Late Summer – Now’s the Time

Greetings friends. I hope this post finds you doing well and getting geared up for back-to-school. I have some really amazing news to share . . drum roll please…

STICKERS HAVE ARRIVED!!!!!!!!

and are now available. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Now if you are like us and you need to have yours first, while they are still available, just head on over to the merch page of the site (https://thrillofthemountain.com/) and get yourself a few stickers. These stickers are awesome and pretty much everyone can use at least one if not one of each. These are our first runs so they may become limited in no time. But seriously, if you want to help the site out and show your support, order some.

NOW’S THE TIME

I was recently asked if I have booked any winter trips for myself or anyone else yet. The answer is YES. I am beginning to schedule and book my dates. My winter season is starting to fill up.  You too should start getting all your details ready so you can book if you know what you want to do. I would certainly recommend at least getting your rental cars and lift passes now. I will review pass options below to give you some guidance.  Lodging should also be reviewed and if the deal is good enough book it now. OK, now on to the pass options . . .

SKI PASS OPTIONS

Not so long ago I reviewed your pass options here. But here is a refresher, just in case you missed that quality read back in February. An annual unlimited or restricted ski pass is a must. If you are going to ski/snowboard a minimum of 3-5 days, a season pass is your best value.  There are three main ski/snowboard annual passes that will compete for your business this year.

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Epic Pass $899 – Hands down the leader in the ski pass and resort business. The full epic pass covers 65 resorts. Yup, you read that correct-65 resorts on one pass. Unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler Blackcomb, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe, Wilmot, Afton Alps, Mt Brighton, Perisher & Arapahoe Basin. New for 2018/2019 now includes seven days at Telluride, seven days total at Resorts partnered with Vail in the Canadian Rockies, and five days total at Hakiba Valley, Japan – Plus unlimited, unrestricted access at Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Crested Butte, and Stevens. International Access includes access to 30 European resorts across Austria, France, Italy & Switzerland. If you are going to ski more and five days, live near and like the different Vail Resorts offerings, and can travel by plane to your destination, this pass is for you.  BTW the daily walk up window price for a one day ticket was $203.00 during the 2017/2018 ski season.

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The Ikon Pass $999 – Adventure runs deep with this pass. Ski and ride whenever you want, even throughout the holidays.  Unlimited access at Mammoth, Steamboat, Stratton, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Tremblant, Winter Park Resort, Big Bear, Cooper Mountain, Snowshoe, June Mountain, Eldora, Blue Mountain. Limited access, no blackouts: Deer Valley, Alta/Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Aspen Snowmass, Revelstoke, SkiBig3, Killington, Sugarbush, Loon Mountain, Sunday River, Sugarloard & Thredbo.  Again, the Ikon Pass has no blackout dates.

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Mountain Collective $449 – A nice, less expensive alternative to the two complete pass options above.  In the 2018/2019 season each pass holder will receive two days at the collective destinations for a total of 34 days. Collective Destinations include:  Alta Ski Area, Aspen Snowmass, Banff Sunshine, Big Sky Resort, Coronet Peak + The Remarkables, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Lake Lousie, Mammoth Mountain, Niseko United, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Sugarbush Resort, Sun Valley Resort, Taos Ski Valley, Thredbo Alpine Village. This pass is ideal for those that only want or need two days at each resort and plan to ski/ride at least three different resorts this season.

SUMMARY –

Don’t just show up at the ticket window and pay the walk up rate. In my opinion, you will be the victim of legal price gouging. Most resorts are charging close to, if not more than, $200 for a single day of skiing or riding. This is totally redic, and it seems like a scam. OK, it’s not a scan, but it is a rip off. The break-even price on the passes is anywhere from 3.5-10 days in the US. You can also get a discount on multi day tickets if you reserve them online, usually a minimum of two weeks or more in advance. Lastly, Liftopia can be another solid resource in finding discounted single day and multi day lift tickets.

Secure your annual ski passes now. Opening day is right around the corner.

READER FEEDBACK, COMMENTS & PICS

 

READER FEEDBACK

Always appreciate anything we get that faintly resembles feedback. We take everything as a compliment. Received some great emails, texts and notes this week. Thank you. I noticed many of you are still on summer vacation.  The proof is in your pictures. Anyway, I hope you all had a great summer – fall is just around the corner.

Received this from one loyal reader:

That’s great. Time for a 14’er

Thanks friend. We are still recovering from our first one. But yes there will be a day for another 14’er, just not today.  Do love it when I get a note like this after the weekend. . .

Just got back from camping fishing. Exhausted.

Keeping the dream alive. Life can be so exhausting sometimes, I feel for you. haha

And anytime I receive an email like this, I know we are getting closer to opening day:

I wanna put some days in this year, so let’s plan some powder time!

I’ll be there . . .will you?

COMMENTS

We recently upgraded our website.  Did you even notice? Well some of you did and even took the time to comment on it.  Received this one word message regarding the revamp:

Very Cool

As well as this nice review of the site:

Finally had a chance to take a look at the web page. User friendly/adaptable mobile site, and easy to navigate.  It’s to the point, a simple read.

Thanks and the checks in the mail.  And we’ll always take the compliment:

Just saw online . . .looks great!!!

Thank you. And thanks to you all for the kind words and continued support and enthusiam.

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CM MAN aka Jerry.

HIKE & MOUNTAIN BIKE CONDITIONS

Resorts are still open. I was at Beaver Creek not to long ago.  Yes, you read that correct. And it was awesome. It’s an amazing time to visit. Like hiking? Check. Like biking? Check. Now’s the time. Resorts should be open at least on weekends through the end of September.

Hiking, biking, climbing, walking, bird watching, wild flower finding, summit attempting. It’s all here to be had this summer. It’s all great fun and adventure. Conditions are really great this time of the year, especially for those who don’t like the snow and cold weather. Do I even know you?

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(uca4jbgpyhsavmkyxqg2slmk))/Res/ResMain.aspx

RESORT GUIDING

Resort Guiding

We offer 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 tours:

Had an amazing time!!

and this one

It really was an amazing ski vacation!

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.

as well as this gem:

Thanks for the pics. They are awesome. Thanks for capturing those precious moments.

Glad I could help in making special memories. 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 the mountains and mountain activities, but even more, we love sharing it with everyone-with all of you. Want to 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. We promise you and your family will have a great time.

PICS

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Nothing like a little summer time BBQ. Btw . . . love the rubber ducky.

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Cool. Bet you catch some nice sunsets on that dock. Any fish?

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See any Jerry’s hanging around?

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A van or two . . . yup must have been boatload, but where’s the snow? What do you ride the sand and rocks?

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Cool…shot of your ship?

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We always love a waterfall around here.

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Definitely the season for a festival.  Those two do look familiar don’t they?

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WOW!!!

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Little mountain hike.Gotta love that. Nice.

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WTF . .. that seems very dangerous. Careful there lady. You may want a harness and some ropes, and maybe even a climbing partner. Just saying . . .

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Fire Sky.

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a 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 awaits you.

CMM

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Quandary

My second attempt at a 14’er.

Colorado has 58 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet. Hence the term 14’er. Colorado has the most 14’ers of any state in the US. Climbing to the peak of a mountain that is almost 3 miles above sea level can be a most amazing feat.

I recently had the opportunity again to hike Quandary Peak. Quandary Peak is the highest summit of the Ten Mile Range in the Rocky Mountains of North America.   Located in Summit County, Colorado just 20 minutes from downtown Breckenridge, the Peak has a summit elevation of 14,265.  While my first attempt to summit was unsuccessful, my last was a success. This was by far the hardest hike of my life.  There is no such thing as an easy 14’er. This sucker is steep. The last 0.80-mile climbs 1,100 feet. So be prepared for a long day out there. Pack your patience and enjoy the challenge. My parking lot to summit and back adventure took 5 hours, 46 minutes and 9 seconds to complete.

Here are some of the pics from my first successful summit of a Colorado 14’er.

Headed on the highway past Breck to our hiking for the day

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Above tree line at Breck is where it’s at . .

We have arrived at the parking lot base of the Quandary Trail, see that peak? Yep, that’s where we were headed

Parking lot selfie before the hike begins

Time to walk along that ridgeline all the way to the top

And the fun begins!

Not a bad idea to check the map out before heading out.

Huge trees at the bottom but as we work our way up there are no more trees at all

Great clear day helps for good views

The vastness of the valley

Lush and green up here

Yep, she is ready!

Clouds rolling in

And the ground starts getting rocky above tree line

And rockier!

And the views just keep getting better and better

Selfie amongst the rocks-do I look exhausted?

Clouds rolled in and gave us a little mountain shower making the rocks slippery.  We heard from a few folks that had already been to the top that we missed the short hail storm at the top.

Don’t get too close to the edge!

A little snow patch

Wild flowers literally grow everywhere

We walked straight through a cloud inversion

Yep that straight line is the path we took up…and the one we go down

Here’s a tip- if you hike a 14er make a sign before you go so you have proof at the top! Thanks to the nice couple that gave me theirs!

We did it!  The cloud inversion made it impossible to see anything but pillows of clouds at the top.

And then came the king of the mountain…the mountain goat

He was not thrilled to be sharing the top with us so he decided to show us who was boss!

Down the ridge-line we go

The views were so different depending on the altitude along the hike.

We realized why the big goat was following us down from the peak – the catch up with the other mountain goats along the path!

As long as we kept moving this nice family of mountain goats did not seem to mind us being so close to them along the path.

And then there was grass and trees again!

See that cloud inversion at the top of the mountain – that’s what we were above when we reached the peak!

Hiking these beauties leaves you exhausted, invigorated, and yearning for more!  Can’t wait to do another 14’er soon!

Contact me if you would like information on hiking 14’ers or just hiking in general.  I would be glad to share my knowledge with you!

READER FEEDBACK, COMMENTS & PICS

 

READER FEEDBACK

It was a little slow in the feedback department. In-boxes were on the lighter side this week.  I know many of you are on summer vacation or as they call it in Europe-holiday. Love that!  I digress. Anyway, I’ve seen your pictures all over The Book aka Facebook and they look amazing. Enjoy the rest of your vacation. Summer ends in seven weeks. School and work are waiting for you.

I really appreciate any and all user submitted content. So don’t be bashful and send what you got.

Received this from one reader:

Beautiful

Thank you. And this was a nice reply to our automated blog email distribution:

Just came home to this welcomed message.

Wow. That’s almost like saying I like telemarketers. If I didn’t know you and really believe that you like me, I’d think you are full of bs. Anyway, I always appreciate this:

Awesome pics

COMMENTS

WEB SITE UPGRADE

Notice a different home page? We recently upgraded our website. Like it, Hate it, have any thoughts?  Let us know. Maybe we can make it even better .

Contact Us:

Thrillofthemoutain@gmail.com

We have seen more daily traffic since our upgrade and even received some feedback directly related to it.  We have gotten views from Canada, Ireland, China, Netherlands and Azerbaijan. Nice!

Wow …huge upgrade. I like the cartoon.

Thank you. Appreciate these kind words as well

The new website looks really good BTW!

BTW thank you. And while there is some resemblance not sure how to answer this question

That cartoon pic of you?

Wasn’t supposed to be . . . but it sure is awesome.

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CM MAN aka Jerry.

HIKE & MOUNTAIN BIKE CONDITIONS

Resorts are still open. I was at Beaver Creek just two weeks ago.  Yes, you read that correct. And it was awesome. It’s an amazing time to visit. Like hiking? Check. Like biking? Check. Now’s the time.

Hiking, biking, climbing, walking, bird watching, wild flower finding, summit attempting. It’s all here to be had this summer. It’s all great fun and adventure. Conditions are really great this time of the year, especially for those who don’t like the snow and cold weather. Do I even know you?

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(uca4jbgpyhsavmkyxqg2slmk))/Res/ResMain.aspx

RESORT GUIDING

Resort Guiding

We offer 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 tours:

Had an amazing time!!

and this one

It really was an amazing ski vacation!

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.

as well as this gem:

Thanks for the pics. They are awesome. Thanks for capturing those precious moments.

Glad I could help in making special memories. 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 the mountains and mountain activities, but even more, we love sharing it with everyone-with all of you. Want to 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. We promise you and your family will have a great time.

PICS

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Dude, I think they have a lane just for you.  Anyway, street rules apply. Careful on those bikes friends.

 

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Who couldn’t love a great puppy pic. Keep em coming.

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Been way to long friends.

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Glenfiddich Blue Label – Nice Leprechaun glasses bro. Magically Delicious!

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A little bird watching in your backyard!

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Beautiful Lake Dillon – great views all year round!

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Great pic.

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Good to see you got out there man.

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THAT’S ALL FOLKS!!!!

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a 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.

CMM

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COME FOR THE WINTER, STAY FOR THE SUMMER

If you have never been to Colorado now is the time. What an amazing state. Most of my readership is familiar with Colorado in the winter; as this is a ski blog — Those picturesque winter views and snow capped mountain tops! Not many places top Colorado in the winter. But, Colorado in the Summer is just as amazing! Yup, you read that correct – Just as amazing! I know most of you are like “Hugh?” Thus the reason why they say “COME FOR THE WINTERS, STAY FOR THE SUMMERS.”

I have a post coming soon on my successful summit of Quandary Mountain.

In the meantime, here’s some pics to prove how lovely the summers of Colorado really are. . . Enjoy

No snow but still so pretty.

Don’t focus on the traffic, focus on the mountains.

Oh yes. I’m headed to those beauties.

There is some nice hiking to be had and I am in search.

Mountains leading to Boulder, CO.

Hills and mountains of Boulder in the background.

Views of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Little patches of snow on the ridge lines

HEADING OUT TO THE HIGH COUNTRY

My, my Breckenridge looks different this time of year

CO HWY 9 – Highway to the promise land.

BASALT, CO

Clouds blocking the sun late in the afternoon.

Creating shadows all over the landscape.

Sun setting to the right and Moon rising to the left.

Is that rain I see?

Mt. Sopris

I could get used to these views.

The Lake Christine wildfires in the background.

So very dry in this part of the state.

Remember what Smokey the Bear says…ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES.

BEAVER CREEK

Avon, CO

Centennial Express – Main lift for Summer Mountain access.

I can take you through the forest to the trail. All you have to do is contact me.

Larkspur Bowl in the Summer.

Blue Sky Basin as seen from Beaver Creek.

Chair for uploading only. Gondola for uploading and downloading.

Spruce Saddle Lodge at the top of the Centennial Express Lift.

The High Country

Top of C-Prime – looking towards Blue Sky at Vail.

Clouds shadowing the hills of the valley.

Seems like it could be a good spot to hold a ceremony or something of the sort.

The Hills are alive.

Grass lined runs.

Into the wood and off to grandma’s house we go…I wish!

My happy place.

Wildflowers are still in full bloom all over the mountain.

Creekside at Beaver Creek.

Not exactly raging but then again it was a low snow year.

Beautiful flower box outside Creekside at Beaver Creek.

Keystone Ski Resort to the right and the Legend A-Basin to the left.

Lake Dillon

READER FEEDBACK, COMMENTS & PICS

READER FEEDBACK

It was really great receiving your feedback again last week. You guys stepped it up a notch. Got a little feedback from here, some comments from there, and some emojis from everywhere. It never ceases to amaze me that you actually read this thing. Anyways, you get what you pay for. I digress. I really appreciate any and all user submitted content. So don’t be bashful and send what you got. I accept feedback; good and bad.

Received this from one reader:

That is pretty awesome.

All for pretty and all for awesome, but pretty awesome is like not bad. Certainly better than pretty bad though.

And I always like getting this:

Awesome pics … Gorgeous!!!

As well as this compliment:

Impressive

There is no such thing as an easy 14’er. Hiking a 14’er is impressive; no doubt.

When I received this I just smiled:

Good times!

No doubt.

And then I received this:

Never been to bc in summer…How cool

as well as this

Looks so different

Yup. It’s not going to look like it just snowed. It’s July for crying out loud. Snow’s long since melted. It’s more like this, as one reader pointed out:

Awesome vistas!!!!

Agreed. The views are stunning. Received this little gem:

The hills are alive with the sound of music?

There is a feeling of energy. I think the sounds are just coming from your head. It happens sometimes.

👍😍

And also received this:

While you’re there I highly recommend the downhill mountain biking at Keystone, not for the faint of heart

Next time maybe. My track record downhill mountain biking is not good. But I like how one reader put it to me:

Ya man!

And let me answer this question now

Does the Epic pass get u anything in the summer?

If you have automatic renewal and have put your $49 down or purchased the whole thing you have summer access and benefits. That means you can ride the lifts.

And then I received this one word reply in my inbox

Nice!!

I’m always a little confused when I get one word replies for feedback. I don’t always follow you. Don’t forget to follow and like us though:

INSTAGRAM

@thrillofthemoutain

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COMMENTS

HIKE & MOUNTAIN BIKE CONDITIONS

Resorts are BACK open. I was at a ski resort in the summer. Yes, you read that correct. And it was awesome. It’s an amazing time to visit. Like hiking? Check. Like biking? Check. Now’s the time.

Hiking, biking, climbing, walking, bird watching, wild flower finding, summit attempting. It’s all here to be had this summer. It’s all great fun and adventure. Conditions are really great this time of the year, especially for those who don’t like the cold weather. Do I even know you? Who doesn’t like the white fluffy stuff? We need to talk, no seriously. #OPTOUTSIDE

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 offer 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 tours:

Had an amazing time!!

and this one

It really was an amazing ski vacation!

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.

as well as this gem:

Thanks for the pics. They are awesome. Thanks for capturing those precious moments.

Glad I could help in making special memories. 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 the mountains and mountain activities, but even more, we love sharing it with everyone-with all of you. Want to 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. We promise you and your family will have a great time.

PICS

Love it. Looks like he does to.

That’s a pretty good price for Boulder. Not sure how long its been on the floor though. We have the five second rule in our family.

Love the panoramic views . . .

As well as the wild flowers. Is that some links in the background?

Oh yes. Looks awesome. What ya shoot?

Great pic friends.

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a 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.

CMM

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COLORADO MOUNTAIN BOUND

JOHN DENVER’S COLORADO

He was born in the summer of his 27th year
Coming home to a place he’d never been before
He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again
You might say he found a key for every door

But the Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullabye
Rocky mountain high (Colorado)

Thank you John Denver for your song and devotion to Colorado. You sang to the world how awesome Colorado is.

HOW U LIVIN’?

Greetings friends. I hope the first part of July was great. Interesting way to start the month this year with July 4th smack right in the middle. Nothing like a National holiday to break up the week. We saw some good fireworks both in the weekend leading up to and the weekend following the holiday. Fun times and beach days for sure.

THE MOUNTAINS

I’m headed back to the mountains this week for some adventure and exploration. It’s been a few weeks since Colorado Mountain Man has actually ventured into the mountains. Well the time is now and I can’t wait. I have some great hikes lined up, including another attempt to summit Quandary Mountain.

And while I’m hoping to encounter some cool fresh air, reality is the mercury continues to rise. Temp records are being made daily now. Some days I wonder if I’ll ever see snow again.

Anyways, this heat is really messing some people and things up. Time is now being affected by the excessive heat. How’s that even possible…

From Matt Levine’s Money Stuff:

Anyway this week the northeastern U.S. melted and so time got out of joint:

“High humidity is impeding radio transmissions Tuesday among three New Jersey data centers where U.S. stocks trade, according to a note Nasdaq Inc. sent customers. It’s taking about 8 microseconds longer to send information from Nasdaq’s facility in Carteret to the New York Stock Exchange data center in Mahwah, and an extra 2 microseconds to send data to Cboe Global Markets Inc.’s exchange in Secaucus.”

So everyone’s precisely sequenced order routing is now ever so slightly messed up. If you lost money trading equities this week I recommend explaining to your boss that it’s the heat that did it.

Wow. And I thought I had it tough when I was an institutional trader. Now even the heat f’s you; not just your counter-parties. I hope all my former counter-parties are doing well. Continued good luck fighting the heat and sun. It’s an inferno out there.

READER FEEDBACK, COMMENTS & PICS

READER FEEDBACK

It was great receiving your feedback again last week. It never ceases to amaze me that people actually read this thing. But I guess you get what you pay for. I digress. Anyway, I really appreciate any and all user submitted content. Even the emojis I appreciate. Really. So don’t be bashful and send what you got. I accept feedback; good and bad. We are always open for positive reviews, feedback, suggestions, and your pictures.

Received this from one reader:

That’s great

Much appreciated. Certainly prefer that than, this sucks. And one reader correctly wrote this to me:

Ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

Of course there is man, just not for me and some other cold blooded mammals.

And I guess I’m not the only one counting down the days…

I just count the days til Oct 1st.makes me feel better

Oct. 1st makes you feel better or counting down the days? I get your point I think though.

COMMENTS

HIKE & MOUNTAIN BIKE CONDITIONS

Resorts are BACK open. Yes they really are. And it’s an amazing time to visit. Like hiking? Check. Like biking? Check. Nows the time.

Hiking, biking, climbing, walking, bird watching, wild flower finding, summit attempting. It’s all here to be had this summer. It’s all great fun adventure. Conditions are really great this time of the year, especially for those who don’t like the cold weather. Do I even know you? Who doesn’t like the white fluffy stuff? We need to talk, no seriously. #OPTOUTSIDE

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 offer 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 tours:

Had an amazing time!!

and this one

It really was an amazing ski vacation!

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.

as well as this gem:

Thanks for the pics. They are awesome. Thanks for capturing those precious moments.

Glad I could help in making special memories. 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-with all of you. Want to 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. We promise you and your family will have a great time.

PICS

Mitch Kramer is that you…

Where the buffalo roam, so cool.

Did you even take this? Wow

Well done. Keep em’ coming.

There she blows.

Yaaaassss

Boys of summer.

Just floating down Lake George.

Just some boys hanging at the lake.

And that’s a wrap friends.

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a 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.

CMM

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What To Do When You Got The Summer Time Blues

HAPPY JULY 4TH

I HOPE YOU ALL HAD A GREAT 4TH. WOW ISN’T FREEDOM AMAZING!  INDEPENDENCE IS AWESOME!

And as a good friend put it…

Lucky to live in such a great country

Agreed, no doubt there. Such an amazing place it is here in the good ‘ole USA. It’s just awesome.

SUMMER TIME BLUES

True story…my friend just bought a new house. She told me the mortgage process was worse then going to the rectum doctor. I asked her why? She told me she got a cleaning and there was no insurance to pick up the bill. I guess I’m not the only one with the summer time blues.

I don’t mean to vent, but I will… The mercury is rising. IT’S HOT OUT! FREAKIN’ HOT!! Temperature records are being set in many parts of the country. I cooked eggs and bacon on the hood of my car this morning in less than two minutes. Every time I go outside I feel like I am melting. I think I am part snowman mixed with a little Eskimo…not sure what that makes me? Anybody have a 32andme freebie code I can use to check?

So when I feel like this, here is a list of great things to get over those feelings…

jump in the pool

get on the internet and search all of the cool places you can travel where it is cold

turn your a/c on really low, close all of your blinds, and put on a sweatshirt

go get ice cream

call your friends up and ask if they are ready for cooler weather as well

have a water balloon fight with the neighbors

snack on ice cubes

nap in front of the fan

I’ve been dreaming about all of the adventures to come. It helps get me through these dog days of summer. What exactly are the dog days of summer? Before you know it fall will have arrived and in my world time will start to speed up again. Is that even possible? Can someone tell me what I mean.

Reader feedback, comments & pictures

Feedback

Felt great to receive some feedback again from you great folks. No really. You guys are awesome. Its great to be back in the saddle and always love receiving anything from my readers. Thanks for taking the time to continue to read this blog. Thank you. We appreciate anything we get. Again, here are some of the amazing comments we received this week…

Love it

Love my followers. Thanks for the comment. Always enjoy and appreciate this:

Nice pic!

I take many many many pic. Some turn out very nice. Most just suck. Thanks. And then I received this and and was like …???

How you looking?

Hmmm, not sure how to answer that. Who sent me this question? Seems like a loaded question to me. Moving on to this gem I received:

I have my top ten questions – none involving thrill of the mountain

What you got? We digress once again. This next reader may have some intuition

Looks like you’re trying to take it up a level as far as travel services

Natural evolution. This is both a business and labor of love. We are not trying to move people around but we do want everyone to have an amazing life. You only live once. #YOLO . . . Why not live your best life today? And to the readers who love to ask this:

How you livin?

It never gets old writing I’M ALIVE AND WELL. I’m living a little on the warm side these days, but the Thrill of the Mountain is always here waiting for me. Cooler temps will be here before I know it. The countdown for the search for powder is on.

COMMENTS

HIKE & MOUNTAIN BIKE CONDITIONS

Giddy up. Been in mammoth last two weeks.

Have any room for one extra?

Resorts are BACK open. Yes they are. Like hiking? Check Like biking? Check Yup it’s time.

Nice bike.

Great tid bit I received from one reader:

Biking trails have been a little wet muddy lately, but still a lot of fun. the trail boss and volunteers always cutting out new lines and trails. we are so fortunate to have a great mtb park like this.

Great stuff. Thank you for your insight. You’re awesome friend. Glad I got a ride with ya. And I always love a little first hand account of fun and adventure. Send me some more pics. Would love to see you sending it off some of that extreme train you like to hit. Do you need a go pro? And as always, Be Safe Out There.

Hiking, biking, climbing, walking, bird watching, wild flower finding, summit attempting. It’s all here to be had this summer. It’s all great fun adventure. Conditions are really great this time of the year, especially for those who don’t like the cold weather. Do I even know you? Who doesn’t like the white fluffy stuff? We need to talk, no seriously. #OPTOUTSIDE

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 offer 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 tours:

Had an amazing time!!

and this one

It really was an amazing ski vacation!

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.

as well as this gem:

Thanks for the pics. They are awesome. Thanks for capturing those precious moments.

Glad I could help in making special memories. 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-with all of you. Want to 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. We promise you and your family will have a great time.

PICS

I really enjoyed seeing your pics again. So don’t be shy and send more. We all love seeing what you’re doing out there. All your cool adventures. SEND SUMMER PICS NOW!!!

Nice views man. Inspiration fa’ sure.

New bike man? Haha, I see, you took training wheels off.

Background looks familiar…could that be …

But of course…The Legend

Very interesting…lush views in da’ background.

Looks awesome.

Fly fishing on the Frying Pan.

Thanks again for reading this blog. I hope you all have a 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.

CMM

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Top 10 Questions I Get Asked

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!

Want these views? Call, DM, Email.

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.

Swimming:

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.

Running:

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.

Biking:

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:
ThrilloftheMountain@gmail.com

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.

LODGING

Winter or Summer it does not matter, if you need help with lodging, especially last-minute, reach out to us at:

ThrilloftheMountain@gmail.com

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.

http://res.creeksidebeavercreek.com/irmnet/(S(d52vca45belc3fjnnb1fccr5))/Res/ResMain.aspx

GUIDING

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.

CMM

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Closing Week Oh Yea

Happy Belated Earth Day!

My closing week of the 2017/ 2018 winter season in the high country of Colorado was awesome. My last week was filled with a little bit of everything. From more of the fresh stuff (a late April blizzard happening now), to a failed attempt at a 14’er, fly fishing for the first time on the Frying Pan to boot, to teaching another person how to ski. What a week! Winter ended way to fast; well for me anyway. I want to thank my buddy Luis. Sorry your last run for 2018 was in a sled. Shout out to the Beaver Creek Ski Patrol. And no, I have no regrets. Enjoy the pics. CMM

Beaver Creek Resort

Some freshie holding up in the creek. But it’s certainly not frozen.

Kinda reminds me of winter . . .

Looking straight up the main face.

Wow, what once was, is now just about over.

Trees ripe for a little play.

Some folk enjoying the last days of winter.

Larkspur Bowl.

Anyone want to run some gates? Just kidding, they pulled them for the season. All done.

A little freshie makes an appearance.

Yup. #LINESKISYO

Are you kidding me? It’s still coming down.

AWESOME!!!! Pow face to end the day.

Carbondale, CO

Mt. Sopris becoming the focus.

Clouds really adding dimension to the horizon.

Mt. Sopris

Deer here, everywhere.

WOW

This colossal peek is still covered with the white stuff.

No snow up here on this side.

I see you guys hiding. Here, there and everywhere.

Right in the backyard. Dude what are you growing back there?

Morning

Morning to you guys as well

Now that’s close. What up fellas?

And then I head down to…

Out in the Valley on the Frying Pan looking back at the mountains.

Whoa there boy…it’s catch and release in these parts.

Spotted brown trout; another beauty.

He’s got the look . . .

I head out of the the Front Range to grab my buddy, Luis.

I actually think it topped out at 81 degrees.

Here we are at the top of the Continental Divide.

Loveland . . . Lovely isn’t it?

Loveland Ski Area and the Eisenhower tunnel straight ahead.

I-70 and going in-out of the Eisenhower tunnel.

Lift at Loveland Ski Resort.

Looking across the continental divide.

Looks to be still really good from a distance.

Cornice drops for the brave few.

Some side and back country terrain. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO.

The Ten Mile Mountain Range.

Beaver Creek Ski Resort.

Avon, CO

LUIS goes skiing for the first time.

Well you look like you have done this before.

Yup, you will need the skis my man.

Up and on em. Looking good.

Jerry hitting the magic carpet.

Your turn bro.

I see that smile. . ..just wait.

Looks a little slushy on the bunnies my man.

Peace.

Eyes up hommie. The cameras over here.

Very good with the parallel skis.

Not as easy at it looks; tiring isn’t it.

Wow you made it all the way up there? Day 1, UNREAL.

Is that a dog between you legs bro?

I really am going to miss these views when I have to move my office.

Until then . . .just another amazing view from my office.

After a week of much thought and planning, I decided to attempt my first 14’er. I have been thinking about this day for a long time now.

The two gifts I opened this morning, my eyes, let me see this. I believe, do you?

QUANDARY MOUNTAIN.

The ridge-line awaits our arrival.

And so does this guy…clever like a fox, so they say.

We got this. Let’s roll.

We begin at the McCullough Gulch Rd trailhead.

Away we go . . .

Into the forest . . .

After a short .7 trek, we finally make it to the trailhead.

Any idea what you are getting yourself into bro?  I doubt it, or your would not have said yes!

READ THE SIGN. IT SAYS IT ALL.

Opting for the headband as it starts to get hot when you are trecking along.

So pretty.

What happened to the smile? You are not tired already are you? We’re not even out of the woods yet.

These views don’t suck.

Just stay on the trail . . .I read the sign. Did you?

You got this . . . .You can do it! I know you can!!

Leaving the trees and forest and heading up the exposed areas.

With the lack of oxygen at this level and steep incline, this area is exponentially harder than the first area of the hike.

Visibility begining to change by the second.

Flat light on the exposed ridge-line.

Icicles starting to form on Jerry’s bush, I mean beard,

And then our vis became even worse . . .

Until we were litarally blinded by the light.

I got this . . .

Safety first . . .Know when to turn around and head down. It’s always best to live another day.

Looking out across at the West Ridge.

PEACE OUT DUDE . . . I’M OUTTA HERE. YOU ARE CRAZY CMM MAN!!!

And we begin the journey back down.

Another day living out my dreams. You are never to old. Dream the impossible.

No worries bro. Let’s get outta here safe. There’s always tomorrow.

But first we have to get below tree line level.

Cause I can’t see s%$t. And yes it is a little dangerous up here, now let’s get down.

Finally below tree line, visibility re-appears and we find our way out of this hike. Good attempt but not to be had this go round. I tried my best and Luis did his best- but today that wasn’t good enough.

BEAVER CREEK GOLF COURSE

Bone Dry

The creek is really moving.

Looks just about time. . . green and lush.

Hills of Avon barren of any snow.

The last of the the last at The Beav.

Ski the morning, play 9 holes in the afternoon.

Careful of the sand.

Last Day for the season is tomorrow.

Closing Day 2018 – April 15th

Nice day

Alright, alright, alright.

You like the new look

Good views . . .

Good times.

Thank you Beaver Creek Resort.

Hard not to love this place.

What up man?

Did I mention that I am gonna miss these views.

And these . . .

Down the hill he goes . . .

Hey there J.W, looking good as always.

Party on the deck. Love it.

Yo, yo, yo

That look before you don’t know you are just about to hurt yourself.

Beaver Creek Ski Patrol taking care of business.

The Pro’s handling the situation.

Everything will be ok. I promise, no I don’t know how much this ride costs but it will be worth it!

Reader feedback, comments & pictures

Feedback

Reader feedback, comments and emojis were again strong. Thank you. We appreciate anything we get. Without your great content, I would have much more work to keep you entertained. Keep up the good work.

Again, here are some of the amazing comments we received this week…

You went to some kick ass ski resorts this year

 I’m lucky I didn’t get my ass kicked by some ski resorts this year. I was really grateful and very lucky for the run I had. Each resort has it’s own thing going on. I encourage you to check them out for yourself.

Pictures are great but doesn’t look like snow country.

The snow melts ,what can I say. But the rivers, they be flowin. Which I guess is why I received this:

More fun pics! 2018! I may be getting the pass w   . . . . n  . .. (the stone) for next season. Im trin to start fishin on tues. Maybe a fishin blog? U r great inspiration. Be well . .

Thank you. Dream it. Live it. Do it. Start today.  Fishing blog?  You never know. Anything is possible right? You should start one, I would love to read it.  This guy was certainly impressed:

 I still can’t believe you on the Frying Pan today and it’s 60 degrees and sunny

Me either, but I certainly wasn’t gonna take a powder day to go fishing.

And I am pretty sure we have received this many a time:

You got balls, bro. I give you that for sure

I keep telling you man . . .It’s not what you have and don’t have. It’s how you live your life and who you share your love with. Remember that. I get feedback like this from time to time:

Trying to plot my escape . . .back on the mountain this weekend. Stoked for that!

Escape from what? You can be and do anything you want in this world. But you can’t and do everything. Live your dreams not someone else’s.

2017/2018 Winter is officially in the books. As one reader put it

Another season over

COMMENTS

It is sad to say it but most resorts in the US are now closed.  There are a select few resorts whose chairs are still spinning. If you can find em, ride em.  Anyway, the end of the 2017/2018 resort winter season is here. Get outside and you can see that spring has arrived. #OPTOUTSIDE

LODGING

Winter or Summer it does not matter, if you need help with lodging, especially last-minute, reach out to us at:

ThrilloftheMountain@gmail.com

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.

http://res.creeksidebeavercreek.com/irmnet/(S(d52vca45belc3fjnnb1fccr5))/Res/ResMain.aspx

GUIDING

We offer all-inclusive guiding for you and your family at a 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. Some feedback we received from recent tours:

Amazing Day

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.

as well as this gem:

Thanks for the pics. They are awesome. Thanks for capturing those precious moments.

Glad I could help in making special memories.

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-with all of you. Want to 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. We promise you and your family will have a great time.

PICS

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Looking good friends.

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Experts only girl….I know…you got this.

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Jeans and a pink track suit, I’m not even sure where to begin.

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I really appreciate all the pics you sent this season. Better hold on to her tight, she can already out ride you.

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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.

CMM

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Jackson, WY & back

Now, normally I don’t start with reader comments but after I posted “The Last Hoorah” I received this:

I must say I am a bit saddened by this

So I guess a minimal explanation is due:

It’s not over man. The Last Hoorah was just a title of a post. We are not ending this blog. I am not and did not retire. The Thrill of the Mountain awaits you-with or without snow.

And then I did this:

A week ago – this was a consensus

MeBlue Sky or Jackson Hole? On the move this week…

Reader 1:  Jackson Hole for sure for all the vertical it offers! You get what you pay for                          though.

ME:            Thank you. I get it, who doesn’t like a big drop. It’s a big world out there and                          vert is not everything. I don’t want to die.

Reader 2: We had fun at Jackson hole!                                                                                            ME:             I can have fun anywhere. I put the u in fun.

Reader 3: Jackson hole has good late pow                                                                                      ME:            Excellent point. I can only argue if they don’t get pow this week.

Reader 4: Blue sky Can’t go wrong either way                                                                              ME:            Dude my bad . . it’s Big Sky but I got it.

Reader 5: I’ve been to Jackson never Blue Sky. I would probably choose Jackson if                                 you’ve never been, very extreme                                                                             ME:          Hmm, I’m starting to notice a theme here. . . all the vert, very extreme

Reader 6:   Never skied blue ski, but Jackson is super cool                                                        ME:              It’s Big Sky I get it . . .the sky must be huge, it’s probably not always blue.

Reader 7:  Jhole? Why not bofum Easy choice when I don’t have to finance it. 🤪                  ME:            I like your style. Wish that was in the plans. Next time.

Reader 8: Both!! But if forcd. Jhole                                                                                                  ME:            Come on peeps, it’s A or B you can’t have both!!!! It’s a question.

Reader 9: Go to Jackson hole. Drop into corbets couloir !                                                            ME:             If the conditions allow maybe. But not everyday is the day. Steep, big vert, don’t want to die. Got it?

 Reader 10: Neither. Haven’t you been skiing long enough. Come home. 🙂                      ME:               I will be home soon. I can’t wait, until then there’s another storm.

Bozemon, Montana and Blue Sky I owe you one. I look forward to it next time. That being written, when you have the best followers in the world you listen to what they say.

Knowing that the season is coming to a fast end, I just couldn’t grin and bare the 60 degree temps in the high country of Colorado any longer. I’ve decided to head to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Bye Bye Colorado

Beautiful sunrise over Gypsum, CO.

Bone dry out here.

Table tops still hold the last of the snow.

Jackson here we come.

Jackson, WY

Bam…that’s what I’m talking about.

I like what I’m seeing

National Elk Refuge is here.

So that’s what snow covered peaks look like. I was beginning to forget.

And of course, A river runs through it…

Fly fishing anyone

Yaaaasss!

Bait fisherman are not big here, flies are how it’s done in this place.

Views from right outside Teton Village.

One of a kind, for sure.

Do not take this safety message lightly.

The resort fully covered in the white stuff.

After visually checking out the resort mid-day, I head over to Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton National Park

View of Jackson Hole Resort from afar.

The Tetons

Makes me want to get lost here. Actually, I think I am lost.

Views that never get old.

The Grand Teton

In search for wildlife, I find some moose.

So cool. These big game animals are amazing to view.

Couple of moose just moosing around. Ha ha.

Found two more …

Jerry just hanging around some moose.

Wyoming mountain deer …

There are thousands of these deer everywhere.

A little moose grazing…

Uh oh…a moose stampede. Not good.

They are gonna eat me…just kidding.

Just lovely

Couple of moose just hanging out.

I was told I may find some more of the big guys done here by the water.

Sun setting over the back of  Teton Village

Jackson Hole Resort

Ski day below

Tough visibility today.

Flat light.

Side country access all over. Remember never leave resort boundaries without the proper skills and training. You can die. Seriously. Don’t be a Jerry!

Plenty to ski but very hard to see.

Tough one today.

Nothing like catching some freshie.

Safety meeting? What’s the issue?

Oh, sh&t I can’t see anything.

Really flat light and tough visibility. One needs to be very careful skiing/riding in this light.

No, this is not the door steps to heaven. Yes, the light is blinding. Yes, this can be very dangerous.

Heading down the mountain some visibility greatly improves as well as some freshie still to be had.

Gondola #22…coming down I do believe?

Cliffs ahead…be extremely careful there.

Jerry pushing through a day of tough visibility.

Vis getting much better further down the mountain.

Rocks and natural kickers abound everywhere.

Now below the cloud cover visibility returns.

Great view of the WY topography.

Corbet’s Couloir

DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS. THIS IS FOR PROFESSIONALS AND IDIOTS SEEKING DEATH ONLY. REPEAT DO NOT ATTEMPT.

The real deal here…

This is a no fall zone. REPEAT THIS IS A NO FALL ZONE.

One Jerry trying his luck. You got this.

Checking for the false cornice. Very important, if you don’t want the shelf to break on you.

Into the abyss …

Steep and low vis; fun combo

Cliff wall on the main face.

Wow. That was some day out there. Extremely variable conditions, made for some challenges but fun times for sure!

Grand Targhee Resort

View from the base.

Another low light day.

Some freshie starting to come down.

Trees holding some of that white frosting from yesterday. Love it.

But the vis was minimal again today. Clouds lying right at the top of the lifts.

More back country gates. Serious stuff once you go through those gates. Are you prepared? Many decisions to make out there. Be trained, have a plan and a partner. And “IF YOU DON’T KNOW, YOU DON’T GO.” That simple really.  Don’t be stupid. It’s not worth your life.

Really starting to come down now.

Low lying clouds making me stay mid mountain and below.

Another good day out there but again low visibility making it very tough to see.

Grand Teton National Park

Back to Grand Teton National Park I head. I just couldn’t stay away. This place is awe-inspiring.

Still overcast and grey out.

Low lying clouds

What’s that I see in there?

Who you looking at? Bowwinkle is that you?

Clouds covering the Tetons.

Birds and ducks in the open fields.

Nothing like a big pile of …big piles all around.

Selfie – Jerry just checking himself out. Looking good bro, rockin that mountain look!

Natural gully formed by a massive slide many years ago.

Some red rock to mix it up.

Natural beauty; yup.

This really is a beautiful country. I really do love this place.

Colorful shrubs pushing through the snow melt.

Beautiful mallard just floating along.

The beautiful Wyoming landscape.

Sun trying to break through the clouds.

The deer here are everywhere…

Really…

Everywhere

The pics speak for themselves really.  Now, I understand what all of those earlier texts were about!  Jackson is definitely a special place!

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…

Sick pics

Thank you. I try and make em healthy but sometimes they just come out filthy sick. And this time of the year we have to deal with this reality:

I was wondering when the snow was going to melt!!

It’s happening almost each and every day. The end of winter in the US is near. Time to put the winter gear away. Not ready yet?  You can always wait a few months, South America and New Zealand will be waiting your arrival.

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. In one week most all of the US resorts will be closed. The end of the 2017/2018 resort winter season is in sight. 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:

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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 offer 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.

as well as this gem:

Thanks for the pics. They are awesome. Thanks for capturing those precious moments.

Glad I could help in making special memories. 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-with all of you. Want to 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. We promise you and your family will have a great time.

Pic taken  4/8/2018  Beaver Creek Resort. I just came out of those trees.                           #THE DREAM CONTINUES

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