Ski Time!

***image2***Sölden is a great place to ski at any time in the ski season, but it is one of the few places open as early as Columbus Day weekend.

And, this is the place to test the year’s new model skis.

I’ve been going there and enjoying it since 1997 and it’s always a great way to start the ski year − trying out all the latest ski’s, snowboards and even boots and poles, if you like. Several ski clubs converge on the mountain and try all the latest boards, skis and equipment.

I’m not talking about last year’s rental skis; these are the best brand new skis out there − and for three days, what a deal!

I personally tested the K2 Apache Recon, the Volkl Cross Tiger, the Nordica Mach 2 and Mach 3 and the Soloman Equipe GC. I saw some skiers on new Heads and Blizzards too, but didn’t get the model numbers (there are so many new skis available that it’s hard to keep up).

I can tell you that they are all good and I really could not find fault with any of them, but I preferred the K2 Apache Recon. It’s a good all-mountain ski. The guys who worked in the shops were very nice and helpful. A special thanks to the father/son Riml family who work with Nordica. They spent a good amount of time just talking about the sport/equipment and they obviously enjoy what they do.

Which reminds me; skiing and snowboarding is a neat thing to learn, but it can be a little dangerous, so learn properly, wear a helmet and get the ski insurance. And, join a ski club.

• The Kaiserslautern-West Pfalz International Ski Club meets at
7 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month at Pfeffermühle
Restaurant in Landstuhl-Atzel. For details, directions to the restaurant and a list of upcoming trips, go to

• The Tannenbaum Ski Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Landstuhl Combined Club. In November, the meetings will be Nov. 7 and 14, due to the holiday. For details and a list of upcoming trips, go to