The podcast that provides something helpful and something entertaining in every episode. Lance and Mike cover planning for the ski season, buying passes, travel ideas, family skiing, niche trips, nostalgic looks-back-in-time. Topics just long enough to for conversations "on the lift" include everything skiing. From curing a hang-over and making first chair, to dancing in ski boots apre in the bar, there's no shortage of ski culture on this show. Interviews, neighborhood ski hills, homemade snow making, back country, side country, in-bounds, out of bounds - yep, you'll hear about it. Landing the resort town job. Affording overpriced tickets. You get the picture. We're here to share your ski experience with you.
Avalanche Training and Mt. Baker Review with Colin
listeners loved Colin’s interview during Episode 13. This is the follow-up we promised. Colin has now completed avalanche training and backcountry education. He’s also already got 18 days of skiing and it is only January 20. His local hill is near Bellingham, Washington. It is Mt. Baker, a rockin’ awesome area. Colin gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of Mt. Baker. He’ll lead you through the most extreme of its turf, the generally difficult terrain, and cruiser runs for everybody. Baker is famous for two unique races. They are the Banked Slalom and Ski to Sea. It has a natural half-pipe. That’s where the Banked Slalom race happens. Ski to sea is a race that starts with downhill skiing on Mt. Baker, includes cross-country skiing, cycling, and kayaking. Enjoy this groovy episode.
Mt. Bachelor Dissection and Huck It or Chuck It
Mike and Lance talk about Mt. Bachelor. ‘Twas a beautiful 3 day ski weekend for Lance. Mike was there recently as well. We love Bend. We love Sunriver. We love Bachelor. And we do our best to share our history of the place with you. From accommodation location options, to food, to shuttles and parking, and, of course, skiing the whole mountain, we’ve got it all for you on this episode.
End of POWDER Magazine Part 1 and the Reservation Game
Lance and Mike begin what will be an ongoing conversation about the importance of POWDER Magazine to the soul of skiing. We have more to say about this super-influential magazine in upcoming episodes, but can’t help but begin some appreciation for the Moe brothers and founders and influential editors over the nearly 50 years of the mag. We also talk about reservations and parking reservations. It’s part of the COVID-era skiing game. A little like a tee time for golfing, but a lot different than we’re used to.
Chris and Backcountry Option to Sold Out Ski Resorts, and Trees Do Not Move
Chris shares his coping tool when the resorts are sold-out: show up with AT gear and two friends and earn some turns in the backcountry, side-country, or wherever the adventure awaits. He tells us all about the progression of gear, thoughts on safety, and his dedication to lifestyle fitness. And there is also the tree. If it weren’t for all the cold east coast snow, one might say Chris’s intro to skiing at 13 years old was a bit of a baptism by fire.
17 - IndyPass and Lance Goes Fashion Forward
One of our Midwest callers, Erin, reminds us to explore the Indy Pass. A great 2-day per resort pass that features some smaller resorts throughout North America. Erin caught the ski-but last year, in her 40s! She reminds us that the little areas can rock, and the pass might be an affordable way to diversify the family ski weekend experiences.
Lance abandons a blue-only parka life, and Mike recalls showing up to a guys ski trip wearing leather. Despite COVID, the season is in full bloom, and we are On The Lift!
16 - Masks Save Jobs, Go Pro Max, Ticket Snip - with Blake
Blake is an avid skier. He’s an exceptional ski conversationalist. He’s a fantastic photographer. He knows the nooks and crannies of his favorite mountain like no other. He also wants to stay safe and keep the mountains open during COVID. His review of the Go Pro Max (no – not a sponsor; but wouldn’t that be nice!) will have you heading out to buy one to preserve your skiing memories from any number of points of view.