"The real experience for me is between action and cut; everything else is preparation."Jeff Kober was born in Montana, where he worked as a farmer and factory worker until his early 20s. Then, trying to escape from his rough childhood, he followed a girl who dreamed of being an actress to Los Angeles and started a rock band, The Walking Wounded. A couple of years later, Jeff was alone in L.A.; the girl figured acting wasn't her thing, and the rock band didn't make it. Unpretentiously, Jeff attended an acting class that would change his life and showed him a new way to cope with the darkness in him. He is an Emmy Award-winning actor currently recurring on Big Sky and NCIS: Los Angeles. He is best known for his participation in Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood, his role as Joe in The Walking Dead, and his work in Leave No Trace. He is also a Vedic Meditation teacher, author of the book "Embracing Bliss: 108 Daily Meditations," and host of the "Embracing Bliss podcast."In this episode, Jeff talks about his first steps in Hollywood, his struggle with depression and PTSD, and how acting first and then meditation helped him to see the light shine again. We also talk about his journey into mindfulness, how meditation enhanced his acting skills, how he handles the fear of getting on stage, and much more. Tune in to Episode 72 of Hollywood Dream Maker to learn how quieting your ego's voice and being present can take your acting to the next level. In This Episode, You Will Learn:About Jeff's unplanned arrival in Los Angeles (2:25)Why focusing on external validation is detrimental for an actor (6:57)What happens when we pick emotionally grounded intentions (20:26)How can shutting down your mind help you (26:02)About Jeff's connection with meditation and mindfulness (37:44)How meditation helped Jeff to deal with the fear of being on stage (50:25)Connect with Jeff:IMDbWebsitePodcastGet his book: Embracing Bliss: 108 Daily MeditationsLet's Connect: Manhattan Actor Studio Website Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week, Tony and Fingers reviewed the Big Sky Bitterroot cigar and Black Saddle 12 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey. Tony Katz and Fingers Malloy (http://eatdrinksmokeshow.com) host Eat! Drink! Smoke! (http://facebook.com/eatdrinksmoke) recorded live at Blend Bar Cigar (http://blendbarcigar.com) in Indianapolis, IN. Topics this week include; 'Rent-a-chicken' service gives you a coop, complete with birds, for your own farm-fresh eggs. This is America's most popular grocery store right now. Netflix is hiring a flight attendant for one of its private jets—and the job pays up to $385,000. Gen Z and millennials are leading ‘the big quit' in 2023. All that and much more on episode 221 of Eat Drink Smoke. More on the Big Sky Bitterroot cigar; Size: 6X54 Origin: Esteli, Nicaragua Wrapper: Habano Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Follow Eat! Drink! Smoke! Twitter: https://twitter.com/GoEatDrinkSmoke | @GoEatDrinkSmoke Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eatdrinksmoke | @eatdrinksmoke IG: https://www.instagram.com/eatdrinksmokepodcast | @EatDrinkSmokePodcast The Podcast is Free! Click Below! On Apple Podcasts (http://bit.ly/eatdrinksmoke) On Amazon Music (https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/09697f78-947d-4008-92f6-18f6b241774a/Eat-Drink-Smoke) On Stitcher (https://www.stitcher.com/show/eat-drink-smoke) On Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/show/6Qf6qSmnpb5ctSMEtaB6lp)
Colter Nuanez shares interviews with a variety of subjects in this weekend's rivalry showdown as Montana prepares to host Montana State in a double header in Missoula on Saturday January 21, 2023. Hear the latest edition of John Velk's countdown of the top Griz men's hoopers of all time featuring a conversation about Sayeed Pridgett (2:14). Plus, hear interviews with Montana State senior point guard Darian White (12:08), Montana senior power forward Mack Anderson (18:45), Montana State women's basketball coach Tricia Binford (26:40), Montana women's basketball coach Brian Holsinger (37:41), Montana State men's basketball coach Danny Sprinkle (44:51), Montana men's associate head basketball coach Chris Cobb (54:51).
Mega-TV producer and showrunner David E. Kelley's numerous cult dramas, dark comedies and crime mysteries include: L.A. Law, From the Hip, Chicago Hope, Doogie Howser, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, Picket Fences, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Snoops, Mystery Alaska, Lake Placid, Boston Public, Boston Legal, Harry's Law, Monday Mornings, The Crazy Ones, Goliath, Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes, Goliath, Big Little Lies, Hulu's Nine Perfect Strangers, The Undoing, Big Sky, The Lincoln Lawyer, Big Shots and Anatomy of a Scandal. He currently as of the recording was attached to helm the upcoming Peacock's The Calling, Love and Death and a new interpretation of Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent for Apple TV+! Was he basically Steven Bochco 2.0 or did he evolve into his new formula? What cancelled show needed another year on the air? Why is he so good at blending legal tropes with witty dark off-color comedy? And more admiration of this TV producing legend. MAIN LINKS: LinkTree: https://linktr.ee/JURSPodcast Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JackedUpReviewShow/ Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2452329545040913 Twitter: https://twitter.com/JackedUpReview Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jacked_up_podcast/ SHOW LINKS: YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCIyMawFPgvOpOUhKcQo4eQQ iHeartRadio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-the-jacked-up-review-show-59422651/ Podbean: https://jackedupreviewshow.podbean.com Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7Eg8w0DNympD6SQXSj1X3M Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-jacked-up-review-show-podcast/id1494236218 RadioPublic: https://radiopublic.com/the-jacked-up-review-show-We4VjE Overcast: https://overcast.fm/itunes1494236218/the-jacked-up-review-show-podcast Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9hNDYyOTdjL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Anchor: https://anchor.fm/s/a46297c/podcast/rss PocketCasts: https://pca.st/0ncd5qp4 CastBox: https://castbox.fm/channel/The-Jacked-Up-Review-Show-Podcast-id2591222
It's Cat-Griz basketball week, which means Voice of the Griz Riley Corcoran is stopping by the studio for the first time in a while to talk rivalry game and who he sees as the true power in Big Sky women's basketball. Colter Nuanez also catches up with former Lady Griz and current first-year Hellgate girls basketball coach Maddie Keast, and talks with Montana State point guard Darian White before Saturday's big game in Missoula.
Krista Redpath drops by the studio to recap a topsy-turvy weekend of Big Sky Conference women's basketball that saw previously undefeated Sac State take its first loss, Idaho continue to drop despite the play of MVP candidate Beyonce Bea, and the Lady Griz appear to make a breakthrough before faltering on Monday.
On today's What to Watch: The Big Sky season 3 finale promises an explosive ending, while Netflix's The Circle season 5 ending gurantees the same — and will love spark on the new season of Are You the One?. Plus, Hollywood trivia, and entertainment headlines, including a Jeremy Renner recovery update, a Power Rangers reunion, and Chrisley Knows Best's Chris and Julie head to prison. Host: Patrick Gomez (@patrickgomezla; Producers: Ashley Boucher (@ashleybreports), Gerrad Hall (@gerradhall); Editor: Samee Junio (@it_your_sam); Executive Producer: Chanelle Johnson (@chanelleberlin). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Join us this week as Kate, Henry, Gary and Mark discuss: nonpharmacologic sleep interventions in children, crenezumab for treating patients with early Alzheimers, prognosis after knee replacement, and time restricted eating (“intermittent fasting”) for weight loss. Henry and Gary are oxygen deprived and recording in Big Sky, teaching a CME course. You can join all four of us on March 3 and 4 in Scottsdale, AZ for 16 hours of content at the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians annual spring course. Click here to learn more and register.
It was the week of the Montana roadie, arguably the toughest road trip in the conference. We'll talk about the split, beating hated rival Montana, but falling to Montana State.Then, it's What's Hot and What's Not. We've got takes and what's good around campus and what is not so good.Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or join the Wildcat Fans FB group.
On this episode of Magic in the Room, Luke and Hannah sit down with David Dexter, CEO of Cornerstone Management Services, a construction company based our of Big Sky, Montana. Together, they discuss his work with sustainable building envelopes, or the outer structure of a building that protects it from the elements. Sustainable building envelopes are key not only in the alpine climate of Big Sky, but also globally, as we look to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions efficiently as possible. Other topics include his lessons learned as a first-time CEO, visionary leadership, and how to be approachable. Find David and Cornerstone Management Services at cmsbigsky.com Magic in the Room listeners can get $100 off our Coaching Skills for Leaders class. Just use the promo code Magic100 when you sign up. More information is at www.purposeandperformancegroup.com/coaching-cohort Music by evangrimmusic.com Support from techblogwriter.co.uk
Colter Nuanez takes you around the Big Sky Conference with all the scores from the women's league (1:50) and the men's league (7:05), plus rapid reactions from both. Hear from a breakdown of Montana State's 67-52 win over Weber State + sound bites from head coach Danny Sprinkle (11:41). And Griz hoops analysis (18:00) + an interview with Montana point guard Brandon Whitney (23:40).
On Thursday January 12, 2023, there were four games each in Big Sky Conference women's & men's basketball. Colter Nuanez gives a Big Sky scoreboard (0:35), Andrew Houghton joins in to break down Weber State's wild 59-57 win over Montana in Missoula (2:38) and thoughts on Montana State sweeping Idaho State (11:41). Plus, hear interviews with Weber State head coach Eric Duft (14:45) and Montana head coach Travis DeCuire (18:35).
Big Sky women's basketball analyst Krista Redpath joins Colter Nuanez in the studio to break down a wild start to the season that's seen Idaho State roll out to an undefeated start, a new star rise at Sacramento State, and both Montana and Montana State scuffling for momentum.
Colter Nuanez takes you around the Big Sky Conference in men's & women's basketball with interviews featuring: Riley Corcoran, Voice of the Griz - 3:08Danny Sprinkle, Montana State men's head coach – 20:51Travis DeCuire, Montana men's head coach – 33:32John Velk, Velk Law – 45:05Tricia Binford, Montana State women's head coach – 53:40Eric Duft, Weber State men's head coach 1:03:27Seton Sobolewski, Idaho State women's head coach – 1:13:48
In the last 24 hours the mountains around Big Sky to West Yellowstone and Cooke City received 1-2” of snow. Skies are clearing, wind is blowing W-SW at 10-20 mph and gusting to 35 mph, and temperatures are in the teens (F). Today will warm into the mid-20's with ridgetop wind blowing 10-20 mph from the W-SW. No new snow is expected in the coming days, just sunny skies.
Nate Harris is a division one college basketball referee. He started officiating as a junior in high school and worked his way up through high school and eventually college basketball where he currently works in the Pac-12, Mountain West, Big Sky and WAC. In January of 2020, Nate and his wife Jessica, founded MND Ministries, where he is helping equip and disciples local referees in a relationship with God. Today on the podcast, we talk to Nate Harris about representing Christ as a college basketball official and using the platform of a referee to help equip others in their faith. Looking for faith/sports gift ideas? Check out our new Increase store with Sports Spectrum apparel, gifts, devotionals and more. http://TheIncrease.com
Former Montana State defensive lineman Bill Kollar went on to play eight seasons and coach for three decades in the NFL. He retired from football on Sunday. On Tuesday, he found out he would be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Kollar was a two-time All-American at MSU who went on to become the MVP of the 1974 Senior Bowl and the first player ever out of the Big Sky Conference to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
On this episode of Magic in the Room, Luke and Hannah sit down with special guest Brad Niva to discuss the importance of aligning your passions and personal purpose with career goals. Currently the CEO of Big Sky Chamder of Commerce, Mr. Niva details how his journey as a business owner, entrepreneur, and leader, ultimately led him to his prominent position in the unique mountain community. Whether you are a recent graduate or deep into your career, this episode is a must-listen for anyone considering taking the leap into entrepreneurship. Find Brad on Linked in at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradniva/ Magic in the Room listeners can get $100 off our Coaching Skills for Leaders class. Just use the promo code Magic100 when you sign up. More information is at www.purposeandperformancegroup.com/coaching-cohort Music by evangrimmusic.com Support from techblogwriter.co.uk
Colter Nuanez catches up on Thursday night's basketball scores from around the Big Sky Conference, including sharing sound from Loree Payne after Northern Arizona beat the Lady Griz in Missoula for the first time since 2007. It's also time to catch up on high school basketball with the Prep Extra and Garden City Spotlight.
Former Lady Griz star Krista Redpath makes her season debut for Around the Big Sky in Women's Hoops, checking in on the Lady Griz, Lady Bobcats and all around the league, including the interesting non-conference schedule that got Sac State out to a great start and the possible resurrection of Idaho State.
Colter Nuanez breaks down all things Big Sky Conference women's & men's basketball with league play opening up on the final weekend of 2022. Colter gives five interesting things about Big Sky women's hoops (3:15), the Big Sky women's hoops players of the week so far (9:26), five interesting facts about Big Sky men's hoops (11:05), the Big Sky men's hoops players of the week so far (23:51) and reviews the transfers proliferating everywhere (25:40) throughout the men's league. John Velk of Velk Law swings by to give his latest installment of the Top 12 Griz men's basketball players he's ever watched live (28:47) with a conversation about Scott Zannon and Jordan Hasquet, who Velk has tied for No. 12.Plus, Colter gives three big things about Montana men's hoops (42:00), the Montana State women's team (46:35), the Montana Lady Griz (49:00) and finally three big things about the Montana State men (53:05).
(Spirit Rock Meditation Center) A short overview of Satipatthana practice including choiceless awareness, followed by a guided big mind meditation with singing bowls.
(Spirit Rock Meditation Center) A short overview of Satipatthana practice including choiceless awareness, followed by a guided big mind meditation with singing bowls.
Colter Nuanez and Rajiem Seabrook continue the ESPN Roundtable from last week, counting down from 5 to 1 on the list of biggest Big Sky Conference storylines of the last year. Plus, they debate the transfer portal, Deion Sanders' new job, and the greatest plays in NFL history.
(Spirit Rock Meditation Center) A short overview of Satipatthana practice including choiceless awareness, followed by a guided big mind meditation with singing bowls.
Carolyn, the Chick Who Doesn't Sports, has thoughts on the Drummond-Philipsburg co-op breaking up, plus Jakobi Meyers, Tom Brady's collapse and the World Cup. Colter Nuanez gets you caught up on Montana and Montana State basketball heading into the non-conference finales.
Sam is joined by Kevin Marshall of FCS Nation Radio to help break down the semifinal results and help set the stage for Frisco.The two discuss the UIW-NDSU and Montana State-SDSU games and what went down. They also talk about conference strength after these playoffs for leagues like the MVFC, Big Sky, CAA, and SoCon. Finally, they talk about NC Central's win in the Celebration Bowl before discussing what the atmosphere will be like in Frisco as NDSU and SDSU meet in the FCS title game.The podcast is presented by HERO Sports and BetMGM. Visit https://herosports.com/ for FCS coverage and https://sports.betmgm.com/en/sports for online betting odds.
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Colter & Brooks Nuanez analyze what has made this Montana State team special, how to define its leadership, why Brent Vigen has been the perfect fit plus what to expect from the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.Plus, hear from SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier, Sam Herder of Hero Sports and Colter Nuanez's breakdown of what is missing for Griz football entering the off-season.
This week's ESPN Roundtable features Colter Nuanez counting down, David Letterman style, the biggest storylines of the year in the Big Sky Conference, getting through No. 10 to No. 6 (more to come next week!). Montana forward Josh Bannan joins the show to break down how he's managed to take yet another step forward with his game this year as the Griz prepare to visit Gonzaga.
First Chair catches up with AASI Team member, Matt Larson, about the return of Rider Rally to Montana's Big Sky Resort next April. Attending this event gets you three or five days of big-mountain riding with a member of the AASI Snowboard Team AND take your game up a notch with personalized coaching and improvement. There are only six weeks to register before event prices increase by $200. Even though it's December, spaces are already filling up, so sign up soon. Register now: https://www.thesnowpros.org/events/rider-rally/
I recently attended the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) Summit in Bozeman, Montana. While there, I learned about the Big Hearts program produced by the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association (MOGA). I hope that you'll find the episode uplifting and inspiring. Big Hearts Under the Big Sky is a service organization that provides high-quality therapeutic outdoor adventures—all at no cost—to those who have provided extraordinary services to our country and children who face life-threatening illnesses. Through this program, Big Hearts matches deserving participants with member outfitters to give them a healing, uplifting and memory-making trip in the heart of Montana. Important links for this episode: Learn more at - https://miaanstine.com/2022/12/07/mac-outdoors-podcast-81/ Big Hearts Under the Big Sky - https://bigheartsmt.org/ MOGA - https://www.montanaoutfitters.org/ The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation's NASC - https://congressionalsportsmen.org/caucuses/nasc-state Mia's Amazon Storefront – https://amazon.com/shop/miaanstine/ WSI HEATR Gear use discount code LLCO10 – https://wsisports.com/ MAC Outdoors apparel and gear – https://mia.limited/1 Self-Defense Radio Network – https://selfdefenseradio.net Mia Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, life coach, keynote speaker, and range safety officer, firearms instructor, and archery instructor. She is the founder of MAC Outdoors and Host of the MAC Outdoors Podcast. Mia Anstine strives to encourage others to get outside, hunt, fish, shoot, and survive life with others in a positive way. Want to write to me? Mia Anstine MAC Outdoors LLC PO Box 31 Ignacio, CO 81137-0031 *Disclaimer: Mia Anstine participates in the Amazon Services, LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon . com. There is no fee to you for using these links.
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Montana State rolled in to the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs with a 55-7 win over William & Mary in the quarterfinals on December 9, 2022 in Bozeman, Montana. The semifinal appearance is the third in a row for the fourth-seeded Bobcats. MSU plays at No. 1 South Dakota State on Saturday afternoon in Brookings, South Dakota. Montana State second-year head coach Brent Vigen addressed the media on Monday.
LIVE from the Rockin R Bar in Bozeman, Colter Nuanez hears from Montana State head coach Brent Vigen ahead of the Bobcats' clash with William & Mary. Then, for some final analysis, longtime Big Sky coach Ty Gregorak drops by to talk about just what's made the Bobcats so good this year.
The Women's Basketball show makes its return and we're joined by former Weber State Forward Dominique Williams and Brooke Minnoch to talk all about it.We'll recap last week's matchups with against Seattle University and Tarleton State then preview this week's showdown with former Big Sky foe North Dakota.Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or join the Wildcat Fans FB group.
An amazing amazing and fun podcast with the owner of 314 Cigar Brokerage. We touch on Big Sky, La Barba, and Caldwell cigars, as well as United Cigars! A scotch based episode and more! Follow the video podcast on our Patreon! www.patreon.com/craftandpuro Mahalo!
Colter Nuanez & Brooks Nuanez (2:23) analyze the Big Sky Conference's coaching carousel plus give thoughts on Montana State's 33-25 win over Weber State to move into the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs for the third fall season in a row and give some thoughts on Montana's season-ending 49-26 loss at No. 3 North Dakota State.Colter & Ty Gregorak (37:26) break down what is missing for the Griz, what has the Bobcats rolling and more.Plus, Colter shares an interviews with Sac State running back Cameron Skattebo (1:04:30), the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year, talking about the Hornets' first ever playoff win and Montana State All-American Isaiah Ifanse (1:12:17) on his return. And hear Colter's weekly spot (1:20:25) on the Bobcat Pregame Tailgate Show with Dave Wooten of KSKY Country in Bozeman
On today's What to Watch: The teachers are exchanging their Secret Santa gifts on the midseason finale of Abbott Elementary, where Janine also has an awkward run-in with colleagues at a hookah bar. On the midseason finale of Big Sky, the team tries to find a groom who went missing from his own wedding, and Sunny Day Excursions is in the hot seat. DC's Stargirl comes to an end after three seasons, featuring the biggest battle we've seen yet, with lives on the line. Plus, Hollywood trivia and entertainment headlines, including director Nancy Meyers shooting down rumors of a sequel to The Holiday, nominees for the Critics Choice TV Awards, and Comedy Central announces fill-in hosts for The Daily Show after Trevor Noah's upcoming departure. More at ew.com, ew.com/wtw, and @EW. Host/Producer: Gerrad Hall (@gerradhall); Producer: Ashley Boucher (@ashleybreports); Editor: Samee Junio (@it_your_sam); Writer: Calie Schepp; Executive Producer: Chanelle Johnson (@chanelleberlin). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Two of the three Big Sky football teams with coaching vacancies have already filled them, and Colter Nuanez has thoughts on Ed Lamb to Northern Colorado and Paul Wulff stepping up at Cal Poly. Plus: this week's Treasure State Stars and prep hoops coverage kicking off with Guy Almquist of defending state champion Helena Capital.
In this episode, we talked with GolfHead Coach Scott Erling;Scott Erling Men's Golf Director and head coachAt Weber State University - Coach Erling claims the 2022 Big Sky Conference Men's Golf Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona.- Just name Men's Golf Coach of the Year- Win first conference championship since 2011 and their first Big Sky title since 2002.- The victory to earn the program's first NCAA Regionals appearance since 2002.- Been the head coach since 2013 and has been with the program since 2012. Originally hired as an Assistant Coach and in Director of Golf in 2016.Play College Sports with the iSportsRecruiting App download it now:Apple Stote
Dorothy Diane "Dedee" Pfeiffer is an American film and television actress. She is best known for playing Cybill's daughter, Rachel, on the sitcom Cybill (1995-1997), Sheri on the sitcom For Your Love (1998-2002), and her film appearance as Val in The Allnighter (1987). She is also known for guest appearances on several other 90's sitcoms such as Wings, Ellen, Seinfeld, and Friends. Most recently, she is known for playing Denise Brisbane on the ABC drama Big Sky. Since 2020, the “Cybill” alum has been starring in David E. Kelley's hit ABC crime drama “Big Sky,” which she describes as a “rebirth” after taking a 10-year hiatus to battle addiction issues and raise two children as a single mother. While away from Hollywood, the actress also went back to school, earning a master's degree in social work from UCLA. She says leaving acting behind for a decade provided her with a reality check, as she got to work with the homeless and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
We're back from Thanksgiving break and we're stuffed with goodies for you on Breakfast All Day. First, we review the delightfully silly and sweet “Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special,” which is streaming now on Disney+. We also catch up with the excellent “Aftersun,” which is sure to end up on lots of top-10 lists and become an awards contender. In news, we discuss the Oscars, Gotham Awards, Spirit Award nominations, Irene Cara and more. And over at our Patreon, we recap the outstanding season finale of “Andor.” Thanks as always for joining us! * Our latest Movie House Shout-Out goes to The Independent in Big Sky, Montana, where Christy visited while skiing with her family over the holiday. They show new releases and have a Christmas movie festival planned throughout December, but they also offer a bar, restaurant, trivia and live music. The Independent is a great hub for arts and community in the mountains. To find out more, visit them here. * If you're loving how we look and sound these days, it's thanks to Riverside. This is the new platform we're using, which allows us to record in 1080p. You can meet and record for videos, podcasts, social media and more, and it's easy and fun to use. Get 15% off your membership with code BREAKFAST15. Find out more here.
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To receive future pods as soon as they're live, please consider an upgrade to a paid subscription.WhoBeth Howard, Vice President and General Manager of Vail Mountain, ColoradoRecorded onNovember 14, 2022About Vail MountainClick here for a mountain stats overviewOwned by: Vail ResortsPass affiliations: Epic PassLocated in: Vail, ColoradoClosest neighboring ski areas: Beaver Creek (20 minutes), Copper Mountain (23 minutes), Ski Cooper (42 minutes), Keystone (42 minutes), Loveland (43 minutes), Arapahoe Basin (47 minutes), Breckenridge (50 minutes) - travel times may vary considerably in winter and heavy traffic.Base elevation: 8,120 feetSummit elevation: 11,570 feetVertical drop: 3,450 feetSkiable Acres: 5,317* Front Side: 1,655 Acres* Back Bowls: 3,017 Acres* Blue Sky Basin: 645 AcresAverage annual snowfall: 354 inchesTrail count: 276 (53% advanced/expert, 29% intermediate, 18% beginner)Lift count: 32 (one 12-passenger gondola, one 10-passenger gondola, 4 six-packs, 14 high-speed quads, 1 fixed-grip quad, 2 triples, 1 T-bar, 3 platters, 5 carpets)Why I interviewed herI articulated this as well as I could a couple months ago, in an article about Vail Resorts' decision to limit lift ticket sales for the coming ski season:It was a notion quaint and earnest. Simplistic but no less authentic. To start with Vail would have seemed presumptuous. This American place most synonymous with skiing. Three-sided and endless, galloping back into valleys, super-fast lifts shooting in all directions. I wanted to be ready. To feel as though I'd earned it.My first trip West was in 1995. But I did not ski Vail until 2004. In our megapass-driven, social-media-fueled moshpit of a present, I doubt anyone thinks this way anymore. Vail is a social-media trophy – go seize it. But I proceeded slowly to the big time. Primed on Midwest bumps, anything would have seemed enormous. First, the rounds of Summit County. Then Winter Park. As though skiing were a videogame and I could not pass to the higher levels until I'd completed those that came before. And then there it was. That first time standing over Sun Down Bowl, the single groomed path winding toward High Noon below. Eleven thousand feet over Colorado. Sliding down the ridges. Powder everywhere. Back to Blue Sky. Laps all day through unmarked glades. Refills from the sky even though it was April. Three thousand feet of up and down. The enormous complexity of it all. The energy. That impossible blend of wild and approachable.Vail Mountain and – on that same trip – Beaver Creek, were exactly what I needed them to be: the aspirational summit of America's lift-served skiing food chain. The best mountains I'd ever skied. I won't say it was The Experience of a Lifetime. But it was the best five days of skiing that I had, up to that point, ever done.I'm not sure what else I can add to that. Vail Mountain sits at the summit of American lift-served skiing. Yes I know, Backflip Bro: the terrain is not as Rad-Gnar as Snowbird or Jackson Hole or Taos or Palisades Tahoe or Big Sky. It does not get as much snow as Alta or Baker or Wolf Creek or Kirkwood. It does not minimize and mitigate crowds like Telluride or Aspen or Sun Valley.But Vail Mountain stands out even on that hall-of-fame lineup. Five thousand-plus acres of approachable terrain seated directly off the interstate. The Big Endless: 18 high-speed chairlifts, the Back Bowls™, a bit of rowdy and wild back in Blue Sky, a frenetic base village. If any mountain in Vail Resorts' sprawling, intercontinental empire is almost guaranteed to deliver The Experience of a Lifetime™, it's the namesake OG of them all: Vail Mountain. Even after all the growth and change and the Epic Pass atom bomb, Vail Mountain remains one of the greatest ski areas in North America.It's also a personal favorite of mine, and one that I've been eager to feature on the podcast since I expanded The Storm's focus from the Northeast to the entire country last year.What we talked aboutOpening weekend at Vail Mountain; staying open until May in 2022 and whether the ski area could do it again; marking Vail's 60th anniversary; Vail's founders; building the mountain and the town from raw wilderness; Vail in the ‘80s; Afton Alps; transitioning from food-and-bev to resort leadership; a Colorado-Tahoe comparison; what it means for Vail Mountain to share the Vail Resorts masthead with Whistler; going deep on the Game Creek Express upgrade and the new Sun Down Express lift; how Vail decides between a four- or six-place lift, and why Game Creek got the promotion to sixer; the future of fixed-grip lifts on Vail Mountain; why it was finally time to build the long-proposed Sun Down lift, and how that will change the ski experience and flow around the mountain; how this happened at High Noon Express (in February 2020), and how unusual it was:How Sun Down may help prevent a repeat; why Vail built Sun Down before the proposed Mongolia Express outlined in the resort's master plan (see below); thinking through the future of the Eagle Bahn gondola; a potential future portal at West Lionshead and the sorts of lifts we could see there; how Pride Express could evolve up and down the mountain; how the Cascade Village lift could better serve day skiers; the potential for terrain expansion in Blue Sky Basin; the growth and future of snowmaking on Vail Mountain; housing drama with the town at East Vail; why Vail rejected the town's $12 million offer for the land; how Vail's housing market has devolved to crisis levels over the decades; what other towns are doing to fix housing and whether any of that could work at Vail; the evolution of two housing markets – one for locals and one at market rate; the potential for Ever Vail; reaction to $275 walk-up lift tickets; and the factors that will go into setting lift ticket limits each day this season. Why I thought that now was a good time for this interviewI've already written extensively about the valiant and courageous VAIL SHEEP DEFENDERS, an elite squadron whose mission is to ensure that local bighorns only have to poop next to rich people. In May, this group of nincompoops – the Vail Town Council – voted to condemn land where Vail Resorts planned to build 165 beds of worker housing on six acres of a 23-acre parcel (the remainder was to be set aside for bighorn habitat). Vail, which had already spent years permitting the project with the previous council, pushed back, and now the whole disaster has been swallowed by the courts, where it will likely remain for years.Meanwhile, the VAIL SHEEP DEFENDERS somehow missed the groundbreaking on, among other properties, a nearly $8 million, 5,700-square-foot mansion rising on that same bighorn habitat. This image – provided by Vail Resorts – distills the absurdity of the whole thing pretty well:In September, I chatted about this with Colorado Sun reporter Jason Blevins, who has lived in Eagle County for decades. He had a much more nuanced view:“Both sides have completely valid arguments here. Vail Resorts needs housing. They have the property, they went through three years of planning with the previous council to win all the approvals to develop this thing. They created a bighorn sheep management plan … Election came, new council came in, and that new council is more inclined to protect that herd than accommodate with housing. They've offered the company different spots in the valley where they could build. But the process has progressed, and it's along, and Vail is ready to pretty much break ground right now …“Yes, this is about bighorn. That council 100 percent supports the bighorn herd, and in their heart of hearts they are working to protect the bighorn. … And those bighorn have been there longer than us, and this is their winter habitat. They unquestionably come down in the winter … along the highway there.”The whole situation, Blevins told me, is reminiscent of the Telluride Valley Floor drama in the late ‘90s, in which the town and a developer took a land dispute all the way to the Colorado Supreme Court (read the court's full decision here). The town ended up paying $50 million to acquire the land. “Think of all the housing you could have build with $50 million in the early 2000s,” Blevins said.Unfortunately, Blevins said, “this one is lining up to follow that track. Could this fight go all the way to the Supreme Court? Could the town of Vail end up having a public fundraising campaign with rich residents giving money to support sheep habitat? Will it go that far? With the complaint filed last week, it certainly appears as though this is going to be a protracted legal battle that will end up costing the town millions and millions of dollars if they buy it from Vail Resorts. And the end result is no more new housing. So the true losers on this are the people in this town who need a place to sleep and live in that town.” You can listen to our full exchange on this topic, including a long discussion of the elusive NIMBY, starting at 56:50:So the housing drama made the pod timely. But so did the fact that Vail is installing two new chairlifts and celebrating its 60th anniversary. So did the fact that its peak-day lift tickets just hit $275. Really though, I wasn't sitting around waiting for an excuse to talk about Vail. It's Vail. One of the greatest ski areas in America. It's always interesting, always relevant. It's one of a handful of ski areas that evokes skiing whether you ski 100 days a year or never. Aspen, Telluride, Vail. The podcast was built to score interviews like this: a big-time mountain seated at the heart of our collective lift-served skiing experience. Enjoy.Questions I wish I'd askedI would have liked to have explored the impacts of the mountain town housing crisis on employees and the environment a bit more deeply. What does it mean to have a 50- or 60-mile commute through one of America's most extreme wintertime environments? How does such a setup further exacerbate the I-70 traffic that everyone so loathes? How sustainable and safe is this whole ecosystem?Last year, Vail Resorts, Alterra, Boyne Resorts, and Powdr – America's four largest ski area operators – launched “the ski industry's first unified effort to combat climate change with shared commitments around sustainability and advocacy.” These efforts include portfolio-wide shifts to renewable energy sources, climate advocacy, and “responsible” stewardship of the environment. All admirable and necessary steps toward creating sustainable 21st century businesses.However. I would propose an additional pillar to this joint pledge: these operators must commit to working with local, state, and national governments to encourage building density, expand mass transit, and limit individual car use wherever possible within the mountains.It is not just the ski area operators that are missing this. We built modern U.S. America on the premise of unlimited land and unlimited individual, anytime mobility. But this model does not scale up very well. When Congress passed the Interstate Highway Act in 1956, the nation had 156 million residents. It now has around 338 million. Interstate 70 through the Colorado Rockies is a miracle of engineering and one of the most beautiful roads in the world. But this thoroughfare, combined with poor regional planning and a U.S. American mentality that thinks you can shape the Colorado High Country in the same fashion as suburban Atlanta, have delivered Los Angeles-caliber traffic to the otherwise pristine high alpine.This is not sustainable. It was a dumb way to build a country. Sprawl and our car-centric culture are environmental and human disasters, the invisible antagonists to all our high-minded climate goals. Ski area operators and the municipalities they operate in have an incredible opportunity to showcase a different sort of America: a transit-oriented, weather-resilient, human-centered built ecosystem in which employees walk or ride a bus (or, God help us, a gondola) to work from hubs close to or on the mountain; the great mass of skiers arrive via transport other than a personal vehicle; and a Saturday on Interstate 70 does not resemble a wartime evacuation.For those of you fearful that this means Manhattan-in-the-mountains, that's not what I'm proposing here. Nor am I suggesting a Zermatt-style ban on individual automobiles. Just a better transit and housing mix so people who don't want the expense and hassle of wintertime commuting can avoid it. We actually have a pretty good model for this: the college town. Most students live, without cars, in dorms on or close to campus. Free and frequent shuttlebuses port them around town. A dense and walkable university center gives way to successive waves of less-dense housing, for more established employees or those with families. Some commuting occurs, but it is minimal. The university is a self-contained world that absorbs as much impact as it can from the problems it creates by concentrating many humans on a small footprint.The fact that the Town of Vail cannot accommodate 165 humans on 23 acres of land is pathetic. Their willingness to invest $12 million into ensuring people cannot live on this parcel crystalizes how unserious they are, long term, about creating a more sustainable, livable Vail. Rather than fighting Vail Resorts, the town ought to be partnering with them – as the previous council did on permitting this project – to see if the company could shrink the six acres down to three or four, and bump the 165 beds up 30 or 40 percent, with select units reserved for employees who agree to live car-free and use a shuttle system instead. The town's current, combative posture is only going to push the employees that could have lived in East Vail farther out into the mountains and into daily, likely solo commutes in a car, all of which will further degrade the mountain environment the town claims to treasure. This project could have been a model for cooperation and imaginative development. Instead, it's turned into a spectacle, a disappointment, the most predictable and U.S. American thing imaginable. What I got wrongI pronounced Vail Mountain founder Pete Siebert's name as “See-bert,” rather than “Cy-ber.” We also discussed Vail Mountain's remaining fixed-grip lifts, putting that total at just one. However, the ski area still has three fixed-grip chairlifts: the Cascade Village quad, the Gopher Hill triple rising out of Vail Village, and the Little Eagle triple at the top of Eagle's Nest.Why you should ski Vail MountainThere's a lot of pressure on Vail Resorts' flagship. While it's fairly easy to get to and navigate, Vail Mountain, for most skiers, is big, far, and exotic; a thing of myth, considered with reverence; less vacation destination than fantasy. It's work to get there, and no one wants to work without reward. Ride to your New England or Wisconsin or North Carolina local on a Saturday, and you'll cope with whatever mess they came up with. Arrive at Vail, and you expect the best skiing of your life.Vail can give you that. Yes, I know, Wasatch Bro, “Vail is great. Everyone should go there.” Sick burn, Bro. Original and hilarious. I'm not saying it's better than Utah or Tahoe or Aspen or Winter Park, but I am saying that the skiing at Vail Mountain is usually very good, often spectacular, rarely bad. It is big enough that there are always uncrowded bits somewhere. And since such a large percentage of the skiers here are tourists, and since most tourists are allergic to anything off-piste – and since only a small percentage of a 5,317-acre resort can be groomed at any one time – you can ride the ungroomed all day, most days, in relative isolation (meaning you're not speed-checking every four seconds at Fort Meyers Freddy arcs edge-to-edge turns over the fall line).I've often wondered how many skiers there are on Vail Mountain on any given Saturday. They won't tell me, but I'm guessing it's the population of a small city – 30,000 people? While the sorts of liftline nightmares profiled above do occasionally happen, they are, as Blevins (a Vail local) said in our interview, pretty rare, and pretty short-lived. The ski area moves people around really well.Everyone should ski Vail Mountain at least once. There is a sense of awe in being there. It is one of the best pure ski areas on the continent. Great terrain for (nearly) all abilities (sorry Backflip Bro, but you can hike over to East Vail). A terrific little town. Easy to get into and out of (off peak, at least). Affordable if you have enough sense to purchase an Epic Pass in advance. There are bigger and emptier and snowier ski areas out there, but Vail is going to give most skiers just about everything they want and a lot more than they need. The high expectations are earned, and, nearly always, met.Podcast NotesHoward and I talked quite a bit about elements of Vail Mountain's 2018 masterplan. Here's where new lifts could run on the frontside:And here's where they could run on the backside. You can also see potential new trails in Blue Sky Basin and Teacup Bowl:Vail is also aggressively building out snowmaking on the front of the mountain. Here's what that system could look like at full build-out:The Storm publishes year-round, and guarantees 100 articles per year. 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To support independent ski journalism, please consider becoming a free or paid subscriber. This podcast hit paid subscribers' inboxes on Nov. 21. It dropped for free subscribers on Nov. 24. To receive future pods as soon as they're live, please consider an upgrade to a paid subscription.WhoStephen Kircher, President and CEO of Boyne ResortsRecorded onNovember 9, 2022About Boyne ResortsBoyne Resorts owns 10 ski resorts, a scenic chairlift, and a bunch of hotels and golf courses that you can read about in my other newsletter, The Storm Golfing Journal. Here's an overview of the stuff we're covering here:Why I interviewed himSkiing, as a business, is ruthless. More failures than triumphs. More ghosts than living souls. Like humanity itself, I suppose. Enough corpses exist to create a knucklehead talking point for anyone doubting the long-term viability of, for example, Vail Resorts. They just point to the graveyard and say, “Well what about American Skiing Company? What about SKI? What about Intrawest?”Well, D*****s, what about Boyne? Founded 74 years ago on a Michigan hillside and now a 10-resort, continent-spanning titan, Boyne Resorts is the Ford Motor Company of skiing. Imagine old Everett Kircher, chomping a cigar and riding eight-foot-long skis down Hemlock, a good-old-boy of the Michigan backwoods, getting a load of Boyne Resorts 2022, with its arsenal of megalifts and Ikon Pass access tags all blippity-blinging on the social medias. It would shock him no less than Henry Ford stepping out of his 1903 workshop and stumbling upon a plugged-in F-150 Lightning with satellite radio and $100,000 pricetag.Both of these companies started a long time ago as something very different and evolved into something very Right Now. This is what good companies do, and what almost no companies actually manage over time. See: Kodak, Blockbuster, K-Mart failing to envision digital film, streaming, ecommerce. Boyne Resorts is the longest-running multi-mountain ski company in North America, and possibly in the world. Why? They adapted. Part of their evolution, as Stephen and I discuss in this podcast, was persistence through the near-bankruptcy of key properties in past decades. Part of it was having the vision to build a scenic chairlift in, of all places, Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the 1950s. Part of it was relentless investment in snowmaking. Part of it was a pivot to showmanship and experience. And part of it was dumb luck and timing. There's no single reason why Boyne Resorts has survived and evolved for 74 years, and there's no guarantee that anyone else could exactly replicate their model. But Boyne Mountain, the company's namesake and original resort, is one of the last ski areas in the country to persist under its original ownership. There's a lot we can learn from that fact, and from what Boyne Resorts did in the years since their original mountain's founding to keep the thing from becoming another wintertime phantom.What we talked aboutBoyne's system-wide commitment to the long season; Boyne Resorts' many and varied 2022 lift projects; Sunday River's massive growth potential and how the Jordan 8 will serve that; “people don't understand the idea of rebalancing”; why the company is dropping an eight-pack at Boyne Mountain; what happened when a helicopter had to dump a Cypress lift tower, and whether that impacted the project's timeline; why Boyne didn't buy Sun Valley, Telluride, or Jackson Hole; Boyne Resorts' decades-long expansion; why Boyne had to back out of half-ownership of Solitude; why Boyne purchased Shawnee Peak and what the potential is there for upgrading lifts and expanding terrain; whether Pleasant could ever join the Ikon Pass ; changing the name to Pleasant Mountain; whether Boyne will buy more ski areas; ski areas that the company passed on buying; EuroBoyne?; how Crystal Mountain exited Boyne's portfolio – “It was a bummer that we lost it from the Boyne family”; preventing overcrowding; “there's a collaborative approach within the Ikon”; whether Boyne bid on White Pass; how close Boyne came to closing Boyne Mountain in the 1990s, how the finances had deteriorated to that point, and how the company saved itself; how a Tennessee chairlift saved the whole company; why there aren't more scenic chairlifts in America; dreaming up and building the Michigan Sky Bridge; the five things driving Boyne's incredible investment spree and whether it's sustainable; the importance of owning the resorts that you run and the land that you operate on; “I think it's a Golden Age for North American skiing”; how European skiing leapt ahead of North America in on-hill infrastructure; how and why Boyne brought the first eight-pack chairlift to the United States; how Boyne's 2030 plans are unfolding with a different strategy from 2020; “growth changes the flow of traffic”; why it's taken longer to get 2030 plans for Cypress and Brighton than for Boyne's other resorts; “we had a lot of old Riblets in our system”; the importance of creating a sense of place without the pitfalls of becoming “Intrawest 2.0”; why Boyne finally went wide with RFID; why liftline fast lanes have flopped at Boyne's resorts in the past; and Boyne's obsessive focus on snowmaking.Why I thought that now was a good time for this interviewBoyne is just absolutely rolling right now. In September, when The Highlands announced that it would retire three Riblet triples for a D-line six-pack in 2023, I itemized the big projects underway across Boyne' Resorts' portfolio:About five years ago, statement lifts started raining out of the Montana sky. After rolling out four high-speed lifts in five years (the Powder Seeker six in 2016, Ramcharger 8 and the Shedhorn high-speed quad in 2018, and the Swift Current 6 in 2021), Big Sky recently unveiled a gargantuan base-to-summit lift network that will transform the mountain, (probably) eliminating Mountain Village liftlines and delivering skiers to the high alpine without the zigzagging adventure across the now-scattered lift network. Skiers will board a two-stage out-of-base gondola cresting near the base of Powder Seeker before transferring to a higher-capacity tram within the same building.Impressive as the transformation of Big Sky has been, it represents a fraction of the megaprojects going on across Boyne's 10-resort empire. Here's a survey of what's happening around Boyneworld this offseason alone:SugarloafAs the centerpiece of their 450-acre West Mountain expansion, New England's second-largest ski area is currently rebuilding and retrofitting the Swift Current high-speed quad from Big Sky. Installation is scheduled for next summer. I discussed this expansion and the rest of the mountain's 2030 plan with GM Karl Strand two years ago:Sunday RiverBoyne's third eight-pack is rising on Jordan Peak. It's gonna be a bomber, an overbuilt look-ahead lift that will eventually serve an outpost called “Western Reserve,” which may double the 870-acre resort's size. The mountain is also continuing work on the Merrill Hill expansion, a big piece of the mountain's 2030 plan.LoonLast December, Boyne opened eight-pack number two at Loon Mountain, New Hampshire. The event was electric. Meanwhile, the quad that once served that side of the mountain sat in the rebuild barn, so it could replace and retire the Seven Brothers triple, work that has been ongoing all summer.Pleasant Mountain (formerly Shawnee Peak)Boyne bought Maine's oldest ski area less than a year ago, so they've yet to announce any big-time lift projects. For now, the company did the impossible, winning social media for a day with their unanimously lauded decision to change the ski area's name back to Pleasant Mountain, which it had carried from 1938 to 1988. While this doesn't alter the ski experience in any way, it does show that Boyne is here to wow people. Just wait until they start talking lifts and expansion.Boyne MountainEight-pack number four will be here, on Boyne's shortest ski area, a 500-foot Michigan bump. The chair will replace a pair of ancient triples, dropping skiers atop one of the best pods of beginner skiing in the Midwest, a delightful jumble of long, looping greens threading through low-angle forest.Big SkyI mean what isn't happening at Big Sky? This gondola-tram complex will instantly become one of the most iconic lift networks in North American skiing. I recapped the Montana flagship's evolution from backwater to beefcake with mountain COO Taylor Middleton earlier this year:BrightonBoyne's snowiest mountain is also one of the few without a long-term 2030-type plan. This, Boyne Resorts CEO Stephen Kircher explained to me, is because the resort sits on Forest Service land, complicating the long-term planning process. No matter. The ski area recently began the permitting process for a D-Line (what else?) sixer to replace Crest Express, the ski area's oldest high-speed quad.Summit at SnoqualmieThe motley agglomeration of what was once four separate ski areas is about to Rip Van Winkle its way into modernity. The ski area's 2030 plan, announced in April, sketches out eight new or upgraded lifts, including a trio of triples at freewheeling Alpental. The first lift is going in as I type this – a fixed-grip carpet-loaded triple to replace the old Hidden Valley Riblet double. GM Guy Lawrence and I went through these updates in a podcast recorded two days prior to the announcement:CypressBoyne's only Canadian ski area is upgrading its Sky summit double with a carpet-loaded quad.One month later, Loon announced a 30-acre South Peak expansion that will finally connect the monster Escape Route parking lots with the ski area via a carpet-loaded quad next year:Here's the full story:It had been more than two years since Kircher's last stop on the podcast, and the big projects just keep dropping. There are plenty more on the way, too, but this seemed like a pretty good time to check in to see what was driving this investment binge.What I got wrong* I referred to Sunday River's upcoming Western Reserve expansion as the “Western Territories.”* In framing Boyne's expansion story, I asked why the company started buying additional resorts “in the ‘90s.” The company began expanding in the ‘60s, of course, with the addition of The Highlands. What I had meant to ask was, why did the company begin expanding in earnest with the 1997 purchase of Crystal Mountain. Over the next decade, Boyne would add five more resorts, doubling its portfolio.* I said that Vail “bought” Andermatt-Sedrun in Switzerland. They only own a 55 percent stake in the ski area – the other 45 percent is under the control of local investors.* I said in passing that Deer Valley was not on the Ikon Pass. It is, of course, as a seven-day partner on the full pass. What I had meant to say was that the Ikon Pass is not Deer Valley's season pass.* I said that Boyne had been a “laggard” in RFID. Kircher points out that the company had introduced the technology at Brighton and Crystal a number of years ago.* I stated that there was no snowmaking at Summit at Snoqualmie – Kircher points out that the resort uses “a small amount” on their tubing hill and terrain park.Podcast NotesThe Gatlinburg Skylift is a pretty incredible complex. I stopped by in September:As Kircher noted, SNL had its fun with the Sky Bridge (5:20):Boyne Resorts on The Storm Skiing PodcastStorm archives are well-stocked with Boyne Resorts interviews. This is Kircher's third appearance on the podcast. Funny note: The Storm featured Kircher for podcast number 6, and 100 episodes later on number 106.My interviews with the leaders of Big Sky and Summit at Snoqualmie both rank in the top 10 for total number of all-time Storm Skiing Podcast downloads (out of 117 podcasts):Leaders of each of Boyne's New England resorts have appeared on the podcast multiple times. The exception is Pleasant Mountain, which I'll feature on an episode once their long-term plans come together.I also interviewed the leaders of each of Boyne's Michigan resorts:That just leaves Brighton and Cypress. I'll get to Brighton soon enough, and I'll wrap Cypress in after I officially enter Canada in May.Meet my new co-host, Rocky the catMy cat wouldn't shut up and is the third party in this podcast. His name is Rocky. He is 17. Or so. He looks like he's about 700. He could be. I adopted him from a shelter in May 2006. Meaning he's been in my life longer than either of my kids, by several years. A fact that astonishes me, really. All he does is meow meow meow all goddamn day. He wants to eat every five minutes. Meow meow meow. That's the problem during this podcast – he is demanding his five-times-hourly feeding. Otherwise, he is a sweet animal. He comes when you call him, like a dog. He hates the outside and sheds like a yeti. He's best buddies with my 5-year-old son and he looks like a miniature cow:He's moved all over New York City with me, though he would be just as happy living in a box truck in a Tampa strip mall. He can no longer run or jump, though he still manages the stairs quite well. He is not a smart animal, and that may have contributed to his longevity – he is not curious enough to get himself into trouble. He still manages to make quite a mess. A cat is the highest-maintenance animal I can manage, and just barely. But I quite like him, even if he chose an unusual hour, on this one day, to vary from his normal 22-hour-per-day sleep schedule and interject himself into our conversation.The Storm explores the world of lift-served skiing all year long. Join us.The Storm publishes year-round, and guarantees 100 articles per year. This is article 125/100 in 2022, and number 371 since launching on Oct. 13, 2019. Want to send feedback? Reply to this email and I will answer (unless you sound insane, or, more likely, I just get busy). You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a public episode. 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