In this episode host, and extreme skiing pioneer Dan Egan is joined by
- Dennis Gaspari, VP sales and marketing, Dynastar-Lange-Look
- Schone Malliet, president/CEO, Winter4Kids.org
- Phil Pugliese, cofounder/owner, SkiTalk.com
Phil and Dennis tell the story of the return by popular demand of Look's Pivot 15 binding for recreational skiers. Three brief but humorous videos are shared characterizing the Pivot 15 models: Forza (retro), Raw (heavy metal), and Gold (hip hop). Phil announces the three contest winners of each model of the new bindings from SkiTalk.com membership. Schone shares a video summarizing Winter4Kids, an organization that has introduced nearly 9,000 urban kids to nordic and alpine skiing, and snowboarding since 2015. This is an inspiring story of a minority-run organization that took a bankrupt ski area, the former Hidden Valley resort in New Jersey, and rebuilt it as a campus for kids who don't normally have access to winter sports. Children from participating schools are organized in activity clubs and undergo 18 lessons over a three-year period with the goal of improving fitness and building winter sports enthusiasts for a lifetime.
Dan leads the panel in a roundtable discussion on ski retail trends and adjustments in ski operations. Phil pledges to raise awareness of the Winter4Kids program through promotion on SkiTalk.com. This episode concludes with a video from Big Sky resort featuring rowdy skiing in the A-Z Chutes at night by the light of headlamps and spots.