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Zuke Johnson – The Snow Junkies http://www.thesnowjunkies.com Lodging, Gear, and Lift Ticket Deals for Skiers and Snowboarders Thu, 07 Mar 2013 01:32:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 Condiment Sandwich http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/01/24/recipe-condiment-sandwich/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/01/24/recipe-condiment-sandwich/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2009 23:15:18 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=849 Ski Bum Cookbook: Condiment Sandwich

Ski Bum Cookbook: Condiment Sandwich

This is an easy one, and you don’t get much cheaper.  Condiment Sandwich.  There’s actually a lot of variety and creativity with this recipe.  Use what you find in your friend’s fridge, or take a bunch of those free little squeeze pack at gas stations, fast-food joints, or the deli.

Bread.  2 slices are great, but beggars can’t be choosers.
Condiments.  Whatever you can dig out of your fridge.

Simply spread condiments on bread.  Enjoy.

Make it SpecialOn pay-day (if you have a job) throw a slice of cheese in there.  It steps this classic up a notch.

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Recipe: Chili-Mac http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/01/18/recipe-chili-mac/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/01/18/recipe-chili-mac/#respond Sun, 18 Jan 2009 23:58:21 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=842 Ski Bum Cookbook: Chili-Mac

Ski Bum Cookbook: Chili-Mac

Starving?  Got no cash?  Here’s a little gem from our Ski Bum’s Cookbook:  Chili-Mac! Easy, nutritious, and delicious.  One pot, some heat, and a spoon.  You’re eating in under 10 minutes for less than $3.04.


1 can of chili — whatever flavor floats your boat or whatever’s on sale.
1 pkg of Mac ‘n Cheese — again whichever’s on sale.

Simply make the Mac ‘n Cheese per instructions on the side of the box (butter & milk make it better, but not necessary for those budget-minded Junkies).  Once made, stir in chili.  Heat through.  Eat.

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How-To: Find Avalanche Advisories http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/01/13/how-to-find-avalanche-advisories/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/01/13/how-to-find-avalanche-advisories/#respond Wed, 14 Jan 2009 00:52:09 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=746 Here you go.  Our comprehensive list of avalanche centers & advisories from around the country.  Be safe out there and be prepared.  

National Sites
National Avalanche Center
American Avalanche Association


  1. Bozeman, MT: Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC)
  2. Missoula, MT: West Central Montana Avalanche Center (WCMAC)
  3. Kalispell, MT:  Glacier Country Avalanche Center (GCAC)


  1. Junea, AK:  Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center (SAAC)
  2. Valdez, AK:  Alaska Avalanche Information Center (AAIC)
  3. Girdwood, AK:  Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center


  1. Coeur d’ Alene, ID: Idaho Panhandle National Forest Avalanche Center (IPNFAC)
  2. McCall, ID:  Payette Avalanche Center (PAC)
  3. Ketchum, ID:  Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center (SNFAC)


  1. Seattle, WA:  Northwest Weather & Avalanche Center (NWAC)


  1. Jackson, WY:  Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center (BTNFAC)


  1. Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC)


  1. Utah Avalanche Center (UAC)


  1. Mammoth Lakes, CA:  Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (ESAC)
  2. Truckee, CA:  Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC)
  3. Mount Shasta, CA:  Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center (MSAC)

New Hampshire

  1. Mount Washington Avalanche Center


  1. Flagstaff, AZ:  Kachina Peaks Avalanche Center (KPAC)  
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Best Bar in America http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/01/07/best-bar-in-america/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/01/07/best-bar-in-america/#respond Wed, 07 Jan 2009 10:00:56 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=829 Best Bar in America

Best Bar in America

Okay, this has nothing do with skiing, but it is all about bars, which we love. And our friends Damon Ristau & his brother made this film.   

The brothers describe the Montana-based adventure-comedy about three men who travel the state’s bars, taverns and saloons as a “belligerent ‘Sideways’ where instead of sipping wine in California they are sipping whiskey in Montana.” ~New West Missoula

They do some filiming in one of our Montana favorites, the Sip-n-Dip Tiki Lounge in Great Falls. There’s nothing quite like a bar with a glass wall of the pool where you can watch underwater swimmers.    

Check out the trailer below or the official website.  


Enough said.  Find it.  Watch it.  Drink Whiskey

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How-To: Pack for the Backcountry http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/01/05/how-to-pack-for-the-backcountry/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2009/01/05/how-to-pack-for-the-backcountry/#respond Mon, 05 Jan 2009 21:09:30 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=575 Simple quick checklist for your backcountry pack.  Bring it with you or suffer…


1. Avalanche Beacon
2. Shovel
3. Avalanche Probe
4. Snow Saw (for the snow geeks out there)
5. Water
6. Snacks (energy bars, hard candies, etc)
7. Whistle
8. Sunblock & Lip Goo
9. Extra Layers
10. Lighter & Fire Starter (an old bike inner tube works like magic)
11. Headlamp

12. 1st Aid Kit

13. Mulit-Tool

14. Duct Tape
15. A Buddy (never go up without one)

Here are some other sites with backcountry info. Be safe out there!

Winter Camping at Backpacking Light
Avalanche Safety at Backcountry.com
Discounted Backpacks at Backcountryoutlet.com

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Black Tie Ski Rentals http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2008/12/28/black-tie-ski-rentals/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2008/12/28/black-tie-ski-rentals/#respond Sun, 28 Dec 2008 07:37:18 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=425 The easiest way to rent...ever

The easiest way to rent…ever

With airlines charging all kinds of rental fees, and the hassle of lugging ski gear through airports and up to hotel rooms, we decided to give Black Tie Ski Rentals a try on a recent trip.

Forget the crowd scene at the rental shop.  Black Tie brings the rentals to wherever you’re staying.  I signed up on the website before I left town, so they had all my info when they showed up.   A few minor checks & adjustments and I was good for the next morning. 

It’s got to be the fastest, most comfortable, most convenient rental  process on the planet.  Co-founders Ian Prichard & Joe Sternberg started out of their garage in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with a van in 2002.  Now with 11 locations in North America, Black Tie is the premier delivery ski & snowboard rental business. 

Two days later I decide to demo another pair of skis. They came to my cabin and swapped out my skis.  Slick. Then on the last night of the trip, I’m sitting on my aprés-ski bar stool having a grand time with no recollection that I have rental skis to return.  Black Tie calls me on my cell.  How did everything work out?  Do I want to use the skis another day?  I confess my situation and throw in that I have an early morning flight.  No problem.  They’ll swing by tonight, if I’m not around, they’ll pick up the gear tomorrow morning.  Just leave it on the deck when I head to the airport.  Bartender, another round!

Each location is an owner operated branch office, so quality & service remains the same no matter where you go.  The Big Sky, Montana location was the first licensed branch to open in 2004.  Now they boast branches in Aspen/Snowmass, Breckenridge/Keystone, Crested Butte, North Tahoe, Park City/Deer Valley, South Tahoe, Vail/Beaver Creek, and Whistler Blackcomb.  New for the 08/09 season will be the Telluride, Colorado branch.  So basically they’re any where you want to go skiing.

All in all, a pretty sweet company.  I’ll definitely look ’em up for my next ski vacation.

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Pre-Season Reminders http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2008/12/17/pre-season-reminders/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2008/12/17/pre-season-reminders/#respond Wed, 17 Dec 2008 20:01:52 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=464 Unprepared for the backcountry

Unprepared for the backcountry

Okay, the temperatures are dropping, the snow is starting to fall, and the high country is getting some coverage, but are you ready to get out there and shred?  Have you pulled out your shovel from that trash heap under your bed?  Your flithy longjohns are still balled up in the corner of the closet and your Camelbak bladder is filled with Sea Monkeys.  It’s time to get ready!

  1. Clean & Wash Your Gear
    • Throw the capilene, soft shell, and especially the neck warmer in the wash.  Clean out the Snickers wrappers and char-babies from the bottom of the pack.  Bleach out the Camelbak.
  2. Get Everything Working
    • Forgot to replace those cracked goggles last spring?  Bindings still holding strong? Follow the old proverb:  Check yourself before you wreck yourself.
  3. Replace Your Beacon Batteries
  4. Pack It All Up
    • Get the essentials into your pack.  Shovel, probe, bladder, snacks, stash and lighter(s).  You don’t want to be digging around for your gear on the first day back to the slopes.  Check out our Checklist.
  5. Don’t Worry About Tuning
    • Unless you’ve got major damage from last year, forget about spending cash on a tune.  It’s early season and the rocks are just under the surface.  Wait until there’s a decent snow base…unless you can trade brews for tunes, then by all means wax on.
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Getting Around Airline Baggage Fees http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2008/12/10/getting-around-airline-baggage-fees/ http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/2008/12/10/getting-around-airline-baggage-fees/#respond Wed, 10 Dec 2008 22:16:57 +0000 http://www.thesnowjunkies.com/?p=417
Remember when flying used to be fun?

Remember when flying used to be fun?

Baggage.  And I’m not talking about the kind you drop on boyfriends, sisters, or Facebook.

With the airlines nickel and diming passengers these days, figuring out how to get your gear to the mountain can be migrane inducing.  Most of the majors charge $15/$25/$125 for your first, second, and third checked bags.  Then you might get slapped with $50-$150 in oversized baggage fees. We tried to come up with a super handy chart, but something shiny distracted us.  Just check online with your airline specifically about snow equipment.

So how does a Snowjunkie save some cash?  Here’s three options for your next trip:

  1. Rent Gear! Bring your boots (rental boots suck), and rent skis or snowboards.  Most local ski shops carry performance packages so you’re not charging the hill on crappy gear.  Make it even easier by using delivery shops like Black Tie Ski Rentals, a service that drops rentals off at your condo.
  2. Road Trip!  There’s really nothing better than a ski roadtrip with your buddies.  That way you can bring all your own gear (and other items, wink wink).  With the bottom dropping out of gas prices, your oversized baggage fees could quickly add up to a cheap road rally.
  3. Ship It! The big bonus to using FedEx or UPS is that your equpiment will show up on time, and if there’s a problem, you know exactly where to find it.  Or you could try the plane — they never lose luggage.
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