Pyeonchang, More Pow, Further on I Trek

Pyeonchang

Last Thursday the 2018 Winter Olympic games officially began. With competition now under way, medals are being won and lives are being changed forever. The weather in Pyeonchang has been cold and very windy. Officials have had to change the schedule of some of the events because of this wind.

RED GERARD

Seventeen year old, Red Gerard took home USA’s first gold medal in men’s snowboard slope-style.

Red Gerard said he got a Snapchat this morning around 8:30 a.m. from his group of 17 people that is in Pyeongchang, South Korea to support him for the Games: “They were all shotgunning beers on the way to the mountains.”

He threw down the hammer. You know what this 17 year-old did . . yup, that’s right . . beat all the big boys. You know what they say about an entourage that shotguns beers at 8:30am? Neither do I, but I bet that was one heck of a party after he won gold. Congrats Red, job well done. I look forward to your parade in Silverthorne, CO.

CHLOE KIM

Speaking of 17 year olds, Chloe Kim grabbed a gold in women’s half-pipe. Chloe scored a perfect 100 in ladies half-pipe to qualify. Amazing, only the third time that has ever happened with Sean White scoring perfect the other two times. This girl is changing her sport. I am predicting many more golds and a long future for her. People are going to follow this girl for many years to come. Says Kim:
I won’t work with sponsors whose messages I don’t agree with

I have a feeling she is going to make a lot of money with whomever she works with.

JAMIE ANDERSON

Another gold medal athlete who is going to get paid is Jamie Anderson who won her second Olympic gold medal during the women’s snowboard slope-style event at the 2018 Winter Olympics. They call that two-time gold medal champion. Way to go girl.

SHAUN WHITE

Sean White who was shut out just four years ago got his redemption with his third gold medal. He is now the most decorated Olympic snowboarder of all time. A three-time Winter Olympic gold medal champion. Way to go Sean. You revolutionized your sport; changed snowboarding, and created a path for so many to carry on your torch.

Like I wrote, HERE(Jan 6th post, still trying to figure out how to do anchor text), lives will and are being changed forever at the games.

Unfortunately some not for the better…but I will always appreciate a full send. Much thanks to the reader who sent this:

Sometimes it just doesn’t go as planned . . .Full send

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.yahoo.com/amphtml/sports/russian-kicked-off-olympic-skiing-brutal-looking-crash-032657418.html

More Pow

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Snow covered trees @WhistlerBlackcomb.

I am not changing my SOS. Remember Save our Season? Yes, I know it snowed, but we still need more in most places. Last I checked we still have about two more months of skiing/riding in North America, even longer in some places. We all want to experience the fresh stuff. So continue your snow dances, the seasons still young. Also, send me your powder pics. I love getting them and look forward to sharing them. Thanks.

Further on I Trek

A road trip back to the mountains begins soon. This annual road trip has been part of the commitment to this marathon in search of fresh stuff and the thrill. The Thrill of the Mountain takes me far and a car gives me the freedom for trips close and far. Long drives, like long hikes are gruelling and not always fun. Sometimes you got to do what you got to do.

Reader feedback, comments & pictures

Feedback

Feedback was strong this weekend. With many readers playing in the fresh powder we had some happy campers this weekend. I know it was good when I ask for pictures and I get this:

there all in my head. what an awesome day it was yesterday and today.

And to this reader . . .remember the glass is always half full not half empty

Hoping for 4-5 feet but I’ll take 8inch

You’re right, you will, and so will I. Can you even ski/ride 4-5 feet other than in your head?

And when I asked one reader how it was going I got this back:

Keeping it real. How’s Pyeongchang treating you?

Watching it on TV, just like you. I just write about Pyeongchang man. Only in my head am I competing for medals.

We still love it when we get this and always will . . .

I read the blog . . .loved it.

Thank you. And I will be happy to send you a sticker as soon as we get some made up. And to this reader as well:

Wow CMM, Love the blog

Wow, thanks so much. I love that you love the blog. Love, CMM

COMMENTS

Let me start by writing that we received this comment:

Love the blog, can we leave comments?

Of course you can write comments? You can write comments anywhere and anytime you want. You can write them directly on the website. At the bottom of each post, there is a section to reply with a comment. You do need to have a wordpress user name. You can also leave feedback and like us on FB or Instagram – Thrill of the Mountain. Thanks.

I get not everyone understands everything. I don’t. Received this the other day:

I do not understand what you do?

I’m a dream chaser. I am a provider of ski and snow dreams for those that can believe and dream the impossible. I know, I get confused to as what I do all the time. Believe the impossible.

I do this as a labor of love. But when I get comments like this, I remember why I share my love:

We had an absolute blast . . Great snow, great town, good friends . . .It was awesome! We will definitely be back.

So happy for you all. I love it when it all works out as planned. Not eveyone got in on this past weekends action:

I don’t do weekends

What do you do? Last weekend rocked. Pow pow everywhere. We missed you. Love, Jerry & friends.

Lodging

If you need help with lodging, especially last minute, reach out to us at:

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We know people. And we may be able to help you.

Resort Guiding

We are offering all inclusive resort guiding for you and your family at a discounted rate. Our guides can handle from 1 to 6 people. The day will be customized and tailored to your group and groups needs. A fun day is in store. If this is something you have an interest in? Please reach out we’ll mame it happen.

PICS

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Nothing like waking up to a dump outside your window. You know it’s gonna be a fun day.

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Sometimes you just get in a little over your head or over your skis.

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Steamboat, CO

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What up Jerry? Looking fierce bro.

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Breckenridge, CO.

Awesome, but where is everyone?

Jerry’s rays of light always shining through.

Jerry driving under the rainbow.

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a great finish to your week. Until next time, love one another and be kind to each other. Get out there, The Thrill of the Mountain is waiting for you. Ski on.

CCM

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Powder Returns,Whistler-Blackcomb

POWDER RETURNS

Greetings gang! I hope this finds you all doing well. Things in the mountains are, well, thrilling. If you have not gotten out there yet, what are you waiting for? Conditions continue to improve with each snowfall. This last snowfall brought the seasons best conditions to both Eagle and Summit counties. Now is the time to get out there.

Colorado Blue Bird Day!

Snow still on the trees.

Sun starting to rise over the mountain.

Larkspur in the distance.

Hello Mr. Sunshine.

Beautiful Colorado Landscapes, still needs some snow but looking better!

Looking good.

Clouds making an appearance on a blue bird day.

Is that a T-P I see?

Larkspur express lift and run shown.

What a week it’s been in the mountains…

Two concerts, powder and blue bird days, oh my. Best blue bird day so far of the 2017/2018 season by far. Close to as good as it gets.

CRB

Did I tell you I saw Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Agave in Avon, CO. This was a trill, even though it didn’t technically include a mountain. CRB had the crowd rocking. This show rocked. If you have not seen or heard about this band, you must be dead. Just kidding, but seriously check these guys out because they are just continuing to get bigger.

Whistler Blackcomb

As I mentioned last post, I decided to see how the skiing was in Canada and traveled to Whistler-Blackcomb. The mountain is no joke and the views, well, see for yourself…

Not much snow in the distance but don’t let that fool you, it was still good!

The locals shared that there is almost always lingering fog.

And when we got higher we could see that they were right.

Snow capped mountains poking through the sea of fog.

Now that’s a nice peak!

Those are some serious snow-covered rocks!

Snow as far as the eye can see!

Have you met mountain girl? She is about to dip into the misty abyss.

Nice runs!

Some low lying fog hanging around.

Jerry checking himself out in Canada.

Blue in the distance through low-lying cloud cover.

Some glades and rocky steeps.

Now that is amazing!

Reader feedback, comments & pictures

Feedback

Last week was great. We were inundated with feedback, comments, pictures and emojis. We love receiving everything you send to us. Keep em coming. Thanks again for sending us anything. Much appreciated.

Received this from one reader

Amazing photo. Thanks for sharing Snowface

Thank you. Snowface, powderface I don’t care what u call it; brings me a smile every time.

Love the snowy beard!

So do I. Means there is snow.

Got this one the other day

Love your post look forward to seeing you

Seez u on da mountain. And had this conversation with one loyal skier…

READER: How was yesterday
ME: Sorry to report..sick Filthy…Best of the season
READER: That’s awesome. Honestly monday was sick as f too. Keystone reported 2”, but it was like that day at the beave, about 6+ up top reported 2”, but it was like that day at the beave, about 6+ up top with heavy snow all day. Trees in the outback were amazing
ME: Reported 8 inches felt 12 or more in the trees
READER Yep. Good sh!t. I bet the bowls at vail would be fun today
You skiing today?
ME: Ya Best day Yet
READER: That’s awesome!!

HERE’S TO MORE GREAT DAYS

I hope you are getting excited…

Awesome pics. I’m getting excited to come out only a few more weeks

Time flies. You will be here before you know it.

And to the guy who just spent two days with us…

Yeah, great f’n two days for me!

Thank you. Enjoyed it as well.

And anytime we receive this I get excited for you all

6-10″ expected in the mountains this weekend

The Beav got 12″.. is it finally starting to happen? I didn’t throw in the towel but I did send an . . .

SOS….SAVE OUR SEASON

And to the reader who sent me the formula for pure bliss…

Fresh snow + adventurous spirit + altitude = Joy
The snow part of the equation should have an exponent

Now if I could just trademark, bottle and sell it. Life is a dream.

Received these emojis this week

🍺👍😾

Very cool. Thank you. And this is so true…

You have to be all fired up

Anytime it snows, I’m like a kid in a candy shack.

But really, when you are in the middle of it it’s more like this…

Very peaceful

There was much more feedback this week. Thanks again for being an engaged reader. We are in this together. Snow or no snow.

COMMENTS

WARREN MILLER

Found this great interview with ski and filmmaker legend Warren Miller and Ski Magazine. Enjoy

Warren Miller: Innovator, Inspiration and Icon

Olympics

The 2018 Olympics have begun. Competition is underway as I write. Watch the worlds best winter athletes for the next two weeks in Pyeongchyang. Check your local tv listings for viewing schedule. I am sure you can find countless hours of viewing from NBC.

SNOW

Snow conditions are changing for the better. The end of January and February have brought much-needed snowfall. Conditions are the best they have been all season. Don’t believe me? Get out on the mountain and check it out for yourself.

READER SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Fierce.

Going up anyone.

Like the jacket. Black neon color, Jerry approved.

Looking good lady…

Ah new boots …enjoy.

In a ski town, probably true. Better not drink more than a round though. Drinks are expensive.

Great sunset with mountains in the back.

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a great week. Until next time, love one another and be kind to each other. Get out there, The Thrill of the Mountain is waiting for you. Ski on.

CCM

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SOS, Trombone Shorty

SOS

SAVE OUR SEASON

Still in search, mostly just dry…

Cloudy and dry.

Beaver Creek Beavo; the local kids.

Super Bowl Sunday crowds not to large.

Epic photographers hard at work.

Hills dry in the distance.

Jerry and Jerry.

Trees green from last years snowfall.

Those clouds again.

Blue sky’s poking through.

Where is everyone?

2/5

As I sit here drinking my morning coffee, I again see winter trying to make a presence. Its been flurrying for the last hour and a half. Here’s hoping for a snowy day followed by some good music.

Wet morning.

Sun trying to make an appearance.

Grass and trees on the ski run.

Weather changing, about time.

Front coming in…

Snow coming down…

Starting to dump – I’m wondering could this be a much need change?

Wet and snowy.

Snow face. WTF no smile.

What’s up homie?

Snow is here.

Flat light is back.

So is Jerry.

It’s getting dark out there.

Solid day on the slopes. The conditions have gotten much better. Should just improve from here!

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave.

Was given second row tickets to Trombone Shorty last night. This show was great. The music was awesome and high energy! If you have not checked him and his band out, you need to. Sorry, they wouldn’t let us take any pics!

2/6

POWDER DAY

Found it. Powder Day. It happened. WOW.

Die hards

Fresh tracks anyone?

Sunrise just starting…

Trees starting to show signs of snow.

Yea, it was my line.

I like pillows.

And fresh lines.

And then the flat light came.

Then the tress came in play …

That’s my playground

Oh yea . . .

Come to my window . . .

Jerry’s favorite place . . . the glades.

Yes, it was that deep today . . .

And then the sun came back out . . .

And a little blue sky

Wait, turned out blue bird?

Jerry always checking himself out. Poles in deep.

And back comes the clouds . . .

Are you really an expert?

Thumbs up . . .I concur.

Winter at The Beav.

Low lying fog and clouds.

Mountains in the distance showing winter.

As is Beaver Creek Resort.

It that a change in weather I see?

More snow.

Jerry, Jerry & Jerry.

And then the dumping really started!

More, more, we need more.

Ear to ear grins. Love it.

Amazing day today! Here’s to hoping it just get a better!

Reader feedback, comments & pictures

Feedback

We receive a little feedback this week. Much thanks to those that submit feedback and pictures. Also received some more emojis again this week, those are always cool. We really appreciate it and can always use more. Thank you.

These are cool:

🙂 😎 🤠 👍 👌 ⛷ 🏂

I always feel good when we receive this:

looks good

Pat myself on the back, why don’t I.

This nice as well:

It’s back and it looks good

We didn’t go anywhere? Was it not looking good?

And I was a little confused on this . . .

I haven’t read every blog post, but I enjoy your writing . . .

They are free, really. If you enjoy it, read it.

Please send all feedback & comments to:

ThrilloftheMountain@gmail.com

We received this over the weekend as was so true . . .

Crusting it . . .

Yup, we were.

COMMENTS

Conditions are just getting better. Check it out for yourself. You will be surprised what you find. More and more terrain is becoming available daily.

Lodging

If you need help with lodging, especially last minute, reach out to us at:

ThrilloftheMountain@gmail.com

We know people. And we may be able to help you.

Resort Guiding

We are offering all inclusive resort guiding for you and your family at discounted rates. If this is something you have an interest in, please reach out.

PICS

It’s the new thing. Two thumbs up to you bro.

Was an awesome day. Glad I could share it with you.

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a great finish to your week. Until next time, love one another and be kind to each other. Get out there, The Thrill of the Mountain is waiting for you. Ski on.

CCM

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The Search for Pow, Warren Miller,Heli

 

The Search for Pow

My search for fresh deep untouched powder continues. After a mostly dry and humbling January, February hopefully presents itself with many more possibilities. I know you guys believe that to. Received this from one reader…

No worries mate I’m brewing one hell of a storm for us and will be bring it with me, so get your snorkles out

Snorkels you say? Awesome.

Looking for the snow from above

Ariel views not showing much.

Beaver Creek as seen from the sky.

Back on land, blue skies pushing through.

Jerry on the ground investigating.

I like the arm style Jerry.

Who you looking at?

Small line at Cinch express at Beaver Creek.

Are those snow capped peaks I see?

Nice CO horizons.

The golf course in the distance covered with snow.

Warren Miller

The outpouring of feedback and comments we received on our short tribute to Warren Miller was amazing. Far and wide, but overwhelmingly in agreement. We received this from one reader

Bummed out about WM

To say the least, more like this when I first heard of his death…from another reader

Sad about Warren Miller

But comments and follow up from another reader explained it …

Reader: A True Legend

Me: So you knew Warren Miller?

Reader:No I read it on Facebook

Another great tribute on the man can be found here:

Smith: Farewell until we meet again, Warren Miller (column)

And to my friend, who sent me this signed pic from Warren Miller to his family; you were passed the touch. I get it now.

That’s awesome. Simply awesome, my friend.

May we continue to remember how Warren Miller shaped our image of skiing and all the things we love about it. RIP WARREN MILLER

HELI SKI

Does anyone know a reliable inexpensive heli operation out of Whistler-Blackcomb?  If so hit me up!  The mountains in Whistler are calling my name!

Reader feedback, comments & pictures

Feedback

Reader feedback was greater than normal because of Warren Miller. I don’t really care why- it was greater than normal and that makes me happy! We will take it. We encourage as well as appreciate any and all feedback, comments and pics. Keep them coming.

I like it when we get this …

Newest blog was great

Thank you. And this I thought I should share

Should be a good weekend

It’s going great, just like the journey.

Wow, what a journey you’ve had! Love the blog.

And we really love it when we get this…

Cool blog

And this is like the validation…

Nice, keep it up. See y’all on the mountain again soon.

Comments

Lodging

If you need help with lodging, especially last minute, reach out to us at:

ThrilloftheMountain@gmail.com

We know people. And we may be able to help you.

Resort Guiding

We will be offering all inclusive resort guiding for you and your family at a discounted rate. If this is something you have an interest in, please reach out.

Pics

Earning those turns….feels good doesn’t it?

Wow, looks steep….High Boy, Alta.

Nice view.

The Beav as seen from the golf course.

Is it time for some fly action already?

Or maybe just some ice fishing

Usually we skin and debone it before devouring…that’s some cred

Cheers to a great February.

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a great finish to your week. Until next time, love one another and be kind to each other. Get out there, The Thrill of the Mountain is waiting for you. Ski on.

CCM

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Ski Pass Options-The Market Heats Up.

I know this is a little different than my usual blog post but some big news happened this last week in the ski pass realm so I thought I would share the info.  Gonna ski more than two days next season, consider an annual ski pass.  Here’s some info to help you choose…

Ikon Pass

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Last week the Alterra Mountain Company unveiled a new ski pass that hopes to compete with Vail Resorts Epic Pass. This is going to be a hard fete to accomplish, with Vail selling 750,000 Epic passes last season. The new Ikon pass, as it’s called, will replace the Rocky Mountain SuperPass. This new pass will offer a blend of limited and unlimited skiing on 50,000 acres across 23 resorts in nine states and three Canadian provinces. This pass will include coveted resorts such as Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Alta & Snowbird. It is not clear how much skiing at those and other resorts will be offered and under what restrictions. Unfortunately, pricing also was not disclosed at this time. Alterra Mountain Company lists its resorts as Steamboat, Winter Park, California;s Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big bear Mountain Resort, Vermont’s Stratton, West Virginia’s Snowshoe, Canada’s Tremblant and Blue Mountain, Utah’s Deer Valley Resort and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer.The Ikon Pass partners are Aspen Snowmass, Cooper Mountain, Eldora, Jackson Hole, Montana’s Big Sky, Vermont’s Killington, Maine’s Sunday River and Sugarloaf, New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain and Utah’s famed Alta and Snowbird.  Will this be the Epic pass killer?

Sums it up pretty good!

Epic Pass

Not one to like being outdone, Vail resorts adds Telluride Ski Resort to Epic pass in 2018-19 winter season. While Vail did not buy Telluride they have formed a partnership alliance. Epic Pass holders will receive seven days of skiing or snowboarding with no blackout dates. Once the seven days have been used, pass holders can get 50 percent off lift tickets to Telluride. This years full pass cost was $869. No BLACKOUT DATES. The Epic Pass offers full access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; Wilmont Mountain in Wisconsin; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; and Perisher in Australia, with no blackout dates. The Epic Pass also provides limited access to Les 3 Valles, Paradiski and Tignes-Val D’lsere in France; 4 Vallees in Switzerland, Arlberg in Austria, and Skiama Dolmiti in Italy.

Mountain Collective Pass

Don’t want the crowds of the Epic? Don’t need unlimited skiing or riding?   The Mountain Collective Pass may be your answer. Each pass holder will receive two days at the Collective destinations for a total of 32 days. This pass costs $519. No BLACKOUT DATES, 50% off all additional days at The Collective destinations.

Collective destinations: Alta Ski Area, Aspen Snowmass, Banff Sunshine, Coronet Peak | The Remarkables, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Lake Louise Ski Resort, Mammoth Mountain, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird ,Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Sugarbush Resort, Sun Valley, Taos Ski Valley, Telluride Ski Resort, Thredbo Alpine Village.

RECAP –

Don’t just show up at the window and pay the walk up rate. Most resorts are charging close to $200 for a single day. Break-even on the passes is anywhere from 3.5-10 days in the US. You can also get a small discount on multi day tickets if you reserve them online, usually about two weeks or more in advance. Lastly, Liftopia can be another solid resource in finding discounted single day and multi day lift tickets.

Go get your lift tickets and passes. The Thrill of the Mountain is waiting for you.

CCM

 

 

 

A Legend Skis on, Further On I Trek.

 

A Legend Skis On

WARREN MILLER

Legendary ski film maker Warren Miller died January 24, 2018. His passion for skiing and film-making introduced skiing and snowboarding to the world and so many of us. Warren Miller was the founder of Warren Miller Entertainment. He produced, directed and narrated his films for over 40 years. His trademark monotone voice and witty one-liners are just as unmistakable as his films are. He was the pioneer of ski films and his films became more popular as the ski industry itself kept growing larger. Kurt Miller, Warren’s son said that after decades on the slopes, his father’s philosophy was simply.

Spend more time with your family and friends doing something fun outdoors. That’s the key to what my dad stood for and everything he did in his life.

Here are some of my top favorite Warren Miller Quotes:

Don’t take life too seriously …because you can’t come out of it alive

It’s a fact. Unfortunately, this may be true as well . . .

If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your thing.

As well as this . . .

Freedom is located somewhere outside the box.

Don’t think Warren is a fan riding switch.

twin tip skis have insured that today’s skiers can ride backwards, as much as they can forwards, why they want to do that? i don’t know . . .

And this gem, well it’s kinda become my motto

If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.

Warren, thanks for all the countless hours of entertainment you have given us all. Your passion for skiing & film changed the ski industry forever. RIP WARREN MILLER.

I Trek On

I’m coming to the end of a 24 day run. It’s been real and fun and really fun sometimes.

1//27 – Beaver Creek Mountain

Avon, Co

Weather was cold today.

Great start to the day, with the suns rays shining though early morning clouds.

Like the attitude bro. Smile ear to ear, well sort of anyway.

Is it spring time yet?

Shhhh, don’t tell anyone about out secret stashes. That’s our secret.

Don’t forget to pay the bridge tariff.

Jerry & the boys.

Jerry checking himself out . . .goggles a little off bro.

Sun shining down on Beaver Creek Resort.

Lone boarder waiting …where your friends bro?

Look this way. Or that way. It’s all good.

Who you pointing at?

Solid poles bro.

Glades anyone?

Colorado horizon, hills showing minimal snow coverage.

Where’d the sun go?

Hello to you, but shouldn’t you have the safety bar down?

Run of the day: Glades of Primrose; still had the soft stuff.

Awesome Saturday out there. Skied with some amazing people today. I’ve decided to take a few days off. I’m going to rest and recuperate. February comes with new excitement, new possibilities and many more thrills.

Florida Bound

After a 24 day run, I’m sunshine state bound for a few days. Some warmer temps and salt in the air are the doctors orders.

Everyone needs a change of scenery. I had an opportunity to spend the day with some great friends. No, I’m not referring to the animals. It was not the mountains, but it was still a thrill.

The Serengeti at Busch Gardens

Chillin’ like a villain . . yup they’re Jerry’s friends to.

Grazing for a little lunch.

Happy Family

And hello to you my long necked friend. You are a beauty.

Reader feedback, comments & pictures

Feedback

I greatly enjoyed all the feedback, comments, emoji’s and pictures we received this week. It was awesome. Keep up the good work. We really enjoy sharing your stuff with everyone.

I love it when I get this . . .

Hell yeah. Another pic makes the blog.

That’s right. Your pics are good stuff. And yes we do have another reader somewhere. . .

YOU’RE THE MAN !!! That beer place at Breck you recommended was the real deal 👍

Thanks. That was the Broken Compass Brewery. Also, check out The Hangar for some live jam sessions and solid food.

But these 2 comments made us feel good . . .

You are KILLING it dude!

Dividends, residuals and royalties are a long slow process; we are having fun though.

Wow you open up with Captain America on Skis. I was LOL, great one pal.

We write it how we see it. Thanks. This was another solid entry . . .

Enjoy that blog man keep it up. . . You lost me with the job application part. Lol.

Thanks. I’m still trying to figure out who posted it and yes I’m still available.

Comments

Last week, I had the opportunity to ski/ride for MS. Yup, Multiple Sclerosis. I want to thank Michael Simmons, GM with Creekside at Beaver Creek. I had a great time with him and his group. If you have an interest in joining us next year, please reach out to him or me.

Not a bad looking group.

We are open to everyone. . .

Who wants to have fun.

Big ups to you and the group. Shout out to the guy who skied 43,000+ vert in one day. That’s huge. I have not even come close to that number in one day, but I hope to.

Remember there is disease, famine, unemployment and just people who need our help. Anything you can offer to help any of them would be great. One dollar or one thousand, you can make a difference. We all can. Thanks.

I’m offering guided resort day tours in Colorado in March for a very reasonable price. Please email me for more info.

Finally, if you want some free advertising and you have a business in the mountains hit us up. We want to feature your business.

PICS

Sy and crew.

Have any back up proof?

I see. I see. Congrats. Think you can top this?

Ouch. You may wanna think twice.

Where was this taken?

I love this pic. Here’s to more unity and sportsmanship this year.

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a great finish to your week. Until next time, love one another and be kind to each other. Get out there, The Thrill of the Mountain is waiting for you. Ski on.

CCM

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Pow Days, The Beav & back

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Beaver, Vail and back…

I’m headed out from Beaver Creek to Vail but will be back on Wednesday. Caught the last dump (Sunday) hope to catch the next (Thurs/Fri?).

VAIL

I’m over at Vail for a couple of days. I’m looking forward to checking out how the mountain is skiing. Since the recent snowfall 1/20-1/21, reports coming out of Vail have been good.

1/23 – Vail Mountain

Vail, Co

Weather & Temps: Low temp of 9 with a high reaching 18 on the mountain. Another Colorado Blue Bird Day. With all this daily sunshine, I get why people call Colorado home. The sunshine, skylines and horizons are all just really beautiful here.

Coverage looking solid.

Finally snow in the hills.

What up hommie?

That looks great. Where is everybody?

Where’s Jerry?

Low lying thin clouds messing with a bluebird day.

Frosted trees.

Finally starting to look right.

Clouds shading the trees for a moment.

Ski runs looking really good.

Clouds mixed with mountain peeks in the distance.

Don’t be a Jerry…throw your trash out.

Recap –

It was really good out there today. Still, not everything is open, but what is works and works well. The new snow is soft and holding edges great. Ice patches are mostly only found in bottleneck areas, forks in the runs or at the bottom of the run by the lifts. After 2 pm many groomed runs start to show signs of being skied off, while the un-groomed are still in good shape.

1/24 – Vail Mountain

Vail, Colorado

Weather & Temps: Started cool but warmed up quick. Blue skies as far as the eye can see.

Who you looking at?

Frosted hills in the distance across I70.

On da cat walk.

Another SPF 50 day.

Works for a day at the office.

Aspen Ski Instructor teaching on Vail Mountain.

Shredding with this guy today.

Vail Mountain Post Card Pic

Tuesdays-when you can have your run.

Two for Tuesday; groomers & bumps.

Blinded by the light.

Wrapped by the beauty of the trees.

Another dump would help greatly.

The last of the snow covered trees.

Recap –

Things are starting to firm up and get skied off. The groomed runs are once again firm, with the occasional ice patch here and there. They are skiing and riding hard and fast. I recommend letting the sun come out and soften things up as well as skiing in the sunlight.

1/25 – Beaver Creek

Avon, Colorado

Weather & Temps – Not to bad today. Got hot quick but conditions are changing. low around 15 with a high reaching 40 degrees or more.

Great to hang with these guys today.

And these guys…

And these guys. Thanks.

Mostly cloudy morning turns to bluebird in the afternoon.

This way gents.

Not time yet . . .

Still seeing this crap on Jan. 25, 2018. You never know when things can change.

THE POW RETURNS

1/26 – Beaver Creek

Avon, Colorado

Weather and Temps – resort reports 2 inches overnight. It’s still snowing! Lows in the single digits with highs topping around 20. With the wind, temps felt closer to zero. Certainly became colder as the day went on. Was cold by end of the day. Probably received another inch during the day.

Quiet start to the morning.

Trees looking better.

Cpt. Big Daddy and Si.

Had the pleasure of skiing with this fine lady.

Yup getting back to normal.

Found these guys on the hill and right after …

The sun decides to shine through.

Chris cross will make ya…

Clouds starting to fade away.

Trees starting to look right. Is that a stream I see?

Jerry headed in…

Finally time to explore.

Love the pride boys.

Reader feedback, comments & pictures

Feedback

Like what I saw this week with feedback and comments. Unfortunately, I still need more. I know it was a powder week for many of you. So, if you have some great shots of you recently on the mountains, hills or just traveling send them to us and we will post them. Of course, please include your best JERRY Shots.

Received this early in the week

It’s a tough life, but someone has to live it.

Of course I have to live it, if not I’d be dead.

And unfortunately we hear and receive this all to often

Still not a lot of snow.

Yea I know, but this week we received 2 separate dumps, just saying…

I prefer this always, very kind

Good work.

Thank you and to this as well…

Lol!

I did when I recieved this…

Love it bro

For sure bro. And just in case you’re wondering…

Beard is looking super legit.

I hope so, I don’t take it off at night. It’s the real deal man.

Comments

Patience

I have been sitting waiting here for the next expedition to begin. Sometimes its really hard for things to get going. There’s all the planning and review that goes into a days work; days and weeks ahead of time. So when everything comes to a standstill remember patience. If you are travelling remember to pack your patience. You will need it. Your patience will be tested, I can promise you that. How you react is up to you.

Job Posting

Bloomberg terminal

This is interesting. My hours are limited but I have solid experience. Need to know about renumeration. And no, I did not post this job listing, please do not contact me about it.

I’m sure this is a joke from one of my former clients and I find it funny, really funny. Lol. Seriously, if you posted this job and its real, I can help you.

Reader submission photos

Snow melting and raging falls. NY

Hanging valley wall.

Half full like the mountain, half – open.

Jerry & friends.

Who could follow you? You have jets on your feet!

Drinks & Beers at Talon’s. Larkspur run in the background

Going down anyone?

Good looking group.

Jerry approved rest stop.

Pyengchang bound?

Love the pride boys.

Tree life.

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a great finish to your weekend. Until next time, love one another and be kind to each other. Get out there, The Thrill of the Mountain is waiting for you. Ski on.

CCM

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Snow, Ski, Talk to Joanne

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SNOW

Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. It snowed. After a song, dance and a prayer many US resorts were gifted with the fresh stuff. It happened. I told you it would and it did. Now I just hope we keep getting more.

SKI

Here’s what I have been seeing…

1/20 – Beaver Creek

Avon, CO

Weather and Temps – 24 low with a 48 high. Was a warm one.

Overcast, dark and dry.

Clear views ahead.

Shrubs and stumps still visible on some runs.

Clouds added for dramtic affect.

There’s my sunshine.

Ski school gathering in the Gultch.

Clouds and calm before the storm.

Recap –

Was a fun day. Had the pleasure of being in the company of some great friends. Enjoyed sun and clouds in the morning. Followed by dark clouds all afternoon. Temps were dropping throughout the day. The weather feels like its changing. Is winter finally here?

Jerry and friends. Enjoyed it greatly. Thank you.

1/21 –  Beaver Creek

Avon, CO

Weather and Temps – cold, winter has arrived. 18 degree high temp at the base.Winter storm in effect. Oh yea.

It happened ….. I found it. Oh yea!

Jerry kinda day; grey, dark and flat light.

It’s the real stuff, finally.

Going up? Dude, shouldn’t you be going down?

Like this…looks awesome!

Stone Creek Chutes…still closed.

Wow, now that’s deep.

Pow Face. Nice Jerry.

Recap –

First true powder day of the season. It was a nice treat. Winter is back. Old man winter has made an appearance. Hallelujah. It feels great. Nothing like waking up to the fresh stuff. Low temps and fresh snow falling just melts my heart. Today was awesome. Just awesome. The soft buttery stuff is back. The cold smoke. Nothing like those soft pillows. I just love it.

Run of the day: Harrier.

Soft pillows throughout.

1/22 –  Beaver Creek

Avon, CO

Weather and Temp – 9-16 degrees with sunshine. Blue bird day after yesterdays snowfall. Really pretty day, but definitely on the colder side. Seems like winter may have arrived.

Snow still on the tress from yesterdays snowfall.

Views from Creekside at BC.

Blue Bird.

Jerry’s rays of light shining through.

Love it.

Epic picture anyone?

Awesome!

Could that be Aspen I see in the distance?

Glades looking sick with untouched snow.

Trees now ready to shred.

Today was awesome..nuff said.

Run of the Day: Glades off of Primrose

Rope drop. Oh boy!

Learn To Ski – Learn to Ride Month

January is learn to ski and snowboard month. If you have ever wanted to learn to ski or ride, now is the time. Find a PSIA certified instructor to make the most of your lesson

Talk To Joanne…

I met Joanne Yankovich yesterday over at Creekside at Beaver Creek. She is a PSIA Level III CS2 Certified Ski Instructor. With over 27 years of professional experience, she is one of Vail/Beaver Creek’s best and most experienced instructors. She can teach pretty much anything outside the park. A consummate professional with a demeanor to handle anyone. Folks, she’s the real deal. If you want a lesson from one of the best, feel free to contact her directly at joanneyankovich@gmail.com

Reader feedback, comments & pictures

Feedback

As you know it snowed, and reader comments reflect that.

BC reports 4”. It’s better than a kick in the nuts!

So true you are.

I enjoyed this exchange I had with one reader

ME:I found it…

READER: Found what . . .
Oh my look at the snow.

And then I received this…

I hope that’s what u look like today skiing ahahaha

Pretty close. I see that grin Jerry.

A Jerry day! Looks awesome

You know it. And then I got this and got real excited…

yeah it’s going to be an Epic February I hope, we should expect a memorable Feb. according to track records. It seems like every 4 yrs we are blessed by the snow Gods with endless powder

1. I hope its epic too; for you, me and everyone else.

2. I’m guessing your gonna be there.

3. I need more info on your last claim. I hope you’re right. I most appreciate your hopes, wishes and comments. I’m with ya.

Always love these kinds words, thoughts and emojies….

Very cool. ⛷

And these too…

👍☺ 👍👍

And when I get this, I get excited for you…

So excited! We’ll be in Breck in 3 weeks!

Awesome. So very happy for you and I hope you will send me pictures.

Saw this happy sign outside Los Amigos

“Hooray for SNOW” ☺, Good stuff amigos.

Comments

We have had some great feedback regarding Jerry. Such as:

Glad you reintroduced Jerry. Seeing many these days. I even have to even work woth some.

I do to..

I know a Jerry

So do I…

We call him Joey, Barney or Bob.

You can call him what you want. He’s one and the same.

Jerry being Jerry.

Reader submission photos

Untouched from Alta. Jerry approved.

Looks deep. Go get em.

Dude, don’t be a Jerry.

Great pic. Thank you.

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a great finish to your week. Until next time, love one another and be kind to each other. Get out there, The Thrill of the Mountain is waiting for you. Ski on.

CCM

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Sleep, Ski, Learn to Ski

Sleep

Over the last two weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of staying in the following hotels, lodges and condos: The Atlantis Casino & Resort, Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center and Creekside at Beaver Creek.

Atlantis Casino & Resort

The Atlantis Casino & Resort located in Reno, Nevada is one of Reno’s finest lodging options. Whether you are just passing through town for a night or staying in the area for an extended time skiing Tahoe, The Atlantis has you covered. With multiple restaurant options (I think they seven full service restaurants), awesome gaming facilities and a world class spa The Atlantis Casino and Resort is a great place.

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center is located at the base of Peak 9 in Breckenridge, Colorado. This is one of Breckenridge largest lodging facilities. With four buildings slope-side, a conference center, multiple restaurants, ski shop, a strong hot tub scene and underground parking Beaver Run has you covered. While some of the rooms may be dated, this place is clean and most convenient to the Peak 9 base area. This place stays busy, very busy during the winter ski season.

Creekside at Beaver Creek

Creekside at Beaver Creek located inside the gates of Beaver Creek Resort is a wonderful winter refuge. For those looking for private condos in a quiet serene setting of Beaver Creek, Creekside is your place. Two and three bedroom condos are available for rent. With free on demand shuttle service, a great hot tub, friendly and courteous staff this ski-in/out lodge is a great choice for those staying in Beaver Creek. If you want any more specific information, including contact names & numbers, please contact us at: ThrilloftheMountain@gmail.com

SKI

I’m in Colorado ski country for a bit. Here’s what I am seeing out there:

1/16 Breckenridge Ski Resort

Weather & Temps: 1 – 20 degrees on the mountain. Was a cold start with temps in the low single digits but rising quickly. Below tree line wind was minimal but above there were strong gusts. This was an epitome of a Colorado blue bird day; not a cloud in the sky and blue blue blue skies. The groomed runs were skiing fast. While I went up the T-bar, I opted not to go up Imperial or drop in the ever difficult Windows.

One degree to start the day. That’s a bit cold for Jerry.

That looks like fun.

SPF 30 and don’t forget to reapply. We know where you have been with those raccoon eyes.

Awfully serious Jerry, but cool reflection in your goggles.

Family and kids zone in Breckenridge, Colorado. Amazing views also included.

Keystone Mountain seen from Breckenridge, CO.

Downtown Breckenridge as seen from the top of the t-bar. Peak 8.

Imperial Express Lift. Top of Peak 9. Lakes chutes looking rocky.

1/17 Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breckenridge, Colorado

Weather & Temps: 8 – 36 degrees, Colorado blue bird day. Just beautiful out. Warmed up quick. Temperature was warmer than the last two days. No clouds in the sky to report today.

Met this great guy. Helped show Jerry where the restroom was. Thanks, Blair.

Blinded by the light . . .Jerry & Jerry rockin it.

Lovely day, but where’s the snow.

Is that Keystone Resort I see in the horizon?

Grooming looks solid.

Jerry, Jerry, Jerry . . I leave it at that.

1/18 – Beaver Creek

Avon, CO

Weather & Temps: 18-40 partly sunny. Another beautiful Colorado day. Warm temps and dry dry dry. Day started cloudy and overcast, turned to partly sunny and by days end was blue bird.

Base of Beaver Creek. Centennial Express lift.

Sun shining through pushing the clouds away.

Jerry looking good with the ladies 🙂

What you lookin at? Blue Skies or Blue Sky.

JW not only works ski patrol at the Beav but he is an on-mountain ice sculpting legend for 34 years.

Cool

Some of this seasons work.

Office views on a Friday. Not bad Jerry.

1/19 – Beaver Creek

Avon, CO

Weather & Temps: 22-45 degrees. A bit too warm for my liking in the middle of winter, but what can you do. Another blue bird day with views of the horizon for as far as the eyes can see. Was a gorgeous day. Simply beautiful.

Jerry & friends.

Looks good but where’s the snow.

Clouds framing the horizon.

Who you calling chicken.

Grins from ear to ear. Love it.

Looking good my man.

Learn To Ski

January is learn to ski and snowboard month. If you have ever wanted to learn to ski or ride, now is the time. Get out there. Take a lesson. Go to your local hill and try it out. Feel what its like to slide down a mountain. Find a PSIA certified instructor to make the most of your lesson. If you like what you see and have always wanted to give it a try, I call on you to give it a try. Thanks and get out there.

Reader feedback, comments & pictures

Solid week with feedback, comments and pictures. I really enjoy getting this stuff, so keep sending more.

Feedback

This was nice, but not always true…

Your having to much fun

Got this and was confused…

This is awesome! Have your feet thawed?

Ty. My feet were never frozen.

Good shit bro…livin the life

Yes I’m living life. How you living?

Just read it, love all the pics – seems like a lot of work putting together… but probably need to keep it up to gain a following, could eventually snowball.

1. Life is work. 2. Need snow for snowballs.

Great pics. I enjoy seeing them.

Thank you. I enjoy taking them.

Awesome! (And i used to be a Jerry)

Good for you. Unfortunately, I still am.

Cool blog

Thank you. I appreciate the kind words.

Comments

I know many US resorts lack of snow is still a real issue. We all want more snow in the resorts. Unfortunately, we have to make the most of what we have. I know it’s not much, but it is what it is. Stay positive. You never know, things may change tomorrow. It’s gonna snow. I’m gonna pray that it does anyway.

I want to thank you for all your enthusiasm. Over the last two weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and skiing with some really awesome people. Some of you I knew and some I met that day. Some of you were friends from before and some are new. You brought pleasure to my day and I’m glad we could share a lift, run or just some time. I hope to meet many more friends, old and new, here and there as the journey continues.

Reader Submission Pics

Need I say more.

Cool….looks like a road to nowhere.

Jerry likes a good hike. Dragon’s Nice bro.

Cali? Where’s the sunshine?

Got snow?

They got it…Bozeman, MT

So did they… Pow day at Alta

Old Man Winter pic cool.

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a great finish to your weekend. Until next time, love one another and be kind to each other. Get out there, The Thrill of the Mountain is waiting for you. Ski on.

CCM

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Colorado Bound

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After seven days on the planks, the last five in a row, I decided to take another day off. It’s a long season and with many more days on the horizon any extra rest off the legs never hurts.

I’ll be headed to Colorado early in the morning with hopes of hitting another daily double. Can I do it?  I’m hoping to ski A-Basin in the afternoon and Keystone at night…

1/14 – The drive out to the Rockies.

White capped mountains in the distance.

Eye on the prize.

Dry in the foothills but we are hoping for better conditions in the rockies!

This is what happens when three diehards rent a small SUV with three weeks worth of gear! Jerry’s car is at capacity.

Top of the continental divide. What a beautiful site!

Looking across the divide at Loveland Valley.

Well after a long day of travel, sometimes even the best lay plans go astray. We showed up at A-Basin with an hour and fifteen until close. After a further review of time and logistics, heading straight to Keystone was going to be best.

The good news is that winter has arrived. Old man winter is finally here. Fresh snow and colder temperatures were a pleasant surprise at the top of and crossing over the divide.

I finally make it to Keystone Ski Resort.

Jerry wearing his glasses on this nice sunny day!

Beautiful pic.

Glades still looking untouched.

Anyone going up?

Shadows creating flat light as the sun begins to set.

Breckenridge Mountain as seen from the top of Keystone Mountain.

Nice sunset fading behind Breck.

Keystone at dusk.

Afternoon/Night session in full effect.

 

Lit ski run for night action.

 

We got on the mountain around 3:30. Conditions were excellent. Really good coverage. Soft snow. Probably the best conditions I’ve seen yet on a mountain so far this season. Skiing from a day session straight into a night session is a whole lotta fun (for those of you that don’t know, Keystone has night skiing). Catching a good sunset on the mountain can be breathtakingly beautiful.

1/15 – Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breckenridge, Colorado

Weather & Temp: 12-27 degrees. Much colder here. 10-15 mile an hour wind gust. With the wind chill, it felt like 16. Afternoon temps began to fall rapidly and by late afternoon the temperature felt like single digits.

Go get em Jerry.

Wow, where is everyone?

Grey, cold and a bit nasty. Jerry’s preferred weather.

Grey out with a chance of snowflakes.

Clouds and overcast in the morning.

As well as flat light . . .

Mountain weather always changing in an instant.

Is that blue sky I see?

With the sun trying to come back out?

Clouds beginning to break for that beautiful Colorado bluebird day.

Wow

I like it.

Breckenridge, Colorado

The skiing the last 2 days has been excellent. Of course there could be more snow, but that’s always the case. With old man winter finally making an appearance in the form of fresh snow and colder temps hopefully the mountain conditions just continue to improve.

I’ll be in Summit & Eagle County for the next two weeks. If you want to meet on the mountain send us an email. I would love to ski with whoever wants to join me for a run.

Reader feedback, comments & pictures

Feedback continues to be stong. We greatly appreciate it and encourage you to send in more.

If you want to send a pic, get in touch or have a question, please contact us at:

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Feedback & comments

I very much appreciate this

What I have read is pretty entertaining

And this

This looks great man

But am not as interested in this

How are your analytics?

But maybe I should be . . .

Always love seeing this

Was shredding all day brah. How u living?

I’m living brah…not dead, which of course leads to Jerry … this comment we received

Good stuff, It’s funny I thought the reference was to Jerry Garcia (grateful dead) when you had first said a reader called you Jerry

I get it…lots of Jerry’s out there.

And I kinda feel sorry for Jerry and friends when we get this

Too many Jerry’s bro. Too many.

Some days are better than others bro. I am not a fan of the Jerry conventions either.

Reader submission photos

Looking good ladies. Matching helmets and pants. I like it.

Not a bad view. If you turn around you’ll be able to see it.

Awesome. Full Send.

I think I’ve seen that lake recently.

Love it….

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a great finish to your week.  Until next time, love one another and be kind to each other. Get out there, The Thrill of the Mountain is waiting for you. Ski on.

CCM

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Ski, Eat, Sleep Repeat – Part 2

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Greetings from the mountains. I am in the High Sierras for another day before I head out to the Colorado Rockies. It’s been a great week but time to move on.

BTW . . . It snowed, just like I promised. I hope there is more in store for all of you in the mountains this week.

A view of Mt. Rose Ski Resort from a distance (my hotel room).

Sierra Snowpack commentary

Snowpack in this region has been way below historic levels. There is no sugar coating this. There is a lack of snow. Resorts reflect this with limited runs open and a lack of available terrain. Hopefully there will be some significant snowfall soon. If not, I’m not sure where they (the resorts) go from here. There’s always next season. I write it as I see it.

JERRY

I have had some people ask about Jerry, the meaning of Jerry and what a Jerry is…..as I wrote before, if you don’t know what a Jerry is chances are you are a Jerry… a little more for those that need it… On page 2 Urban dictionary defines a Jerry as:

Someone on the mountain skiing or snowboarding that does not know what the F#$% they are doing.

Nice fanny pack and cell phone holder.

IS THIS YOU? No seriously if this is you….stop it.

Or are you this guy?

A little 80’s for my style, but it gets the job done. You may want to check your bindings bro.

A bit further down on page 2 of the Urban dictionary Jerry definition and you will find this:

One who demonstrates complete and utter ignorance in their sport, mostly skiing.

But really a Jerry is whatever you want it to be. Look some people say Bob, I say Jerry. Some say just do it, Jerry say’s just send it.

Jerry keeping it fresh.

Enough with Jerry for now.

SKI

Mountains

1/10 – Northstar at Tahoe

Truckee, CA

Weather & Temps – Partly cloudy, partly sunny upon arrival. Mostly bluebird as far as the eye could see by 1pm. Windy at the summit and on BURN OUT on the backside. Coverage was minimal, but better than nothing, and more covered than last Friday 1/4/2018.

WTF…Where am I? Yes, believe it or not, it’s ski-able.

At least it was a bluebird day

WTF is this S#$T ?

Bring your rock skis.

Nice horizon. Did someone say green trees?

Looks like a ski run to me.

Looking good bro….

Jerry, Jerry & Jerry …

Jerry looking good.

Started out with some clouds…

And low-lying fog.

But by afternoon visibility was great, with superb lake views on West Ridge.

Beautiful lake view in the background with Jerry stretching in the forefront.

The lake view may be great but the runs, not so much. They are barren.

The trees are looking quiet green and dank from last years record snowfall.

Recap on the day- Complete contrast from last Friday. Not much change in open terrain (actually seemed like maybe fewer runs were open) but coverage for what was open and available was much better. Anyway, it is what it is.

1/11 – Heavenly Ski Resort

Lake Tahoe, CA

Weather & Temps – 20-30 degrees, significantly colder temps. Saw a little bit of everything throughout the day. Mid mountain and below tree line on the California side saw a sunny day with beautiful views if lake Tahoe. The Nevada side was a complete contrast with a weather disturbance in effect. We saw sleet and snowfall all with blistering winds. Again, visibility became almost nothing.

Drive out; closing in on the south shore.

Looks like its gonna be a good day.

Nice views on the drive

Not so much from the parking lot  (believe it or not this is usually a great mogul run!)

Guess I wont be skiing to the car.

Amazing views….

Not so amazing. They need snow.

Lake Tahoe in the background.

Looks awesome, can I ski to the lake?

Where in the world is Jerry? I can’t see him.

Found him. Jerry & friends hanging on the mountain.

HOLY S#$T ….I CAN’T SEE ANYONE

Minimal vis with flat light.

Maybe we should have left the trees for another day.

Jerry love’s his glades, even when you can’t see!

And beautiful lake views

They don’t get much better than this

Or this …

Or this …

These views never get old to Jerry.

JERRY SAYS “KEEP TAHOE BLUE”

South shore.

Lake Tahoe, California.

Recap

Today was outstanding! It had it all. With snow, sleet and blistering winds winter has returned. Today even had blue skies and beautiful views of Lake Tahoe. Maybe the best day in the Sierras so far. Good snow and conditions on the terrain that was open. A solid base of natural snow on whats open, has made conditons particularly good. More snow is needed to have more open terrain and epic conditions. But again, they are surprisingly good and hopefully will continue to get better.

Ski Shop Plug

BOBOS SKI BOARD & PATIO SHOP

BOBOS ski and board shop is the best. They will have everything you may need and more. Pat Parraguirre and the friendly staff will help you out with pretty much anything. So whether you are in the market for new skis, snowboard, boots or apparel BOBOS has you covered. They have a great rental department. All the latest models and demos are available for rent. So if renting your gear is more your style, again, they have you covered. Over the years, I have purchased skis, boots, two boot bags, two ski bags all from this shop. I’ve had many a tune and wax applied by the qualified techs. BOBOS continues to exceed all my expectations. When in the Reno/Tahoe area stop by BOBOS for all your ski and snowboard needs.

1/12 – Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows, CA – Placer County

Weather and Temps – 35-45 degrees with no winds. Amazing weather day. Visibility as far as the eye can see. Temperatures much like spring time, but very, very comfortable.

Alpine Meadows also in need of snow.

Jerry in sunglasses

Alpine also has sick lake views.

Lake views never get old.

Jerry looking down about to send it.

1/12 – Squaw Valley

Olympic Valley, CA – Placer County

Two ski days wrapped into one! Afternoon session 2pm to close.

Weather and Temps – Simply beautiful. Temperature 35-45 degrees with bluebird skies. Amazing.

Olympic Venue for Jerry

Jerry’s light shining through.

Beautiful day out there.

Views don’t get old

Jerry looking good

Squallywood

Recap

Today was amazing. We pulled a daily double; morning at Alpine Meadows, afternoon at Squaw Valley. Sick. Beautiful bluebird day. California skiing at it’s best. Today was easily the most comfortable and enjoyable mountain resort day of the season so far.

Reader feedback, comments & pics

Feedback

Again we received some great feedback this week. Simply Awesome. We love it. Keep them coming.

So if you want to send a pic, get in touch or have a question, please contact us at:

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Some notable quotes and emojis we received this week.

👍❄️🏂

And this we love

Back on the planks again…I love it

This is cool too

That was your best submission to date

Thank you. This is always nice to see

Snow is getting better.

I agree. But then I got this and feel bad

We got snow last night. Unfortunately, I have to work until 3:30pm.

And waking to this is just great

We got a foot of snow overnight.

But this one may top the cake

Your life appears to better than mine

Not sure what to write to that, but I am most flattered (I know it’s not true, common man)

My sole purpose of coming is to be in your blog!

You’re in the blog..are you still coming to the mountain? Then there was this

Look at you. Ha ha.

 

Reader submitted pics:

Beer, Beer & more Beer NICE!

Nice bluebird day at Breckenridge.

Did someone say Breck? That’s me.

Stiletto in the stream at Keystone,CO

You know its gonna be good, but where is the pot of gold. I think Jerry found it.

Steeps …Kirkwood, CA

You read that right “Cliffs Ahead”

Looks like fun girls.

What up Jerry. Greetings from Mammoth Lakes.

Snow returns to Breck.

California bluebird skiing. Mammoth, CA.

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a great finnish to your weekend and great start to your week.. Until next time, love one another and be kind to each other. Get out there, The Thrill of the Mountain is waiting for you. Ski on.

CCM

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Ski, Eat, Sleep, Repeat – Part 1

Skiing

I’m back on the planks after a short sabbatical. Riding the lifts, hiking to the summit and feeling the wind walloping in my face, I can feel that thrill! I have started the 2018 season in the High Sierra’s. I’m in the midst of a 21-day ski run and I look forward to sharing my first hand accounts of what I’m seeing out there.

Date & Mountain

Friday 1/5 Northstar, CA

Weather & Temp: 40’s, with rain in the afternoon.

Beautiful horizon. Where’s the snow?

At least a few runs were open.

Hiking may have been a better option.

Base area bare of snow.

Recap

Minimal snow coverage with limited terrain available. Dismal at best. Overall conditions can only get better. Did I mention though that it was still a good day to be out there! It may not look like much but it’s still fun!

Saturday 1/6 – Kirkwood, CA

Weather & Temp: 28-40, 7 inches fresh snow overnight, additional 3 inches thill 11am, bluebird after 2pm. Best of both worlds- some fresh then blue skies!

Crowds show up after fresh snowfall.

Cloudy, overcast morning.

With low visibility to start the day.

Nice untouched freshie!

By the time afternoon rolled around things were looking great. Wow!

Turned out to be a bluebird day.

Simply beautiful.

Snow frosted trees

Recap

Very good conditions. Snow coverage almost throughout the whole resort. Conditions should just get better with this nice base.

Sunday 1/7 Kirkwood, CA

Weather & Temp: 28-36 degrees with minimal wind. Not to sunny, mostly cloudy with glimpses of blue in the distance.

Low lying clouds with blue sky peaking through.

Still plenty of rock exposure.

Beautiful horizon with peaks of blue in the distance.

Cloudy

Jerry checking himself out.

Recap

Solid day on the hill. Most runs were groomed overnight and skiing firm and fast. Off piste and extreme terrain is now accessible for those experts seeking big lines.

Jerry’s only… or leave it to the pros.

So this is a good opportunity to say…Never ski or ride above your ability. This terrain is for experts only. Ski and ride here at your own risk. I mean you can die here. These are no fall zones. I love seeing that sign! Generally means we’ll get fresh lines in these conditions.

Monday 1/8 – sidelines, everyone needs a day off

Tuesday 1/9 Kirkwood, CA

Weather & Temps – 28-37 degrees, 7 inches overnight with another 3 during the morning. Minimal vis, borderline dangerous. Very wet and heavy snow – Sierra sludge. Very tough skiing conditions.

The foggy drive out to The Woods

Low lying clouds in the valley

Very low vis again.

You can hardly see the top

Some snow frosted trees after last night’s snowfall

Flat light makes it very hard to see any undulations in the snow

Lots of white out there

Then it started to snow

But eventually all good things come to an end ….

And then there was rain

Recap

Today’s conditions were very tough. With minimal visibility, snow that felt like wet cement and on and off rain, today was not for the faint of heart. I would even contend it was dangerous out there. By days end all of our gear was soaked. We had fun out there, but conditions were not ideal to say the least.

Some pics of reader snow adventures…

Looking good

Ski patrol shredding – nice sunrise

You go girl – just shred it

Nice pic

Snowshoe trail

No night skiing?

The Three Amigos or as they called themselves The Patriots

But I think my favorite of the week came from a reader asking if I was moonlighting for Spy goggles.

And yes, I do see the resemblance. Thanks for sending Jerry and thanks to all who submitted pics this week! Keep them coming.

If you like the pics and posts, please feel free to like, repost and forward along. Thanks again for taking the time to visit.

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I am hoping for more snow on the way. Regardless of the snow, I’ll keep on treking on. Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a great finish to your week. Until next time, love one another and be kind to each other. Get out there, The Thrill of theMountain is waiting for you. Ski on.

CCM