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Hot Wax Vs. Hand Wax

The sweaters have come out and the snow has fallen and what does that mean? Ski and ride season is upon us again and I am sure your gear is ready and eager to wake up from its long summers nap. But don’t head to the slopes in such a hurry just yet, make sure you stop into the Skiers Edge to get a full check up on all your gear. While your hear tweaking and adjusting ask our service staff for a new season wax on your skis or snowboard.

We have two options here at the shop when it comes to equipment waxes. You can choose from a free hot wax or a five dollar hand wax. Out hot wax is a simple wax from the machine that takes about a minute to get started and finished. This wax is used for a one day use only, this would be best from those of you who only ski a few times a year when coming up to visit your cabin. When it comes to your longer trips, it would be better to look into our hand wax, this is a slightly more involved procedure, still only taking a few minutes from start to finish. Our service techs take their time to ensure your board or skis are set with a good even wax that will send you down the slopes smooth and easy. This wax last for 2-3 days and is worth the five dollar charge. Stop in and talk to our staff about any other questions you might have on getting your gear set up for this winter season.


Ski season is coming to an end and while the sun is melting the snow outside we are melting our prices here inside The Skiers Edge! All winter jackets and pants are now 25% off, our Smith Brand sunglasses are marked down 25% and all of our snow backpacks are 20% off their original price!

Summer is just around the corner and The Skiers Edge will be switching along with the weather. Bye bye skis and hello fly rods! To kick off the fly fishing season we are offering our customers 30% off all waders,boots, rods,reels and spools. Plus 25% off fishing gear bags and 40% off all summer clothing. Be sure to stop in and see what The Skiers Edge can offer you while seasons and the store are changing.

All About Them Deals

When it comes down  to it, we all know we are looking for a sale. Well, look no further, the door to Skiers Edge hides multiple deals inside waiting just for you. Snow pants, Jackets and backpacks of all sizes and colors are now on sale.


Speaking of hidden, old man winter seems to be locked up behind his own doors. No worries though, Sunrise Park Resort still has plenty of snow and good conditions, considering winters absents. So if your family is looking for an adventure this weekend, make Skiers Edge your first stop and Sunrise Park Resort your final destination.

Sunrise Park Resort

If you’re coming up to ski at Sunrise Park Resort this weekend then you should be reading this blog for an update on weather, conditions, events, and specials!

Weather and conditions

It has been snowing on and off throughout the day up at Sunrise and they have received three new inches of snow as of Friday, bringing their base to 36 inches. They’ve received 6 inches total in the last week. The snow is a little hard in the morning since the temps have been in the high teens and low twenties, but starts to soften around 10:30-11:00. They have been keeping the runs groomed and have been making snow every night.


imagesThis year Sunrise is going to hold their 1st annual Pond Skimming Weekend on Saturday, March 22nd and Sunday, March 23rd. Bring your skis or board and see if you have what it takes to skim across the pond without getting too wet! Feel free to wear any costume you like! Register with the Guest Services Office the day of the event to participate in the fun. Don’t forget your towel!



If you have a season pass to any ski resort in the U.S. then you’re in luck! Bring your pass up to Sunrise and receive 1/2 off your lift ticket! You must present proof of your pass. Be aware that this only applies to Adult and Youth passes. Junior and college passes are not part of the discount deal.imgres

There’s another deal going on that applies to pass holders as well. This time you have to be a Sunrise pass holder. The deal is that you bring a friend to the mountain with you, present your pass at the ticket window, and your FRIEND receives 1/2 off their lift pass! What a great way to get a free lunch out of your friend! Just kidding.

Happy skiing everyone!

Spring Skiing

It’s about time to get those last few ski trips in as the winter winds down! Whether you’re coming to the mountain for Spring Break or just to enjoy skiing in the warm weather, there are a couple of things you should bring with you and a few tuning tips you should keep in mind before you hit the snow.

When packing for spring skiing, make sure you add a shell instead of a heavy coat, lighter gloves, dark goggles, and sunscreen to your list of items to put in your suitcase.The shell and light gloves will make your skiing/boarding experience much more comfortable and will keep you from overheating during the day. chromeThe dark goggles will protect you from the glare off the snow. Grab a pair of black/grey tinted goggles with a chrome mirrored lens for best results. As for the sunscreen, well, you probably shouldn’t walk into the office with an outrageous goggle tan around your eyes. Take some with you on the mountain and apply generously.goggle tan

It’s important to keep p maintenance on your skis, even for spring skiing. If you haven’t had your skis waxed in a while, make sure you stop into a ski shop (like The Skier’s Edge) and do so! Ski shops will have wax ready for the warmer temperatures and the ski technicians will have a better idea of what the snow is like up at the mountain-slushy, packed, icy…etc. Also be sure to take your skis in and have them waxed if your hanging them up for the year. This way they won’t dry out over the summer.

White Mountain Weather Update

A good storm finally came through the White Mountains and Sunrise Park Resort! We have snow cover of a few inches here in town and we’re expecting snow and chilly weather throughout the day. Sunrise received 17 inches of snow overnight and they’re expecting at least another 3 inches within a 24 hour period.The current temp in town is about 33 degrees It was 22 degrees at 6a.m. up at Sunrise.sunrise 3.2.14

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If you’re heading up to Sunrise today, make sure you have a face mask, thick socks, sturdy gloves, chapstick, and good GOGGLES instead of sunglasses. The snow and wind won’t feel so good on your eyes.

We’re expecting the weather to start warming back up within the next couple of days, so make sure you get in all the skiing you can ASAP! Remember: think snow!

Tint of Your Goggle Lenses

When we shop for goggles, we often base our purchase on how cool the designs are, how easily we can change the lens, and how much it costs. Most of us, however, never ask why the lenses are different tints and whether it’s important to spend a little extra on goggles that come with two interchangeable lenses instead of one.

To answer the second question, yes, it’s probably going to be better in the long run if you purchase goggles with two interchangeable lenses. This way you can have one pair of goggles for multiple ski conditions. Here is an explanation as to why this is better and what the different colors of lens tints do for you.

amber tint

We’ll just talk about the four main colors of lenses for now. The first is an Amber or Brown lens. Amber/Brown lenses are best for medium light skiing because they help to filter out blue light. This makes shadows in the snow appear brighter, provides better contrast, and allows you to see upcoming moguls. Amber/Brown lenses are best for overcast or grey days.

rose tintNext in line is the Rose or Pink tint lens. Rose/Pink lenses work well in flat light conditions because they help enhance depth perception and sharpen features. Rose/Pink tint lenses also work well for night skiing because the artificial lighting on the slopes tends to be very flat. A Rose/Pink tint isn’t a good choice for an all-purpose lens because it offers little to no protection in bright light conditions.

grey tintThe third tint color we’ll cover is the Black or Grey tinted lens. Black/Grey lenses are popular because they offer the best protection on bright sunny days. The darker tint will filter out most of the sunlight, which is perfect for fighting against the glare that reflects off the snow. The only downside to a Black/Grey tinted lens is that it can be difficult to determine depth and terrain variances on overcast days.

clear tint

The last lens we’ll discuss is the Clear lens. Obviously, Clear lenses are best suited for extremely low lit conditions. They’re designed to allow maximum light penetration, which gives contrast to dark areas on the snow and increases visibility. A Clear lens is best for frequent night skiers.


For more information on lens tints, visit http://www.skis.com/Buying-Guide-for-Ski-Goggles/buying-guide-3-4-2013,default,pg.html#GoggleLenses

Demo Days at Sunrise

Sunrise Park Resort will be hosting their annual Demo Days on Wednesday, February 26th! Don’t miss the chance to get up to Sunrise Park and demo NEW equipment from companies like Salomon, Spy, HEAD, Marker, Rossignol, Atomic, and many more!demo days

Here are the rules. You MUST register with the Sunrise Guest Services Office in order to participate. There is also a $10 fee for the public, which will be donated to the White Mountain Apache Tribe Charity. Then you must  provide a VALID driver’s license and credit card at the time of registration. You won’t be able to take out the equipment unless you do so. Once you have completed these steps you’ll receive a Demo Days Badge, which you will give to the company reps who’s equipment you’re interested in trying.

Don’t miss out on a day of fun!

For more info, visit http://sunriseskiparkaz.com/winter/calendar-of-events or call 855-735-7669!

Protect Your Dome With Our Helmets!

So you forgot your helmet while packing for your ski trip, did you? If so, be sure you stop into the Skier’s Edge! We can help you protect that head of yours on the slopes. We have many styles of helmets to choose from including Ride, Scott, and Lucky Bums. We carry both kid and adult helmets and our kid’s helmets are on sale for $40.00 right now! With a deal like that, you might WANT to leave your family’s old helmets behind.kid helmets

Most of our helmets have detachable ear pieces and photohelmet liners. Some people prefer this because they like throwing a beanie underneath the helmet for more comfort. All of our helmets are ventilated in the front, top, back, or all three areas. This will help cool your dome on warm ski days.

Many of the helmets we carry are adjustable in the back. This feature is beneficial for a couple of reasons. One, it makes it much easier to put on over a beanie, and two, it will make the helmet fit more comfortably and securely on your head since you can tighten it or loosen it very easily. Our Lucky Bums Kid’s Sport helmet has the adjustment feature as well as our adult Ride Gonzo helmets.images

All of the helmets we carry have goggle strap holders on the back of the helmet to keep your goggles safe if you fall.

Our helmets available for purchase run between $40 (for kids) and $85 (adults). We also rent out helmets for just $10/day!

Twin Tip Skis

We have great deals on two sets of K2 twin tip skis here at the shop! Whether you want to break them in this season or keep them fresh until next year, now is the time to buy!


We have two sets of K2 Press twin tip skis WITH BINDINGS for only $299! The skis on the left are 169cm and the skis on the right are 179cm.up close Hurry in and grab these guys! You can also call us at 928-367-6200 for more info!

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Rodeo Weekend Ski Conditions

Everyone here at The Skier’s Edge wants you to have an awesome weekend up at the mountain and we’d like to help you with that by giving you the most recent Sunrise Park Resort Ski Report.

snow conditions

Temperatures have been in the high 40′s and lower 50′s in Pinetop this week. Sunrise stays a bit cooler since their elevation is higher. They still have a 31 inch base, so you don’t have to worry about hitting anything too rough. The low temperatures overnight are keeping the snow firm. They have also been keeping many runs well-groomed, so you don’t have to worry about ice or crusty patches in most areas. To the right is an updated list of the runs they’re keeping groomed.

Sunrise will also be open for night skiing on Saturday, February 15th if you couldn’t get enough of the mountain during the day! Night skiing is from 4:30 p.m-9:00 p.m. and includes a torch light parade down Sunrise Mountain.

Quick note: If you’re renting from The Skier’s Edge and would like to go night skiing on Saturday, you can keep our equipment for the night free of charge! Just bring it back by 9:00 a.m. the next morning if you’re done skiing for the weekend.

We hope to see you soon!

Tucson Rodeo Vacation!

Start gearing up to come stay in the White Mountains this weekend for Rodeo Week! There’s plenty of snow up at Sunrise Park Resort right now and it should last through Rodeo Weekend! This past week Sunrise received 20 inches of snow on top of the 20 inches they had prior to the most recent storm.


Temperatures have been a little warm here in town, but it’s been pretty comfortable up at Sunrise. The blue and green runs have been well maintained, with groomers keeping the snow in good condition. Sunrise and Apache Peak are 100% open and Cyclone is 90% open.

If you’re coming up this weekend and you’re worried about the shops running out of equipment for you and your family, you can always call in your reservation to The Skier’s Edge at 1800-231-3831 or 928-367-6200. You can also make a reservation online through our website! Just go to skiersedgepinetop.com, click on “Rental Reservations” up at the top, and fill out our online form. Once we receive your reservation we’ll send you a thank-you email confirming your reservation! It’s quick, easy, and will ensure that you get the equipment you need when you stop in our shop. Make a reservation with us by Saturday, Feb. 15th and receive 10% off your rentals!1521377_476543342457122_2112995942_n

Gear up for the slopes here at The Skier’s Edge. We have the largest clothing selection out of all the ski shops on the mountain with brands like Columbia, Mountain Hardware, Obermeyer, Scott, Ride, Turbine, and many more. We make it convenient for you because we are your one stop shop for rentals and clothing! Stop in and we’ll be more than happy to help you find what you’re looking for.
shop with snow 12.21.13We’re located at 560 W. White Mountain Blvd. Pinetop, AZ. 85935 between Blue Ridge High School and Safeway on the left-hand side of the road (if you’re coming up through (Show Low).


So many signs!

If you’re brand new to skiing/ boarding and have no idea what all the little symbols at the bottom of the map are for, then you’ve come to the right place!

There are many different symbols you’ll need to learn throughout your skiing experience.

The first symbol you should know is the green circle. greenThis means you’re on the easiest runs on the mountain. At this level you’ll be learning the basics of skiing/boarding, such as stopping, turning, and gaining your balance. Most green runs are groomed and soft. Some resorts rate their runs with either one or two green circles. It all depends on the elevation and slope of the runs. For example, Sunrise Park resort rates their runs with one green circle, while Telluride rates theirs with one or two.

The second symbol you’ll need to know is the blue square, which means you’re on the higher level beginner/intermediate runs.


On these runs you should be able turn, control your speed, and stop comfortably. Some blue runs are groomed, some are harder packed and bumpy. You shouldn’t move to this level unless you’re completely comfortable on your skis/board. Sunrise Park Resort marks all of their intermediate trails with one blue square.

The third symbols you need to know about are the black diamond and double black diamond.

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It’s helpful to know these symbols right off the bat. You really don’t want to end up going down a black by accident when you’re still working on greens or blues. If you’re skiing black runs you’re able to adjust to any type of terrain and maintain control. You’ll want to start out on the easier runs if you’re visiting a new resort, even if you’re a great skier.