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The Blister Podcast is Blister's series of weekly conversations with the most fascinating and passionate people in the outdoor sports world. We’ll talk with top-level skiers, climbers, mountain bikers, snowboarders, product designers, and various Blister reviewers about their sport, their industry, and whatever else is on their minds— or ours.
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    • 4.9, 161 Ratings

The Blister Podcast is Blister's series of weekly conversations with the most fascinating and passionate people in the outdoor sports world. We’ll talk with top-level skiers, climbers, mountain bikers, snowboarders, product designers, and various Blister reviewers about their sport, their industry, and whatever else is on their minds— or ours.
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    How to Recreate Responsibly in the Time of COVID

    How to Recreate Responsibly in the Time of COVID

    As a number of locations are beginning to relax travel restrictions and are able to welcome visitors back, we wanted to discuss some important reminders and best practices for recreating responsibly in this time of COVID.
    If you do not have time to listen to the full conversation, then we strongly encourage you to check out the show notes to this episode to ensure that you are up-to-date on state and local ordinances.
    So let’s all commit to doing things the right way, setting a good example, and not making our current situation harder on our local communities or the communities we might visit.
    IMPORTANT LINKS:
    * https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
    * https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/visitors.html
    * https://www.nps.gov/index.htm
    * https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/us-map
    * https://gunnisoncrestedbutte.com/
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Recreating Responsibly (5:53)Trail Etiquette (9:02)Camping Etiquette (12:37)Parking Lot Etiquette (14:53)Constant Mindfulness + An Analogy (15:47)Final Thoughts & Recommendations (18:36)
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    • 21 min
    Geoff McFetridge on The Abstract Wild by Jack Turner

    Geoff McFetridge on The Abstract Wild by Jack Turner

    In the latest installment of our Blister Book Club, we talk with the artist, Geoff McFetridge, about Jack Turner’s book, The Abstract Wild. We discuss why Geoff selected this book; why it isn’t designed to be a comfortable read; why we need to get clear on the distinction between “the wild” and “wilderness”; and why we think that every reader of BLISTER ought to read this book.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Why did you select this book? (2:50)McFetridge on Art (11:44)Geoff’s stand out parts of the book (23:17)Turner’s influences and style (31:20)Ideas and intentions of the book (36:48)“The Wild” vs “Wilderness” (47:20)Implications of this book for all of us (53:28)
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    On the State of Heli Skiing: Henry Munter, Chugach Powder Guides

    On the State of Heli Skiing: Henry Munter, Chugach Powder Guides

    Henry Munter is a lead heli guide and the general manager of Chugach Powder Guides in Girdwood, AK. We talk with him about making the call to shut down operations right as the heli season was in full swing; the evolution of heli skiing over the past 20-30 years; decision making, memory, and some of the tools and practices and books that Henry uses in forecasting, guiding clients, and handling all types of different aspects of the business; and we discuss environmentalism and heli skiing, and how Henry and others at CPG are thinking about those two things.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    COVID & this past season (4:00)How long have you been at CPG? (9:50)How & when did you meet Paul Forward? (14:57)Growing up (17:28)The evolution of heli skiing (24:18)Safety assessment tools & advances (32:12)Decision making (39:03)Bad Decisions vs Wrong Decisions (45:31)Fear / Stress Meter (53:01)Memory, Hans Georg Gadamer, & Winnie the Pooh (54:50)Environmentalism, Sustainability, & Heli Skiing (1:05:17)Projectdrawdown.com (1:15:33)
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    X Games Real Ski 2020 Gold Medalist, Jake Mageau

    X Games Real Ski 2020 Gold Medalist, Jake Mageau

    The X Games Real Ski competition is an invitation-only event, where some of the top skiers in the world go out and put together a 90-second street edit. The creativity and talent on display in real ski is always bonkers, and we’ve talked with past X Games winners and fan favorites, like Magnus Graner (Blister Podcast #36) and LJ Strenio (Blister Podcast #94).
    And today, we’re talking with Jake Mageau, who in 2019 was voted the Real Ski fan favorite, and then this year, Jake took home the Real Ski 2020 gold medal.
    Jake walks us through what really goes into filming a 90-second submission to Real Ski; scouting and settling on locations; the insane “Mind Flip” he puts down in this edit, and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Jake’s approach to Real Ski 2019 vs 2020 (10:07)Finding locations (14:21)The Roof (17:58)The Dam (20:27)What’s your headspace like before filming a shot (28:17)Do you have a favorite moment from the edit? (33:46)The Mind Flip (36:05)Thoughts on “Style” (44:25)Fishing (46:52)
    Jake’s Real Ski 2020 Edit
    Jake’s Real Ski 2019 Edit

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    • 50 min
    SKI INC. 2020: The Current State & Future of the Ski Industry

    SKI INC. 2020: The Current State & Future of the Ski Industry

    The ski industry has undergone rapid changes in the past several years, and we are currently in another unprecedented moment with the COVID-19 pandemic. So to help us better understand the past, present, and future of the ski industry, we talked to industry veteran and author of SKI INC, and SKI INC. 2020, Chris Diamond, about the rise of the EPIC and IKON passes; this recent era of rampant ski resort acquisitions; the state (and fate) of independent ski areas; whether COVID-19 will likely have lasting impacts on the ski industry; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES
    Background: from bartender to CEO (3:26)What led you to write SKI INC? (14:24)Why did you write SKI INC. 2020? (26:30)Chess Match: Vail / EPIC Pass vs. Alterra / IKON (35:38)How will COVID-19 affect the ski industry? (44:02)The future of independent ski resorts? (49:54)Predictions: future acquisitions & industry trends (55:22)
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    • 1 hr
    Crash Course: How to Telemark Ski, Part 1

    Crash Course: How to Telemark Ski, Part 1

    Baby giraffes? Organic bamboo scissors? Superman? Since we now have to learn how to tele ski and shoot a tele video (we’ll explain in the episode), we’re crowdsourcing a crash course in what we need to know to avoid embarrassing and / or killing ourselves. So here in Part 1, we solicited the best tips and advice from artist and telemarker, Geoff McFetridge; Flylow Gear co-founder and president, Dan Abrams; and Blister reviewers Paul Forward and Kristin Sinnott.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Geoff McFetridge (4:10)Dan Abrams (36:45)Paul Forward (55:50)Kristin Sinnott (1:05:30)
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    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

Isaac west ,

Love it

Great hearing all the various interviews on different aspects of winter sports.

Stevefromidaho ,

Great podcast

Great variety, in depth interviews, interesting guests.

Jwskitech ,

Very in-depth!

Great interviews and super in-depth. Learn a ton everytime I listen.

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