12Feb/18

Testing Skis is a Tough Job, But Someone’s got to do it!

The 2018/19 Stratton ski and snowboard demo is in the books! Upper management and our top salesmen spent most of the week testing next year’s models of skis and snowboards at Stratton Mountain from February 5th – 8th. The event is always a blast to rip up the hill on next year’s products, and was helped this year with a foot of fresh snow. But we also spent time trying on new boot models, new bindings, plus trying on new helmets and goggles.

So Why Do We Take Time to Test Next Year’s Products?

1. Sifting Through the Duds

It’s a simple truth, not all skis are created equal. Even though two skis priced at $599 are designed to compete with one another, it doesn’t mean that both of those skis will preform exactly the same. So we’ve done all the “hard work” for you (heavy sarcasm). But it helps us know how each ski will preform. Is it better on ice? Is this ski truly an “all mountain” ski that can be skied everywhere in New England? And we’re simply not going to carry the $599 skis that are outperformed by other skis in the same price range.

The nice thing about the crew we have at Zimmermanns is that everyone who tested is a different height, weight, and has a different skiing style. So after we’ve tested all the skis and boards we compare notes to see what each person liked or disliked and why; all in an effort to make sure our customers will always get the best selection.

2. Finding the Best Value

While skis at the same price are designed to compete with one another, sometimes a less expensive ski out preforms a more expensive ski. So why carry the lesser and more expensive option? We want every customer to feel 100% satisfied and confident on what they are going to buy. And we can’t possibly know that without trying them ourselves. Part of the problem is that you can’t always believe the hype. If company “X” is touting a new ski design as the latest and greatest in skiing technology, it’s important to try that ski and try it’s competitors to see if the hype is real, or just an elaborate marketing ploy. We don’t want to be fooled by the write-up about a ski in the catalogue, and we want to make sure you aren’t fooled either.

3. Testing Skis is Just Good Old Fashioned Wholesome Fun!

None of us mind getting out of the shop for a few days and testing about 20+ skis per day. What’s better than skiing and riding with your buddies? It’s the hardest part of our job (again, heavy sarcasm). We’ve done all the “hard work” — you’re welcome!

06Feb/18

Upcoming Events at Ragged Mountain

Ragged Mountain, home of the most affordable skiing and riding in New England has some exciting events coming up over the next few weeks. If you haven’t visited Ragged Mountain yet, or if you go every weekend, you’ll definitely want to mark your calendar! If you’d like to see all of the upcoming Ragged Mountain events you can check out their Events page, here.

Saturday, February 10th – Ride and Ski Card Event

Do you still need to buy a 2017/18 Ride and Ski Card? We still sell them! The card and accompanying book are loaded with awesome deals to resorts all over New England. Check out the deals hereThe Card costs $25 all proceeds go to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, also comes with a free Green Tune at Zimmermanns! And if you buy the Card before 2/10/18 you can join everyone else at Ragged this Saturday for 2-for-1 lift tickets at Ragged Mountain. Bring a friend!

Saturday, February 17th –  The Freeway Revival Band

After a great day of skiing or riding, unwind with an adult beverage or two in the Stone Hearth Bar and check out some awesome LIVE music! Never heard of The Freeway Revival? Check out the band’s website, here.

Saturday-Sunday March 3rd & 4th – USASA Boarder Cross

Head to Ragged Mountain either for a great weekend of skiing and riding, or go to witness some of the up-and-comers from the New England area for the USASA Boarder Cross event. It is one of many events Ragged Mountain has been hosting as part of their “park series.”

 

As of today (Tuesday, February 6th 2018), Ragged has 5 lifts running, a base depth of 24-36 inches, and in advance of tomorrow’s expected storm, are snowmaking on 7 trails. Most of the Zimmermanns crew has visited Ragged a few times this season and the conditions have always been awesome! Plus, it’s hard to argue with high speed chairlifts and minimal-to-nonexistent lift lines.

Think snow!

01Feb/18

Highlighting Zimmermanns Olympic Heritage

What Zimmermanns looked like when it first opened as one of the only businesses on Daniel Webster Highway

Like all good stories, the story of Zimmermanns Skis, Boards & More in Nashua, NH begins a long time ago. Many of our longtime customers know about the Olympic heritage of Zimmermanns, but really the story begins long before the shop was founded in 1968. Egon Zimmermann and Gert Hausberger grew up together in Kirchbichl, Austria. Unbeknownst to them when they were growing up, they would one day both move to America and become business partners opening one of the most renowned ski shops in all of New England.

However, before moving to America, Egon Zimmermann competed for the Austrian National Team in the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, CA. The events he excelled in were Downhill and Giant Slalom. Especially in the Downhill event speed, and speed alone was the name of the game.

While training for the Olympics Egon met his future wife, Penny Pitou, famed American ski racer. Upon first moving to the United States, Egon worked with Penny Pitou heading up the ski school at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford, NH.

Egon’s lifelong friend, Gert Hausberger, came over the mid 1960’s to work with Egon as an instructor at Gunstock which is when they got the idea to open Zimmermanns in 1968. A few years later Gert’s brother, Horst, also moved to New Hampshire and helped run the shop. In 1999 the business was sold to Gert’s son, Stefan. Today, Zimmermanns remains family-owned and has been going strong for 50 years thanks to our strong foundation, rich history, experience, and stellar customer service.

Come check out our display of ski history memorabilia!

25Jan/18

Winter X-Games are Here!

Tonight (1/25/18) kicks off Winter X-Games held in Aspen, CO which will run until 1/28/18. If you aren’t familiar this event is one of the highlights each winter for competitive freestyle skiing and snowboarding. Each year showcases death-defying stunts, tricks, spins, and flips–it is not unusual to witness a trick that has never been landed before. If you have any interest in freestyle skiing and snowboarding, or just need to kill a few hours over the weekend, here is the T.V. viewing schedule.

For those who may not be familiar with some of the athletes competing, the Zimmermanns crew has helped break down athletes to keep an eye on during the competition. Bear in mind, these are NOT predictions of who we think will win, mostly because the Olympics are right around the corner and some athletes have already qualified for the Olympics and may be saving themselves, or just competing mildly and trying to avoid injury. Stay tuned with Zimmermanns on Facebook because we will be posting our Olympic medal projections, and we may just offer a prize for anyone who can predict the podium better than we can.

Ski

Women’s Halfpipe

Vermont local Devin Logan catching some serious air.

  • Devin Logan
  • Maddie Bowman
  • Sabrina Cakmakli (X-Games rookie)

Women’s Big Air

  • Maggie Voisin
  • Giulia Tanno
  • Devin Logan

Women’s Slopestyle

  • Emma Dahlstrom
  • Maggie Voisin
  • Devin Logan

    Henrik Harlaut only knows one mode–“Full Send.”

Mens Halfpipe

  • Torin Yater-Wallace
  • Alex Ferreira
  • Aaron Blunck

Mens Big Air

  • Henrik Harlaut
  • Fabian Boesch
  • James Woods

Mens Slopestyle

  • Henrik Harlaut
  • Evan McEachran
  • Fabian Boesch

 

Snowboard

Women’s Slopestyle

Chloe Kim, 17, has taken the sport by storm. She is going to collect many medals as her career is just getting started.

  • Julia Marino
  • Christy Prior
  • Jamie Anderson

Women’s Big Air

  • Silje Norendal
  • Hailey Langland
  • Anna Gasser

Women’s Halfpipe

  • Chloe Kim
  • Elena Hight
  • Arielle Gold

Mens Slopestyle

  • Mark McMorris
  • Marcus Kleveland
  • Sebastian Toutant

Mens Big Air

Mark McMorris anticipates adding a few more medals to his collection in the coming months.

  • Max Parrot
  • Yuki Kadono
  • Mark McMorris

Mens Halfpipe

  • Ben Ferguson
  • Ayumu Hirano
  • Iouri Podladtchikov