Aiders of Aspen ski club can get discount on Stöckli skis |

Aiders of Aspen ski club can get discount on Stöckli skis

The local rep for Stöckli skis is offering a healthy discount for anyone who donates at least $100 to the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.

Aaron Humphrey, a part-time coach with the AVSC, has been selling the handmade Swiss skis in the valley for three seasons.

“What I’m trying to do is get people to donate a minimum of $100 to the club, then I take $150 off the retail price,” he said, adding that this year’s hot Stöckli is the Stormrider XL Offroad, which retails for $799.

To qualify for the discount, the donation must have been made on or after Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27.

Humphrey has offered the same deal in past seasons, but only on a low-key, word-of-mouth level. Mark Cole, AVSC executive director, said he has seen Humphrey put up a sign at the club’s annual equipment expo in past years offering a discount for a donation.

Humphrey said he wanted to get the word out this year in order to help the club make up for some of the funding lost with the cancellation of the 24 Hours of Aspen, a charity fund-raiser that has been a big donor to the AVSC in recent years.

“I just want to help,” Humphrey said. “The club needs everything it can get.”

Cole has said in recent weeks that the loss of support from the 24 Hours race is a big blow to the AVSC’s bottom line. But yesterday he said The Thrift Store Foundation, an annual supporter, donated a record $20,000 to the club. And a few donors have stepped up to help pay for the club’s effort to include more Latino children.

A mailer is being sent out to potential donors this month. The club is also waiting on a decision from the Aspen Valley Community Foundation about a grant request through the foundation’s Latino Initiative. Cole said he won’t really know how the club has done in its fund-raising efforts until the beginning of next year.

If Humphrey’s Stöckli offer takes off, the club could end up with several hundred dollars, perhaps even a few thousand more than it otherwise would.

Skiing Magazine said the Stormrider XL Offroad ski has “more metal than an SUV,” terming it the “strongest and most powerful of the all-mountain skis.” As way of criticism, the magazine said simply, “It’s not playful.”

“It definitely skis like a race ski,” Humphrey said. “It wants to be going fast. I think what sets it apart is that this is a limited production ski, like all Stöcklis. There will probably be only 2,500 made worldwide.”

To demo any of the Stöckli models, call Humphrey at 948-2637 or e-mail him at stö

“Everyone who’s ever tried a pair has bought them,” Humphrey warned. “The demo is free, but the results can be expensive,” and fortuitous for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.

Allyn Harvey’s e-mail address is

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