Pro Ski & Mountain Service + Dynafit (L-R): Tanner Moreland, Ryan, Drew Saunders, Mike Yost, Cody Barnhill, Paul Dukich, Martin Volken, Gina Volken, Dave Guyer
Backcountry skiers joined Cody Barnhill (Dynafit freeride athlete/designer and star of Sweetgrass Production’s award winning film, Valhalla) at Pro Ski and Mountain Service this week to celebrate its unveiling as the Northwest’s only Dynafit Competence Center. Pro Ski and Mountain Service joins a select group of just six other retailers in N. America to partner with Dynafit in this program. Dynafit’s Operations Director, Drew Saunders, was on hand to explain that this group of specialty retailers share the Dynafit DNA and passion for backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. In addition to demonstrating a deep knowledge of, and commitment to, the sport, Pro Ski and Mountain Service is also home to Pro Guiding Service which provides backcountry skiing education, trips and tours -making the address a very special, one stop shop for backcountry skiers. Dynafit recognizes this and reserves the Competence Center designation for only those shops that it holds in high esteem. Drew praised owner, Martin Volken for “setting a high bar; he’s a guide and expert in his field and I can tell you that even personally, when I encounter a situation, I’ll consult the bible of backcountry skiing which Martin wrote – you can’t set the bar any higher than that”. In addition to that book, “Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski touring and Ski mountaineering”, Martin and his team of certified mountain guides have also authored other books: “Backcountry Skiing Snoqualmie Pass” and “Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes Washington”.
Mike Yost with Dynafit boots & bindings
Cody and the Dynafit team gave away a pair of sweeet looking Chugach skis (double rocker!! 135-107-121mm, 22m turning radius). The Chugach are Dynafit’s new 2015/16 freeride touring skis which Cody helped design. We saw the skis in action during the party’s screening of Dynafit’s film, From the Road, starring Cody Barnhill, Eric Henderson (on Chugach skis) and team Dynafit (trailer below). The film captures the team’s ski touring trip through Alaska’s iconic heli corridor (i.e. sans heli). Check out the complete line of new Dynafit skis as well as the new Beast bindings and Vulcan boots at Pro Ski and Mountain Service in N. Bend, WA. Live to ski another day!