“Your engagement as ‘ski masters’ helps to boost certain capacities, for example steadfastness in pursing aims, respect for the rules, tenacity in confronting and surmounting difficulties. In all sporting activities, a person understands better that their body should not be considered an object … but that it allows them to express themselves and establish relations with others.”
He also said that mountains are:
“…an environment that in a special way makes us feel small, returns us to our true dimension as creatures, makes us capable of asking ourselves about the significance of creation, lifting our eyes to the top, opening ourselves up to the Creator”.
via The Telegraph]]>
I say this ever year: The Colorado Gems Card is one of the best deals out there for skiers. It’s only $10 and gets you free lift tickets, discounts off full price, and lots of “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” (BOGO) offers. The full list is below along with blackout dates and restrictions.
With the exception of SolVista Basin, I’ve ridden all of the Colorado Gems and they are loads of fun. There’s plenty of treasure both at the ski resorts and with this discount card.
Click here to purchase the Colorado Gem Card.
2011-12 Colorado Gems Card
The first ever Snow Ball Music Festival went down this weekend in Beaver Creek. I managed to slip in for this performance from The Flaming Lips.]]>
I’ve been having a blast with my new GoPro — and it’s even better when Vail gets the storm of the year. Here’s a quickly edited video. I’m working on more.]]>
I’m not sure how I live anymore without Craigslist when trying to plan a ski vacation — actually I’m not sure how I live period without Craigslist, but that’s another story. You can find everything from a cheap place to crash to a pickup from the airport. Like most things in life, keep an eye out for scams (although I’ve never run into one). But hey, doesn’t a little risk for a big reward sound familiar? It happens every time you trust a dangling chunk of frozen metal to transport you up the hill.
Here’s some of the things a snow junkie can find on Craigslist:
About Lift Tickets
This is generally considered illegal as most ski areas explicitly state that you can’t buy or sell tickets so be especially careful purchasing passes. Same goes for vouchers, coupons, etc… I heard if you get caught an executive from the ski area chops off your hand, usually a guy from marketing.
Lodging is my favorite place to find a deal. You can usually find somebody who has extra room in their condo and will let you sleep for cheap. If you have a large group of people, check for last minute deals on houses and condos. The big bonus is not paying the heavy hotel taxes (state,county,town,resort) that ski towns levy on tourists. These can be as high as 16-18%! There’s probably something illegal about not paying resort tax, so I’d keep that on the down low as well.
If you’ve got room in your car, grab a passenger. Split gas costs, save Mother Earth, you know the drill. Carpooling can you even save you gobs of cash off a lift ticket.
If you get really ambitious with Craigslist, try out the Barter section. We dabbled with this on 100 Days of Winter. I got a ride from the Sacramento airport to Lake Tahoe for a lift ticket. We traded a 2 for 1 voucher for a shower and a pot (the cooking implement, stoner). We even offered up our services as “Mystery Solvers” in exchange for dinner.
That last ad got swiftly yanked. I’m still not sure why.]]>
It is puking snow in Summit County so my first trip to the top of Tucker couldn’t have been happier. 3 inches at 5am, 3-5 during the day, and hopefully another 5 overnight. That’s what she said!
It wasn’t supposed to snow, but it did again and we spent the day in the far corners of Winter Park digging ourselves out many happy messes.]]>
Here’s what we need:
Here’s what you get:
Here’s who we’re looking for:
Here’s how you get the job:
Send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org —
Good luck and I look forward to hearing from you.
— The Chief Junkie