2013-2014 Grind Updates
We added one new grind to our menu in 2013, the S0.3. This is an extreme cold grind that we feel is even faster than the S0.1 in many conditions. The S0.1 is still a go-to grind for extreme cold, dry snow, but if you are willing to try something new, we think the S0.3 may be better. A description follows.S0.3
- The S0.3 is a dedicated extreme cold grind that has been beating S0.1 frequently in tests in all types of cold, low-humidity snow. It seems to really take off in snow that is a few days old and has gone through some grooming cycles, but it has performed well in fresh, falling snow as well as older snow. We don't have a ton of test data on S0.3 yet, but we are confident enough in its performance to put it on the menu as a viable alternative to the S0.1, which has been a fantastic grind. Its upper temperature limit is probably around -10C/14F and it requires low humidity, dry snow.
We tested a few new grinds in 2012-2013, but only one made it on to the menu for 2013-2014, the S0.3. We did change the stone we are using for our extreme cold grinds in 2012-2013. This new "green" stone is made of finer grains than our standard stone and makes finer, cleaner structures and seems to improve the performance of our grinds in the green temperature range.
We added many new grinds to our menu in 2011-2012 and they have become the standards to beat. The S2.2 and S0.1 are two of the highlights and are still on the top of our list for fast, broad-range grinds in their respective ranges. We continue to test and try to push development.
S0.1 (LS00) – The S0.1 is the dedicated extreme cold grind that has been missing from our repertoire. This very fine structure works well in extreme cold and dry conditions, especially in newer snow with sharp crystals.
S1.2 (S1-0x) – S1.2 is great in a narrow range of “blue” conditions, but can be a bit fickle. A great choice for a dry, cold, new-snow ski, but probably not if this is your only cold ski. We are still trying to nail down exactly when this grind runs.
S2.2 (S2-1x) – S2.2 had tremendous success in its debut season. It combines the free feel of CV0 with high-speed release. A very broad range grind that goes quite cold if there is moisture in the snow and quite warm if the snow does not get too saturated. Ideal conditions are freezing and below, with new to transformed (by grooming, not freeze-thaw) snow. Probably a good choice on a one-pair fleet.