Sure it's the middle of August and we're all trying to keep from melting, but did you know the next solstice is the winter solstice? Believe the hype, it is true. While most people are shopping for pencils and Trapper Keepers for back to school, you should be thinking about you're kids and when are you going to get them skiing or snowboarding! Don't worry, we've got some articles and thoughts to help you get ready!
Haven't we all dreamed of owning our ski resort? We certainly have and now, low-and-behold, Soldier Mountain in beautiful Fairfield, ID, is on the market. Did you know that Bruce Willis was once the owner? Yipee-ka-yeh-mothafucka. Does it get sweet dumps, yes, then why are the current owners selling? Could be gambling debts, could be they'd rather just move Arizona and phone it in...who knows? We're going to discuss what it would take to actually buy these glorious beast and what it would take to turn her into a winner.
Part 2 of our conversation with our pal, Frank. We discuss the most recent acquisition by Vail Resorts, purchasing Peak Resorts. We discuss the pros and cons and how it will affect skiers and snowboarders.
It's the end of July. As skiers and snowboarders, we're all starting to get a little sick of this hot and humid weather. What are skiers and boarders to do in such times? We talk or our buddy Frank about skiing and whatever other madness manifests when we get together.
It's almost ski season, so what are two ski bums to do? Travel, of course. Even though there is no snow, we both went to countries that are well known skiing and snowboarding hotbeds, Italy and Norway. Now we are back home to discuss.
Freedom, fireworks, independence, bbqs...these are all things people think about when they think of the 4th of July. While all those things are wonderful, your pals are also thinking about skiing. We take a look at where you can still ski or snowboard this 4th of July weekend.
Ahhhhhhh, AlmostSkiSeason, time to kick back and unwind. Our opinions of summer have changed over time, from dread, to embracing what is possible and how to better prepare for ski season. We thought we were going to have nothign to talk about, but this ended up turning into an epic think tank podcast episode. So much so, we had to break it into two part. Here's the first part, we hope you enjoy it!
Ahhhhhhh, AlmostSkiSeason, time to kick back and unwind. Our opinions of summer have changed over time, from dread, to embracing what is possible and how to better prepare for ski season. We thought we were going to have nothing to talk about, but this ended up turning into an epic think tank podcast episode. So much so, we had to break it into two part. Here's the first part, we hope you enjoy it!
It's been over a year since Mario and Brian were together in the same room recording a podcast together. It was no simple feat. Mario had to overcome weather delays, airport drama and a slow train that had police activity due to a drug overdose. None of that could stop him and we were able to hang out and record a podcast before Mario started his NYC mini-vacation.
Some people are born wealthy, some people are born connected and some people are born both. Most of us need to grind our way to the top. Good thing there's services like Kickstarter to help folks with great ideas raise money and connect to new customers. We take a look at some of the cool ski-related (and other) projects that are going on right now.
If you listened to the last two episodes of the podcast, you may be convinced that both Brian and Mario suffer from some sort of brain damage. We cannot completly disagree with your assessment. CTE was big on a lot of radars after a great movie with Will Smith, but the issue doesn't go away after the box office sales go away. Every sport all the time, it's still an issue. We share some information we've found to help you avoid damaging your beautiful brains.
If you missed part 1, you'll want to check out episode 162. You listened and you're still back for more? God bless ya, you're one of us! I'm not sure if I'd say this episode is 'art' in the purest sense of the word, but there is something beautiful about it. In the same way two vintage Ferraris crashed into each other is also beautiful. Take a listen and you'll see what we mean.
As the season winds down we chat with one of the OG pioneers of the podcast. You know him (and love him) from the bean of he week, our pal, Frank.
Every great farmers knows that a bountiful harvest begins with careful preparation. The most critical step in that preparation is planting of seeds. We are metaphorical farmers planning for the methaphorical planting of our ski seeds. Join us on our journey.
As the ski and snowboard season winds down, many of us are starting to battle with seasonal depression. Yes, the plebs say you get that in the winter, but we're different. After seeing all our precious, glorious snow melt away we need to find a way to go on and make it to next season. We're here to help, but first jump in your bathtub and pop a Skialis!
As we start looking at the ski season wrap up, it becomes necessary to start taking a look at what was great, not so great, and what is still on that bucket list. Join us for a stroll through our season and thoughts for making next season that much better.
We talk a lot about cannabis on the show (I mean, we have a whole Gonjola section, every week). It's almost April 20th, pretty much Christmas for cannabis enthusiasts, but do you know why 420 has become synonymous with cannabis? How about why cannabis is illegal in the first place? Why does a skiing podcast care so much? All these questions and more will be answered when you check out this week's episode.
We don't want to say it, but we're all aware that the end of the ski and snowboard season is approaching. The bums aren't ready to hang their skis up yet, so last weekend we went up to Killington to check out the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge. Part serious amateur mogul competition, part serious party atmosphere. We had a great time and want to tell you all about it.
This week we chat with Alicia and Ray from Alba Adventures, a family that creates short films about their on-snow (and off-snow) adventures. Their motto is "A Family That Skis Together Stays Together," and you can see, hear and feel that in the work created by these award-winning filmmakers. We had a wonderful conversation with them and hope you enjoy it!
"There's no place like home," as the old saying goes. Then again those same people also say "you can't go home again." When it comes to skiing and snowboarding these both hold true for our home mountain, Killington, Vermont. Travel and experience can give you perspective and after partaking in the former and acquiring the latter, we still love our home mountain and give you some thoughts and tips to help you enjoy it as well.
It's St. Patrick's Day weekend! That can mean very different things to us skiers and snowboarders depending on the snowpack. This year it's safe to say most of North America will be able to grab some green beer and plenty of sweet turns. We discuss 5 St. Patrick's Day festivals around the country that are worth checking out from our buddy Rich at All About Apres.
Skiing and snowboarding are tough sports. You can crash into trees, fall off cliffs or just tweak something popping through sweet bumps on a powder day. Injuries happen and unfortunatley it happened to our buddy Nick who's drops by the podcast to tell us how his rehab is going and what we can do to prevent it from happening next time.
Sometimes money is tight. This isn't a big deal in the summer, but during ski and snowboard season, it's a real problem. Brian and Mario discuss ways to make and save some money so you can maximize your season.
Brian is finally back from his trip to the magical state of Colorado doing some skiing at both Vail and Beaver Creek. It was his first time there and Mario was there two years ago so we chat about what it's like to ski like the other half do at Fabulous Beaver Creek and Vail.
What a crazy week, Mario is just getting back from St. Moritz and Brian is just getting ready to head out to Colorado. There was a slight chance of us not putting out a podcast for 2+ weeks, but we couldn't do that you, our loyal listeners. We're doing a quick recap of Mario's trip to St. Moritz Switzerland.
Someone's getting ready to go to Switzerland. That's right, your pal Mario is packing his skis and alpenhorn and heading out to St. Moritz. He's going to talk a little bit about what he's got on his itinerary and how to follow him during his trip.
This week we chat with our favorite ski buddy, Nick. We had an initial idea about what we were going to talk about, but instead we discussed Kenny G, the ideal ski mountain and town, what is a classic Gibson martini and Taylor Ham vs. pork roll. Strap in, because this is a fun episode.
What skier doesn't think about having a little help getting out to new terrain? Jim Maidment, inventor of the Skizee not only thought about it, but he created a way to make it happen. As soon as we found out about it, we were interested in finding out more. Fortunately for us, we were able to talk to Donna Paddon and Ryan Williams from Skizee and get the inside scoop on what it is and what it does.
Another year in the books, which means it's time to reflect on the past year, but also to look ahead. We chat about some of the things we are looking to do in this upcoming year including both skiing and what we're going to do to make this podcast even more awesome (and you didn't think it was possible!)
When most people think of skiing in Europe, they think of skiing in the Alps. Sure, Switzerland, Austria, France & Italy are awesome, but what about going a little further north to place that held the olympics about 20 years ago? We have a special guest this week, Brian's father-in-law Til, who lives in Norway. He tells us where to and what to expect if you decide to be a little adventurous and head there to do some skiing.
Preparing for a trip can be stressful - what to bring, how much to pack and be careful that your luggage isn't over the weight limit! We're hear to help with some tips to make sure your preparation process is smooth and easy, High Falutin Ski Bum Style.
It's the holiday season, and in order to get some good snow karma, you have to be kind to your friends and family and show your love, by purchasing them some gifts. If you're going to do it, you should do it right and we have a few good ideas to help.
The viewing of a new Warren Miller film is the kick-off of ski and snowboard season for most. The bums were lucky enough to get tickets to the Morristown, NJ showing and on this episode, discuss the new film "Face of Winter."
What happens when you combine ice hockey and ski cross? Well, you have one of the fastest, most exciting new sports that Red Bull calls Crashed Ice. At the Boston Ski & Snowboard show, we were lucky enough to chat with 2x RedBull Crashed Ice Champion Cameron Naasz.
It's the return of our pal, Rich, from @allaboutapres. We talk about what he's been up to getting ready for the season and gives a sneak peak about how to win a trip to the upcoming Winter Wondergrass Festival in Stratton, VT.