It’s a beautiful thing when our dual passions — snow and music festivals — collide each winter. This year, the crew is looking forward to the New Year’s Eve bash called the SnowGlobe Music Festival. Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, and Thievery Corporation Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, and Thievery Corporation are headlining. See the full lineup over on our sister website.
The festivities take place in South Lake Tahoe, California from December 29-31st. At $195/pop this isn’t exactly Snow Junkie discount pricing, but what the hell, the end of the year only comes once a year so why not treat yourself?
Make sure to swing by the Lakeside Casino poker room for cheap tournaments. That’s right — it’s been three years and I’m still feeling from the high from winning a prime rib dinner for snagging a third place finish.
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I’ve worked most ski town jobs, but the worst one was the season I spent as a front desk agent. I’ve never been yelled at so many times for things that weren’t my fault. For instance:
Guest: Where’s the concierge?
Me: I think he stepped away from his desk.
Guest: I need to buy tickets.
Me: The main ticket window is right outside those doors.
Guest: I’m not going outside to get lift tickets. This is unacceptable! Where’s the manager? Huff! Huff! Huff!
Here are just a few of the front desk secrets that you don’t know.
1. We know what you watch on Spankavision
Everyone at the front desk pretends that you rented Shrek 3, but we know not only which movie you watched, but at what time and for how long you watched it. So I know that your kid didn’t “accidentally” order Hot Chicks Doing Hot Chicks because I saw him and your wife leave to go skiing that morning at 11:17 at which point you watched porn for 34 minutes. Interesting side note — the most popular movie rented is Do My Wife.
2. We have a fake front desk voice
It takes years to develop the perfect simpering tone to appease grumpy hotel guests. And it disgusts me to hear it come out of my mouth how interested I am in your vacation when really I would rather be at the bar downing PBRs and chasing the one single girl in town.
3. We hate your questions
There’s something about a ski vacation that turns tourists into gibbering three year olds. I usually don’t know the answer, so I just make up the quickest response to make you go away. Then I go back to Solitaire.
4. We hate your questions even more over the phone
There’s this thing that’s been invented recently. It’s called the Internet. It’s like a front desk person that doesn’t lie to you.
5. We are thinking about something else while you scream at us
I make $7.50/hr which means that I’m qualified to check you in, give you another room key when you lose it, and attempt to answer your million fucking questions. When you yell at me, who you really want is my manager as I can’t do anything to fix your problem. To get there, I first space out about my awesome day on the hill while you vent. Then I give an unsatisfactory answer, at which point you ask for the manager.
6. We understand why you don’t tip us
But we don’t understand is why you tip the shuttle driver, the bellboy, the valet, the waiter, the concierge, the ski instructor, the bartender, and then stiff us, the people who answer the phone at two in the morning so that you can get a personal weather report. From your home in Texas. Two months before your trip.
7. We have all heard the phrase: “This is Unacceptable” more times that you can imagine
It’s played out. It does make me chuckle though.
And one last thing, the guy on the graveyard shift isn’t weird, he’s probably just drunk.
Enjoy your stay!]]>
This week, the TSJ crew rallied down to a deserted corner of the New Mexico/Arizona/Mexico border to try out sandboarding. As usual, we did zero research. Just dug a Burton 150 out of the closet, sprayed it down with WD40 and went for it.
We also brought along a four wheeler, two dirt bikes, a 30 pack, and girls in bikinis.
Here’s the video where we realize that some preparation might have helped. And also where I realized that drinking in the desert affects my judgment.
Coco, from our sister site Music Festival Junkies, shows us how to use the deadwood sticks approach.
Coco posing with our Director of Mechanized Transportation
“You aren’t alive anywhere like you’re alive at Sled Cub…. Sled Club isn’t about winning or losing races. Sled Club isn’t about words. You see a guy come to Sled Club for the first time, and his ass is a loaf of white bread. You see this same guy here six months later, and he looks carved out of wood. This guy trusts himself to handle anything. There’s grunting and noise at Sled Club like at the gym, but Sled Club isn’t about looking good. After a night in Sled Club, everything in the real world gets the volume turned down. Nothing can piss you off. “
It’s illegal. It’s dangerous. But nothing beats a night of Sled Club.
At least that’s what our source told us. He heard about it from a guy who heard it from a guy who was almost killed in one. We managed to corner him, get a few facts and some blurry photos. Here’s what our investigation uncovered.
What you need:
- A plastic sled under $10
- A partner
- Copious amounts of beer.
- A ski run/hill that you’re not supposed to be on.
- Ninjas (optional)
Partners team up on sleds. Everyone shotguns a beer, then opens a second. This one must remain in your hand until the finish line. One the race starts, there are no rules. You’re on your own.
Some rumors point to Sled Club chapters being opened in Montana and California. We’d like to point you to an official site, but there is no official site. As far as we know, Sled Club doesn’t exist and this conversation never happened.]]>
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 Special: On pay-day (if you have a job) throw a slice of cheese in there. It steps this classic up a notch.]]>
The best deals are the ones that produce free lift tickets. And the best free tickets are the ones for which you do nothing except get one year older. Here are 15 resorts that are giving away free tix on your birthday.
Make sure to click through for details. Even if your birthday falls during one of the summer months, the mountain might still hook you up.