In this episode host and extreme skiing pioneer Dan Egan is joined by:
- Bode Miller, Olympic Champion and Chief Innovation Officer Crosson Skis
- Phil Pugliese, cofounder/owner of SkiTalk.com
Phil shares a video of his day testing Crosson skis with Bode Miller. Phil enjoyed skiing the flexible and forgiving Dissenter Seventy-Eight frontside ski, but is especially amazed at Bode's ability to carve trenches with the Crosson Dissenter One Eighteen powder ski. Bode agrees that for a powder ski it performs surprisingly well on groomers. Bode details his relationship with Crosson, the new skis he is developing, and his ski design philosophy.
Bode has strong ideas on ski design from his lengthy racing career and feels he's got a good match to realize them with the innovative team at Crosson. It's about pursuing the perfect tweaking of early rise, tip radius, and side cut. He's aiming for consistent, fundamentally sound skis that cut cleanly through snow and inspire confidence by pulling all level of skiers forward. Phil announces two SkiTalk.com contest giveaways for a Kulkea Thermal Trekker heated ski bag and for a pair of Crosson Dissenter Seventy Eight skis.
Dan and Phil pepper Bode with a variety of questions on rear entry boots, trends in ski design, his support for adaptive skiing, life after racing, and US Ski Team prospects for this season. Bode concludes this episode with a description of SKEO, a set of smart sensors exclusively distributed in North America by Crosson. SKEO sensors are bolted onto skis and support technique analysis by recreational and competitive skiers by providing accurate, objective information about edge angles, speed, intensity, and position.