I am back on the road for the week. Hopefully, I have a chance to ride the cold smoke just once more. I’m yearning for the pow! Jackson and 14” they received on Sunday has me calling. I’m hoping they get a little more of the freshie while I’m around. Anyway, last week was another busy one. I was back in Colorado. I did a little alpine touring and some guiding in the later part of the week. Here’s my pics. Enjoy.

3/29 – Alpine Touring

Beaver Creek

Some days are just grey and gloomy.

Sunglasses needed – Jerry’s light is so bright.

Up the ridgeline I go.

Flat light

One in front of the other…over and over again. For those of you that do not know what alpine touring is – see the skies above – they have special things on the bottom called skins – they allow you to literally walk up the mountain (yes, it’s REALLY difficult sometimes and is definitely a good workout). Once at the top you get to reward yourself by taking off the skins, clicking into the skis, and skiing down! You should try it!

3/30 – Beaver Creek

I had a great day on the hill today. I want to thank Susan and Steve, their wonderful family and Jessica for a great day.

Little magic carpet to start our day.

Great smile girl.

I told you it was just like riding a bike.

Think you will try it again? I hope so!

Larkspur Mountain in the background.

Young lady the camera is up here.

Love it.

Did you really learn how to ski in just one day? Unreal!!!!

A day on the slopes with your girls; priceless

Great looking group.

Colorado Blue Bird Day.

BFF’s working the mountain.

3/31 – Beaver Creek

I want to thank Jeff, Keiko & Alex for a fun day on the slopes. Alex you are really starting to get good. Shoot for the stars bud. Your future is boundless.

Goggles on glasses; only on a Jerry.

Enjoyed skiing with this guy and his family. They can really get after it.

Can I call you ghost rider?

Colorado horizons

Mamma about to make that turn.

JT’s work in the background.

Now we see your face ghost rider.

Dry out there.

But where is everybody?

Beaver Creek Golf Course in the distance. I left my clubs at home.

Spring is here, for sure.

Father & Son

Crowds listen to Shannon Tanner at Powder 8. #beavbeach

Love the smile.

Oh yes! It’s cookie time.

Here comes the silver platters of cookies….oh yea!

Caught ya…cookie in mouth

Reader feedback, comments & pictures

Feedback

Reader feedback, comments and emojis were again strong this week. Thank you. We appreciate anything we get. Without your great content, I would have more work to keep you entertained. Keep up the good work. Again, here are some of the amazing comments we received this week…

This made me laugh:

What, no mountain people newsletter this week?

Funny. We try to publish 2x a week, but sometimes we are also off.

I always enjoy this one

More spectacular pics

Thank you. When you take as many as I do your bound to get a few good ones. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes.

I smiled when I read this:

I have enjoyed looking at the beautiful winter scenery. Mind u I said looking.

Auntie, thank you. The Thrill of the Mountain awaits you; through my eyes and words or yours.

Appreciate this:

Loved “Happy Easter Happy Passover Happy Holidays
Closing day is near”

Thanks and I hope you had a nice holiday.

And yup we still get this:

Still living the dream

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

Anyway, the snow will melt, what you think is a dream won’t feel like one to me in a few weeks with the daily temps in my hometown around 90 degrees.

This comment was certainly timely:

Very cool post. The snow had melted here. It will be next winter before there is more. Hope all is well.

Keep the faith man. You never know. And yes, things are well. Unfortunately I think I may be seeing some type of theme here …

And I’m in Mexico

Yup, yup. And I’m still chasing a fading dream. But I believe…

Soak up every last snowflake

I hope to see another one. But at the end of the day will it really matter. As one reader and friend sent this:

We chase a dream, at some point the dream becomes our destiny. The pursuit of something as pure as a fresh canvas that allows us to imprint our will upon it. We descend into an eternal white abyss, solitude is an illusion, chaos lingers at the edge of control. Our unique paths shared for a moment in time when synchronicity gives way to balance. I hope to see you on that trail my friend but if not I will wait for you at the bottom and we will tell stories on our way up.

Without friends and family to share this life with what are we left with?

COMMENTS

SNOW CONDITIONS

Resorts are still open, well some are at least. Now is the time people, the end is near, like really really near. Closing day will be here before you know it. It’s really just days now. The end of the 2017/2018 resort winter season is in sight. 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

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.

Here’s a reservation link to Creekside @ Beaver Creek. Michael Simmons and his crew will take good care of you.

http://res.creeksidebeavercreek.com/irmnet/(S(lu5vzmfl3sou5ithkbygnkeb))/Res/ResMain.aspx

RESORT GUIDING

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!!

and 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. This always makes me feel good:

Great day on the mountain. Thank you for being so very patient.

It was a great day. Glad I could share it with you.

Received 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 skiing and doing mountain activities, but even more, we love sharing it with everyone. Find out what it’s all about. It’s not to early to book for next season. We are already taking reservations for 2018/2019 season. Early discounts available now.

CHARITY

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

PICS

Love these father and son pics. You are really getting big young man or maybe dad’s just shrinking. Haha

Whomever sent me this…that rose is almost as beautiful as your dog.

A new day begins.

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.

CMM

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