Blog Posts

  • Skier Dangled Nude Off Of Vail Lift

    Just read up on an interesting event that occurred Jan 6th to a poor fellow on a Vail Resort ski lift. Apparently the unsuspecting skier sat down on the lift only to discover that the seat bottom had not been lowered and he subsequently fell through. Fortunately he was saved from falling all the way through by his bindings not releasing.
  • INSANE!!!

    I swiped this off of the big mo and thought it was UpaDowna worthy!! And yes it looks like a wild ride...someday...
  • Leadville 20 Mile Snowshoe Race

    Based in Leadville, Colorado and described as "an ultra-marathon consisting of a big loop on, above, and around Turquoise Lake. Over 2700' of climbing with a high point of 11,380'. The trails are usually semi-packed, and the views are great. This event is not for the meek or inexperienced.
  • Sawatch Backcountry = One Kick Ass Gear Shop!!!

  • Support Your Local Drunk Runner!!!

    A picture of Ultra-runner/Ultra-drunk Brownie is up for Pic of the Year in our local newspaper. After looking through the pics I have to say I was drawn to the fuzzy fox babies at first, but then I figured we have to keep true to our friends. I voted for this shot, as should you!!
  • A Sign Of The Times

    This year has already seen over a dozen deaths linked to the slopes. Between the numerous avalanches both in bounds and out, the skiers slamming into trees and the few lost in the snow, this years season has really caught my eye as to the deadly nature of the outdoor game. While risks are taken when ever we venture out doors, we know and understand that nature is all powerful and regardless of the amount of training or gear, accidents do happen and people die.
  • Public Service Announcement 2

    I stole this from Brownie without permission as I am certain he stole it form someone else without permission! This was stolen from his post on his upcoming Triple Century Attempt!!! For those missing out a Triple Century is running 100 miles while drinking 100 beers in under 100 hours!!
  • Caught In The Middle

    Today the high is expected to break a whopping 8 degrees, and with it that cold toting around a 1 1/2 year old is not fair to him. To make matters worse there is no snow on the ground, which means there is little to no chance of coaxing a laugh out of my son if we are outside. So lets see, my outdoor options are pretty slim.
  • Winter Sports Videos

    Here are a few of the reasons we do the things we do during these colder months!! Skiing
  • Surviving Out-of-Towners

    If you live anywhere near a destination ski resort then you probably deal with the same scenario that we do a few times per year; an old friend from far away is bringing his/her family for a ski vacation in your neck of the woods and they insist that you come spend some time with them while they are near. It's not that you don't want to see your friend, it's just that you hate to revert to acting like a tourist in what is essentially your home terrain. You meet them at their condo at 8:30, but they aren't ready to get out the door till 10. After buying full-priced lift tickets and another round of Starbucks you aren't on the first lift till 11. On the first run someone's rental gear falls apart or hurts too badly so it's back to the rental shop. Then lunch. Then finally everyone gets their first good run in around 2, but all of the frustration has them exhausted by 2:30.... You just wasted an entire day on the mountain waiting for people. But all selfishness aside, your presence may have made the situation even worse for them. You know the scenario for getting on the mountain quickly. You have all of your own gear and a pass. You were happy with a Clif bar for lunch while everyone else needed an $11 burger and fries. Even if you kept a smile on your face all day long and you kept the jokes and conversation rolling, even if you reassured them that you're really just there to enjoy their company (be it true or not), deep down these people see you as someone who is just sitting around waiting on them, and that is going to compound their vacation frustrations. I try really hard to accommodate my out-of-town friends when they come around. I want them to go home thinking that the day they spent with me on the mountain was they best day of their vacation. In order to do so I have a set of rules or guidelines that I go by that minimizes frustration and increases excitement for everyone involved: