Category: Locals

21 – Avalanche Training and Mt. Baker Review with Colin

21 – Avalanche Training and Mt. Baker Review with Colin


listeners loved Colin’s interview during Episode 13. This is the follow-up we promised. Colin has now completed avalanche training and backcountry education. He’s also already got 18 days of skiing and it is only January 20. His local hill is near Bellingham, Washington. It is Mt. Baker, a rockin’ awesome area. Colin gives a comprehensive overview of all aspects of Mt. Baker. He’ll lead you through the most extreme of its turf, the generally difficult terrain, and cruiser runs for everybody. Baker is famous for two unique races. They are the Banked Slalom and Ski to Sea. It has a natural half-pipe. That’s where the Banked Slalom race happens. Ski to sea is a race that starts with downhill skiing on Mt. Baker, includes cross-country skiing, cycling, and kayaking. Enjoy this groovy episode.

19 – End of POWDER Magazine Part 1 and the Reservation Game

19 – End of POWDER Magazine Part 1 and the Reservation Game

Lance and Mike begin what will be an ongoing conversation about the importance of POWDER Magazine to the soul of skiing. We have more to say about this super-influential magazine in upcoming episodes, but can’t help but begin some appreciation for the Moe brothers and founders and influential editors over the nearly 50 years of the mag. We also talk about reservations and parking reservations. It’s part of the COVID-era skiing game. A little like a tee time for golfing, but a lot different than we’re used to.

18 – Chris and Backcountry Option to Sold Out Ski Resorts, and Trees Do Not Move

18 – Chris and Backcountry Option to Sold Out Ski Resorts, and Trees Do Not Move

Chris shares his coping tool when the resorts are sold-out: show up with AT gear and two friends and earn some turns in the backcountry, side-country, or wherever the adventure awaits. He tells us all about the progression of gear, thoughts on safety, and his dedication to lifestyle fitness. And there is also the tree. If it weren’t for all the cold east coast snow, one might say Chris’s intro to skiing at 13 years old was a bit of a baptism by fire.

Guest interviewee, Chris, and his daughter, Sasha, grabbing lunch on New Years Eve!

17 – IndyPass and Lance Goes Fashion Forward

17 – IndyPass and Lance Goes Fashion Forward

How ’bout that jacket!
One of our Midwest callers, Erin, reminds us to explore the Indy Pass. A great 2-day per resort pass that features some smaller resorts throughout North America. Erin caught the ski-but last year, in her 40s! She reminds us that the little areas can rock, and the pass might be an affordable way to diversify the family ski weekend experiences.
Lance abandons a blue-only parka life, and Mike recalls showing up to a guys ski trip wearing leather. Despite COVID, the season is in full bloom, and we are On The Lift!

16 – Masks Save Jobs, Go Pro Max, Ticket Snip – with Blake

16 – Masks Save Jobs, Go Pro Max, Ticket Snip – with Blake

Blake is an avid skier. He’s an exceptional ski conversationalist. He’s a fantastic photographer. He knows the nooks and crannies of his favorite mountain like no other. He also wants to stay safe and keep the mountains open during COVID. His review of the Go Pro Max (no – not a sponsor; but wouldn’t that be nice!) will have you heading out to buy one to preserve your skiing memories from any number of points of view.

15 – COVID and Dining on the Mountain

15 – COVID and Dining on the Mountain

Labor Day Vibe and JB Misses First Tracks
Mike and Lance deliver. That is, they deliver their early season mountain dining experiences to OTL listeners. Large lodges are sitting empty. But the food prep remains abuzz in the kitchens. We talk about the COVID-look of grab yer food and scatter, architectural changes to mountains because tent dining is apparently safer than in-lodge. We talk about the blossoming bring-your-own-food practices, cook stoves, soccer-parent chairs. And being ready to make your car your personal hot cocoa stop.

13 COVID Skiing Intro and Colins skins around COVID

13 COVID Skiing Intro and Colins skins around COVID

Mike and Lance are back! Sorry for the delay. COVID means a completely different approach to days on the mountain, and Mike and Lance are here to help you and your new ski day expectations. They talk about some early season considerations for keeping ourselves safely among others, and keeping our mountains open during COVID. Then, Colin tells us about his uphill skiing experience as a work-around to the mountain closing down for COVID-considerations last spring.

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