I started Monday and Tuesday out in California finishing up an epic week of riding powder. Conditions are still really prime out in California. They should hold for at least a few more weeks. I am back in Colorado guiding this weekend and who knows where next weekend. If you have any interest, it’s never to late to get on board. Anyway…Here were my views from earlier in the week. I hope you enjoy.


Alpine Meadows

Wow and that’s just the parking lot view.

Blue bird with powder.

Is that the lake I see in the distance.

Steeps – I like what I see.

Lakeviews – they sure are nice.

And some frosted tress. Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my.

This place really does have some amazing views.

All available for the taking and we can certainly guide you through any of it!

Jerry checking himself out.

Jerry working the high alpine lines with exceptional views.

Here is my disclaimer…Experts only. Careful, trying to ski or ride above your ability can result in extreme risk of injury, even fatality. YOU CAN DIE, DO NOT TRY THIS.

Beautiful view of Alpine Meadows.

The trees that make up Alpine Meadows dot the resort with evergreens.

Some cliffs to the right and steeps in front.

And those evergreens again.

Post card pics. . . .

Available for sale ….buy 1 buy 3 buy 5 buy 20 …all original pics.

Ridge line

Make me think of summer.

Local guide, Craig. Parked next to this dude. Thanks for letting Jerry tag along for a bit. Shout Out to the Dolan Group.

Steeps & Bumps riding soft.

Using some lighting effects.

Yaasssss!!!!! I want to ski here.

Huck and send baby.

That fresh blanket still lingering on the evergreens.

I can take you here. We will have fun. It’s a great day in the neighborhood.

Jerry’s bright light always shining through.

This place is really awesome. Really. I had another amazing day at this place. Can’t recommend it enough if the conditions are prime. No frills kinda place, but amazing days to be had none the less.  Did you notice that there were only a few skiers in those shots, NICE!



Expand Your Circle . . .Climb More Mountains . . .You see it your way …I see it mine

Yup, I think I found it . . .

The Woods

I see you through those trees.

Nice to meet you gents. Found these gate runners from IL ready for the big line tour.

Yup . .hit those lines… how’d you like that boys?

We hiked out to one of the big lines . . .

All smiles at the moment

Now that wasn’t so bad . . .

And a little winded

Common man my mom reads this blog . . . you’re not going to die

Wow that’s steep and I think I see a spine

You got this . . .no reason to tell your mom you were all the way up here.

Here goes it . . .

Nice. Well done boys.

On and over the ledge.

Timid entry but its really steep people. Really Steep.

Nice I think I see some air hitting that ledge.

And on to the buttery soft stuff.

Well done boys.

So many places, so little time.

The beautiful Californian skyline.

Steep lines

Fresh lines up here.

Steeps looking down.

Working my way up to some super duper steep lines.

Jerry’s boot pack. Gotta earn those turns. The good pow does not come without work.

Wow. That’s steep, really steep.

Love this pic. Jerry approved.

Wow the steep stuff.

Don’t get to close to that ledge Jerry.

Steep angle high alpine.

Filthy Sick. I love this place.

I love these drops.

So many lines . . .eeny meeny miny moe

Just send it. Huck and Send.

Wow all those fresh lines. Mine oh mine.

Chute. Anyone wanna join the ride. Plenty of room.

California Livin’. Beautiful. Great stuff.

Don’t look into the white light. Amazing day riding big mountain lines. When the conditions are just right this place has got the goods. Super steep lines. Just amazing stuff. I loved it-most every minute of it and can’t wait to get back. The Woods . . . I’ll be back.

Reader feedback, comments & pictures


Reader feedback, comments and emojis were again strong this week. We received three pics, better than none I guess. Thank you. Much appreciate anything we get. Keep up the good work. Again, here are some of the amazing comments we received this week:

I enjoyed this one

Enjoying all the pictures. It is a beautiful country.

Thank you. I could not agree more. Get outside. Check it out. Stop and smell the roses. Which I guess somehow leads to this:

Still living the dream

I wake up everyday just like you. Life is a dream. Dream the impossible.

And this kinda sounded wierd to me

I pushed your blog

This is more what we hear around town:

“Loved” Thrill of the Mountain

This was funny regarding last posts title and content:

Glad you got dumped on.

and this gem with the obscene language

Call you The Dumper The Crapper . . .The Shitter

It snowed. Not sure where you got the other stuff from. Common bathroom humor. Anyway, we love it when we get this

Fun pictures. Pretty. Lots of snow.

The snow makes everything look better.



Resort conditions are excellent in many areas. Now is the time people, the end is near, like really really near. Closing day will be here before you know it. As long as weeks in some cases and a mere days at some resort. The end of the 2017/2018 resort winter season is near. Spring break is a really fun time – if nothing else, it certainly is good Jerry watching! With a little luck, some fresh powder and blue bird days will continue. Find that powder people. Get out there and enjoy it. #OPTOUTSIDE #POWDER TO THE PEOPLE


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


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

Here’s a reservation link to Creekside @ Beaver Creek. Michael Simmons and his crew will take good care of 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 make it happen. Some feedback we received from recent tours:

Had an amazing time!! I miss you already!

and this one

Can’t thank you enough for organizing this trip.

as well as this one

It really was an amazing ski vacation!

Friends will be made and memories will be had. Experience is what changes your life and not material items. Some amazing feedback from some of our friends and guests:

Thank you all for being so welcoming, kind, generous, not to mention entertaining!! Loved the guitar playing, the game playing, just the all around camaraderie in addition to the fantastic skiing, snow boarding and snow shoeing too!! Lol. Can’t wait until next year!

Thank you. I had a blast. I look forward to it again next year.

CMM thanks for the guided trip through the trees today. That was probably something that I would have missed had you not showed me the way.

Glad you enjoyed a tour of the glades. It was my pleasure.

Receoved this in my inbox:

We had the best time ever!! Thank you for navigating the mountain for us, for the snow shoe tour, for teaching us how to ski better and for being so wonderful and patient and welcoming to our entire crew!!

No, Thank you. Hope to see you on the slopes soon. We love writing about but even more we love sharing it with everyone. Find out what it’s all about.


As an aside I am selling 2018 8 x 11 Photo Wall Calendars for Charity. My Calendar is called 2017 Powder Days. It has some of last years best powder pics. I’m selling the calendars for $25 a piece. A portion of all calendar sales will go to charitable causes. The 2018 Charity Calendar supports these three organizations:

  • Kahn Academy
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA / Guardian ad Litem GAL
  • Chidamoyo Christian Hospital


Hey Breck…it’s been a while. You are getting bigger.

Boots and a fly rod. Now that’s not something you see everyday.

What up my man? Can’t believe you made it . . .can’t believe I missed you. Unreal.

I may be back on the road again next week. I’m hoping to catch one more dump before I call it a season. It has really been an amazing one so far and if nothing happens, oh well. But I believe!

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a great finish to your week and a great start 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.


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1 Comment

  1. Such beautiful awesome places and photos. Wish we could all experience that peacefulness of Mother Nature more often!

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