Depravity on the Slopes

That time “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” went skiing.

-I’m not a huge “Sunny” fan, but I catch the odd episode now and then and am usually amused by them. This one, however I am ashamed to say flew under my radar upon its initial release, and I didn’t catch up with it until a couple of years after it came out. Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, this particular episode is definitely worth a watch as it’s all about skiing and snowboarding and has some great nostalgic throwback references to how ski slopes used to be and about the menace of mega-corps and greed turning them into something foul.

-Some laughs, some skiing, and a little depravity. What more could you ask for. Below is the trailer and a few clips from the show that will surely inspire you to give it a watch if you’ve never seen it. Enjoy! ~Z. Phelan~  

The gang goes skiing

 The plot (if you can call it that) is that Frank Reynolds is scheming to buy the fictional “Snow Mountain” in the Poconos with the idea of turning it into a mega resort for the super rich and building condos and all the upgrades that come with a transformation of that type. Charlie meanwhile meets and befriends some of the town’s original ski bums that turn him on to the ski lifestyle and old school mountain traditions and warn him what will happen if the ski area goes corporate. Soon enough the gang is split, with some supporting Frank’s evil plan and some wanting the ski town to remain true to it’s roots. A ski race ensues with the winner getting their way, and I wont spoil the finish for you by elaborating any further.

The writers of the show have obviously done some serious research into ski culture and probably grew up with some of the classic ski films as there are strong references to 1980’s-90’s (cheesy) ski flicks. The corporatization of small ski areas is a fundamental theme of the show as well, hinting to an all to real predicament that many ski areas seem to find themselves in these days. 

The whole episode and all ski scenes are actually filmed at California’s Mammoth Mountain in the Springtime. Which makes sense seeing as the show is actually filmed in Los Angeles.

It's always sunny in Philadelphia ski episode

~Danny Devito (Frank Reynolds) plotting to buy “Snow Mountain” ~

This video is official FXX trailer for the episode when it came out back in 2016. Season 11, episode 3. “The Gang Hits The Slopes.” Watch the full episode on demand on Hulu, or purchase from Amazon Prime Video for about $1.99.

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This video from Noel Tolosa is a prime example of the lewd humor that makes “Sunny” such a unique show these days. Frank is laying out his master development plan to renovate the slopes when the boys get their first real taste of extravagant mountain life. 

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This clip from “Paulie IASIP” depicts Dennis introducing his ringers from Switzerland in a bid to win the ski competition and gain control of Snow Mountain.

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Best ski lift fail videos

-From trouble loading to falling and jumping off, to lifts failing and so much more. These are some of the craziest ski lift videos and compilations from around the net. 

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Scary chairlift rollback

This video is from a few years ago at a South American ski area. The chair was stopped, but the breaks were not applied, so it suffered a rollback that ended up injuring 8 skiers. No one perished and everyone recovered. The result of the investigation was that it was human error that caused the incident. 

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T-bar lift fails

This video is provided by Dejan Kovacic and the theme here is all about T-bars. This type of surface drag lift is not very prevalent in North America and for those who are not used to it, they take a little getting used to. As you can see in this fail video.

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Falling off of ski lifts

This video for the media company This Is Happening features skiers and snowboarders that just can’t seem to stay on the lifts. From dropping off lifts on accident to getting off too early and epic bails, it’s all here. 

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Kid wipes out lift line

This video went viral a few weeks ago when a young and inexperienced European snowboarder failed to control himself on a t-bar surface lift and his ensuing accident ended up wiping out the entire line of skiers and riders behind him. 

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Wildlife encounters on the slopes

Most of us enjoy skiing and riding because it is an amazing way to enjoy scenery and be active in an outdoor setting. Rarely though do we encounter anything besides other humans when we go to the slopes. In the Winter, most sensible animals have gone into hibernation or retreated to lower altitudes to wait out the season. Every once in a while though some form of wildlife will make its way onto a ski slope and it often makes for a thrilling encounter. 

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From a ski resort in Romania, this young skier was chased by a Brown Bear that had been seen roaming around the slopes earlier in the day. No injuries were reported and the skier was able to escape. 

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SNOW LEOPARD STANDOFF

This video is from a ski area in India, where these off-piste skiers encountered a snow leopard hiding in the snow, after a brief faceoff, the leopard makes a move towards one of the skiers, then runs away. 

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MOOSE RUNS DOWN SKI RUN

This one was filmed at Breckenridge in Colorado and is of a moose running down one of the ski trails. The actually seems to outpace the snowboarder who is quite flabbergasted as to what to do. 

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WILD BULL ATTACKS SKIERS

This wild bull found its way onto a ski resort in Sochi, Russia and began chasing skiers around the slopes. 

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DOG LOVES SLIDING DOWN SKI SLOPES

This animal is not so wild. In fact it’s someone’s pet golden retriever that loves the ski slopes just as much as it’s owner and can slide down the ski runs in style!

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The legend of punxsutawney Phil

and the origins of Groundhog Day

6 more weeks of Winter!

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Groundhog Day is a popular North American tradition and unofficial holiday that is observed annually on the morning of February the 2nd. The Legend goes that if a groundhog comes out of its den on the morning of the 2nd and sees its shadow, then there will be 6 more weeks of harsh Winter. However if it does not see its shadow, due to overcast skies, then the Weather will let up and an early Spring will soon be ushered in. 

The tradition of Groundhog Day was brought to America in the 1800’s by German and Dutch immigrants and is a take off of an old bit of weather lore from Germany known as “Badger Day,” where a Badger would leave it’s den and see it’s shadow, then predicting 4 more weeks of Winter.

While there are many regional variations of the weather predicting Groundhog such as “Buckeye Chuck” in Ohio, “Sir Walter Wally” in North Carolina, and “Wiarton Willie” in British Columbia, by far the most famous and thought to be the longest standing is Pennsylvania’s “Punxsutawney Phil.”

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 First publicized in America by the Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper in 1886, these lovable rodents have become wildly popularized over the years as most the of the regional groundhogs are now televised locally when making their predictions and Punxsutawney Phil receives National attention each year during his famous ceremony held in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The holiday itself even became of movie back in 1993 with the now cult famous “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray. 

Each year skiers and snowboarders and all snow sport loving folks celebrate his prediction for another 6 weeks of good snow and Winter, or are saddened if calls an early halt to the season. And while it’s a neat little tradition and something to lift our spirits up and a have a laugh about, they are just rodents after all and statistics kept in Pennsylvania actually have Phil batting about 40% on his predictions over the years. However inaccurate, it’s still an amusing tale and a deeply ingrained part of the seasonal folklore of North America. One that is sure to endure for many a Winter to come. 

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The evolution of snow skates

-Many different ways to slide down a mountain have been invented throughout the years, the most famous obviously being skiing and snowboarding. But it seems each season the outliers become more and more visible around the slopes, and now to see mini-skis, ski bikes and of course snow skates is not such an oddity.

-Read on for a little history on the Evolution of Snow Skates. ~Z. Phelan~  

 

From Sled Dogs to Snowfeet

 

You might be asking yourself, WTF are Snow Skates? Not to be confused with a “Snowskate” singular, which is essentially a mini snowboard bolted to a skateboard deck. Snow Skates are a boot shaped apparatus with a smooth mini-sled type surface on the bottom of it meant for gliding down a groomed piste.

Thought to have been originally conceived by the Dutch as long ago as 1865, Snow Skates came onto the scene in a more modern form in Switzerland in the 70’s. But it was not until the 90’s that they would be branded and sold commercially. 

The originals: Sled Dogs

 Marketed as an alternative way to get down the mountain without cumbersome skis or even poles. Sled Dogs are basically a ski boot that, instead of being designed to snap into a binding, has a smooth flat surface area below the sole of the boot that is meant for gliding on snow.

The first major commercial company to put Snow Skates on the map, Sled Dogs were founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the early 90’s and received moderate interest and even television appearances during the Winter Olympics. By 2014 the name and product rights had shifted to a Norwegian company and an attempted revitalization even saw them make an appearance on Shark Tank. Now days the originals can be found on Amazon and Ebay, but availability is very limited. In another attempted resurgence, Sled Dogs have recently rebranded as ODR Ski, check them out here.

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Founded by two roommates via a kickstarter campaign, and quickly spreading around the World, Snowfeet are the new kids on the block for the Snow Skate scene.

Snowfeet are much more versatile than their predecessors and are designed to be an accessory to your normal snowboarding or ski boots as opposed to a replacement.  

The future: SnowFeet

The newest trend in snow skating is one that is far more adaptable, portable and affordable than the original. Snowfeet are essentially a mini sled for your foot bottom that can be strapped over a ski boot, snowboard boot or even some hiking shoes. Snow Feet were founded in the Czech Republic which is where they are produced, although sales and popularity are rising for this new product and the availability is spreading Worldwide. 

 

 

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Snowfeet are primarily manufactured in the Czech Republic, a country with a long tradition of manufacturing some of the best skis in the world. They are a small company of friends and family from a small town that have a global ambition of creating the next big winter sport. Snowfeet offer a wide range of their mini-sleds and also mini-skis with tons of cool colors and graphics to choose from.

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How to stay positive during a crappy ski season

 

As I write this article, I am currently sitting in a small Southern European ski town, looking out the window and watching it rain. It’s about 48 degrees (+9C) outside, and I’ve been questioning my life decisions for the better part of the last month. The ski resort that I chose to spend my season at is in the throes of its worst Winter in over 15 years, or so the locals tell me, and every day I check my Facebook page & the news feeds I am reminded that my former home in South Lake Tahoe is shaping up to have one it’s best snowfall seasons ever in history!

So how, as an avid skier, am I able to stay positive, when I have clearly put all of my eggs into the wrong basket this Winter? The answer is not so easy or straightforward to explain, but my many seasons in Tahoe, especially the bad ones, have conditioned me for this. The broad strokes of my explanation, which you can read further in the next few paragraphs, has to do with self distraction, perseverance, and the willingness to believe that your powder days will come. However hard it is to be patient for them. 

The Bad Winter Blues

While we always enter the new ski season with high expectations, sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. Every skier and snowboarder would love for it to snow on the regular from November to March, but sadly that’s not always the case. Many mountainous snow zones around the World are prone to “Feast or Famine” seasons where they either get walloped with snow, or the storms are few and far between. But even on those sparse seasons, there’s always some good ski days to look forward to. The key is to take advantage of them when they come.  Sometimes you just need to be patient and wait it out. “Miracle March” does happen, April powder days are a thing! And guess what, while most folks are long since over it and are ready to put the crappy season behind them, you can go reap your just rewards without the bloated lift lines and crowded slopes. Late season powder days are for the hearty few that maintained a good attitude and never lost faith.

So what can we skiers do to bide the time until the storms come? How do we fill our days without luscious powder to ski? Well here’s a few ideas to keep your mind right until the conditions improve:

Ski Anyway

We can all agree that skiing/riding on the man made snow is not nearly as enjoyable and not having a fresh powder day mixed in every once in a while can be deflating. However, you can make the most of this not so good snow period by doing other things on the slopes that you may have been putting off, such as working on your form, practicing moguls or breaking in those new ski boots you bought. I mean if it’s going to suck a little bit, it might as well suck a lot, and at least you’re being constructive until the skiing gets good again.

Find an alternative activity

The mountains are a place for adventure, and while most of us prefer our primary mountain adventure to be skiing or snowboarding, if the snow is low, then there are usually other fun Springtime adventure things to enjoy! Grab your mountain bike and find some open trails. Wanted to try four wheeling, or a zip line? Now’s the time! Even if it’s something as simple as going to the mountains and hanging out in the local ski bar to soak up some of the ambiance, it’s all a morale booster and can help take your mind off of the crappy snow conditions.

WOrk on yourself

If the skiing really sucks that bad, and you just can’t bring yourself to hit the slopes as often as you would have liked, if at all, then that means you probably have a lot of unplanned free time on your hands. Free time is precious for adults, and the older you get, the more fleeting it seems to become. So why not spend some of your extra free time that you’d normally being skiing or snowboarding, and use it to better yourself. Take some online classes, work on your business, try a foreign language, or even hit the gym a little bit. Any of these are sure to make you feel better about your time spent, and distract you from those powder laps that you’re not getting.

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The mountains are a pretty rad place, no matter how deep the snow is… here’s a few more ways to indulge yourself:

 

I’ll finish this article off with one of my favorite quotes: “Don’t get so hung up on where you would rather be, that you forget to make the most of where you are.” ~Unknown.

 

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Best steeps in Tahoe

-The Tahoe Basin (and its immediate vicinity) boasts a whopping 15 ski areas, and aside from it’s world class views is also renowned for some pretty awesome terrain. Here’s the Snow Life list of the 5 best zones for steep and deep terrain in Tahoe!

“The Chutes” Mount Rose (Reno, Nv)

Drop in

To access the Chutes you can choose any one of 9 designated entry gates around the perimeter of the zone. The Northwest Express chair from the main base area is the best lift to access the Chutes.

Get out

All Chutes bottom out at the “Chuter” return chair. Chuter brings you back to the Winters Creek Base area where you can load up onto the Zephyr Express for a return to the Summit. 

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Mt. Rose is one of the steepest ski areas in Tahoe and besides the Chutes, they have several other good zones for Expert and Advanced skiers/riders including: Washoe Zephyr on the Easternmost boundary line on looker’s left, and the Olympic Trees (same area).

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40-55

Pitch Degree

17

Runs in the Zone

1,000’+

Vertical Feet

200+

Skiable Acres

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$165 / Adult (peak)

  • No pass alliance
  • No Slope-side lodging
  • Good Lift infrastructure
  • Minimal view of Tahoe
  • Good view of Carson Valley
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“The Wall” Kirkwood (Kirkwood, CA)

Drop In

One of the most challenging run entrances in all of Tahoe, whether there’s tons of snow or not. From the top of “The Wall” #10 chairlift, the resort partially maintains an S-shaped trail that drops right into the main part of the run, or you can choose to “send it” from the top of the cornice that caps the whole length of The Wall. Also further down the ridge there are some chutes notched into the cliffs that are skiable if you’re daring.

Get out

Anything skier’s left of the chair will get you right back down to the main base area, but a slight traverse to skier’s right will give you access to Eagle Bowl, which is a little bit lower angle and is good after a fresh dump and before the sun hits it. 

Honorable Mention

So… basically the honorable mention here is most of the rest of the resort, as every summit lift will reward you with some steeps. Some of the best and least skied runs can be accessed by going to the backside and hiking above the Sunrise chair, stay close to the barrier on Larry’s Lip, then drop into one the 7 chutes leading you back to the front side. 

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38-45

Pitch Degree

19

Runs in the Zone

1,600′

Vertical Feet

8

Expert Runs 

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$155 / Adult (peak)

  • On the Epic Pass
  • Slope-side lodging available
  • Free & Paid parking available
  • Top resort for steeps / powder
  • Not known for their views
  • Best ski bar in Tahoe = 7,800′

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“Killebrew & Mott Canyons” Heavenly (Stateline, NV)

Drop In

One of the harder zones to get to at Heavenly, and an even harder area to lap, the side by side Expert’s Only gated terrain of Killebrew & Mott Canyons are best accessed by taking a hard left from the top of the Dipper Express Quad and either skiing through the Dipper Woods, or dropping into Milky Way Bowl. They can also be accessed from the top of the Sky Express chair by following the Skyline Trail until it intersects with Milky Way Bowl.

Get Out

Technically there are two ways out, but the one Heavenly would like you to use is to ride the Rim Trail traverse around until you find the Mott Canyon chair which is a slow speed 2 seater that barely gets you out of the zone, dropping off at a flat blue trail where your best move is to ski down to Dipper Express if you want to lap the zone again. On super deep snow years, those daring enough dip out the bottom of Killebrew Canyon and grab a few thousand extra vert by skiing all the way down to the nearby town of Minden in what’s known as “The Minden Mile.” Not recommended for tourists or those without avy gear and local knowledge.

Honorable Mention

Unbeknowst to most, Heavenly has some of the best side-country gated terrain to be found anywhere! The problem is, it’s very rarely skiable unless the conditions are primo. Most of it is not even on the trail map, and is unmaintained by the resort, but Stateline Gate which can be found directly behind the Tamarack Lodge, and Firebreak Gate which is just off of the top of Olympic Chair allow for Gondola laps down Heavenly’s front side and is some of the craziest terrain you’ll ever ski. Oh, and the infamous Gunbarrel mogul run is a pretty fun run too. 

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40+

Pitch Degree

22

Runs in the Zone

863’+

Vertical Feet

22

Expert Runs

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$225 / Adult (peak)

  • On the Epic Pass
  • Slopeside lodging available
  • Best parking at Boulder Lodge
  • Top resort for Lake Views
  • 4 base areas over 2 States
  • Highest summit in Tahoe

“Palisades” Palisades @ Tahoe (Olympic Valley, CA)

Drop in

Dropping in here requires some effort. Best way to access the Palisades is to jump on the Siberia Express Chair and take a hard left once at the top. Then the fun begins as you’re in for a bit of hike up the ridge to access some of the steepest and gnarliest terrain in Tahoe.

Get out

Most runs (unless you drop into Sun Bowl) will lead you back down to Siberia Express chair.

Honorable Mention

Some legendary runs here, so don’t spend all day on Siberia. The famous KT-22 chair has some of the best off-piste fall line skiing in the country, and around the backside the Granite Chief Bowl has some amazing powdery steeps as well. 

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40-67

Pitch Degree

9

Runs in the Zone

1,000’+

Vertical Feet

5

Expert Runs

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$269 / Adult (peak)

  • On the Ikon Pass & Base Pass
  • Slopeside lodging available
  • Best parking at Alpine Meadows
  • Top resort for steeps / powder
  • Not known for their lake views
  • Longest ski season in Tahoe

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“Mount Lincoln” Sugar Bowl (Norden, Ca)

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One of the most overlooked ski areas in all of Tahoe, Sugar Bowl has arguably some of the best terrain and gets more snowfall than most other Tahoe resorts. A part of the Mt. Lincoln zone at Sugar Bowl, the “Palisades” (not to be mistaken for the other zone and resort by same name) are some extremely gnarly steeps. Accessed from skier’s left off the top of the Mountain Lincoln Express, there are chutes and cliffs and spines abound.

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All roads lead right back to the Mt. Lincoln Express chair, where you can load up and do it all over again. 

Honorable Mentions

Although rarely opened, the terrain off of the Summit chair in the Mount Judah zone yields some exceptional sunny side skiing. Also the Crow’s Nest Peak on far looker’s right has some quality gladed terrain as well. 

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40+

Pitch Degree

10+

Runs in the Zone

1,293′

Vertical Feet

5+

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$158/ Adult (peak)

  • On Mountain Collective Pass
  • Slope-side lodging available
  • Best parking at Village Lot
  • Top resort for annual snowfall
  • Not known for their lake views
  • Antique Gondola still operating

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Skiing alone

Skiing alone

-Advantages to skiing or riding by yourself. 

I get it, humans are social creatures by nature and most of us prefer to do things in groups, especially with our friends. But sometimes those friends and loved ones don’t have the same free time that we do or their interest level in something is not as strong as ours. 

So what do we do? Acquiesce? Sit at home and be bummed out because no body wants to go ski/ride that day or do something fun? Screw that! You want to do it, go do it! I guarantee you’ll still have a good time as long as you keep a positive mindset and are willing to step outside of your comfort zone a little.

I’ve always subscribed to the way of thinking that if no one is available to hang out and do fun stuff, then that’s their loss. I’m not going to miss out on doing cool shit just because others don’t have the time, interest or the guts to do it. I’d rather fly solo on an experience than sit around on the couch because I couldn’t talk anyone else into going. 

Some of the coolest adventures and best ski days I’ve ever had were on solo excursions. If you are skeptical and need a little more convincing, keep scrolling and check my top 10 advantages to skiing/riding by yourself!

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#1: Singles Lines are usually shorter


The bane of every skier’s existence, especially if you frequent mega-resorts, is long lift lines. If you’re skiing in a group, you often don’t have a choice but to just pile up in the que and wait it out like everyone else. If you’re rolling solo however, just slide into the singles line which is often much shorter and grab that outside seat back to the top for another lap.

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#2: Choose your own runs


No need to plan your route to the next chairlift, or stop at a trail intersection and talk about which way to go. Just let instinct and curiosity guide your way and glide down whatever trail feels right. 

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#3: A chair to yourself


Say it’s some random Tuesday at your local ski area, and all your friends are either stuck working or otherwise preoccupied… Crowds are down and the slopes are empty. You’re lucky enough to grab a chair all to yourself and are rewarded with a peaceful and relaxing ride to the top. No need to come up with small talk, plenty of elbow room, just lean back and enjoy the views. You’d be surprised at the cool thoughts that come to your mind on a solo chair ride.

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#4: Meet new friends


Getting a chair to yourself is a nice bonus on solo days, but sometimes when you’re skiing alone, another solo skier or boarder will jump on a chair with you. What better ice breaker of a conversation topic with a stranger than the shared interest that you are both doing at that very moment, skiing (riding). Many solo skiers/riders are open to a little chit-chat and they may even be a local that can show you some cool new runs or a zone you’ve never tried before or vice versa. Making a new “friend for a day” is a good way to broaden your horizons and have some interesting banter, and who knows, maybe you’ll meet someone that wants to hang again in the future. 

#5: Go at your own pace


You want to lollygag and take it easy, go for it! You wanna rip and ski lights out? Have at it. No need to pull over on the side of the trail and wait for those slower friends or your significant other that you’d normally be obligated to keep tabs on. Just go, it’s that simple, don’t think, just go. 

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#6: Try shit that your friends wouldn’t


No need to cater to the weakest member of your ski group. That sketchy double black diamond you’ve been eyeing all season… go ahead and try it. Think you can ski it but maybe not look good doing it? Well if you’re rolling solo there’s no one else around to cast judgement on your style, it’s just you and the mountain, no peer pressure, ego trips or surplus testosterone. 

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#7: Show up when you want


Not a morning person? Me either. While I will get up early for an epic powder day, most other ski days, if I’m going solo, I’d rather show up “whenever.”  Sometimes conditions don’t call for an all day’er, and if you’re friends aren’t coming with you, or meeting you there, then it doesn’t really matter when you roll up to the slopes. No stress. 

#8: You’re free to listen to music


Now please don’t be “that guy” who skis around with a Bluetooth speaker hanging off of his gear or a boombox strapped to his backpack, no need for a DJ on the slopes. But helmet mounted speakers are pretty awesome, and listening to music while skiing is both energizing and inspiring! Skiing solo means there’s no one to chat with all the time so you’re free to just groove away in your own little world.

#9: SOak up your surroundings


Being on your own (unless you’ve met some new riding buddies already) means you’re not constantly caught up in conversation and you have a little more time to “stop and smell the roses.” The slopes are a great place for soaking up some stunning scenery and reconnecting with nature, and they can be good sources of other fun activities such as people watching. From skiers wiping out or doing cool tricks, folks in crazy outfits, etc… Antics are usually abound and without the distraction of a companion, you’re free to experience it all.

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#10: bragging rights


Had an awesome day on the slopes? Go ahead, talk a little smack. Call me petty, but there’s a certain level of satisfaction that comes with rubbing it to your friends that were too lazy or didn’t feel like shredding. Seems fitting to finish this article with the old adage that “even a bad day on the mountain is still better than a day on the couch.”

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The curious hobby of collecting stickers from ski resorts and WTF to do with them!?

Stickers, Or it never happened!


If you’re like me, you relish the opportunity to visit a new ski area (or 10) every season. Trying out new terrain, exploring new trails and experiencing new ski towns are what makes the ski travel experience so special. Just about every ski area you’ll come across seems to have some kind of gift shop and most of them, at least in America, all sell one thing in common, STICKERS! 

For me, a day at a new ski resort is not complete without a stop at the gift store for a handful of stickers, and while I’ve been able to collect my fair share over the years through my travels, my quandary has always been “what to do with them!?”

My snowboarder friends have an easy answer: Put them on a snowboard!

An experienced snowboarder will wear out, or at least grow tired of a snowboard every 2 or 3 years and when it’s time to retire the old one, so it goes with the tales of where it has been. Placing a sticker from each resort you’ve ridden on that board is a cool way to display the souvenir stickers in a meaningful and lasting way. Problem is, I’m a skier and stickers just don’t look the same on skis, neither do they usually have enough surface area.

So where do they go? What to do with a growing pile of ski area stickers?

A funny observation at some ski areas is that stickers from rival ski areas end up on the lift towers, especially on older lifts where it is easier to reach and the lift is slower.

Between putting stickers on lift poles, water bottles, cars, box tops, snowboards, maybe even a garage fridge, I’ve seen some pretty creative places to put those well earned resort stickers. But none of them work for me. 

Do you collect stickers? If so, where do you put them? I need some advice, because my collection is getting a little out of hand and it makes no sense for them to be sitting around collecting dust. 

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