Trends, Favorite Gear, and Most / Least Durable Products, with Eric Helmbrecht of Powder Hound AK (Ep.41)

Alaska is a place where your gear really needs to hold up. So we talk to Eric Helmbrecht, owner of Powder Hound Ski Shop in Girdwood Alaska, about the trends he’s seeing in skiing and snowboarding; the gear with the most and the least durability issues; some of his favorite gear; the most Alaskan thing ever; and more.

Eric Helmbrecht in Powder Hound Ski Shop in Girdwood Alaska

TOPICS & TIMES

  • How Powder Hound has evolved (2:30)
  • Trending: Resort skiing vs. backcountry skiing (7:00)
  • What gear are you most psyched on? (9:58)
  • Ski boots: heat molding shells vs. traditional boot work (15:37)
  • Favorite bindings? (19:53)
  • Some favorite skis for Alyeska / AK? (24:29)
  • Gear with the least & most durability issues (31:32)
  • Eric’s take on “Bang for your buck” products (35:23)
  • Favorite new outerwear (40:55)
  • Powder Hound’s growing snowboard business (43:17)
  • The most Alaskan thing ever (51:08)
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