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Phil Sifferman's life is full of stories you can't make up. From Kenny Loggins to Jimi Hendrix, to hitchhiking to ski, to becoming a pro skier, to traveling the world skiing and making movies, Phil carved out a path for himself in a unique way that included not following the rules. On the podcast, we talk about the beginning and end of hot dog skiing, Phil's pro career, some amazing stories, selling snowboarding to the FIS Phil Sifferman Show Notes: 4:00: Kenny Loggins, Jimi Hendrix, big family on Capitol Hill, and learning the value of a dollar. 10:00: Getting kicked out of school, getting into Queen Anne, and hitchhiking and hustling to ski 20:30: Best Day Brewing: All of the flavor of your favorite IPA or Kolsch, without the alcohol, the calories, and sugar. Puffin Drinkwear: Be the hit of every party and gathering with the coolest and cutest drink accessory ever created. Get 20% off with the code powellmovement Elan Skis: Over 75 years of innovation that makes you better 23:15: The impact of “Ski the Outer Limits” and “The Mobius Flip” movies, ballet skiing, product, and bringing FIS into snowboarding instead of the ISF 35:00: The first Hot Dog events, Vietnam's impact on film class, filming, his ski instructor scam at Crystal Mountain, and partying 42:00: Stanley: Get 30% off sitewide with the code drinkfast Outdoor Research: The best outerwear ever built just got better. Get 25% off all OR products with the code POWELL25 Peter Glenn Ski and Sports: Over 60 years of getting you out there 45:00: The first water ramps, sponsorship/money, The Marlboro Tour, media coverage, and the end of freestyle 52:00: Air and Style, Totally Board, his ski crew, and a few incredible ski stories 74:00: Inappropriate Questions with Stanley Larsen
“At the end of the 24 hours, I looked around and pretty much everyone was still there,” says Brody Leven. “And I'm like, ‘What is wrong with these people?'” In 2022, Brody and Ben Eck were two of nearly 100 skiers who entered The Last Skier Standing. The endurance event has a simple premise: skin up 1,100 feet and ski back down within an hour. And then it repeats every hour. How many laps can you go? Support comes from Patagonia Athletic Greens Kuat Racks Global Rescue
The Pursuit – E96 – Too Many Irons w/ @Keree.Smith Keree Smith is a hard human to put in a box…Skipper, Guide, Friend, Skier, Builder? Keree has a lot of irons in the fire, we talk about what it's like managing those irons, what's next and how having too many [...] The post The Pursuit – E96 – Too Many Irons w/ @Keree.Smith appeared first on Out Of Collective.
Tis the season for some skiing out there, and if you're into it, then you know how much fun it can be out there. But be carful, and before you decide to strap em up and shred the gnar, you're going to want to heed these stories of warning and they could save your life up there. Here are 5 Mysterious Disappearances of Mountain Skiers.
American skier Mikaela Shiffrin is making history as she now holds more World Cup wins than any female alpine skier. Shiffrin was a teenage prodigy when she burst on the scene more than a decade ago, now she's a two-time Olympic gold medalist and six-time world champion. Christine Brennan of USA Today joined William Brangham to look at Shiffrin's career and impact. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders
Steven Nyman is one of the most accomplished ski racers I've had on the podcast. In a sport where racers can go a whole career without making a podium, Steven stood on podiums around the world 11 times and has three world cup wins to his credit. He's had an incredible race career, and at almost 41, Steven is still going. On the podcast, we talk about not having the advantages of everyone else, talking his way out of school and onto the Park City Team, making the US Team, living in Europe, winning, money, and a lot more Steven Nyman Show Notes: 4:00: Powder day, Sundance, getting by, finding racing through Coca Cola Cup, and the Sundance Ski Team 13:00: Chasing the BYU Ski Team, growing up Mormon, and how he was able to convince everyone to let him go to Park City 20:30: Best Day Brewing: All of the flavor of your favorite IPA or Kolsch, without the alcohol, the calories, and sugar. Puffin Drinkwear: Be the hit of every party and gathering with the coolest and cutest drink accessory ever created. Get 20% off with the code powellmovement Elan Skis: Over 75 years of innovation that makes you better 23:15: Other sports, going from K2 to Fischer, and the importance of better equipment 34:00: The mystery of why skis are skis fast, fame, speed, and danger 42:30: Stanley: Get 30% off site wide with the code drinkfast Outdoor Research: The best outerwear ever built just got better get 25% off all OR products with the code POWELL25 Peter Glenn Ski and Sports: Over 60 years of getting you out there 45:30: Coming back from injury, missing the Olympics because of injury, and money 52:00: Days when you aren't feeling it, the risk of it, chemical additions to snow, edges, and the Olympics 66:00: Inappropriate Questions with Chris McCullough
Cette semaine, Jeane reçoit Valérie Paumier, fondatrice de l'association Résilience montagne. Les scientifiques sont formels, les Alpes se réchauffent deux fois plus vite que l'hémisphère nord. Les températures yoyo, le manque de neige, la fonte des glaciers.... autant d'évènements qui témoignent d'un réchauffement climatique intense dans ces régions. Les Alpes vivent aujourd'hui d'une mono activité touristique : le ski. Or, le ski, tel qu'il est pratiqué aujourd'hui, peut-il être écologique et durable ? Est-il adapté à un mode de vie plus résilient, plus sobre et moins énergivore ? Dans un rapport publié en janvier 2023, l'ADEME nous propose un éclairage sur la situation actuelle ainsi que des pistes de réflexion pour pratiquer de nouvelles activités en montagne. Ressources complémentaires : Résilience montagne : https://www.resiliencemontagne.org/ Rapport de l'Ademe : https://agirpourlatransition.ademe.fr/particuliers/vacances-loisirs/hiver/vacances-a-montagne-plus-ecologiques-plus-economiques Soutenir Basilic : instagram.com/basilicpodcast/ basilicpodcast.com Production : Jeane Clesse Musique : @Klein Graphisme : Mahaut Clément & Coralie Chauvin Mix : Jeane Clesse Si cet épisode vous a plu, n'hésitez pas à laisser plein d'étoiles et un commentaire sur la plateforme Apple Podcasts et surtout à vous abonner grâce à votre application de podcasts préférée ! Cela m'aide énormément à faire découvrir Basilic à de nouveaux auditeurs et de nouvelles auditrices.
Grete Eliassen is a true legend of Freeskiing, and in part 2 of her podcast, we dive into how women were treated in skiing back when she was in her prime. Grete is a 6x X Games medalist, a 4x US Open Champion, and a World Champion with many Powder Awards to her credit. On the show, we talk sponsors, money, the Olympics, her movie “Say My Name,” being President of the Women's Sports Foundation, and more. Keri Herman asks the Inappropriate Questions Grete Eliassen Show Notes: 4:00: Happy to be at the 2004 X Games demo and how women are treated both then and now. The X Games is a medal event, the difference in money for men and women and skiing had never been plan A 20:30: Best Day Brewing: All of the flavor of your favorite IPA or Kolsch, without the alcohol, the calories, and sugar. Puffin Drinkwear: Be the hit of every party and gathering with the coolest and cutest drink accessory ever created. Get 20% off with the code powellmovement Elan Skis: Over 75 years of innovation that makes you better 23:15: Agents, a house at 19, taking advantage of sponsor opportunities with stars, and her Pro Models 34:00: Ski Porn, respect, and leaving Armada 41:00: Stanley: Get 30% off sitewide with the code drinkfast Outdoor Research: The best outerwear ever built just got better get 25% off all OR Peter Glenn Ski and Sports: Over 60 years of getting you out there 43:30: Head, Say My Name, losing her best friend, skiing angry and blowing her knee 57:00: The Olympics and The Women's Sports Foundation 63:00: Inappropriate Questions with Keri Herman
When trying to gain clarity on issues of climate change (where we are, where we've been, and where we should go from here) it is a good idea to talk to Bill McKibben. Bill's book, The End of Nature (1989) was one of the first books written for the general public about these issues; and through the creation of 350.org and 3rd Act, Bill has continued to bring attention to these issues and mobilize communities to bring about change.TOPICS & TIMES:Bill's Background (4:03)Writers that have influenced you? (16:00)Inflation Reduction Act (19:10)Meeting emission goals? (24:50)Personal Actions / Community Actions (28:40)Banks & Carbon Emissions (37:00)Climate Conference in Egypt (39:22)The Next 12-24 Months (43:09)Heat pumps (47:04)Nuclear Fusion (48:26)Electric vehicles (50:52)Compromises & Alternative Energy (54:59)What to Do Now? (59:21)RELATED LINKS:Become a Blister+Spot MemberBlister Summit RegistrationSEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS:CRAFTED Bikes & Big IdeasOff The CouchGEAR:30Happy Hour Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
All snow is good snow when you're in a megadrought, but how it layers up can have big implications for backcountry recreators. Craig Gordon, a forecaster with the Utah Avalanche Center (and absolute legend) talks with host Ali Vallarta about why not all snow is made equal, what has him worried, and why his job might be getting harder every year. The Outdoor Retailer Snow Show is Jan. 10-12 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter. You can find us on Instagram @CityCastSLC and Twitter @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode:Sean tells Lauren about his experiences skiing, the crucial life-or-death decisions he's made while in the backcountry, and how he has set goals and objectives on the mountain and in the office. Have questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at LSIWINS.com.Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
Grete Eliassen is a true legend of Freeskiing. Not only did she win the first ever X Games Gold Medal for a female skier, but she's also a six-time X Games Medalist and World Champion who started dominating halfpipe podiums before moving on to the slopestyle course. On top of that, Grete's a two-time winner of the coveted ‘Female Performer of the Year' at the Powder Awards. When she's not filming or winning contests, Grete spends her time working for tech startups or serving as the President of the Women's Sports Foundation. She's still a pro skier, but she's also a podcaster, mom, wife, and more these days. Marie France-Roy asks the Inappropriate Questions Grete Eliassen Show Notes: 4:00: Girls trip to Retallack, her podcast, moving around as a kid, and skiing 13:00: Athletes in the family, team sports, learning how to fall, the cold, and ski racing, 11:00: UC Santa Cruz, a road trip ends in Crested Butte, dating Seth Morrison, state of the industry when she was at CB 22:15: Best Day Brewing: All of the flavor of your favorite IPA or Kolsch, without the alcohol, the calories, and sugar. Puffin Drinkwear: Be the hit of every party and gathering with the coolest and cutest drink accessory ever created Elan Skis: Over 75 years of innovation that makes you better 25:15: Snowboard parks, hockey, moving to Norway for skiing, and the family business of construction and trucking 33:00: Making a name for herself in Norway, Norwegian Sports School, and did she miss out on things 33:00: The forming of the IFSA, becoming the VP, risking it all for the sport, money, 41:00: Stanley: Get 30% off sitewide with the code drinkfast Outdoor Research: The best outerwear ever built just got better; get 25% off all OR Peter Glenn Ski and Sports: Over 60 years of getting you out there 44:00: Race results, Groundhog Day, Lindsay Vonn and other competitions, and making out on podiums 51:00: Her introduction to the New School, going to SMS camp in Whistler, Oakley, Armada, and making it 59:00: Who is she skiing within Norway, training at Windell's, being an unknown at the US Open, specialization, and being in awe of Tanner, and Mickael Deschenaux 70:00: Inappropriate Questions with Marie France-Roy
This the winter edition of Bike Talk with Dave as I get to dive into the frigid world of Arctic travel with someone I met on the chairlift during a recent trip to Colorado. Annabelle Santerre. What caught my attention was when she used the words North Pole during her elevator speech about what she does. We connected on instagram, where I discovered her active life of extreme sports - skiing, arctic expedition training, rock climbing and, of course - mountain biking! I couldn't help but ask her on - and I hope you enjoy our conversation I'd encourage you to follow Annabelle's adventures on instagram, Facebook and YouTube. just look for AnnaBScooby. Also, click on her website at annabellesanterre.com and say Yes to her next trip to the Arctic Circle! I'd like to welcome Bike Rags Apparel as a sponsor of Bike Talk with Dave! Bike Rags is helping make sure we continue this little conversational adventure for another year! Bike Rags is an apparel company located in Iowa, serving the all of North America with promotional materials, cycling jerseys, shorts, koozies, t-shirts, hats - anything you need for your team, group or event.They have low minimums on orders and great prices - and do exceptional work whether screen printing, embroidery or sublimation! Be sure an contact Morgan at Bike Rags and tell her you heard about them here! Just click on www.bikeragsapparel.com Thank YOU for tuning in to Bike Talk with Dave! If you like the show, you can support it by rating, reviewing and subscribing - and of course, please share it with your friends! And If you'd like to support the show financially, and help improve this podcast you can look for Bike Talk with Dave at BuyMeACoffee.com or hit me on Venmo at David-Mable If you do I'll send you with a Bike Talk with Dave sticker! There's a link to Buy Me A Coffee in the show notes! If if you want a real piece of history, put your order in for an original, limited edition Bike Talk with Dave hat! Just shoot me $25 on Venmo and I'll send you a hat! I'll be ordering from our friends at Bike Rags Apperal in mid January so get your order in soon! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dmable122QThanks to bikeiowa.com for being the online host of Bike Talk with Dave - BikeIowa.com is your one stop shop all kinds of cycling events as well as news, information and trails in Iowa and around the midwest! Every week new events are added - be sure bookmark bikeiowa.com and check back often! This weeks music is The Best Weekend Ever by The Nadas. It's a song about driving from Des Moines to Denver! Download all of the Nadas music on your favorite music platform! Bike Talk with Dave is on Instagram and Facebook!
Welcome to Episode 14 of Offshoot with Howard Katkov, CEO and co-owner of Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, British Columbia. Howard has started and successfully operated seven different companies and has pulled a steady paycheck from them 45 consecutive years. He loves the game of businesses and building successful ventures from vision to execution with the support of strong teams.
Cody Townsend has evolved from a California beach kid obsessed with the mountains to standing atop the pinnacle of the sport. From a successful alpine ski racing career to stunt skiing for Hollywood blockbuster films, or skiing the “Most Insane Line Ever” to ski mountaineering North America's “Fifty Most Classic Ski Descents,” Townsend has proven to be able to ski the most challenging and dangerous lines with ease. Yet it's his affable, humorous and joyful nature that has defined Townsend as “The People's Skier.” Kick off the new year with a fun and inspirational conversation between Cody, Travis, and Mace!In This Episode:Cody Townsend Website | Instagram | YouTube Related episodes:Episode 11 - Team Stray DogsEpisode 42 - MO SKIMO!Episode 57 - Chris B. WarnerEpisode 60 - Cam Smith and John GastonC.A.M.P USA Website | Instagram OFFER: 20% OFF the entire InsideTracker storeDISCOUNT CODE: TRAVISMACYTravis Macy Instagram | WebsiteInjinji Discount SiteThe Feed Instagram | Website- - - - - - - - - - -If you like this podcast, please consider our book, A Mile at A Time: A Father and Son's Inspiring Alzheimer's Journey of Love, Adventure, and Hope*30% off with discount code MACESubscribe: Apple Podcast | SpotifyCheck us out: Instagram | Twitter | Website | YouTubewww.AMileAtATimeBook.com
Lhotse Merriam Hawk's huge role in organizing the sport of big mountain skiing and beyond cannot be ignored or understated. As the Vice President of the International Freeskiers Association, an organization she helped co-found with Shane McConkey, she was a 1-woman band creating the infrastructure for the future of ski contests outside of what fell under FIS control. And go figure, this year, the crown jewel of big mountain freeride competitions, FIS, purchased the Freeride World Tour. Lhotse helps break down what this means and shares some stories about Shane McConkey, Seth Morrison, Tony Hawk, and more. Lhotse Merriam Hawk Show Notes: 5:00: Banksy Museum, the name Lhotse, backstage at Dead shows for the food, other hippy experiences, trouble, and skiing 11:00: UC Santa Cruz, a road trip ends in Crested Butte, dating Seth Morrison, state of the industry when she was at CB 21:45: Best Day Brewing: All of the flavor of your favorite IPA or Kolsch, without the alcohol, the calories, and sugar. Puffin Drinkwear: Be the hit of every party and gathering with the coolest and cutest drink accessory ever created Elan Skis: Over 75 years of innovation that makes you better 24:45: Meeting McConkey, Extreme events, secret meetings, and reasons for creating an athlete association 33:00: The forming of the IFSA, becoming the VP, risking it all for the sport, money, 41:00: Stanley: Get 30% off sitewide with the code drinkfast Outdoor Research: The best outerwear ever built just got better; get 25% off all OR Peter Glenn Ski and Sports: Over 60 years of getting you out there 44:30: How many events fall under the IFSA, losing slope and pipe, and the Dinner Roll 51:00: Event challenges, leaving the IFSA, Tony Hawk, acting Peak Experience and FIS buys the FWT 64:00: Inappropriate Questions with anonymous
To support independent ski journalism, please consider becoming a free or paid subscriber. This podcast hit paid subscribers' inboxes on Dec. 29. It dropped for free subscribers on Jan. 1. To receive future pods as soon as they're live, please consider an upgrade to a paid subscription.WhoRob Clark, CEO of Aspenware, an e-commerce and software company Recorded onDecember 12, 2022About AspenwareAspenware's website declares that it's time to “modernize your mountain.” As far as corporate sloganeering goes, this is a pretty good one. Skiers – like everyone – live on their phones. Ski areas need to meet them there – to sell them lift tickets, process their lunch order, sign their liability waivers, and rent them skis. This is what Aspenware does. “Close your ticket windows,” one of the company's ad campaigns insists, “you don't need them.” Alterra and Aspen Skiing Company agree. Earlier this year, the companies formed a joint venture to purchase Aspenware.Why I interviewed himI spend a lot of time rambling about lifts and terrain and passes – the meat of the lift-served skiing world; how resorts shape an interesting experience, and how skiers access it and move through it. But a modern ski experience does not just mean fast lifts and great snowmaking and diverse terrain offerings and passes that include the nine moons of Endor. It also means mitigating the ski day's many built-in points of misery, which mostly have to do with lines. Everything we need to do that is already built into your smartphone. Ski areas just have to figure out how to tap that technology to streamline the experience. Aspenware is doing that.What we talked aboutRelocating to New England after nearly two decades in Colorado; Peek'N Peak; Holiday Valley; an Ohio boy goes West; 1-800-SKI-VAIL; running the Vail Mountain ticket windows in the pre-Epic Pass, everyone-buys-a-walk-up-ticket days; the Epic Pass debuts; RFID debuts; RTP in its heyday; a brief history of Aspenware and its evolution into a ski industry technology powerhouse; one of the largest organisms in the world; what it means to modernize a ski area with technology; how United Airlines inspired a pivot at Aspenware; how the ski industry went from an early tech adopter to a laggard; the problem with legacy tech systems; what happens when people ask me where they should go skiing; what happened when Covid hit; why some resorts ticket windows “will never open again”; tech resistance; “I'm on a mission to get technology considered in the same breath as lifts and snowmaking”; do ski areas need tech to survive?; what skiing is competing against; why Alterra and Aspen formed a joint venture to purchase Aspenware; which bits of tech it makes sense to develop in-house; the Shopify of skiing?; which tech skiers should expect in the future; Vail's decision to move Epic Passes to phones next year; I still don't think trailmaps belong on phones (exclusively); interactive trailmaps are terrible; why skiers should own their resort data; the evolution of dynamic pricing; and the one thing that actually makes skiers purchase lift tickets. Why I thought that now was a good time for this interviewAs we all know, Covid supercharged the skiing tech cycle. In the eight months between the March 2020 shutdowns and the November-ish re-openings, the nation's 470-odd ski areas had to figure out how to keep people as far away from each other as possible without blowing up the entire industry. The answer, largely, was by digitizing as much of the experience as possible. Aspenware met that moment, and its momentum has continued in the two years since.Podcast Notes* Rob and I guessed a bit at the debut price of the Epic Pass back in 2008 – it was $579 for adults and $279 for children.* Rob referenced Start with Why, a business leadership book by Simon Sinek – you can buy it here.* I'll make the same disclaimer with Aspenware as I did with OpenSnow: while Aspenware is a Storm advertising partner, this podcast was not part of, and is not related to, that partnership. Aspenware did not have any editorial input into the content or editing of this podcast - which is true of any guest on any episode (Rob did request one non-material cut in our conversation, which I obliged). I don't do sponsored content. The Storm is independent ski media, based on reporting and independently verified facts - any opinion is synthesized through that lens, as it is with any good journalism outlet.The Storm publishes year-round, and guarantees 100 articles per year. This is article 139/100 in 2022, and number 385 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 email@example.com.The Storm is exploring the world of lift-served skiing year-round. Join us. Get full access to The Storm Skiing Journal and Podcast at www.stormskiing.com/subscribe
“There are friends for a season, friends for a reason, and friends for life… I had to let a lot of stuff go.”— Paul RichardsonSometimes you need to fake it till you make it — even when it comes to self care. Often, practice is required in order to receive the full benefits of your mental health tools.This episode of the Living Jewishly Podcasts is an instalment of What's in Your Toolbox?, a podcast about mental health and the tools that help us to heal and cope. In this episode, host Bobby K sits down with wealth manager Paul Richardson to talk about his mental health journey, including his time at the Homewood Health Centre and what it taught him. Tune in for a conversation about identifying mental health struggles, putting the work into meditation and mindfulness, the benefits of vision boards, and the difference between freestyle skiing and racing.This episode marks the end of the first year of What's in Your Toolbox?, and we thank you for listening! Subscribe now to never miss an episode of Living Jewishly's rich roster of podcasts.“Before I went to the Homewood, I would get really, really uptight and angry. I wasn't fully aware of the degree of anger and tension I was suffering, because I didn't know any different.”— Paul RichardsonThis episode discusses: How identifying his primary triggers helped Paul to gain control over his anger and tension How Paul rebuilt his self-identity after leaving the Homewood Health Centre — and the mindset skills that help him copeHow Paul engages with his support network in order to create balance in his life Highlights: 00:53 Intro02:38 Meet Paul Richardson04:41 Skiing05:41 Entering Homewood08:20 Triggers10:45 Rebuilding after Homewood13:22 Becoming friends with meditation & mindfulness14:47 Paul's toolbox17:34 Sports car19:40 Diving20:43 P.A.S.T.23:35 Vision boards25:21 Peter27:57 Final thoughtsLinks: No Magic Bullethttp://www.nomagicbullet.org Homewoodhttps://homewoodhealth.com/health-centre To get in contact or learn more about Living Jewishly: Visit our website: https://livingjewishly.org Follow us on Instagram: @living.jewishly Watch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO2YEegjapKpQeXG6zh6tzw or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Shalom!
Skiers are miraculously found alive following an avalanche in Austria, Cincinnati Bengals' emergency landing, TikTok death hoax trend, and Kim Kardashian reveals what co-parenting with Ye is like. We discuss. Wizard of Oz prop sells for nearly half a million, how a man honors his late neighbor, and Lady A's Charles Kelley's sobriety journey. We discuss that, too. Get more information on GoodDayShow.com.Follow us on social media.Facebook & Instagram - @GoodDayRadioShowTwitter - @GoodDayOnAir
To support independent ski journalism, please consider becoming a free or paid subscriber. This podcast hit paid subscribers' inboxes on Dec. 27. It dropped for free subscribers on Dec. 30. To receive future pods as soon as they're live, please consider an upgrade to a paid subscription.WhoJoe VanderKelen, President of SMI Snow Makers Recorded onNovember 28, 2022About SMI Snow MakersSMI is the largest U.S.-based snowmaking manufacturer, and one of the biggest such outfits in the world. Their guns sit at more than 1,000 facilities – mostly, but not exclusively, ski areas – all over the world. The company is based in Midland, Michigan, a place so flat that, if you turned it on its side, you'd roll forever and then simply tumble off the edge of the planet. An odd-seeming locale, perhaps, for a snowmaking manufacturer, until you've spent a winter there on those windy, frozen plains. SMI is not what we'd call a “consumer-facing brand,” but you'll see their product markings - V2, Axis, Grizzly, FreedomX, Puma, PoleCat, Wizzard - as you ski around. Super Puma is the one I seem to see most often, a stocky cannon with adjustable footings, perched hill-wise like a medieval defense. SMI's various guns have served eight Olympic venues, a point of immense pride for what is still a family-run operation. Joe's parents founded the company back in the ‘70s. He's been running it since 1991. You can learn more about them here:If you're ever driving US 10 through central Michigan, you can't miss the SMI factory and HQ, seated off the freeway just past the junction with Business 10 as you head west:Why I interviewed himA few weeks back, I wrote about the heroic efforts of ski areas throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast to open in November in spite of abnormally warm early-season weather. After nodding to the usual aggressive corporate-owned badasses such as Sunday River and Killington, I called out some of the smaller operations that cracked open around the same time:More impressive, however, was New York State-owned Belleayre, seated just over two hours north of New York City, which opened the same day as Sugarloaf, beating most of New England to launch. Sister resort Gore also opened that day. Whiteface went live the following day, delivering its first-ever opening on the mountain's full 3,166-foot vertical drop. Vail Resorts' Hunter Mountain opened that day as well. Windham, five miles away (as the crow flies), opened Monday, Nov. 21. Further south, Bousquet, Massachusetts; Wisp, Maryland; and Massanutten, Virginia opened Nov. 25. In never-snowy Indiana, Perfect North opened Nov. 22, the mountain's third-earliest opening in its 43-season history.These sudden openings were not, I continued, spontaneous:These ski areas are not anomalies. They did not get lucky. Their rapid openings under marginal conditions across vast and varied geographic regions are the direct result of yearslong investments in better and more efficient snowmaking. They are the best-case present, yes, showcases of the most technologically advanced snowmaking equipment. But they also represent the future. One in which ski area operators are not passive victims of climate change, but active combatants against it, making more snow than ever in spite of less-than-ideal conditions, and doing so with equipment that uses a fraction of the energy of previous generations of snowmaking machinery.Much of that machinery comes from SMI, including nearly the entire system at Perfect North:Perhaps the most improbable get-open-and-stay-open outfit in the country is Perfect North. The ski area's base sits at just 400 feet. Of the 108 operating Midwest ski areas, only two sit farther south (Vail-owned Paoli Peaks, Indiana and Hidden Valley, Missouri). And yet, the ski area opened on just four partial days of snowmaking, which Perfect North General Manager Jonathan Davis characterized as “two mediocre nights, one fantastic night, and one good night.” Despite having just six additional snowmaking windows since, the ski area now sits at just over 50 percent open.Davis credits a few factors for this quick ramp-up: a 12,000-gallon-per-minute pumphouse feeding 260 snowguns, a seat on a valley floor that traps cold air, and institutional knowledge that can often predict snowmaking windows that the local weather forecasters miss.Again, this ski area sits in Indiana, where it snows like four inches per decade. There should not be skiing there. But there is. Because of SMI.Lift-served skiing in the United States does not exist without snowmaking. At least not as a commercial enterprise. Maybe it's something a few Bear-Trap Billys do, tromping off into the Cascades in their Army surplus jackets and skinny skis. Perhaps there are even a few ski areas. But without the big-city bases of voyaging tourists, who learn and practice on locals like Mountain Creek, New Jersey and Wachusett, Massachusetts and Afton Alps, Minnesota and Alpine Valley in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio, the economic superstructure to support large-scale Rocky Mountain operations simply isn't there. What we talked aboutThe SMI story; Michigan skiing; a life of adventure running a global company; breaking down the company's footprint; how one of the flattest places on the planet became one of the global epicenters of snowmaking; Made in the USA pride; getting ahead of supply-chain problems and heading off future shortages; the company's one-of-a-kind snowmaking facility and why it's special; a primer on the global snowmaking industry and SMI's place in it; Snowmaking 101; why resorts blow snow into piles; the evolution of snow machines over time into more efficient, higher-capacity, simpler machines that make better snow and work in more variable temperatures; wet bulb temperature; making snow at the extremes; what snowmaking automation is and what it means; the amazing weather variability on a single mountain; “automated doesn't mean unattended”; ongoing resistance to automation and whether SMI will continue to offer manual snowmaking equipment; where snowmaking tech is headed in the future; swapping mechanical problems for tech problems as equipment grows more sophisticated; breaking down SMI's product lines; all-weather snowmaking; the lifecycle of a snowgun and how long the best of them can last; maintaining guns after install; creating a new system from scratch; a snowmaking system is like “a golf course irrigation system on a mountain,” but one that requires “really expensive sprinkler heads”; returning snowmaking water to the watershed; responding to the reductive environmental complaints about snowmaking as an energy and resource drain; [yes that's an NYC car alarm blaring in the background]; energy efficiency as a mission; creative energy-saving strategies; the amazing snowmaking installation that modernized Arizona Snowbowl; snowmaking as wildfire mitigation tool; how the ski industry can push back against the narrative that it's an energy hog and environmental liability; creating a new wonder of the world to pump snow onto the Olympic venues in Sochi; the resilience of skiing in the age of climate change; whether every ski area will eventually need snowmaking; intel on the next potential great ski regions; and skiing in Ukraine. Why I thought that now was a good time for this interviewListeners constantly write to me suggesting this or that interview. I appreciate this, and respond even when the suggestion is some version of “my cousin skied every ski area in Ohio in a single season and he has a great story and you should feature him on your podcast.” And I'm like thanks Bro but if I wanted to do podcasts with people my listeners wouldn't care about, I know plenty of them in real life. The Storm interviewee profile is not so much exclusive as it is well-defined: to qualify for this seat, you really either need to run a mountain, be in charge of people who do, write about lift-served skiing for a living, run some kind of website that's materially additive to the knowledge base around the sport, or make something that's fundamental to the enterprise, such as chairlifts or trailmaps.Joe, obviously, falls into the latter category. And he also holds the unofficial title of most-requested interview by my listeners/readers. Skiers really, really want to hear about snowmaking. Many – especially those who work in skiing – called out Joe in particular. So here you go.So why did I wait so long if this one was so obvious? Well, I tend to favor subjects I understand. And snowmaking, despite its relative simplicity from a mechanical point of view, has always seemed a bit intimidating as a discussion point. This matters when I'm shaping the questions that guide the interview.But, last summer, I finally toured the SMI factory and met Joe and his team in person. I grilled him for a couple hours and he showed me around and I was like yeah let's do this. Joe was an outstanding guest, who's lived his craft for decades, and I probably should have done it a lot sooner.What I got wrongI said that Taos was protected from wildfires because it sat at the end of a “valley.” I meant to say “canyon.” I discussed this at length with Taos CEO David Norden on the podcast last year:Podcast Notes* I mentioned that various folks claim to have invented snowmaking. Was it a Hollywood technical director in 1934? Was it a trio of Connecticut inventors? Grossinger's Resort in the Catskills? Mohawk Mountain? A Toronto ski club? It seems as though half the ski area websites in America include some tale about Old Cyrus Jenkins III creating the world's first snowgun with a hose and a ceiling fan strapped to a modified table saw. There's a reason for that: from a mechanical and physics point of view, snow is not that hard to make. What's hard is doing it well, which is why there are so few industrial-grade snowmaking companies today. Who made the first snowgun? I don't really know or, frankly, care, and I'll let the historians fight it out.* I actually grew up in Midland County, Michigan, where SMI's headquarters is located. There are no ski areas there. The closest, when I grew up in the small town of Sanford, were Apple Mountain in Freeland (now closed), Mott Mountain in Farwell (closed), and Snow Snake up in Harrison (still, thankfully, operating). All were less than an hour away, but SMI was the closest ski-related landmark. The factory sits directly off the US 10 expressway, the most important road in the area, and its multi-colored mural, rows of snowguns, and piles of manmade snow are impossible to miss while driving past.The Storm publishes year-round, and guarantees 100 articles per year. This is article 137/100 in 2022, and number 383 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). 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WILLY'S WORLD X ALPHA BLOKES PODCAST In this episode we are changing it up for once and this time I am the one being interviewed on the Alpha Blokes Podcast the fastest growing podcast in Australia. "In this episode we got Ex-pro Skier, Cannabis Activist & Enthusiast and Entrepreneur Willy Stolk on for a chat. Willy has lived a wild life, from meeting Hugh Hefner at the playboy mansion to directing a few porno's, not your average Joe." ALPHA BLOKES PODCAST ORIGINAL PODCAST: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/ep-65-cannabis-and-pornos-ft-willy-stolk/id1581699623?i=1000579114135 "Willy's World" is the podcast/shock jock journey of Willy Biggs, A Former Freeskier And International Man Of Mystery. Listen on as this well connected loose-as-a-goose entrepreneur & content creator conducts compelling conversations with an extensive list of players from music, sports, cannabis, porn, science, art and culture, who are actively changing the course of history. Connect with Willy on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/willysworldpodcast/ or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willysworldaus Website: https://www.willysworld.com.au --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
We talk a little bit about - our broadcasting of Davos - behind the curtain - are ski journalists not doing their jobs and asking tough questions? - ideas on how to 'fix' Nordic skiing....pro ski league ....where the pro teams would be and what it would look like - pet peeves shopping at the grocery store.... - how to improve Leadville's grooming/xc ski situation --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/seder-skier/support
The Pavlik Foundation's Founder, Ian Pavlik, joins Coruzant Technologies for the Digital Executive podcast. He shares his success early in his career as a professional ski racer, and seeing the success from the fruits of his hard labor. He also states that finding out what excites you and then focusing in on that contributes to one's success in life.
There are two shopping days before Christmas. In all probability, you know a skier who continues to use some ancient accessory that outlived its usefulness some time ago. Here are some suggestions for how to upgrade the ski experience for someone worthy of your largesse.
A well-timed artic blast is settling into the mountains of Northwest North Carolina! While some may dream of warmer conditions, ski and snowboard enthusiasts could not have planned for a shot of cold air to come at a better time. The cold temperatures and snowfall help promote North Carolina's winter sports industry. Skiers and snowboarders flock to the mountains during the holidays, and the resorts that welcome these visitors provide the backbone for memorable experiences.On this week's Mind Your Business, we visit with Talia Freeman, Director of Marketing for Beech Mountain Resort. She discusses a full slate of events planned for Beech Mountain over the next few weeks, while also sharing how these resorts collectively work to make the North Carolina Mountains a desired destination for outdoor enthusiasts at such an important time of year.Mind your Business is produced weekly by the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce. The radio show airs each Thursday morning at 10:05AM on WATA (1450AM/96.5FM) in the High Country. The podcast version of the program is made possible each week by Appalachian Commercial Real Estate and sponsored in part by Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.Support the show
"When you think something's impossible, find someone who's already done it," says Krista Giannak, writer and skier,who happens to be blind. Krista used to shy away from her personal story. Now, she embraces and speaks about it, while inspiring our listeners to do the same. Short Bio/Intro: As a credibility-boosting ghostwriter, blogger, and business owner at WiseWordsThatMatter.com, Krista Giannak is passionate about uncovering the stories behind her clients' knowledge, sharing real impact in the client's voice. Having once shied away from her own personal journey, Krista now speaks about her experiences facing fear to become a skier, who happens to be blind. Clients say that she inspires them to share their own challenges and wisdom with the world. Krista has garnered media coverage for clients in local newspapers and on television stations such as CBS 2 and FiOS 1. Her journalism background includes feature articles published in local newspapers, magazines, and a hospitality industry trade journal. In this episode you will learn: How sports and fitness helped Krista and can help you gain confidence and relieve stress What motivated Krista to face her sports-related fears and challenges How her experiences with sports and fitness changed her business How we can motivate ourselves or others to move more Connect: Email: Krista@WiseWordsThatMatter.com Website: https://WiseWordsThatMatter.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WiseWordsThatMatter LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/KristaGiannak You can reach Alexandra at: linktr.ee/alexandra.vanhorn11 www.AVHCOACHING.com On instagram: @alexandra.vanhorn11 Facebook: @CoachAlexVanHorn Twitter: @alexvh11 Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/alexandravanhorn/videos Or Email Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/alexandra53/message
Tune in here to this episode of Grits, Guts, and Determination, The Leadville Race Series Podcast, a leading authority for all things Leadville! Host Cole Chlouber, son of race founder Ken Chlouber, takes us on a story-telling journey of the 38-year rich history of this race. We learn all the tips, tricks, and stories from the Leadville community members! Joining us today is Pro Skier, Drew Peterson, and in today's episode Drew talks about his Sub 25hr Leadville 100, mental health and more! To begin, Drew starts off explaining how the Leadviille experience is everything he hoped it would be- it included the good and the bad, lived up to his expectations and lived out his childhood dream. He explored deep parts of himself, met new people and enjoyed connecting again with the mountains. The day of the race started off rocky by getting in late and sneaking up to the front. He discusses his mistakes including not drinking caffeine at first and he made potatoes at the Airbnb, but they were bad, and created stomach issues during the race. He became frustrated with himself during the race because of those mistakes and it started to bring him down, but he changed his attitude with his mental fortitude, and decided he already learned some lessons today, but he could apply them to the rest of the race. Next, Drew goes into his entire play-by-play of the race and how he thought he was going too fast starting off, so he started talking to people to see if he could hold conversations with them. He has a weak right foot and 2 miles into the race that started to hurt, but it quickly went away and that pain didn't pop up again the rest of the race. He explained his mental state that no matter how bad things get, they're always going to get better and vice versa. He continued on and ran downhill really well, which gave him a boost of confidence, but then he hit a wall. His women coaches encouraged him and told him to have fun and go climb Hope Pass, and that's exactly what he did. The climbing part of Hope Pass was his favorite part of the race in getting to reconnect with the mountains, get some confidence and positivity and even let out a wolf howl! He kept up that positivity, but the last 30 miles were the hardest where he was full of pain and struggled. His older brother paced him for the last section and getting to share that with him meant the world. Finally, Drew explains how going across the finish line let all the emotions catch up with him. He was surrounded by his crew, was excited and cried from elation at the finish line. Drew continues on by talking about his film called “Ups + Downs,” which discusses how Drew navigated the mountains and valleys of mental health through skiing. He shares that if you or anyone you know is struggling with mental health, they can call the mental health hotline or check out his website for more resources. His last piece of advice is to start out slower in the race, but to make up your mind ahead of time that you are going to finish the race. Don't leave any space to question whether or not you will finish, but to decide you will. No matter how bad things get, things will always get better.
2-time Olympian and VIS League Mentor, Rosie Brennan is a professional cross country skier who has had multiple top 15 performances at the 2022 winter olympics in Beijing. Previously, Rosie attended Dartmouth college where she competed on the ski team.Rosie has had multiple ups and downs in her career including being cut from the National team twice, suffering two freak accidents including a bike and a car crash, and coming down with mono during her first Olympic Games. While Rosie may have thought about quitting, she never did and always came back with an even stronger fire. Today, she talks about her resilience and gives advice to young girls who may be going through similar obstacles. “It made me realise that part of the joy of competing is to have that feeling of being so immersed in something that you can have that many emotions and one of my biggest takeaways from the Olympics was how lucky I am to have had this experience that allows me to feel so much.” - Rosie Brennan
Adrian Ballinger is a machine for managing risk in the big mountains. Whether he's leading adventures with his Alpenglow Expeditions, summiting Everest or K2 without supplemental oxygen, or just living his rad Tahoe life, there never seems to be a chill moment in Adrian's life. On the podcast, we talk about the three critical mentors to his success in the mountains, performance-enhancing drugs in the mountains, what counts when you're climbing without oxygen, and much more. Adrian's Everest Base Camp manager, Emily Turner, asks Inappropriate Questions. Adrian Ballinger Show Notes: 3:30: Does having a baby scare him, risk moving to the US and his first climbing/skiing mentor 12:00: Snow camping in HS, first injury in the mountains, books on climbing and performance-enhancing drugs in the mountains 21:00: Stanley: Get 30% off sitewide with the code drinkfast Outdoor Research: The best outerwear ever built just got better get 25% off all OR 24:00: More drugs and questioning achievements, not being good enough at skiing, who he was in HS, his parents have a plan for him to be a Dr. 29:00: Going to Georgetown, meeting his second important mentor Chris Warner, and a free trip to Ecuador 35:00: Getting sick at 19K feet, guiding trips really young, and how the mob was involved in climbing 41:30: Peter Glenn Ski and Sports: Over 60 years of getting you out there 10 Barrel Brewery: Buy their beers; they support action sports more than anyone Elan Skis: Over 75 years of innovation that makes you better 41:45: Trying to buy into Chris's business, the breakup, starting Alpenglow, and the importance of becoming a certified mountain guide 55:00: The challenge of getting local climbing permits, the hazard of being a ski guide in Colorado, moving to Tahoe, and getting a local permit 61:00: His 3rd important mentor, Russell Brice, experience on 8K meter peaks and the high-altitude gene, 70:00: The letdown of failing at Everest with no oxygen, succeeding the following year, climbing without supplemental oxygen, and being a different type of professional athlete and being an influencer to other professional athletes 80:00: Inappropriate Questions with Emily Turner
Tanja Kari didn't care that she was a one-armed cross-country skier growing up in native Finland, she just cared that she was one of the twenty fastest in the country. She turned perception of disability upside down when people complained that she was too good for the Paralympics and by setting a new standard for them to chase.
Global News: Hockey Canada member branches to vote on slate of nominees for 9 board vacancies. Also, year-ender review of the Hockey Canada scandal in 2022 and what must be done to responsibly address the safe sport issue in Canada. Guest: Allison Forsyth, ITP Sport. Mutiple Canadian skiing championships and represented Canada the Olympic Games. Was herself sexually assaulted by the national ski team coach after which Alpine Canada requested Allison Forsyth not reveal publicly what had taken place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Niki is a 25 year old professional mogul skier from Cadro, Switzerland. She competed on the World Cup for about 10 years with her first World Cup start in 2013. During the 2015/16 season, she won the overall standing of the European Cup. She also qualified for the World Championships in Deer Valley in 2018. She successfully rehabbed three severe injuries and is now retiring from professional skiing. She is now studying Leisure Management at University with hopes to later work for the Swiss Ski or Olympic Federation.
Lynsey Dyer is a professional athlete, illustrator, self healing and wildlife advocate. As an athlete, Dyer won the FREESKI overall extreme skiing tour (7 straight wins), was the first female on the cover of FREESKIER Magazine (mid air off a record sized 70ft cliff), and named Skier of the Year multiple times by Powder Magazine. Lynsey hosts the popular outdoor podcast ShowingUP with Lynsey Dyer. She is a trained Breathwork and flow-state facilitator offering movement, mentorship and breathwork to those who inquire. She also offers ski fitness and pregnancy workshops to elevate people to their highest potential. At 21 Dyer co-founded SheJumps.org, to increase participation of women in the outdoors, and designed the iconic Girafficorn (the charity's main fundraising and branding icon) to welcome more playfulness in the outdoors. She produced and directed the groundbreaking film, Pretty Faces, the first all female action sports film for women and girls.•This episode of The Ready State Podcast is brought to you by Sleepme. When you live in a midcentury modern Eichler home, it might be beyond beautiful, but it is also beyond freezing in the winter. Kelly's new favorite feature of the Dock Pro is setting the warm wake-up so his bed heats up to downright toasty each morning. And you know what that means? Waking up without an alarm, which is delightful. Head over to sleep.me/trs to learn more and save on the purchase of any new Cube, OOLER or Dock Pro Sleep System. Take advantage of our exclusive discount and you too can wake up like Kelly, refreshed, everyday!
More Americans skied last year than ever before — and Vail Resorts' just told us its favorite kind of skier. Apple's AirTag is supposed to track products… but they're being used to stalk people too. Which shows the need for a Chief Evil Officer. And FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested in the Bahamas, so we finally know his crimes (allegedly). $MTN $AAPL $BTC Follow The Best One Yet on Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok: @tboypod And now watch us on Youtube Want a Shoutout on the pod? Fill out this form Got the Best Fact Yet? We got a form for that too Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Izzy Lynch's ski career was made by her unique childhood. She was an up-and-coming ski racer who spent her free time at the backcountry lodge her parents built. This combination of racing and time spent in the backcountry created scary experiences and a solid foundation for a skier known for always pinning it. On the podcast, we talk about the above, University, coaching, competing, gender filming for “Into the Mind,” marriage, divorce, sponsors, and much more. Leah Evan's asks the Inappropriate Questions. Izzy Lynch Show Notes: 3:30: Fortress Mountain dirtbags, buying into a land tenure, and building a backcountry lodge 11:00: Ignorance was bliss in the backcountry; near-death mistakes, and ski racing 20:30: Stanley: Get 30% off sitewide with the code drinkfast Outdoor Research: The best outerwear ever built just got better get 25% off all OR GoPro: The only POV cam that matters 23:00: Coaching, finding freeride, opportunities in Revelstoke, and gender in the mountains 31:00: Sponsorship, her Alaska experience, and understanding of the marketing aspect 40:30: Peter Glenn Ski and Sports: Over 60 years of getting you out there 10 Barrel Brewery: Buy their beers; they support action sports more than anyone Elan Skis: Over 75 years of innovation that makes you better 41:45: Sherpas Cinema, switching sponsors, and not making enough skiing to quit work 49:00: Getting married, having a baby, divorce, POW, and her flower shop 60:00: Inappropriate Questions with Leah Evans
In this episode, we sit down with up and coming Line Skis athlete Luke Votaw to discuss how he deals with haters, why every skier should post on Tik Tok, how he learned to do triples on Mid West jump, and more. @TwoPlankerPod https://www.instagram.com/twoplankerpod/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4DoaAVYv69xAV50r8ezybK Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/two-planker-podcast/id1546428207 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRvAYQSF4s3bsC887ALAycg Follow Luke @LukeVotaw https://www.instagram.com/p/Ci_DrTbvuVn/?hl=en
Pete Moran has been a lot of things: ski instructor, snowshoe mountain marketing manager, 'People Magazine's "Most Eligible Bachelor," Red Bull marketing manager, agent, and entrepreneur. But really, Pete is a people person, and his natural ability to build relationships has helped him create an incredible life. On the podcast, we talk about all of the above and some great athlete stories revolving around Shane McConkey, Kasey Keller, and Marshawn Lynch. Recording episodes with my good friends are always fun. Pete Moran Show Notes: 5:30: Judging his Virginia accent, knowing everyone, owning radio stations, skiing, and tennis 15:00: Ski instructing at Wintergreen in HS, Davis and Elkins College, and Snowshoe Mountain 19:00: The Intrawest factor, People Magazine's Most Eligible Bachelor of the Year 20:00: Stanley: Get 30% off sitewide with the code drinkfast Outdoor Research: The best outerwear ever built just got better GoPro: The only POV cam that matters 23:00: Spreading the Snowshoe Gospel, meeting McConkey, and getting hired by Red Bull 31:00: Launching the Mid-Atlantic, The Red Bull Air Force, moving to Seattle to win back the market, and the Seahawks 42:00: Peter Glenn Ski and Sports: Over 60 years of getting you out there 10 Barrel Brewery: Buy their beers; they support action sports more than anyone Elan Skis: Over 75 years of innovation that makes you better 44:30: The NBA, money, big marketing spends, leaving to start his own marketing firm, Josh Brown, Kasey Keller, Marshawn Lynch, and his Caesars Palace Jump that I Emceed 60 :00: Inappropriate Questions with Bob Snyder
At age 17, Alex Hackel spent four years on the US national ski team. In the 2020 X-games he received a bronze medal & was Fan favorite award. In the 2021 X-games he received a silver medal. Alex also Produced & Starred in the movie “Many fantasies Later' which was the movie of the year at the high fives film festival. He has produced five full-length ski films and is the Co-founder of a ski company called "1000 skis". Hear his story of determination and direction. He has no limits to what he wants to accomplish.
Today I am discussing a very interesting topic “ Homecoming: What Does It Mean to Come Home”. I stumbled across the topic during my Homecoming to my Alma Mater, Florida A & M University (FAMU) a few weeks ago. Those of you who know me, and/or are regular listeners know that I love FAMU. My mother helped spark my interest in physical therapy. FAMU A&M was one of two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that had physical therapy at the time. FAMU was within driving distance for me. After I went to a program called TOPS- early orientation I was sold and the rest is history. I have very many fond memories of my years at Florida A&M. One thing in particular that stood out was my professors and how caring they were for the students. I met some of my lifelong friends/family- FAMUly. Homecoming: What Does it Mean to Come Home. You may be asking how does this relate to endurance sports? Well the feeling I get when I go to homecoming is one of rejuvenation, one of enlightenment. I get the same feeling when I go to race meetups with Fast Chix founded by Col. Yvonne Spencer or triathlons where there is a large presence of Black Triathletes Association ( BTA) such as Chicago Triathlon, and various other 70.3 and full distance IronMan races. Members of TeamThe National Black Marathon Association, National Brotherhood of Skiers, and Team Zoot are also included. The Race, various World Major Races, and the Reggae Marathon race are other road races with the same feel.. Members of these various groups are like family, and how can I not mention my first running group United Nations. I get that feeling even if I don't or can't race for whatever reason. The emotions attached to being among your tribe or crew is priceless. It was members of these various groups that helped me move when my place caught on fire in Philly. Drove me to surgery and picked me up. Brought me food when I was recovering from surgery. Took me to doctor's appointments when I could not drive. Running is Cheaper Than Therapy is not just a podcast about endurance sports, but also, it is based on movement from a wholeness aspect. People participate in sports for many different reasons including, physical and mental well-being as well as the connections that come with associating with fellow athletes. Homecoming is about feeding your spirit and staying connected to people with whom you click. It is about finding joy in whatever you do and the people you do it with. Episode Highlights: Homecoming at Florida A&M University. Some fond memories at Florida A&M University. What community means to me What does in mean to come home and how it relates to endurance sports? How to feed your spirit and how the endurance sports community means so much Did you enjoy today's episode? Please subscribe and leave a review. If you have questions, comments, or possible show topics, email email@example.com. To subscribe and review use one links of the links below Apple Spotify Google Get a copy of the book; Running Is Cheaper Than Therapy: A Journey Back to Wholeness. It is available in hardback, paperback, and newly released audio form Connect with Dr. Ouida Brown Instagram @ouilifeouilove Facebook @ouilifeouilove33 Twitter @ouilifeouilove Youtube @ouilifeouilove Sign up for my newsletter http://bit.ly/OuilifeOuiloveNewsletter
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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