October 12, 2015

Gearing up for Winter ’15/’16

Opening Day Countdown

Vail: 39 Days

Beaver Creek: 44 Days

Although we’ve recently been experiencing a bit of an extended summer here in the Vail valley, the Black Tie team is back to work gearing up for another winter season. New equipment has been arriving daily, and our minds have been wandering toward cooler temps, the excitement for the first real snowfall, and, of course, our favorite winter activities – skiing and snowboarding.

While it’s always fun to receive all of the new gear every year, we’re extremely excited about a few new equipment offerings we’ll have available for the 2015/2016 season. On the snowboard side, new for us this season, we’re proud to be offering boards from Never Summer. If you’re a skier, we’re sure you’ll be happy to hear we’ll now be offering Rossignol skis, as well as bringing back an old favorite – Blizzard.

For the purpose of this post, coupled with the excitement fueled by the fact they were just unpacked from their shipping boxes, we’ll focus on our offerings from Blizzard. As with all of our Premium equipment, these skis really perform. Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ll be offering for the 2015/2016 season:


Black Pearl

Sidecut: 123-88-108 mm / Radius: 17.0 m (@ 166 cm)

From Blizzard: The Black Pearl is the backbone of the women’s freeride line and intermediate to expert women rave about the fun this ski dishes out on a daily basis. At 88mm with a women’s specific Flipcore, the Black Pearl is the most versatile ski in the Blizzard women’s line up. On groomers, in the trees, through bumps, and in powder, the Black Pearl performs in every type of terrain. Its lightweight construction, early rise tip and tail, and camber underfoot make this ski a go-to for ripping female skiers and ladies looking to improve their skiing.



Sidecut: 125-88-110 mm / Radius: 19.0 m (@ 180 cm)

From Blizzard: The Brahma is the go-to ski on days when cold temps and dry spells make for firm snow conditions. At 88mm underfoot, the Brahma is a narrower version of the award-winning Bonafide, and it makes those tooth-rattling hard-snow days fun. Roll them over on groomers thanks to Brahma’s camber underfoot bookended by rocker in the tip and tail. Have fun carving turns on ice, blasting through crud or floating on fresh because of Flipcore technology. You’ll be linking turns on this quick, responsive ski all season.


Sidecut: 133-98-118 mm / Radius: 21.0 m (@ 180 cm)

From Blizzard: Want to see what the Bonafide hype is all about? Snap a couple of turns on the renowned ski to feel what has every ski tester raving. This do-everything ski includes a 98mm waist, new Carbon Flipcore, a rocker-camber-rocker profile, and two sheets of metal. The Bonafide is the most versatile ski in Blizzard’s Freeride lineup. You can spend almost everyday next winter on the Bonafide and you won’t regret it.


Sidecut: 136-108-122 mm / Radius: 27.0 m (@ 185 cm)

From Blizzard: Blizzard is waging a war against floppy skis, and the Cochise is leading the charge with Carbon Flipcore as its main weapon. With a new shape featuring a slight taper in the tip and tail you can knife GS turns, burrow into powder, and throw them sideways to slough speed—the Cochise responds in all conditions and handles all turn shapes. At 108 underfoot with a rocker-camber-rocker design, The Cochise does everything from floating in soft snow, crushing crud, lacing chalk to ripping groomers

The Black Tie Vail & Beaver Creek team takes great pride in the quality and variety of all of our equipment. Each season we order and offer an entire new fleet of equipment for our Premium packages. If you’re renting with us earlier in the season – say, December – there’s a good chance you might be the first person to use those particular skis, snowboards, or boots. With offerings from AtomicBurton, Blizzard, Dynastar, K2, Kastle, Never Summer, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, and Tecnica, we’re confident we’ve got the equipment you need to have the best possible skiing or riding experience here at Vail and Beaver Creek.

Pray for snow!

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