As Covid-19 rages on, we're starting to see the trickle down effects of the economic shutdown in the ski & snowboard industry. It's not just the resorts, but all the other people who depend on the resorts that are now being affected. We chat with our new friend Brian Finch, a physical therapist and strength trainer living in Killington, VT, on what it's like in a ski town during the shutdown and how we can do our part to help.
We're back with our buddy Nick from Seattle to talk about corona virus, quarantine and what one Epic Pass holder thinks about how Vail Resorts is treating its customers in this unprecedented situation.
Not sure if you've heard, but this covid-19 corona virus is becoming a big deal. We tried to deny it and fight it, but it's here. It's so bad, it's prematurely ended the 2019-20 ski and snowboard season, shuttered all sporting events and disrupted the lives of almost everyone in the world. It shan't disrupt the podcast and we've got our friend Hunter Roberts (@hunterthesnowdad) back on the show. We're going to talk about how this affected us and what we can do to stay sane in these trying times
This is big one, #200! Can you believe it? We've reunited the band - Brian, Mario and Steve for a recap of where we're been in the 5 years since we started this adventure and where we intend to go.
This is the third and final installment of the "Car Chronicles," where Brian and Rich from All About Après recap their amazing trip to Western New York. We chat about late night in Ellicotville, NY, skiing at Holimont, a private ski club and re-recap our whole trip and all the great folks we met.
Ellicottville has been called "the Aspen of the East." Frankly, I find that embarrassing for Ellicottville, which is way more chill, real and fun than the elitist, douche-rocket utopia that is Aspen. Want to hear about it? Join us for Part 2 of the recap as Brian and our buddy Rich, from All About Après, recap their trip to Holiday Valley and Ellicottville, New York.
There's nothing better than a ski trip. Oh wait, yes there is, a ski trip with plenty of fresh snow and lots of great people, food and libations. Luckily for Brian, his trip last week was action-packed with all three. Join us for a recap as Brian and our buddy Rich, from All About Après, recap their trip to Peek'n Peak and Chautauqua County, New York.
Knee injuries. Sadly, they're a part of skiing and snowboarding. Luckily, there are many ways to repair and prevent these injuries so we can keep doing the sports we love at the highest level we can. One of these products is Bracelayer, a knee-stabilizing compression pant. We got to chat with the company's founder, Dan, who created this product and how it can help anyone. We're using them and let us tell you, you will feel like a superhero when you put these pants on!
Great artists suffer for their art. Mario was one of those artists last week when he suffered a long 9 hour flight in order to ski the Italian Alps in beautiful Sestriere. Stay tuned to hear more about Mario's adventure and some tips if you want to take your own Italian adventure.
A few weeks ago, Andrea and I were lucky enough to spend a few days up at Sugarbush in Vermont. It was still early season, so not everything was open, but we got lucky with some unexpected snow and had great hosts. We were also in the middle of craft beer nirvana which included multiple trips to Lawson's Finest Liquids. Join us as we recap our trip on the car ride home from Sugarbush.
Being skiing and snowboarders, we sometimes take for granted how lucky we are to be able to participate in this amazing sport. Some folks like, winter4kids.org is taking it a step further and helping to introduce kids the sport that we love who made not have had the opportunity before. One of these good folks is our friend Nelly. She works for winter4kids.org and has been busy preparing for their big event on 2/14, the NorAm Cup.
Best of 2019 - Our interview with our friend Ryan from Till I Die
Best of 2019 continues. Here's our interview with Anelise Bergin, Director of Communications at Ski Utah.
Our interview with our friend Hunter Roberts who is leaving Brooklyn and heading out to Squaw Valley.
Our interview with our friend Matt Pepin from the Boston Globe
Recap of our first interview with the folks from Alba Adventures
Best of 2019 - Our interview with Ryan and Donna from Skizee.
Did you know there are other ski podcasts out there besides ours? I know, neither did we! Fortunately for us, we were contacted by the guys from The Ski Podcast over in Europe. After going back and forth for months, we finally sat down with Jim Duncombe, half of the Ski Podcast, who is bumming it in La Cluscza, France.
Ski & snowboard season is here, but we’re always thinking about ways to improve so we can go bigger, faster and longer on the snow. The folks at Rollerblade had the same idea, creating the Skate-to-Ski app. We chat with Myles from Rollerblade about how they created it and how it can help make you a better skier.
The idea of indoor skiing in New Jersey has been alive since 2004 when ground broke on what was then called Xanadu and has finally manifested into what is now American Dream. More specifically Big Snow, the first indoor ski resort in North America is no longer a dream, as of December 5, 2019, it is open for business. We were fortunate enough to be there for opening day with our friend (and original podcast member) Steve, to tell you all about it.
Skiing and snowboarding are awesome. Traveling to go ski and snowboard is awesome. Planning travel sucks. How do you get there, where should you stay, is there a good shop to demo skis and boards? It's enough to make one not want to travel at all (well, almost). Wouldn't it be great if there was a company that set up turn-key trips to amazing ski/snowboard destinations? We chat w/ Mike from First Chair Travel Co. who does exactly that. They even have a sweet trip to Banff, Alberta planned for March 7-14th 2020 that you can still jump on.
It's always a big event when the Ski and Snowboard Expo rolls into Boston. This was our second year attending and it did not disappoint. We got to meet up with some of our old friends, but also made some new friends. This week we recap our trip, which has become our new favorite way to kickoff the ski and snowboard season.
You may think you have a cool job, but is one of your job requirements to make sure you ski at all the resorts in your state? If not, you might want to update your resume. This week, we interviewed Anelise Bergin, Director of Communications at Ski Utah. We had a great conversation, but she had trouble picking a favorite place to ski in Utah. With all that great snow and terrain, it truly is Snowphie's Choice.
We've all had that dream. You know, the one where you actually play the hero in the movie that is your life and make that bold choice to leave your job and your commute and move to the mountains. While most of us just wake up and plug back into the Matrix, some people actually follow their dream. On this week's podcast we talk to one of those people, our new friend, Hunter Roberts who's packing up his family, leaving Brooklyn and moving out to Squaw Valley.
Doing this podcast has allowed us to meet some very cool people in the ski and snowboard industry. Recently, Brian met Ryan from Till I Die and now we have another awesome person to add to that list. He was so cool, he even took the time to join us for an interview. If you want to hear a tale of ups, downs and backflips then you'll enjoy our chat with Ryan.
"A family that skis together, stays together." That's the motto of our guests these weeks, our friends Ray, Alicia, Sandro and Nevada from Alba Adventures. They ski all winter, travel all summer and document their adventures for all of us to enjoy. It's the family you wish you were part of when you were growing up. They've been traveling the film festival circuit, but found some time to chat with us. We think you'll enjoy it.
Resorts have started to open out west, snow has started falling here in the east and everyone is getting excited for ski season. This year, we partnered with our friends, Rich from All About Aprés and Jill from Jill Beth Travel, to get some friends together and throw a party to kick off the season.
Last time we checked, no one has control over the weather. As snowsports enthusiasts, we would certainly drop the temperatures and crank up the precipitation so that we could ski and snowboard our favorite mountains all year long. The next best thing we have is man-made, snow-making technology. It's something that's easy to take for granted, but a lot of time and energy goes into getting that extra slippery white goodness that we need. We look at some of the constraints and capabilities that go into making sure we can maximize the number of turns we make, all winter.
Panic is starting to set in as Boston sports teams are stuck in a historic championship drought of almost 8 months. The good news is, we finally get to catch up with our pal Matt Pepin, Sports Editor of the Boston Globe. He is also the curator of the It's All Downhill" newsletter that you should subscribe to more ski news, information and stories, every week during the ski season.
Rumor has it, Oktoberfest was started 186 years ago by King Ludwig as a celebration of the end of summer and a welcoming of the beginning of ski season. As excited as Mad King Ludwig, it pales in comparison to Mario's excitement this year. Not only does he have some epic ski trips already planned, he's about to head out to Germany and attend the final weekend of Oktoberfest! It's not his first time, so he's got some tips and advice for those looking to celebrate.
The snow continues to fall all around the Northern Hemisphere and everyone is itching to get their boots on and get on the mountain. Patience, our friends, there's still a little time before we all go wooshing down the mountain. There is planning, conversations and schmoozing to be completed. We talk about the ski.com event last week in NYC and the other events we have coming up in the weeks.
It's our first podcast after the big Labor Day weekend! If you followed us on Instagram, you would've seen that Brian was busy building a dope ass Adirondack chair made out of skis (as well as a shot ski). What you may not have known, was that Brian also went on a 3-day cleanse after the Labor Day weekend because of all the margaritas, pizza and ice cream pizza (yes, it's a thing) that he ate. Want to know more? Listen to this week's epsiode, which is all about Brian!
Summer is wrapping up and we chat about what's ahead for us this ski season as Mario hunkers down for hurricane. The Farmer's Almanac is calling for a "Polar Coaster" winter and our beloved Zermatt goes on the Ikon Pass. Take a listen and celebrate the end of summer with your pals!
If you enjoyed our last episode, you'll love this one. It's part 2 of our chat with Rich from AllAboutApres.com. This episode is the Main Topic, which was chatting with Rich and Under The Ropes. We get philosophical about skiing, apres ski and tomahawk steaks.
It's been a long hot summer and often we spend time, by ourselves pondering life, the previous ski season and the upcoming ski season. As much fun as it is to ponder by oneself, sometimes, it's even more fun to have a conversation with a buddy. This week, that's exactly what we do, as we sat down with our pal Rich from All About Apres. We talk about why we do what we do and where we all want to go.