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Expect the Unexpected

by Kris E. Smith

When first walking into any of the Powder House’s three locations, you get the usual array of fine quality merchandise and top name brands. One would of course expect that from one of Tahoe’s oldest year round sports and equipment outfitters. What was unexpected was the room full of “Lime Green” high tech ski tuning machines that live at the Pioneer Trail location. YES! Lime Green. Wintersteiger, one of Austria’s premier seed planting and farming equipment manufacturers also does ski & board maintenance equipment. While Europeans have long seen these bright machines hard at work in their agricultural areas, the fact that Wintersteiger also designs the most high-end “race team quality” ski & board maintenance machines may be news to many. With a U.S. subsidiary in Salt Lake City, UT, they are cranking out some of the best and “brightest” equipment around.

Powder House @ Pioneer Trail 3930 Lake Tahoe Blvd. is now the home of one of the area’s most complete Wintersteiger maintenance centers. With a combined 40 years of industry experience, you will find no stronger team of men and machines. The ceramic edge disc-finishing machine is Tahoe’s only totally automated machine of this caliber. Skis come from the factory having been turned out by these machines, so the ability to refinish skis close to that quality in record time is a superb addition to Lake Tahoe & the Powder House group. Mammoth Mountain is the next closest area to provide anything of this nature. With roughly 80% of the market share in the ski tuning industry,

Wintersteiger is by far and away the industry standard for this type of equipment production. The Powder House Technician Team looks forward to a quality overnight turnaround in about 1/10th of the regular tune & repair time. While Powder House realizes that this $100,000 + investment is costly, they did their research and know that by having the top of the line equipment, they will be turning out consistent quality ski & board tuning for a long long time.

Next time you’re in the area, stop by to see the “Big Green” line-up. It’s a technological wonderkind and a work of “pop” art all rolled into one.

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