Hot Boots! 8 New Ski Boots for 2015

With a name like Hawk, we're kind of fond of this line by Atomic.

With a name like Hawx, we’re kind of fond of this line by Atomic.

If you’re a skier on Colorado’s Front Range, then you or someone you know has heard of Larry the boot fitterHe’s a one-named legend that can make ski toes sing like Elvis made young women cry.

Tens of thousands of skiers have come to Larry to bare their soles. The most important thing to know when buying ski boots, says Larry, is the shape of your foot.

Today, the top ski boot companies are building boots that fit a larger swath of foot shapes, and that’s very good news for skiers. Now we have more boot styles to choose from; better, warmer technology; and all at very competitive prices.

If you’re looking to put some hip-shaking swing back into your skiing, here’s a look at the year’s hottest ski boots for men and women.  

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Solar Stoke: Take a Spin at the World’s First Sun-Powered Cable Park

Pro rider Wim Kooij at The-Spin Cablepark, Lacs-de-l'Eau-d'Heure, Belgium.

Pro rider Wim Kooij at The Spin Cablepark, Les Lacs de l’Eau d’Heure, Wallonia, Belgium.

Originally published by Worldwide Cable Wake Parks. 

It might be most known for beer and wars, but now Belgium is home to the World’s first solar-powered cable wake park.  The Spin cable park is located at Les Lacs de l’Eau d’Heure, a chain of five lakes in Southwest Belgium near the French border.

The Spin Cable Park,

The Spin Cable Park

About $1.5 million dollars have been invested in the park that includes a 7,500 square foot facility that houses changing rooms for riders, a retail shop, a conference center, and a snack bar serving some of Belgium’s finest brews. For overnighters, the Spin has four lodging rooms that sleep up to six people each. 

Back terrace at The SpinIn 2014, the facility became energy efficient with the addition of 168 photovoltaic panels that can produce as much as 42 kilowatts at peak times. The move has helped the park save more than 23,000 kilowatt hours a year, which in turn avoids about 72 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.

wakeboard au SpinCableparkThe park also features a 8,000 gallon (30,000 liter) water tank that collects rainwater that used in the showers and toilets. A wood stove and reflectors help boost heating and lighting.

The Spin features a 2,000-foot electric powered lift that can carry up to 30 riders at a time. The solar panels produce more electricity than what’s needed to power the lift and building facilities.

About 6,500 riders visit The Spin each summer, and it has a local club of about 355 riders.

Prices start at $15 (Euros) per hour, $40 for the day, and $600 for the year. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE