The Saab-Salomon Aero-X Ski Review at Okemo Vermont

Posted on 16. Apr, 2008 by in 2000-2009, Aero-X

Film Credit: Okemo Mountain Resort / Saab History

On Saturday, March 29th, I took the opportunity to review the Saab-Salomon partnered Aero-X Skis at Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont that I mentioned back on March 28th while visiting New England.

As you may or may not already know, Saab Automobile as well as Salomon both coincidentally began their operations in 1947. Since this time, both companies have been known for unique and innovative ideas in their respective markets.

As a Saab owner, enthusiast and a long time snowboarder, hence the question posed during an interview with Saab-Salomon sponsored skier Kaj Zackrisson, back in January about a possible snowboard holder on the Saab 9-4x BioPower Concept car in Detroit, I realized it was about time and long overdue to take the initiative to reconnect with my past and explore the rare opportunity to review or “test drive” these Aero-X inspired skis by Saab-Salomon.

My ski background began approximately sixteen years ago at Mount Sunapee resort in New Hampshire. This ski resort is part of the same resort group that Okemo Mountain Resort belongs to, called Triple Peaks Resorts, which also includes Crested Butte Resort in Colorado. It is worth mentioning that Crested Butte was the resort that Saab Automobile USA used to promote the Saab 9-2x, Saab’s first attempt at an All-Wheel Drive system, back in 2004 and 2005. Having the opportunity to “restart” my ski past in the present, with probably one of the best skis in the world with two companies I have developed an interested and passion about, was an opportunity I could not pass up.

aerox-copy.jpgThese Saab-Salomon partnered Aero-X skis were inspired by Saab Automobile’s Aero-X Concept car that debuted in March of 2006. The Saab Aero-X Concept car is Saab Automobile’s representation of what aircraft aerodynamics and scandinavian design looks like.

While I have not had the chance to test drive the Snow Silver Saab Aero-X concept yet (yet), I have had the chance to experience other Saab models as well as other skis in my past, and I must start by stating that these skis as indicated in the video above, are light years from the skis of yesterday that I learned to ski on.

I began the beautiful sunny spring ski adventure at Okemo on some modest trails, all of which were enamoured with packed powder. These conditions allowed me to get acclimated to skiing, but also to the new skis.

salomon_300.jpgI understand that these all-mountain skis, ideal for the pro, were surprisingly well suited for those that fall within the beginner-intermediate ability level. It did not take long until I began to get more comfortable with the skis, and therefore headed out onto more advanced terrain including the Slalom course for the first time in my life. I was surprised however, that these skis were not painted in the same “Snow Silver” as the Aero-X, however, I could imagine that it probably made more sense that the real snow on the mountain provided a better backdrop for these skis instead.

The handling capabilities in these skis (please excuse my analagous automobile references), were particularly noticeable when cornering, and best enjoyed on the Slalom (Auto Cross) course. My confidence in these skis peaked as I rounded each flag with very little effort.

The latest generation of “system” skis, that being that the bindings were integrated into the ski itself, provided the flexibility and “forgiving” response that I needed while traversing my way through the impeccable conditions.

full_ok_logo_copy_300.jpgThe various terrain at Okemo Mountain Resort’s 117 trails spanning over 600 acres, allows for a variety of skill and ability levels from beginners to professionals. Over the years, Okemo Mountain Resort has worked with Saab Automobile, and today, they have an existing relationship with Salomon.

Over the years, my family has made visits to Okemo Mountain Resort taking advantage of the New Hampshire/Vermont resident weekend program, which was extremely fulfilliing as this family oriented resort has always been in my opinion, a supportive and especially friendly environment for all age groups.

okemo1.jpgAs I recall during some of my visits in the past while either piloting my own Saab or being a co-pilot in friends or a family’s members Saab, I vividly recall seeing Saab’s logo and/or vehicles scattered throughout the resort. I can’t help but hope that Saab Automobile USA comes through to Okemo Mountain Resort today as a full-on sponsor for the next five years as Okemo is currently in the market for a new automobile sponsor. With Saab Automobile USA as well As Salomon partnering with a ramped up sponsorship engagement at New England’s premiere resort, taking in over 600,000 visitors each season, this venue is too ideal to pass up.

With Saab Automobile’s new Saab 9-3 complete with their industry leading all-wheel drive system known as “Cross-Wheel Drive” or XWD, Saab Automobile USA needs to officially partner with Okemo Mountain Resort in order to showcase and promote this appropriate product at this appropriate venue. Over 45% of the Saab Automobile USA’s demographic is located in the North Eastern region of the United States, and therefore it should now be no question who they need to partner with, for this long overdue and highly anticipated product launch for the brand.

If you are a Saab owner or enthusiast in the North East region of the United States, and are thinking about breaking into the ski culture or looking to upgrade your existing skis, the Saab-Salomon Aero-X skis are for you, and of course, the resort that continues to meet and exceed the expectations for Saab owners for decades, is Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont.

A thank you to Okemo Mountain Resort as well as Saab-Salomon in working quickly with Saab History in order to facilitate this unique cross-promotional opportunity to review the best skis in the world at the best ski resort in the North East region of the United States.

To check out the latest conditions and to plan a visit Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont, please visit their website directly at : http://www.okemo.com

For more information on the Saab-Salomon partnership, please visit their website: http://www.saabsalomon.com/

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