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From The Field: Adventures to Tagert Hut

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Andrew Whiteford Heads to Colorado’s Tagert Hut

Strewn across Colorado’s hardscrabble high country, there is a series of huts known as the 10th Mountain Division Huts. Originally used for training exercises for the elite Military Unit, these huts are now utilized more for backcountry recreation than anything else. The Tagert Hut, tucked away in the Elk Mountains between Crested Butte and Aspen is one such place. Tagert offers comfy accommodations and — perhaps most importantly — rad ski touring.

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It seems like an only fitting place to put the all-new Full Tilt Ascendant through the paces. So Andrew Whiteford packed up his Volkswagen Eurovan and pointed ‘er south from Jackson. Whiteford linked up with Jake Strassman and his mustached crew of midwest transplants for a long week of sun and ski touring.

From long alpine lines, to quicker treed shots, the mixed terrain offers unbeatable testing environs. Following the group of hearty Minnesotans, Andrew and Jake took to the terrain quickly.

It’s a different pace once the ski area closes; gone are the mornings hustling. Mornings slow roast and give way to late afternoon corn harvests. Towards the end of the day, everyone reconvenes to revel in the day’s accomplishments. It’s a simpler way of life — a regression to once was.

Finally, with this all-new boot, Full Tilt Believers can tap into these vibes, and experience the mountains in new avenues. We’ve gone full tech over here at Full Tilt, and we can’t wait to see how much farther you can go with the Ascendant. Learn more about the newest boots, and go ask your local dealer if they’ve ordered a few pairs.

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Know Your Dealer III: Pinewskis Ski and Board Shop

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Just outside of the Twin Cities, Pinewskis Ski and Board Shop has been a staple of the Midwest skiing community for years; and for good reason. The Midwest is stacked with small feeder hills, each one breeding a new generation of die hard skiers — both in the park, and otherwise.

And Pinewskis has been one of the go-to Full Tilt Dealers, outfitting park skiers and all-mountain cruisers alike. We sat down with Aaron Hunter, longtime shop employee and Windells Demo Center Manager, to talk about what makes Minnesota so special.


 

 

Shop Profile

Name: Aaron Hunter

Position: Manager, Buyer, Tech

Shop: Pinewskis Ski and Board Shop

Website/Social: www.pinewskis.com/ @pinewskis

Location: Anoka, MN

Years in Business: Since 1987 — 30 Years this November

Years Carrying Full Tilt: Seven Years

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             David Duea, Pinewskis Shop Rider

Which Full Tilt Boots Do Well? The Descendant 4 does really well, as do the Classic and the Dropkick. We see a lot of younger, park-oriented kids looking for an affordable boot that doesn’t slack from a performance perspective.

What is the Scene like in Minnesota? The ski seen is spread all around the state, on hills that vary from 100 vertical feet to 1,000. We have everything from hyper-focused slalom skiers, to die-hard park rats, and quite a few recreationalists, as well. We get a bit of everything, but quite a few are first time buyers. It’s exciting to help people pick out their first setups.

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Cayden Wood, Pinewskis Shop Rider, tosses a flip out of a wallride

Most Rewarding Part of Working in the Shop? The most rewarding aspect of working in a shop is when someone recognizes me on the hill and comes over to thank me for helping them get into the right equipment. Hearing things like, “these are the best I’ve ever ridden, I’m glad I listened to you!” really makes my day.: You can literally take hundreds and hundreds of park laps in one night, because just about every park has a rope tow. You can progress really quickly. Aside from that, the scene is so friendly and inclusive. The Minnesota Nice is a real thing.

Customize Your Full Tilts

Refresh, Retool, or Reup!

After a few seasons of thrashing around, those fancy Full Tilt Boots have taken a beating. But unlike any of those other boot companies out there, Full Tilts are easy to customize and repair. Take those tired boots, and breathe new life into them with our handy parts. Whether it’s a specific buckle issue, general slop, or you want a more customized fit, we’ve got the part you need to keep on getting after it late into the ski season.

But sometimes, it’s hard to figure out where to start — or figure out what you need to repair. So we decided to piece together a handy little guide.

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Customize your Boots HERE! There’s still plenty of skiing to be had out there; don’t let your boots hold you back.