “blue bird” skies and 13F degrees. 

With a mix of groomed slopes and off piste climbing Wick lead the race to the top by about 10 seconds over the packing containing 2-6th place, but where was Brian Smith (GOODE)?  The sound of skins being ripped was all you could hear at the top and then soon it was finding the perfect tuck for 20 seconds before throwing the brakes on for the long technical descent down the double diamond run, The Heathen.  The 2nd climb retraced the route of the opening climb with Wick still hanging on to a 10 second lead, Brian Smith was still no where to be found. 

The second descent lead us down another off piste double diamond for the final skin change at the bottom.  As Wick and Max Tam were heading up for the final 1831ft climb, Brian Smith finally showed his face.  Binding issues at the start forced him to battle back through the pack and now 85 minutes into the race he found the lead group. 

This technical last climb found us negotiating 32 switch back kick turns (thank GOODE-ness for light, short skis) and then into a 5 minute boot pack.  The boot pack is where Brian Smith ultimately took the lead and never looked back as he skied away to the top.  It was now a race for 2nd.  At the top of the final climb Wick had a 10 second lead over Aspen ski patroller Max Tam, but that lead was whittled down near the end of the descent to a dead heat.  With Max taking a more aggressive line he pulled through the finish line 3 seconds in front to grab 2nd, with Wick settling for 3rd.  Coming in 4 minutes later was Jon Brown (GOODE) and 24 Hour World Record holder Sully (GOODE) coming in another 5 minutes later for 8th.  With Brian Smith coming from behind and passing the entire field, it may take a miracle to beat him!

In the woman’s race it was Jari Kirkland (GOODE) coming in 3rd for her first race of the season, only a minute plus out of 2nd. So close!!

Stats for the race totaled 5,253ft of climbing and 5,240ft of descent in under 2 hours for the top five men and under 2 ½ hours for the top 3 women.  Next stop for the COSMIC Tour is the Crested Butte Rando Rally February 7th.  www.cosmicski.com

- Bryan Wickenhauser     www.teamcrestedbutte.com

Pre–Sunlight COSMIC Race

With the anticipation of Pete Swenson’s first COSMIC randonee ski race this weekend at Sunlight Ski Area, the buzz is super high here in Crested Butte for Team Salomon/Crested Butte consisting of Jari Kirkland, Bryan  Wickenhauser, Jon Brown and Eric “Sully” Sullivan. 

 

Thanks to GOODE Skis, the team is outfitted with the new and improved 160 cm GOODE Rando skis freshly mounted with Dynafit’s Lo-Tech race bindings.  The team is ready to go do battle with the fastest skiers all looking for a shot at dethroning last years series champion Bryan “Wick” Wickenhauser.  After winning last years series and proving he can get er’ done, I guess the question is can he once again bring the skill and speed to stand on top of the podium.  There’s no question as to whether or not the gear is up to the task.

 

After a lot of “preparing” or modifying as some might say to shave ounces and even grams to the boots, skins, and even skis the team is ready for anything.   The ski modification involved dremel tooling out a ¼ inch wide by ¾ inch deep slot at the tip of the GOODE Rando ski to accommodate the quick release skin clip, which consists of a little bungee chord and plastic washer for easy skin stripping.  Then a little epoxy and a split wine cork for the forefoot and heel block and the new skis are race ready. 

 

With all of the modifications done, now I guess it’s just who wants it the most since the GOODE skis, Dynafit bindings, and Scarpa F-1 Race boots are simply the best set-ups that will be lining up at the COSMIC series this year.  See ya at the starting line!!

 

More results to follow after the race.

 

Eric “Sully” Sullivan

 

 

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Offices Closed for New Year’s Holiday

GOODE Ski Technologies’s offices will be closed on Thursday, January 1 and Friday, January 2, 2009 for the New Year’s Holiday.

The offices will open again on Monday, January 5, 2009, at 8:00 am MST.

Happy New Year from the entire staff at GOODE!

Another GOODE Day!

Greg Hill has produced a nice little video that is fun to watch and displays the beauty of back country skiing on GOODE skis in British Columbia, Canada.

 

 Click on the You Tube photo above to see the video for yourself.

The GOODE coffee mugs in the video are available if you are interested, simply call our sales reps and ask for details.

Rob Holmes on the GOODE STR8


UTAH – Rob Holmes was captured beautifully in this photograph enjoying his pair of GOODE STR8. Rob is a very enthusiastic and dynamic powder skier from the Ogden area that loves to ski the back country and the cliff areas in the mountains nearby.

Dan Campbell-Lloyd, a  photographer/ Cinematographer from Park City, UT,
entered this photo into the Ski Utah Fat Flakes Pro Photo Competition where it won First Prize!

 

 

 

BIG MOUNTAIN, POWDER, HELICOPTER, CAT SKIING - The STR8 has ZERO sidecut. It skis great in deep powder and turns better on harder snow than do reverse sidecut skis. The

STR8 features a progressive tip splay which keeps your tips up and helps prevent going over the “handlebars”.

BIRDS OF PREY WORLD CUP RESULTS

VAIL, CO – Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won his second World Cup race in as many days, taking more revenge on the course upon which he was injured in 2007 with a Super-G win Saturday. 

Svindal, who won a downhill here on Friday, surged into the overall World Cup lead with his 11th World Cup victory in 1:13.05, 0.45 seconds ahead of Hermann Maier with fellow Austrian Michael Walchhofer third in 1:13.63.

The 25-year-old Norwegian was severely injured on the same mountain last year during a downhill training run while he was leading the standings. Battling back through months of rehabilitation, Svindal simply hoped to be in the running this week.

“To be competitive with the best guys in the world, that was my goal, and hopefully to be impressive,” Svindal said. “The first step is to be competitive and I definitely achieved that this week. I can’t do anything better than to win, can I?” he said. Svindal began the day sharing the overall World Cup lead with Swiss rival Daniel Albrecht on 185 points but seized sole possession of the lead by adding another 100 to his total. Maier moved into second overall on 216 points.

Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey racecourse was built during the summer of 1997 in preparation for the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships.

The Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek is the only World Cup location in the USA for the men’s speed events and we highly recommend attending if you are ever in the area in early December.