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Tell us a little bit about yourself and Baker Street Snow:
I have been in the industry for 17 years now. I Started out scraping skis and cleaning machines at Peter Glenn in Orange County. They went out of business after my first season and Stefan Kaelin Ski & Golf came in. They gave me the opportunity to start mounting skis and eventually, I became the shop manager. Six years later the economy took a crap and at the same time internet sales were taking a toll on ski shops, so they shut down too.
Phil over at Phil’s Ski and Snowboard (Costa Mesa) recruited me after that. After managing Phil’s for 5 years I started selling hard goods out of his rental and tune shop as well as managing his store. I started out super small and within 5 years Baker Street had grown to carrying over 20 of the best brands.
We have the best selection in Orange County as well as selling across the country on our website. We owe all our success to these shops, awesome reps, and our epic customers and supporters!
What is the ski scene like around Southern California?
The ski scene is very alive and well! We have lots of resorts close by! We get every kind of skier here. That is why we love Full Tilt! We sell Full Tilt to the park rats that will only get the Classic and Dropkick, the mom or dad that want something comfortable to perform, and the 80-year olds that are blown away that you don’t have to struggle your ass off to get your boots on.
How long have you been carrying Full Tilt?
5 years now! Since the start!!
Which boot have you been most psyched about carrying? Which boots do well?
We absolutely kill it with the Descendant line! Especially the Descendant 6 and 8! We get a lot of wide footed people wearing flip-flops half of the year and these just amaze them! First Chair 6, 8 and 10 do great as well. The lady’s love the ease of entry, comfort and performance also!
What is the most rewarding part about owning/ working at Baker Street Snow?
The main thing would have to be doing what we love! We work our asses off for 9 month’s but at least it’s alongside the other best Ski Shop in town ( Phil’s Ski and Board.) My best friend who passed away, his little brother that I’ve known since he was 5, is my manager. All my employees are friends, and my wife does the books! It’s one big dysfunctional family haha! I love the ski industry and so grateful to be a part of it!
What is one thing that makes Baker Street Snow a unique shop?
We’re a small shop STACKED to the ceiling with so much gear it will blow your mind!! We only do Ski and Board. We don’t sell snorkels or rollerblades. We live winter!
Slip your ski boots off and slide right into your new favorite slipper. Our Après Booties are equipped with an Intuition insole, gripped sole, and cloud like comfort. After a long day on the hill your feet will thank you.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and Julen-Sport Zermatt:
We are a premier ski shop located at the foot of the world-famous Matterhorn. Julen-Sport was established in 1958 by professional Skier Martin Julen Senior. In 1984, his son, Max Julen won the Giant Slalom Olympic Gold in Sarajevo, giving rise to the name “Julensport The Olympic Champion Store”. In 1987, Martin’s other son Martin Julen Jr took over the business from his father and continues to run the business to this date with his wife Katja.
With over 40 years of expertise and experience, Julen-Sport has really established itself as the number one place to go for boot fitting in Switzerland. The rental department consists of the best and the highest quality skis to offer our clients, while it goes without saying, the snowboard department is probably the best in all of Switzerland. Finally, our clothing range caters from the exquisite luxury skier to the hang loose park rat.
What is the ski scene like around Julen-Sport Zermatt?
Winter is extremely busy in Zermatt. A lot of rich and famous people come here to ski and enjoy this amazing environment. Zermatt has over 200km of skiable terrain with the longest run being 25km, but as we also have the connection to Cervina, Italy, and it gives the resort access to more than 360km of skiable terrain! That’s not counting the real estate that the backcountry and off-piste terrain consist of.
Summer is less busy but more personal. Due to the location and altitude, we have a summer glacier which allows for some amazing summer skiing. This Glacier paradise has a dedicated summer park, Mogul course and race piste which attracts many of the world’s top athletes to come to Zermatt and train during their offseason. This gives way to a great opportunity to meet them either up on the hill, where you can see what they do up close and personal, or when they come by the store after a day on the glacier.
How many athletes have you fitted with Full Tilts? Can you tell us about some of these amazing athletes?
Bwoah…? Hard to say, lots, too many to mention. haha. This year we had the pleasure of meeting and fitting Henrik Harlaut and Phil Cassabon, (well we gave them the boots, they put them on and they were good to go) crazy guys.
What I can say though is for the last several years we have been helping and fitting many of the top Mogul athletes from all over the world. These include Marika Pertakhiya, Anastasiia Smirnova of Russia, Lea Bouard, and Katherina Foerster of Germany to name a few.
But the relationship that has really grown over time and the ones we are proud to have and call our friends is with the Kazakhstan Mogul Team. These guys and gals are some of the coolest and most humble people I have ever met. It started many years ago when Coach Yelena Kruglykhina came into our store needing boots for two of her Athletes, Pavel Kolmakov and Yuliya Galysheva. In the following years, this relationship would further develop and we would meet Coach Viktor Reikherd and his brother/ athlete Dmitriy “the destroyer” Reikherd.
Last year we got to meet and fit the whole Kazakhstan team (14 in total), from the Juniors right up to the top Dogs that I mentioned above. We are immensely proud to be involved and part of what they do and working together to grow the Full Tilt Family together.
Why do you choose Full Tilts so often when fitting these athletes?
Because they are awesome! Full Tilt is just an all-round great boot. Always has been and always will be, and in a market environment where all boots are so similar, it’s nice to have a genuine alternative. Full Tilt offers a warm, progressive and responsive fit which is both dynamic and versatile, it also gives great dampening which makes it a first choice for the freestyle athlete but works for the exclusive too.
What is the most rewarding part about working in Julensport Zermatt?
Working for such a reputable and established business is a great honor. With Zermatt being such an international destination we get to meet so many cool and interesting people from around the world including all of these amazing athletes that come here to train and thus we are able to work with. So it’s fair to say, that being part of this Julensport family and being able to contribute and push the industry forward makes me immensely proud. That and the 6 figure paycheck 😉
What Full Tilt Boot is your favorite?
All of them, it is like saying which is your favorite child, it is not fair to choose, all of them are unique.
Yes, you read that title correctly! During the late 60s and early 70s, NASA was in the early stages of developing the modern spacesuit. During this process, they ran into a big issue with the design in that the heating, cooling and electrical lines that ran throughout the suits, which powered the suit and kept the astronaut alive. These lines would kink, crease and crimp when the astronauts would walk and flex their arms, therefore cutting off electricity.
Al Gross with Dixie Rinehart ultimately came up with a solution to include articulating hinges with ribs that allowed a natural flex in the astronaut’s ankles, knees, and elbows; preserving the shape and functionality around the joint. Think of these hinges acting like a bendy straw. They can bend and maneuver, without compromising the performance of the straw.
When Gross and Rinehart eventually left NASA, they knew they were onto something with their ribbed design. When they found employment with a small company in Aspen known as Comfort Products, headed up by former racer Eric Giese. At Comfort Products, Al Gross applied his knowledge of space-age technology to skiing.
Do these ‘ribs’ that allow a natural flex sound familiar at all yet? Try looking at the tongue of your Full Tilt Boots! Al Gross was able to take the ribbed design they used on NASA spacesuits and transform the design into a fully functioning ski boot.
The 3 Piece Boot Is Born
With a ribbed tongue, a ski boot has the ability to bend and flex without compromising performance or causing any distortion in the boot (think of the bendy straw example). Armed with this new revolutionary design, Al Gross, Dixie Rinehart, and Eric Giese paved the way for the 3-piece boot to be created and ultimately made history in the world of skiing.
It’s that time of year again. The snow is melting (or is already gone) and you might be getting those ‘post ski season blues.’ We know the feeling all too well. Instead of moping over the fact that winter does start again for 208 (gulp) days, get stoked on skiing by checking out some noteworthy highlights on how your favorite athletes performed this season on their Full Tilt Boots.
Henrik Harlaut takes home the Bronze at Dew Tour Breckenridge on his B&E boots.
X Games Aspen
Mathilde Gremaud wins Gold in Women’s Big Air on the Soul Sister
Maggie Voison takes home Bronze in Women’s Slopestyle on the Soul Sister
Our Full Tilt team riders were killing it all season long. From crushing the competition circuit, to putting out banger content, it’s pretty easy to see that the best skiers in the world ride full tilt boots. Be like your favorite pro and find the Full Tilt Boot that is right for you.
It is no secret that Full Tilt Boots are used all over the world by freestyle skiers alike. Whether it’s training bumps, hot lapping the park, or getting after chutes and steeps, the best skiers in the world know they can rely on their Full Tilt Boots to progress their skiing, and most importantly, keep their feet comfy while they’re at it.
We’ve reached the time of year where the snow starts to melt (or has already melted), and the slush and corn prevails. So, whether you’re looking to get after some final spring time laps, update your kit for the summer shred, or find some killer deals at your local shop, make sure you’re gearing up with the Full Tilt Boot that is right for you
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.
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.
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.
Years in Business: Since 1987 — 30 Years this November
Years Carrying Full Tilt: Seven Years
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.
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.