The Pine Mtn. Blog


Annual Demo Ski SALE

Each spring, Pine Mountain Sports sells off most of our rental/demo skis and snowshoes. This year Club Card members can start buying skis on Fri Mar 24. The general public can start shopping on Sat Mar 25 until Mon Mar 27. All skis and snowshoes are cash and carry – waxed and ready to take home. We will only take phone sales after Noon on each day. No exceptions. Sale ends at 6P on Mon Mar 27.

 

CURRENT RENTAL/DEMO SALE ITEMS – Updated 3/20/17

Alpine Touring

·         Rossignol Super 7 Skis with G3 Ion Bindings = $650

·         Rossignol Soul 7 Skis with G3 Ion Bindings = $630

·         Black Diamond Helio Skis 105 with G3 Ion Bindings = $700

·         Scarpa Maestral SL Alpine Touring Boots = $375

·         Scarpa Gea Alpine Touring Boots = $330

·         Arcteryx Procline Alpine Touring Boots = $350

·         2016 Black Diamond Adjustable Poles = $40

Backcountry Nordic XC

·         Rossignol BC 65 XC Skis = $155

·         Rossignol BC 70 XC Skis = $180

·         Rossignol BC XC Boots = $65

·         2016 Salomon Snowscape and Siam 7 Skis = $120

·         Rossignol XC Rental Poles = $15 per pair

·         2014/15 Salomon XC boots = $40

·         2016 Salomon XC boots = $65

Skate Skis

·         Salomon RS Skate Skis = $290

·         2013/14 Salomon Skate Boots  = $50

·         2016 Salomon Skate Boots  = $100

 ·        All Skate Ski Poles = $30

Snowshoes

·         MSR Revo Mens & Womens Snowshoes = $90

Fatbikes

·         Demo Trek Farley 7 Fatbikes = $1575 (Avail to take home on Tue Mar 28)

 

IMPORTANT STUFF: This listing is a work in progress and pricing, sizes, and items offered may change. We do not credit any previous ski rentals towards the purchase of demo skis. Ask us if you have any questions or concerns.



End Of Season SALE

 


End of ski season?! Says who?! You would never know it, but according to our calendars the end of winter is near…

It’s that time! For all of you that have been waiting to buy your winter gear and hoping to save money, our End of Season SALE is our largest savings of the ski season! Our End Of Season SALE starts this weekend – and know that Pine Mountain Sports Club Card Members can start shopping a day earlier than the public…

 

20% OFF Backcountry Accessories including BD & G3 Skins, BD Poles, Pieps Transceivers, Shovels & Ski Waxes

25% OFF Smith Mens & Womens Ski Helmets & All Smith Goggles

30% OFF All Rossignol, Salomon and Black Diamond Skis including Nordic, Skate & Backcountry Skis

30% OFF All Ski Boots from Scarpa, Salomon, ArcTeryx & Rossignol

30% Off All Ski Bindings including G3 Tec Bindings, Fritschi AT Bindings & All Skate & Nordic Bindings

30% OFF All Winter Apparel including Womens and Mens Casual Clothing, Hats & Gloves

30% OFF All Winter Technical Clothing including Swix Nordic Jackets, Ski Pants, Baselayers & Gaiters

30% OFF Winter Accessories including BC Packs, JetForce Avy Airbags, Gaiters & More

40% OFF All Remaining Dynafit Alpine Touring Boots

40% OFF All Remaining 2015 Salomon & Rossignol Skis

An Additional 20% OFF all Closeout Clothing Items (Some Items Up To 70% OFF!)

 

For Club Card Members our End of Season SALE starts Fri Mar 10.

For the public, our End of Season SALE starts on Sat Mar 11. (Remember, you can sign up for a Club Card Membership any time.)

Thanks for being a part of the amazing and, at times, ridiculous winter of 2016/17. We hope to see you in the store this weekend.


2017 Dirt Divas Ride Groups

During our Pine Mountain Sports Dirt Divas MTB Rides we use 4 different ride groups to accommodate women mountain bikers of all skill levels. Our 2017 Monday night ride groups consist of Beginner, Beginner +, Intermediate, and Advanced riders.

Beginner:
– Brand new to mountain biking. First timers!

Beginner +:
– Beginner but not your first time
– Building confidence
– Building stamina

Intermediate:
– Good fitness and stamina
– Rides out of the saddle often
– Rides some technical terrain
– More aggressive than beginner

Advanced:
– Strong physical stamina
– Understands body positioning on the bike
– Sessions trail features
– Skilled on technical terrain


2017 IS GONNA GET DIRTY

We resolve to get every one of our customers to support our local trails and to help build more places to ride all across the country. Buy a new mountain bike from Pine Mountain Sports in 2017 and we’ll give you an annual membership to COTA and to IMBA. We’ll do this for every bike we sell, all year long. This year Pine Mountain Sports urges us all to be more involved and get dirtier than ever.

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12 Days, 12 Specials! Dec 3-14

Still have some Holiday shopping to get done for yourself or others? Pine Mountain Sports kicks off our 12/12 SALE on Sat Dec 2 with 20% off all HydroFlask, Camelback & Osprey items!

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Why Our Central Oregon Ski Shop Bought An Electric Car

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In August of 2016, Pine Mountain Sports bought a 100% electric car as our new shop vehicle. It’s not a Tesla. It’s a Nissan Leaf. It goes 80 miles on an overnight charge.

Our shop vehicle doesn’t use gasoline. We charge our new Pinemobile using our solar powered charging station at the store. If one of our staff takes it home, it can be plugged into any 110 outlet for an overnight charge. Our Nissan Leaf has no engine, gas tank, fuel pump, oil filter, alternator, transmission, spark plugs, timing belt, or exhaust. It doesn’t stink or have oil to leave spots in our parking lot.

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With snow tires, it takes us skiing at Mt. Bachelor all season long. It’s a great car for the winter and the Nissan Leaf has the option of  heated front and back seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Pine Mountain Sports bought an EV because it eliminates the $2400+ annual expense that the average American spends on gasoline and automobile maintenance. Instead, an electric car in Oregon uses around $6 a month in home electricity. But this is not even the number one reason for Oregonians to own an electric car. We’d like to share a few more of our favorites…

Reason #5:  Oregonians love the outdoors. And yet, our cars create pollution. In Oregon our modes of transportation are the single biggest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions at over 40%. For comparison, Oregon’s industrial factories only account for around 6%. Oregonians have 4.5 million cars. We use them to get to the mountains. They take us camping, and to bicycle races, and to Whole Foods. Automobile pollution is a thing. We know this. It’s time we take the next step to leave no trace.

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Reason #4:  Oregon is a special place in that it does not have ANY crude oil or fuel-producing refineries. And yet, Oregon drivers spend $7 Billion dollars a year to buy our gasoline. 90% of that money leaves Oregon. We pay for that fuel to get delivered to Oregon via pipeline, ships, tanker trucks and barges. It’s dirty business that is not always acting in our best interests. When Oregonians decide to start using our local utilities to power our cars, it keeps more of our $7 Billion dollars in Oregon.

Oregon is the third -largest renewable energy producing state in the US. About 70% of our electricity comes from hydro-electric power. (Oregon’s Pacific Power customers can go even further and opt for Blue Sky – a renewable energy program which offsets our carbon footprint with more wind, solar, and turbine-generated electricity and helps brings new renewable energy facilities on-line in the Northwest). This is what makes Oregon such a great place for electric vehicle ownership! In comparison, Kansas relies on much dirtier ways to get their electricity. So, if you live in the Midwest, electric cars are not quite as awesome. If you drive an EV and live in the Northwest, and parts of Alaska and New York – you’re making a much bigger difference…

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Reason #3:  Oregon is home to a huge number of green businesses that produce EV chargers and battery management systems. A UC Berkeley study found that every dollar we shift from out of state oil to electric vehicle use, in Oregon, creates up to 16 times more jobs in Oregon.

Our great state of Oregon helped build the West Coast Electric Highway. This is a thing! Oregon has the most robust statewide network of DC fast chargers in the entire nation. Oregon was the first state to install a DC fast charger at a ski resort! Ski Bowl has its very own charging station, and it was installed there by our local government. Thanks Oregon!

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Reason #2:  As noted in Reason #3, Oregon is working hard to make it easy for Oregonians to explore their state using their electric cars. Road tripping with our Nissan Leaf is astoundingly affordable.

For a flat $20 a month, we can charge our Nissan Leaf at all of Oregon’s AeroVironment chargers. When we leave Bend, we can drive all over Oregon via these DC fast charge stations – which take about 20-30 minutes to charge our car. We’ve connected these dots to a Cross Crusade race in Hood River, to the Portland airport, and to some fatbike rides on the Oregon Coast. With a monthly AeroVironment membership your cost for unlimited road tripping all over Oregon is only 67 cents a day!

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Reason #1:  Yes, driving an electric car may force you to stop more often. Embrace this! You will get out of your car and discover new places… that are not gas stations. An electric car is a hell of a conversation starter – and it will change your life.

Most charging stations are at grocery stores, parks, cafes, and city centers. To us, driving an electric car has a similar vibe to bicycle touring… it involves a more relaxing pace, planning a route, discovering new places, and fielding lots of questions about your mode of transport.

Many electric vehicle owners will tell you that their only regret with buying an electric car is that they didn’t do it sooner. There’s a surprising number of new and used electric vehicles available. We encourage you to look at today’s options and start doing your own cost vs. benefit analysis.

Pine Mountain Sports is proud that Oregon is home to more and more outdoor enthusiasts, clean technologies and state-level environmental leadership. But, as one Oregonian to another, we think it’s time we take a deep breath and start looking at our choice in cars as a way to make Oregon an even greener place to be.

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Pine Wins Sustainability Award

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Pine Mountain Sports is excited to win the 2016 Sustainability Award for Best Large Business from The Environmental Center!

Nominees were scored on leadership, innovation, and operating practices with regards to sustainability, as well as their community involvement and promotion of social equity.

Pine Mountain Sports is proud to be one of many businesses in Bend that is leading by example, and we share this award with our customers who support us (and our many causes) and help make moments like this happen. Thank you!

Let’s all vow to work even harder to treat each other, and our valuable planet with the respect that our neighbors and children all deserve.


Community Ambassadors For CASA

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This is important.

At Pine Mountain Sports we recognize that our community is growing. As our population increases, the needs and demands on our social services here in Central Oregon are also increasing. We believe that it’s our responsibility to embrace those who are working their assess off to serve our neighbors and kids with real needs – and we are asking for your help.

Starting this year, Pine Mountain Sports is working to establish a team of Community Ambassadors. These Community Ambassadors have each pledged to give $500 to a very deserving, and underfunded, non-profit organization of our choice.

This year we are focusing these efforts on CASA of Central Oregon. These Court Appointed Special Advocates are in high demand and they are working tirelessly to serve and represent the 500+ and growing number of foster children right here in our community.

We want you to join us in becoming a Community Ambassador. By pledging $500 directly to CASA, you would join the ranks of these local businesses and concerned citizens who are working to make a big, big difference…

Parrilla Grill
Hydro Flask
Spork
Megan Power, Broker – Coldwell Banker Morris Real Estate
Tokyo Starfish
RecWare NW
Home System Solutions
Cairn
10 Barrel Brewing
Fearless Baking
Rugged Thread Outerwear Repair
The Skjersaa Group at Duke Warner Realty
GreenLoop IT Solutions
Alpenglow Vacation Rentals
Bend Dental Group
Cascadia Family Therapy
Subaru Of Bend
Roundabout Books
Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe
Eclipse Marketing
Skyline Dental
Silverado Jewelry Gallery

…and the list is growing! This is not just for businesses. We also have commitments from numerous private families and individuals who have committed to being a Community Ambassador! Let’s add your name here. With your help we can provide stability and a brighter future for these young lives in Central Oregon.

Are you with us? We know that this is a big ask, but your $500 donation will make a massive difference in the lives of some often overlooked children within our local community.

Please feel free to email us back at CASA@PineMountainSports.com (this email comes straight to me) with any questions your may have for me and/or your commitment to this great cause. We will be recognizing all our Community Ambassadors at this years Powderhound Preview on Wed Nov 16.

Get some! Give some.

Dan McGarigle, Owner
Pine Mountain Sports

UPDATE: As of Nov 16, 2016 – our 2016 Community Ambassadors have donated $22,736.00 to CASA of Central Oregon! THANK YOU! ~Dan

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Hendo Does The Train Gap

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Take a real, good look at this photo…

At Pine Mountain Sports we’re proud of our staff. We ask a lot of them, and in return, they work hard – for all of us. And they constantly surprise us with their talent. And mucho cajones! This is a photograph of one of our bike and ski techs, Henry Lanman (a.k.a. Hendo – or the other Henry), doing a fine job of styling the massive Kenny Smith Train Gap (near Whistler) in Canada.

The other Easter Egg? The photographer was none other than Trevor Lyden, who also works in our service department! Trevor’s been snapping exceptional photos for years, and did this jump proud by capturing the scale of the Train Gap. You can view more of Trevor’s images on Instagram or at TrevorLydenPhotography.com.

The next time you’re in the store, make sure to give Hendo and Trevor a high-five and ask them about the Train Gap jump!


Where Can You (Not) Ride E-Bikes?

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Well, it’s finally happened…

We’ve spotted e-mountain-bikes at the top of Whoops Trail. One of our staff members encountered 3 riders, all on e-bikes, riding up the road to Whoops. There was a mostly friendly conversation about where they could and could not ride – with a lot of good questions generated on both sides of the discussion.

As a mountain bike only store, Pine Mountain Sports does not support e-bikes like the Trek Powerfly on the single track trails because (first, and foremost) they are not legal on most of our local trails. Plain and simple. We are fortunate to have access to amazing trails in our area and none of us wants to jeopardize that access.

This is not a post about whether you or I support pedal-assist e-bikes on the trails. This is a post about exactly where pedal-support e-bikes are currently legally allowed to ride.

Now that e-bikes have started appearing on our trails (and in the Trek catalog!?), Pine Mountain Sports wants to make sure that our staff and our Trail Ambassadors are doing a good and accurate job of educating visiting e-bike users on exactly where they can and cannot ride these bikes in Central Oregon.

With that in mind, we’ve contacted COTA, USFS and BLM and compiled a few facts (as far as we know)…

1. A pedal-assist e-bike is, by definition, a motorized vehicle. It is not, by definition, a bicycle. This is important to keep in mind and answers a lot of questions for us. There are some legal places to ride e-bikes. Just not on the non-motorized singletrack trails maintained by COTA or other trail adopting groups. COTA does not advocate for ebikes as that is outside of their mission statement of advocating for human powered trails. Motorized vehicles, including e-bikes, are not allowed on trails maintained by COTA.

2. Most all of our local trails are on Forest Service land. The Forest Service has an e-bike ban on all USFS trails where motorized use is not allowed. So dirt roads, specific-ATV tracks and motorbike trails are OK but that’s it. If you can’t legally ride a motorcycle on it, or legally drive your car on it, you can’t ride your e-bike there. So (for example) our 3 e-bikers we talked to were still on the road to the top of Whoops Trail, so at the moment they were legally riding their e-bikes there. Just so long as they don’t enter any of the single track trails. USFS dirt roads are legal. USFS single track (most trails in Bend) are not legal. There are no exceptions to this rule. For example: E-bikes are not considered an assistive device that meets the legal definition of a wheelchair or mobility device, therefore they do not qualify for an exception.

3. The singletrack trails in the Skyline Forest – which includes the Bull Springs Tree Farm and the MTB trails that the Chainbreaker MTB Race happens on each year – are CLOSED to motorcycles. That said, the current land managers at Whitefish Cascade Forest Resource do allow e-bikes on those trails. This is an example of a land owner making an exception just for e-bikes. (Thank you, Chris Johnson!) Skyline Forest does have a seasonal winter range closure to “motorized” vehicles, (as well as a year-round ban on camping and campfires) and offenders would get a pretty hefty ticket if caught. Singletrack in Skyline Forest is legal on e-bikes most of the year.

4. On BLM land, like Horse Ridge, it appears that BLM staffers are staying with the simple no motorized vehicles on single track rule. E-bikes are not legal at Horse Ridge.

5. In Oregon State Parks, like Tumalo State Park and Smith Rock, e-bikes are considered motorized vehicles and are not allowed on the trails. They are welcome to be ridden in the parks so long as they stay on the roads, just like cars. E-bikes are not legal on the trails in Oregon State Parks.

6. E-bikes are permitted on most trails where motorcycles are allowed. Not necessarily welcomed, but certainly allowed. So, we might recommend that e-bikers head out to the vast Millican OHV system. The riding at the south end in the forest is really good, although many of these trails are closed in winter, so do respect seasonal trail closures. E-bikes are subject to OHV trail rules, so an ATV permit/sticker is required. Please recognize that you are an unexpected guest on OHV trails and use caution, as fast-moving motorized riders may not be expecting to see you there. Move to the side, smile, and wave. It’s like riding your fatbike on the groomed snowmobile trails. Riding e-bikes on OHV trails and groomed snowmobile trails is legal.

7. Seasonal fatbike-specific trails have been groomed at Wanoga when the snow level permits. While a snowmobile is used (with permission from the USFS) to create and groom these trails, these are fatbike-only trails and e-bikes (including e-fatbikes) are not permitted.

8. It’s important to note that in a lot of places in the country e-bikes on trails are legal. Riders who bring those bikes to Bend may not be aware of the local rules so we should all stay in front of this issue and know (and share) the facts. Many e-bikers are new riders and you’ll be a good samaritan by welcoming them to the sport while also politely and accurately letting them know exactly where they can and cannot ride their new bike. No matter where you stand on the idea of e-bikes, let’s all make sure that we can politely share the rules of the specific trails we’re on. 

Fact: E-bikes are gaining popularity so it’s important that we accurately educate riders on where to ride, and not ride them.

This post is a work in progress. Do you have any additions or corrections to this list? Please let us know by contacting Henry@PineMountainSports.com