NASTC is proud to represent the following companies. We work hard to choose the best products and make them available for our clients to demo, try on, and enjoy. We thank the below sponsors for their continued support of our clinics, trips, books, and DVDs. Please feel free to email or call our office with equipment questions.
Rossignol skis are one of the few top ranked skis in the market. For several years, Rossignol has dominated the freeski category and their high performance category. The Experience line has been popular among both professional and recreational skiers looking for a high performance ski. Their wood core, sandwich construction produces that meaty feel that high end skiers enjoy. It's AUTOTURN technology with a combination of tip & tail rocker with traditional camber makes this line of ski very versatile. Our favorites are The Experience 98 & 88. The turn shape has a round feel with tons of grip but you never feel locked into the turn and have easy ability to change your trajectory and speed at anytime. Traditional camber underfoot delivers power, energy and edge grip with rockered tip and tail that dramatically improves the turn initiation and flotation in any condition. This new breed of all-mountain ski is perfectly balanced for ripping rail-to-rail on the groomers and with its wide waist it maneuvers through powder and crud with amazing ease. Another popular and NASTC staff favorite is the S7. This ski has great flotation and effortless steering for deep snow conditions and embraces a wide range of ski levels. The Rossignol brand is over a 100 years old. What we like about Rossingol is that it is not just a ski manufacturer but it is a brand that embraces mountain living.
The North American Ski Training Center is proud to partner with Hestra. Hestra gloves are comfortable, warm, made extremely well, and carry a lifetime warranty. Working with Hestra and company president Dino Dardano is really enjoyable; he and his staff are true pros who are interested in how their products perform out on our clinics, what our trainers give for feedback, and whether using the glove helps our clients. Answer: resoundingly yes. Hestra gloves are an integral part of our high-performance programs. In order for our coaches to give their undivided attention to our clients, they need warm hands. Cold fingers suck your energy and focus. When it comes to ski improvement, we all naturally first think of upgrading our boots, bindings, or skis...but believe us if your gloves fit well and are warm (not to mention look great), you'll have a better day on the snow and yes, ski better. We especially like the Vertical Freeride and the RSL Comp Vertical Cut, as well as the versatile XCR Short. There are so many more styles (in many colors too) to choose from, we highly recommend you try on a bunch and see what you like. You can demo a bunch of models at any NASTC clinic. The various models ALL perform well and the padding on the tops of the fingers provides another level of comfort and safety whether you are tree skiing, gate skiing, or on something steep and firm. Thank you Hestra for being a long-time sponsor of NASTC. We rely on your gloves and they deliver!
NASTC is proud to be partnered with Patagonia. For over 10 years, NASTC has relied on Patagonia to meet our outdoor clothing needs. We trust in Patagonia for the exceptional quality of their technical outdoor clothing. These guys think of everything. Our particular favorite qualities of Patagonia outerwear is the choice of fabric and cuts that ensure the different pieces move easily, breathe and are waterproof. Our trainers are out in the elements all day, every day and in order for them to perform their jobs to the highest quality that they are known for, they have to stay warm, dry and comfortable. Clients and instructors alike swear by their micro-puff and down sweater layers. The Primo Down jacket has got to be one of the best products for a frigid winter day. The women's Snowbelle jacket has been a big hit, the colors and cut of the jaket stand out and draw a lot of attention. The Talus jkt made for a suberb layering and spring backcountry piece. The Primo shell is one of the lightest and most water repellent outer layers and is a must have for every outdoor enthusiast.
We chose to partner with ClifBar for several reasons. Firstly they make some good stuff! They are also an enviromentally conscious company, something we also value as well as their pledge to give back to the community. ClifBar also doesn't compromise quality for profit and uses organic ingredients in all their products. They walk the walk as well as talk the talk, and by that we mean supporting and participating in an active lifestyle. ClifBar supports a number of athletes and team in sports like triathlons, surfing, climbing, mtn. biking, skiing, ski mountaineering and more. They have a bar/product for every active individual, products specifically designed for women, kids (though grown ups find these yummy too), uber athletes and weekend warriors. ClifBar has a wide range of products that will fit your dietary and performance needs. Our favs include the Buider Bars (Vanilla Almond is tasty), Crunch Bars - these are better than traditional granola bars, Mojo - these are a great combination of texture and flavor, ClifKid - whether its the fruit strips or z-bars, little kids and big kids love them. Other products we can't live without are the Shot Roks - little protein balls of goodness and the Electrolyte recovery drink. You'll be hard pressed to find a NASTC trainer without one of these ClifBar products in their pockets. When your energy levels drop, your brain slows down too and that is not a good thing when you are constantly making decisions that relate to the safety of the group.
UVEX has been a leader in technical eyewear for winter sports and cycling. UVEX is an innovative company and strives to constantly make groundbreaking improvements in their technology and products. UVEX supplies athletes all over the world with protective headwear and eyewear. UVEX helmets are quickly becoming one of the top choices in protective headwear in both the cycling & snowsports industry. They are known for their lightness and aerodynamics in addition to their superior protection. Our favorite feature about UVEX helmets is that they don't distort your hearing, which is very important to our coaches and guides. One of the groundbreaking developments that UVEX made was the variotronic lens technology. These lenses are made of photo-sensitive compounds that react to light, causing the lens to adjust their tint automatically. This is such a huge convenience for skiers who often find themselves in conditions where the light changes as a cloud cover moves in, or skiing in and out of shady areas. UVEX has also pioneered the magnetic lens which allows you to magnetically click on a darker lens for an easy lens transition. We love that UVEX goggles also come in a wide variety of lens colors that suit each persons individual needs and that our goggles and helmets stand out thanks to the unique style and shape.
Backcountry Access is NASTC's partner for avalanche safety equipment. At NASTC we are primarily about education and fun and those are the same values that BCA shares. They believe in pushing and promoting education over products as, it is education that saves lives. Their goal is to save lives. What also endears us to BCA, is they started from some very humble roots, in fact they started out of a garage. Although they have become one of the industry leaders in avalanche safety equipment, BCA still remains a small, intimate company where the directors oversee the different aspects of the business. NASTC's backcountry, avalanche safety courses and international ski tours are equipped with BCA safety gear. Our favorite pieces include the Tracker 2 Beacon which is known for its ease of use and its triple receive antenna. It is also the fastest beacon on the market. The Float 30 backpack is another piece we highly encourage backcountry skiers, riders and snowmobilers to get. The airbag pack has consistently proven itself in saving lives during avalanches. The airbag is designed to keep you near the surface and minimize evacuation time. The size and positioning of the airbag not only help keep you afloat but also help in protecting your head and neck. The Float 30 pack has been well thought out and includes features like a hydration sleeve, lined goggle pocket and external shovel and probe pockets to make your day in the backcountry that much more pleasant. The airbag is easily reusable. NASTC is an authorized refill center.
NASTC has been an avid supporter of Goode ski poles for several years. Goode is the only company that uses aerospace carbon fiber technology in the manufacturing of their ski poles. Goode ski poles are made out of composite material which makes them some of the strongest and lightest poles on the market. One could make the assumption that poles are an afterthought and not very important. However a good (no pun intended) ski pole is essential to good skiing and safety. You don't want that ski pole to snap when you are in the middle of a 47 degree slope. Another important feature is the swing weight of the pole, the lighter the better. It is hard to time and maintain symmetry in your movements when your pole is heavy. Another feature we like about our Goode ski poles are the grips they made of tacky rubber and an ergonomic design, this makes swinging and gripping your pole easier and more efficient.