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Shop Talk: Celebrating 10 Years of Powder Hound in Girdwood, AK with Eric Helmbrecht

Ep. 222

Just in time for our Blister Recommended Shop, Powder Hound, to celebrate its 10-year business anniversary, Kara Williard chatted with the owner and founder, Eric Helmbrecht. They dove into a bunch of topics as a reflection of the 10 years Powder Hound has been a staple shop in Girdwood, AK, including how skis, boots, and bindings have progressed; the ways in which the industry has changed; what it looked like to be adaptable during a global pandemic; accomplishments they’re proud of; getting their start at the Palmer State Fair; what it feels like to ski on skis that are over 140 mm underfoot; snowboarding trends; and more.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • AT Boots & 50/50 Boots (4:22)
  • Weight Trends (8:55)
  • Macro Industry Trends (16:15)
  • Global Pandemics & Adaptability (23:40)
  • Influx of Skiers and Industry Growth (25:07)
  • Employment Challenges (28:36)
  • Things you’re Proud of (31:14)
  • Palmer State Fair (32:11)
  • Year-Round Stable Shop (36:26)
  • Season Lease Program (39:25)
  • Fat Skis (44:00)
  • Breathable & Waterproof Gear (46:12)
  • Binding Improvements (48:56)
  • Don’t Forget SNOWBOARDING! (50:50)

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