Friday, March 13, 2015

ON3P Billy Goat Review

Samuel Rooney
ON3P Billy Goat Ski Review

ON3P is a small company out of Portland, Oregon that has been making burly, durable skis for intermediate to advanced skiers. I recently had the chance to ski their Billy Goat Model which is designed for big mountain powder skiing. Despite how durable and burly these skis are they still seem to be on the lighter side. There was some fresh snow at Wolf Creek Ski Area which provided a perfect day to put these to the test. The Billy Goat is just as comfortable making quick turns in steep trees as it is making big, fast turns in open terrain. The rocker profile of the Billy Goat makes a surfy ski in powder but in variable, chopped up snow allows the ski to plow through anything that comes in the way. The tail has a small pintail which allows the tail to sink in softer snow adding to the surfy feeling. At a 28 meter turn radius the more speed the Billy Goat has the more it feels comfortable. This is a ski for an advanced skier who values big, fast turns in open terrain but still wants a ski that will shine in steep trees.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

It's snowing at Wolf Creek!!!!!!
Just mounted the DPS Spoon! It will be available for demo when we get that big dump of powder.
This is a pure powder ski: 190cm length, 148mm under foot!!!
Full rocker with "Spoon" technology form DPS, you can see how it dwarfs the 100mm under foot 4FRNT Gaucho.
This will make some vertical reeling sprays of pow!!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

6 Reasons Why the Antero 2 by Freeride Systems Shell Will Change Your Ski Season

Rocky Mountain Ski and Raft is now carrying the Antero 2 by Freeride Systems. Watch our video and learn why we think it's awesome!

They make great Christmas gifts for anyone (or yourself!). Stop in or give us a call if you'd like to take a look at one!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Airbag Deployment

Rocky Mountain Ski & Raft carries a full line of avalanche safety equipment from Backcountry Access (BCA) including beacons, shovels, probes, and avalanche airbags.
We are now a Certified Refill Center for refilling Float airbag canisters after deployment.
It is recommended that you deploy your airbag once a year and replace the "O" rings in the valve.
We can do this at the shop.
The video below is the deployment of a BCA Float 22 in the shop.

To learn more about avalanche airbags please visit

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Here's some gear reviews from a day in the backcountry.
I was sporting 4FRNT CRJ's in 180cm, 4FRNT skins, Dynafit Vulcan AT boots, Dynafit Radical FT bindings. 

 4FRNT Skins worked like a dream. I was a little skeptical at first when I cut them for my skis. They seemed to good to be true.
They are light, stick to the ski very well and come off extremely easy when you want them to. A+++
 Dynafit Vulcan with the Radical FT:
Boot is great, light and stiff with great articulation when skinning in walk mode.
Also I skinned in these with the stiffening tongue in place, no problems.
Rocks on the downhill.
 Radical FT binding:
Good light AT binding, had some issues at first while skinning with the boot coming out, flipped the toe into tour mode and problem solved.
The impressive thing on these bindings was the climbing heel, two positions for varying pitches and can flip from engaged to disengaged with the flick of a ski pole.

 Why we do what we do!!!!!
 I would recommend this setup for anyone looking to get backcountry(or resort) that is looking for a light sick AT setup. Not the cheapest but good stuff isn't cheap.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Check out the New VooDoo Splitboard available at Rocky Mountain Ski & Raft

Cold Smoke's ‘Voodoo’ hits the shelves
Gunnison-based company partners with Romp Skis on flagship deck

Cold Smoke Splitboards of Gunnison, Colo., has released its first factory splitboard, dubbed the "Voodoo." A partnership with renowned boutique ski manufacturer Romp Skis, of Crested Butte, the Voodoo is the flagship deck from a grassroots company that, to date, has specialized exclusively in "custom" splitboards — those that have been crafted into a durable, backcountry rig from their original, solid form.

Likewise, the Voodoo is built to impress. A directional, big-mountain slayer, the Voodoo has been deemed by testers as an "everyday, go-to" and "do-it-all" deck, without sacrificing durability. Unlike many splitboards on the market today, the Voodoo was designed not only for responsive riding — offering fast and agile descents. But also, its design lends itself to superior climbing and traversing. Each board is made by hand with the utmost care and craftsmanship, in Romp Skis' small factory in Crested Butte.

The Voodoo's "camber bubble" — a section of camber placed behind the rider's rear foot — provides traction while skinning and boosts ollie-power with a spring-like effect. This technology from Cold Smoke makes both the uphill and downhill more efficient by minimizing the effort required to climb and by maximizing the amount of "pop" a rider gets out of the board. Carbon stringers in the deck also add pop in the tail section, which boasts 12 cm of rise. Early rise on the nose — slightly wider than the tail — aids in flotation when slicing through powder and crud alike. The Voodoo — “Made in the Elk Mountains of Colorado,” as the top sheet indicates — is built of remarkably strong, lightweight, sustainably selected poplar, which withstands pressure and provides better rebound. A black, sintered base is your ticket to one of the strongest, toughest and longest-lasting boards on the market today. This base material will withstand abuse, aborbs wax well and is lightning-fast.

Incredibly strong and impact-resistant polyethylene sidewalls offer flex — even in the coldest conditions, when other materials suffer from a decrease in response time. Each board gets a stone-grind finish — not common with other factory splitboards — increasing speed and performance on the snow. To top it off, Cold Smoke uses an environmentally friendly wax on each deck. And the board’s top-sheep graphics are unique — exhibiting a scene of popular peaks up the Slate River Valley, north of Crested Butte, that Cold Smoke’s riders are known to frequent.

Cold Smoke formed in a garage in Gunnison in 2010 — shortly after co-owner Kyle Jones graduated from Western State Colorado University. In an entrepreneurship class at Western, the idea for Cold Smoke was born. Jones partnered with longtime friend and fellow Del Norte native Lucas Martinez. Together, the two launched the company — focusing on converting existing, solid decks into splitboards.

Splitboarding — an approach to backcountry snowboarding that utilizes a snowboard which splits into two skis for the climb, and fastens back together for the descent — has been around since the '90s, but its growth in the larger winter sports marketplace has been relatively slow. Only in the last five years has splitboarding grown to the point that numerous manufacturers are now selling products geared specifically toward the pursuit.

Since Cold Smoke's inception, Jones says that he and Martinez have talked continuously about building their own, factory-manufactured splitboard. Those talks came to a head this past year, when Jones and Martinez approached Romp owners Morgan and Caleb Weinberg about helping set up a factory. Instead, the Weinbergs — who began making skis under the Romp name in 2010 — offered to build the decks themselves, taking a cue from other such partnerships. In the wide world of ski and snowboard manufacturers, often companies will share a single factory.

 "We definitely saw splitboarding really taking off," says Morgan Weinberg. "But we didn't want to sell snowboards under our brand." Romp has been expanding its production every year, and Weinberg sees the same potential for growth in the backcountry snowboard market. "There's definitely a movement for people to want to buy something a little more personalized and talk to the person who makes it," he says. "Splitboards really lend themselves to the small manufacturer, because it's still a relatively small market."

The Voodoo — retailing for $850 — comes in two lengths: 158 cm and and 163 cm. The waist on both decks is 26 cm, and at 7 pounds, 12 ounces (163), the Voodoo finds itself in the middle of the pack among other factory decks in terms of weight. For more information and to find out how the board can be purchased, visit

Friday, December 6, 2013

Awesome Powder!!!!
Took the 4FRNT CRJ's up yesterday, this is a very fun ski, great in powder, turns good, great on the bumps too.
This will be the last year for this model as 4FRNT is retiring it in honor of CR Johnson.
I highly recommend this ski