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Every Trek bike purchased over $399.99 ARP during Trek Fest will come with an in-store credit consumers can use to purchase Bontrager parts, accessories and clothing.

The breakdown:

  • $50 gift card for bikes $399.99 - $999.99
  • $100 gift card for bikes $1000 - $1999.99
  • $200 gift card for bikes $2000+
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“We’ve taken rocker and expanded its horizons, the ultimate design for powder. Without increasing swing weight, we have added 10% more surface area and delivered less tip deflection and better tracking through chop and crud.” - atomic.com

EXPANDING THE POSSIBILITIES IN POWDER: THE LATEST ATOMIC BENT CHETLER, NOW WITH HRZN TECH

Five generations deep – pillow bashing and powder slashing have never been more fun. The sixth reincarnation of the Bent Chetler will yet again take the world of powder skiing a leap forward, with the introduction of brand new Atomic HRZN Tech.

WORD IS OUT.

The brand new Atomic Bent Chetler looks very different this year; particularly the completely redesigned tip and tail has everyone talking. For over five years Chris Benchetler redefined what is possible on skis in the backcountry with the help of his pro model: the Bent Chetler – which has attained somewhat of a cult status in the freeski scene. Years of development have gone into the sixth generation Bent Chetler, which was recently spotted on the feet of Richard Permin and Tim Durtschi competing at the Skiers Cup. Their initial reviews are overwhelmingly positive and they are just as thrilled by the new tip and tail design and HRZN Tech as Chris Benchetler.

WHAT IS HRZN TECH?

HRZN Tech is the result of two years testing by Chris Benchetler and the Atomic Freeski product development team in Altenmarkt, Austria.

The aim was to create the ultimate design for playing in all types of powder. Having tried everything from shaved edges, to boat hulls, to totally new camber profiles, the eureka moment came by expanding the horizons of rocker. By blending an ABS sidewall construction with a revolutionary across-the-ski (horizontal) rocker, HRZN Tech adds 10% more surface area in the tip and tail without increasing swing weight. This encourages far better tracking through chop and crud, and less tip deflection – meaning increased stability, floatation and agility. This tip and tail design is set to reshape the future of powder skis.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW IN THE SIXTH BENT CHETLER?

While HRZN Tech is the big news for the new Bent Chetler, Atomic have made several other improvements and tweaks. The ski now features a Lite Woodcore, making the ski even lighter, as well as the new Step Down Sidewall 2.0 for increased durability. The 120mm waist combined with perfect tip and tail raise of the Powder Rocker of its predecessor, ensures limitless floatation in the deep stuff. The camber underfoot and Carbon Sprocket Power Boosters deliver uncompromising performance through turns as well as stability in crud. All this means the Bent Chetler remains the ultimate play tool for powder missions.

‘Six years in the building! This is definitely the best Bent Chetler ski we’ve created. HRZN Tech is an invention that really boosts your confidence and helps you ski freely. I can’t wait for people to try it.’
Chris Benchetler, Atomic Freeski Athlete

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big-white-contest-winner-jan-14Congrats Matt Phillips on winning the Big White Weekend Giveaway! Thanks to all those who entered and to Big White for the awesome prize of 2 days and 2 nights at the resort for a family of 4. Keep watch for more awesome contests coming in the future.

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Jen Shulz Kelowna BCHello Jim, Karen, Mike and Marty,

Thank you for all your ongoing support this race season!!! I had a great season of racing including podium finishes at Salty Dog, Nimby Fifty, Test of Metal and High Cascades 100. I also enjoyed participating in several community events and helping to promote the awesome bikes, other products and services that Fresh Air has to offer.

I have attached a link to my Mongolia Race / Adventure report if you are interested in a little reading!!! You can also read Peter Watson's report there as well!! I proudly wore my Fresh kit on days 2 and 4 and will send some racing pics once they become available. For now I have included a few other pics from the season! I look forward to continuing to being a proud and grateful Fresh Air ambassador in the years to come!!

Cheers,
Jen

Read about Jen's adventures on the Mongolia Bike Challenge


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Spin for Kids supporters…you are amazing!!

Your commitment has helped us raise $35,315.45 and counting!

Thank You!

To our sponsors, all of the staff, volunteers and teams that made this years Spin for Strong Kids the best to date!! Participating teams raised $35,315.45 and counting… this equates to 141 kids who will now have the opportunity to get active and involved at the YMCA through Strong Kids  nancial sponsorship.

Presenting Sponsors:

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Event day sponsors:

  • ENCOMPASS Bene ts & HR Solutions
  • FH&P Lawyers LLP
  • Choices Market Kelowna
  • Tim Hortons

Special Thanks:

• Cory Krist • OneLife Health + Wellness • Interior Savings Credit Union • Doak Shirreff LLP
• Royal LePage West Kelowna • Century 21 • Friends of Delcourt Wealth Management
• Ladies Dragon Boat Team • KPMG • Farris, Vaughn, Wills and Murphy LLP
• Kelowna Flightcraft • Pushor Mitchell • Sanderson and Company • ENCOMPASS Benefi ts
• Hayward Rockers • Kelowna Cycle • Friends of Emma Miller • CTQ Consultants Ltd.
• LifeWorks Chiropractic • Awesome Twosome • Trevor Tessier • Rebecca Paramore
• All Occasions Party Rentals • Vital Waters • Andrew Mercer • World of Music

Together we are making our community stronger.
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cycle-of-hope-blogJoin us August 11th 2013 for the ALS Cycle of Hope bike ride. You can choose either the 70km distance or the 30km distance.

There will be a pre-ride reception at our Fresh Air Concept location the night before on August 10th at 6pm. We will have beverages from Vibrant Wines and deliscious snacks from Joon's Kitchen.

We hope to see you out in support of the great cause!

For more info, go to: www.cycleofhope.ca

 

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We are featuring Brooks Shoes as this month's IRRC brand of the month. Come on in and try out the new Brooks Ghost 6 featured in the video about and Run Happy!

Thanks to Brooks for supporting Independent Running Retailers of Canada.

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It was an amazing morning for the 30th Annual Fresh Air Women's Run/Walk. Thank you to all those who particiapted this year and a big thanks to all of our sponsors. It has been a great experience for us to put this event on for the past 30 years and are looking forward to many more!

Here are the results from this year's event:


5 km Results

10 km Results

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Kelowna Cycling Coalition

Saturday July 6th, 2013

This course is designed for anyone who can ride a bike but is not totally comfortable riding in traffic. It combines classroom and on-road training to give you the skills and information you need to take your bike on the road – and enjoy it!

You will learn how to cycle safely and confidently in an urban environment. The course takes you through the most common situations you'll face when you ride your bike in traffic. It also provides you with tips to make cycling a fun and regular part of your life.

You'll learn to:
• maneuver your bike effectively
• determine the best place on the road to ride
• communicate with other road users
• check your bike for safety
• adjust your bike to fit you
• do, or at least know about, basic bike maintenance
• choose equipment and clothing
• plan the best routes
• handle weather and riding at night

This course is open to anyone 16 and over who can ride a bike, whether you ride to work, to school, to go shopping, or just for the fun of it. You’re never too old to learn to enjoy using your bicycle for transportation!

Your bike must be in good working order (have it checked at a bike shop if there is any doubt) and you must have an approved cycling helmet. Be prepared to ride in any weather.

Bring a lunch and something to drink, as there may not be enough time to go out to eat.

Duration of course 7 to 8 hours.
Cost of course is $ 55.00

Call to register:  John 250-681-5681
or for further information: Jenica - jenica.frisque@gmail.com  or  John: jdscott650@gmail.com

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Do you have anything going on September 14th? Join us at the H2O Centre for the annual Spin for Strong Kids event. This is a fantastic team bulidling event that gives back to kids who wouldn't be able to access the activities they want without the added support. It only takes an hour out of your September day and it a tonne of fun!

Watch this little clip to see what it's all about.

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The MS Society Okanagan Chapter received a cheque for $3,465 from the funds raised at the RONA MS Bike Swap with Fresh Air.  On hand for the cheque presentation was MS Society Chapter Board Members Michelle & Ian Hewitt, Mike Clarke of Fresh Air, Pat Gable Captain of Team RONA for the MS Bike Tour, Tracy Tremble Chair of the Okanagan Chapter MS Society, Jim Little from Fresh Air, and Matt Wachter General Manager RONA.  This event was created to promote the MS Bike Tour this coming September 14th & 15, and engage cyclists to register for the Okanagan Grape Escape at www.msbiketours.ca so they have sufficient time to raised funds in order to participate in the tour this fall.  The funds raised at the bike swap were an added bonus for the chapter and will be used to support our mission; to be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life. For more information contact our office at 250-762-5850 or info.okanagan@mssociety.ca .

MS Society Bike Swap 2013

 

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The Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon is the newest event in the popular series produced by Destination Races. It’s also the first in the series held outside of the United States. Kelowna is the largest city on stunning Okanagan Lake, a year-round recreational paradise in British Columbia, Canada.

This emerging wine region is set amongst beautiful mountains and lakes, with abundant sunshine and ideal growing conditions for many premium wine varietals. Whether you’re a novice or experienced runner, you’ll love this scenic course starting on the East Bench above Kelowna at Vibrant Vines Winery with magnificent views of the lake.

destination-races-kelownaThe course eventually runs along the greenbelt and the lake and finishes in expansive Waterfront Park for the post-race Wine & Music Festival. Activities are planned all weekend so bring your friends or family and plan to stay and play in this spectacular setting!

Registration is NOW OPEN >>>

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brooks-shoes-kelowna-bcBrooks is your go-to company for anything and everything related to the run. As a leading running company that designs and markets high-performance men’s and women’s running shoes, apparel and accessories, we are dedicated to inspiring people to run and be active by creating innovative gear that keeps them running longer, farther, faster and happier. Not only are we dedicated to runners, we are runners. We’re not just a shoe company or an apparel company; we are a running company. It’s all we do. To us, Run Happy® is a celebration of the spiritual essence that make running the most addictive sport the world has ever known—an activity fueled by motivations that are as varied as its participants. Whether young or old, fast or slow, male or female, master or newbie, runners share a passion we live 24×7 at work and at play.

Brooks works each and every day to ensure that all of our footwear products meet the biomechanical needs of runners, enhance comfort, and aid in the prevention of running-related injury. We are responsible for unveiling many breakthrough advancements in running footwear including Brooks DNA, the smart cushioning system that instantaneously adapts to a runner’s unique biomechanics, weight, pace, gait, and surface; BioMoGo, the world’s first biodegradable running shoe midsole that biodegrades 50 times faster than conventional athletic shoe midsoles; Progressive Diagonal Rollbar, a high-tech feature that’s like a dream come true for overpronators; and HPR Green, a durable, long-wearing outsole compound with premium wet-dry traction in an environmentally-friendlier composition.

Our award-winning apparel line fuses function with fashion by using lightweight, moisture-moving fabrics, and adding details every runner can appreciate. Need an extra pocket? You’ve got it. Need to keep your MP3 player or cell phone dry on your run? Not to worry. Need to stand out when it’s dark? We’ve got you covered. Plus our high tech fabrics including Brooks-owned HVAC Pulse Synergy, Shelter Lite, and Epiphany/Revelation will keep you warm and dry during the winter months, and cool and balanced during those hot summer days.

Now, Brooks is helping to answer the question “How do you want to run today?” with the new PureProject collection. Based on the insight that sometimes runners want to “feel” the road when they run and other times want to “float” along on a cushioned ride, Brooks is evolving the footwear selection to help runners find the perfect shoe based on their day-to-day running personality. The new Brooks PureProject, incorporates five technologies to promote a closer to the ground connection to the run, promote a natural stride and weigh less than 10 ounces each.

The Lucky 13 Brooks Adrenaline "Go-To Shoe"

The New Glycerin 10 is 'Sew' Good

The New Ghost 5 is Smooooth

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holiday-hours-blogIt is that time of year again and we have extended our hours at Fresh Air Experience. We know that times are busy so instead of ducking out of work, rushing around on your lunch break or missing a day on the slopes we are open late from now until Christmas.

 

Here is the schedule:

Fresh Air Experience:

December 10th to the 24th
Monday to Saturday 9:30am till 8pm
Sundays 11am till 5pm.

Fresh Air Concept:

Mon-Sat: 9:30am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

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Mother Nature is on our side, blessing the mountain with fat, fluffy flakes over the past week and allowing our Nordic trails to open this Friday, November 16th. Nordic day tickets will be discounted by 50% for the weekend.  “It’s time to get this show on the road” says Guy Paulsen, Silver Star Nordic Manager as he prepares over 20km of groomed trails for opening while gearing up to host Canada’s longest running early season camps. For the first time ever Silver Star and Sovereign Lake Nordic Club will co-host these weekend or week long ‘Supercamps’. The camps run late November and offer the very best in early season Nordic training (with a dash of socializing on the side). For more information on the Supercamps, click here.

It’s not just the great early season conditions and all-inclusive season pass that’s brought the on-mountain buzz, but the anticipated opening of the Alpine terrain very soon. The Comet Express six-pack will be ready to turn November 22nd keeping us all in anticipation – will Mother Nature continue to co-operate? With the on-mountain motto of “Never under-estimate the power of snow dancing” we’re all hoping so!

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Girls Day Out continues its mission of fostering female freeskiing with two weekend ski camps this season. Girls Day Out ski camps will be held at Revelstoke Mountain Resort in Revelstoke, BC, on January 19-20, 2013 and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC, on January 26-27, 2013. Online registration for both events opens on November 15, 2013 at girlsdoski.com/girls-day-out.

Girls Day Out events are two-day ski camps that cultivate a supportive community of like-minded female skiers—getting more female skiers on the mountains and connecting those already out there. All Girls Day Out coaches have been or currently are professional skiers. Coaches include Leah Evans, Izzy Lynch, Tessa Treadway, Sarah Frood, Jill Young, Zoya Lynch and Leslie Hogg.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort camp prices are $300 for the camp only, or $388 for the camp and two one-day adult lift tickets. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort camp prices are $300 for the camp only, or $392 for the camp and two one-day adult lift tickets. Camp fees include an opening Rockette clinic, professional coaching, two exquisite lunches, Salomon demos, workshops and a guaranteed prize. Workshop topics include “Inspire: A tribute to Sarah Burke and other teachers” and “SheJumps into Life: Exploring your passion for skiing and how it relates to your wildest dreams.” A professional photographer will be on site to capture the experience.

Girls Day Out is proud to announce a new sponsorship with Salomon for the 2012-13 season. Each Girls Day Out event will feature Salomon demos. Try the Rockette 115, Geisha 100, Rockette 92 or Rockette 90 skis, and the all-new Salomon Guardian bindings. “Salomon’s sponsorship demonstrates a big commitment to the future of female skiing,” says Girls Day Out Owner Leah Evans. “With their partnership, we are able to give camp participants a chance to try out the leading edge in ski technology to develop their own confidence on the slopes.”

Based in Revelstoke, British Columbia, Girls Day Out was founded in 2007 by professional skier Leah Evans and draws its inspiration directly from the mountains. More than just a ski lesson, Girls Day Out provides a life lesson on skis where all women are equal and encouraged to achieve their personal best.

Girls-do-Ski-Camps-2To learn more about Girls Day Out and to register for a workshop, please visit girlsdoski.com/girls-day-out.

For more information, please contact:
Leah Evans
Owner, Girls Day Out
(250) 683-8118
leah@girlsdoski.com
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The Innagural Shred the Shore event was a huge success! Hosted in downtown Kelowna on the shores of Okanagan Lake, skiers and boarders took to the rails and showed the crowds what a rail jam can really be like. There were upwards of 1000 people who saw the event and everyone young and old loved it.

The two day event was put on by us (Fresh Air), Komunity.com, Oakley, and Voluerz with this edit shot and produced by The Business.

A huge thanks to the Ciity of Kelowna for hositing the event, all our voluteers, the participants and the spectators. This was a fantastic event and we are stoked on what is to come next year...

- Fresh Air

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The first annual Annual Shred the Shore event kicked-off over the weekend in Kelowna.

The premiere Freeski and Snowboard festival was put on by Fresh Air, and designed to get people excited for the upcoming snow season.

A rail jam took place in Stuart Park, where over 60 riders competed on snow shipped in for the event.

Multiple movies also premiered at the Kelowna Community Theater over the two days, which featured skiing and snowboarding's top talent.

According to Mike Clark of Fresh Air, over 1000 people attended the event. 

All Photos by Jordan Sullivan

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The Strong Kids running series was a huge success in its inaugural season. This kids race series was designed to be a fun race for kids where participation and getting used to race environments was our key goal. The event was also to raise money for the YMCA Strong Kids program. Fresh Air is very pleased to add this donation to its $5000 donation to Strong Kids this year.  There will be a few happy kids because of this money raised.

We would also like to take this time to apologize for the misdirection the older racers received at the beginning of the race. It seems like we've hit a few speed bumps this season with this series and will strive to fix these issues next year. Thanks again for everyones participation this season it was very cool seeing how stoked the kids were to race. We'd also like to thank Bill Stephens and Cindy Rhodes for the work they did in making this series possible.  I would be happy to take any questions or feedback you have from the race and can be reached at mike@freshair.ca

pdfClick here for Race #3 Results >>>

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Hey everyone!

It was awesome to see a bunch of you out to train this past week!  I hope to see even more people attending this week.  

Just a couple of notes:

  • The rides this week are all outside, but meeting at Fresh Air Concept.  Bring both a front and rear light as it's getting a bit dark.  The rides this past week we so much fun so don't miss em!
  • The swims are at Parkinson in the mornings on Monday and Friday, and one in the evening on Wednesday.  It takes time to develop your swim so what better time to start training than now.
  • I've really been enjoying the runs at Knox.  Monday and Wednesday are both easier Structural days so perfect if you are unsure about the pace.  The Friday session we will be working on technique/mechanics/power with a repeat format so it is impossible to be left behind.

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Luke Way
Coach,  Bike Fit Specialist,  Professional Athlete

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apple-triathlon-clinicIt was another fantastic event! Thanks to all the athletes, volunteers, sponsors, fans, spectators and city workers for all the hard work and dedication.


Here is a link to the results from the 2012 Kelowna Apple Triathlon:

http://www.raceheadquarters.com/results/rhqResultsMulti.php?nYear=2012#aug

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geared-up-to-end-msEverything Starts and Finishes at RONA when you sip, savour, and cycle to endMS!  On Saturday September 8th and Sunday September 9th MS Bike Tour participants will cycle through the Central Okanagan visiting a variety of venues to sip and savour all we have to offer.  This is a fundraiser for the Okanagan Chapter of the MS Society of Canada, to participate you must raised the minimum pledge amount of $300 in donations for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.  To get more information on the on the ride go to www.msbiketours.ca and choose the Okanagan Grape Escape.
Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease. While it is most often diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 40, we know that it affects children, some as young as two years old. The impact is felt by family, friends and by the community. MS is unpredictable, affecting vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Its effects are physical, emotional, financial, and last a lifetime. There is no cure.

MS Bike Tour participants will be well taken care of on this tour, with coffee and muffins to start your Saturday morning at pledge drop off, lunch at Vibrant Vines Winery and dinner at Michealbrook Ranch.  Sunday morning we will start your day with a pancake breakfast and finish your ride with a BBQ hosted at Rona.  Snacks and water will be available along the route as you visit wineries and other venues for complimentary tastings, and all your purchases will be brought back to RONA for pick up at the end of the day.  Please contact Miriam for more information at Miriam.king@mssociety.ca or call 250-762-5850.

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John Machuga of Kelowna set the pace at the Midsummer 8K road race Sunday with a time of 27:09.  Weather conditions were ideal for the 180 runners participating in this the 7th event in the Interior Road Race series.  Second place went to Hans Aabye of Merritt in 27:42 and third to Kelowna’s Nate Reiter in 28:11.

Two Kelowna wheelchair athletes completed the course:  Paul Clark in 24:37 and Rob Mabey in 39:05.

YMCA-Strong-Kids-Series-2-2012Other local runners winning their age category were: Trevor Haaheim (M40-44) 28:41; Rory Switzer (M50-54) 29:11; Michelle Blackburne (F16-19) 33:54; Danita Schreiber (F45-49) 34:18; Cindy Rhodes (F55-59) 34:44; Tiffany Fowler (F40-44) 35:43; Pana Athanasopoulos (F35-39) 36:26; Teddy Boyko (M65-69) 38:19; Bonni Walker (F60-64) 40:05; Diane Leonard (F65-69) 40:59; Bill Stephens (M70-74) 42:31; Liz Borrett
(F70-74) 43:07.

Also featured was a kids race sponsored by Fresh Air and the Y’s Strong Kids program.  There were 57 athletes taking part.  It became a family affair as some parents ran with their children over the 1K and 2K courses.  Winners were: under 7 age group Jaxon Boettcher; 8-10 years female Jaxon Slaney; 8-10 years male Addison Poulson; 11-13 years female Avi Stevens; 11-13 years male James Craig.

The next event in the Interior Road Series is the Peak to Beak 18K Race on September 9 hosted by the Kelowna Running Club.  There will be another kids race October 21 in conjunction with the Larry Nicholas Memorial Cross Country Run.

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