The four pairs of FatBastard’s that I ordered for my kids last year became the most successful Christmas gifts that I’ve ever offered them. They were just thrilled, expecially my youngest doughter, who firmly believes she’s really got the nicest pair of skies in the world. The design/wood art on all the skies is just perfect; the kids all enjoyed it! Attached to this mail is a photo of the four of them with their brand new ScottyBob’s, taken during the easter holiday this spring. As you may see on the second picture, I also made them matching ski-bags for christmas…
I’ve been Telemark-skiing for about 6 or 7 years now, but to my kids this is something entirely new, though they’ve been Slalom-skiing from childhood. Myself I learned Telemark-skiing just from trying it out, and of course by watching others performing it. Nevertheless, this winter I had to teach my own children Telemark-skiing, and this was actually the first time I’ve had the joy of teaching it to someone unfamiliar with the art. With the ScottyBob Telemark skies that job wasn’t very difficult. I have at times been watching professional ski-instructors giving telemark lessons to various people, and I’ve noticed what huge emphasis they have on teaching their pupils always to put most weight on the outer/front ski as they perform the telemark turn; and I’ve seen them spend a large amount of time on teaching the skiers to keep the inner ski flat and not allow the edge of that ski to cut into the snow. In other words, all the initial lessons are used to teach the skiers how to compensate for the fact that the skies do not carve tougether, and I’ve actually seen tremendous practising time being spent on learning how to align the inner ski with the outer ski etc.! When putting the novice on a pair of ScottyBob Telemark skies, however; we may actually skip that nonsense! Why? Simply because the skies carve toughether! Teaching Telemark to the beginner has never been easier!
Got back from an awesome ride today, came through my back fence and started to do a couple yard chores, sauntered around to the front porch, and SHAZAAM! a parcel had been left there with your logo stenciled on it. Naturally stopped the chores and took the box to the shed to check the goods. It was all I could do to wait that extra few seconds – nearly ripped the box open on sight.
I hardly know what to say; I nearly wept with joy (no bull!). They are about 100x cooler than I thought they would be, and I had high expectations! They way you did the tribal flames of birds eye in slight bas-relief to the wood is simply gorgeous!
I will forward a photo of the pair on their first snow day. Tempted to take ‘em into the Sawtooths this weekend, but that would be a travesty me thinks, given the little pebbly rockfalls that have trickled onto the late spring snowpack. I think I need to save ‘em for next season.
You have another over-the-moon happy customer – thank you so much! What a great way to memorialize this 4th of July weekend – receiving such an amazing example of American ingenuity and craftsmanship!