Where’s Jerry? After a short sabbatical, I’m back. I’ve been dreaming about getting back in the slopes and spending more time with you all. It’s been way to long. Thanks for all the warm wishes, nice texts, and thoughts of happiness.
I’m back. Live tonight, ok not really. By the time you read this it will be tomorrow not tonight. Anyway…
I’m always live & in stereo. I’m funny. So back to the questions–
1. Where’s your favorite place to ski or ride?
That’s always a tough question to answer as I’ve had the opportunity to ski in some really amazing places. Here’s my best attempt to answer this question. My favorite place to ski is where I’m in the middle of fresh, light untouched powder amongst special friends. You can be at a world class resort with no snow or at your backyard hill with snow dumping and both experiences could not be further from each other. Conditions help make the day. Fresh light snow to ride or ski on is an amazing feeling.
Val D’Isere certainly one of my favs.
2. When’s it gonna snow?
If I knew when it was gonna snow, I’d be a weatherman. Somedays I wish I was one. They have steady job prospects, get paid very well and only have to be correct 50% of the time.
Snow in the forecast . . . just kidding.
3. What is the best month to ski/ride?
Typically in North America and the Northern Hemisphere the best months to ski are January, February, March & April. In South America and the Southern Hemisphere July, August, & September are best.
March 2019. . . Next stop Heaven.
4. What are the best states to ski in the US?
While there are many states in the US to ski, I continually find Colorado to have consistent conditions. While not always the best or even close, you can always find somewhere open to make some turns.
Not sure you agree with that one boy?
5. When do you book your ski trips?
Generally as a rule, as early as possible. I may wait on my lodging, but I usually try and secure my flights way in advance. I prefer to use airlines that offer a no change policy or book a more expensive fully refundable fare if you know your plans may change. Booking of a rental car early is also recommended as many rental car companies offer no cancellation fees. Those are the car companies you should only book now.
Early bird gets the worm or the untouched pow.
6. I’m thinking about taking my family on my first ski vacation, what do I do?
Great question. Don’t know what to do first? We were in your situation once and so many other people are. We built this company to help people have a great winter vacation. We know the in’s and out’s and can help tailor a winter vacation or adventure just for you and your family. The first step is to reach out and contact us. Let us help you plan your winter dreams. Start today! Or, if you don’t want to use us, search on the internet, you’ll find a plethora of information – it’s just easier to have us plan it for you!
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7. What costs are associated with creating a customized winter adventure or vacation?
Every family and client has different needs. We can create all inclusive weeks for you and your family or we can piece-meal adventures and excursions once you reach your final destination. It’s entirely up to you. If you want the whole package, you pay for that, if you want just one slice of the pie, you pay just for that. We are fluid, flexible and will create an itinerary of fun. We will do our best to work with your budget.
This guy is $$$ and the life of the party.
8. Is this family or singles oriented?
Trips are customized for you and your family. Most resorts are family friendly and pride themselves in all the ways they cater to families. Some resorts are more family friendly and offer more child services than others. We can help you decide which is best for you!
Not sure what these fine folks are doing in this pic, but I can tell you we had an amazing day together.
Single? Want more of a party scene? We have you covered here as well. We know which resorts have it going off and which just turned the lights off. Wanna have fun hitting the slopes during the day and staying up all night at the club? Hit us up.
9. What type of training do you do when not on the slopes?
No, no. Not my workout but I did receive this pic from one reader. I like your style though bro.
As for my workouts…I try to combine different cardio workouts with weight training. Currently I’m training for my first triathalon sprint. My physical training has consisted mostly of biking, swimming, running and weights.
I try to swim approximately 1600 meters 3x’s a week. I cut that work-out into 300’s or less at a time, mixing drills with each 25 meter lap. Kicks, pulls, timed, IM’s & other stuff to get it done. Swimming has really helped my endurance training and translates to more time on the mountain with less effort spent.
I also try and run 3x’s a week. Always outside. I hate indoor workouts and always prefer being outdoors when possible. I vary my runs. I change distance and the time of day that I run. I try not to fall in the same running routine. I’ve just picked running back up so it’s still new and fresh.
I bike 3x’s a week. I average around 18 miles a ride, over 50 miles a week. I mostly bike on paved rec paths. Don’t want to get taken out by a distracted driver or a tree. I’ve been known to ski into a tree in my day. Haha.
Weight, Strength & Plyometric Training:
I add weight, strength and plyometric workouts 3xs a week. One day may be a cross fit workout, another day may be an insanity workout, another day it may be just weights and another day maybe a HIT workout. Again the goal is to switch it up and keep it fresh.
Have questions about my workouts? Want to share your insight? I always love hearing from you. Email us at:
Dreams of the upcoming season.
10. Why pay Thrill of the Mountain for your next winter trip?
The answer is easy. We have the experience to make your winter adventures and dreams become a reality and it’s a lot more reasonable than you think! We guarantee you will have an awesome adventure and your trip will be filled with memories of a lifetime.
Winter or Summer it does not matter, if you need help with lodging, especially last-minute, reach out to us at:
We are here for you. Help is right here.
Here’s a reservation link to Creekside @ Beaver Creek. Michael Simmons and his crew will take good care of you.
We offer all-inclusive guiding for you and your family at discounted rates. 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!
Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope your summer is off to a great start and 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.
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