For many years 'mass transit' to our local ski area consisted of thumbing a ride at the 'Hitching Post' at the bottom of the road up the mountain. While effective (if hard to schedule) for one or two people, it didn't work for groups heading up. For the past few months there has been another option called 'The Blue Bus'. Early reports were dubious, but ridership has been building and the Mountain Trail Blue Bus looks like a success.
I don't envy their equipment (low leather boots and scary bindings), but I do envy their style. I've loved old travel posters for years and just came across this auction catalog of vintage tourism and ski posters. While some of these are well out of my price range, a few are temptingly affordable and unsold. Browsing the posters is a pleasantly nostalgic way to spend a sunny Friday afternoon.
Welcome to Winter! While my mind is firmly in the world of snow sports for the season, other people keep cycling through the colder months. Important Safety Tip: You can't have too many lights when night riding.
I love exploring the mountains and there are more peaks than I could ever hope to see in my lifetime. Of course the Seven Summits are on my list but, I haven't even summited one of them yet. So, what is a frustrated, wannabe mountaineer to do? You can start exploring any of the Seven Summits with StreetView in Google Maps. Go to maps.google.com, type in the name of the peak, zoom in to the street view level and start planning your approach from base camp.
Here is the Cerro Castillo segment from Powderwhore Productions' 2013 film "Adventures Chosen". Skiers Jason Thompson, Drew Stoecklein, Chuck Mumford and Forrest Coots made the trip to Chile and shot some impressive footage. The Powderwhore's skiing is excellent, but their Spanish translation needs some help.
To kick fall off to a stylish start here's a skiing / fashion / music flashback for those of us who were skiing in the 1980's. The only scary thing is that I still see skiers on those same 80's vintage skis and boots!
Hey, ski resort. I know we haven't seen much of each other for a few months but the mornings have been getting cooler and I was thinking about you. I want us to be together every winter, but we need to talk. I love the great times we've had together but we can't keep going on like we used to. We could talk about the weather all the time: When will it snow? How much? Will it be light, fluffy powder or a heavy, wet blanket of snow? But things have changed and I'm worried about our future. We need to talk about CO2 and climate change.
We are well into the heat of summer in the Northern Hemisphere (I hope the skiing is great South of the Equator!) and warm weather mountain sports are in season. Heading to the mountains is a great way to escape the heat and find other ways of earning your turns. One of my favorites is Mountain Biking, just a whippersnapper compared to skiing, but it has been around since the early 1970's.
Welcome to Summer all you Northern Hemisphereans (is that a word?)! While winter is half way around the sun for many of us, now is a great time of year for all forms of warm-weather outdoor recreation. If you work in the 'fun' world of outdoor recreation you might feel like some people don't take the outdoor industry very seriously. What if you could tell them that the Outdoor Industry employs nearly three times more people than the fossil fuel industry? It turns out that outdoor fun is serious business.
Thanksgiving has just past and many ski resorts have opened or will be spinning their lifts soon. Ski resorts with snowmaking or with good weather compete to see who can open their lifts first, often with only one run open. That friendly competition usually leaves out the smaller ski areas. Many town ski hills must wait for natural snowfall to cover their runs.