Take in some craft beer culture on your next ski adventure.
Skiing and beer are a match made in heaven. These two things have been blended together since the beginning of time (I researched it, go check). Skiing has it's unique culture and so does the exploding craft beer culture. The Kootenays is an epicentre where both of these worlds collide. Between ski days or after shredding light, dry, Kootenay pow, be sure to take in some local flavor along the BC Ale Trail.
In the early 1990s there was one ski resort in China. Today there are over 500. Recently China's sole catskiing operation, Changbaishan Peak, was established. It costs just $85 for a ride to the top. Yes, it is on the border of North Korea and happens to be a volcano, but it is powder right?
In 2022, Beijing will be host to the 2022 Winter Olympics exposing the greater population to skiing. There is even a replica of Jackson Hole two hours from Beijing! It is clear, ski culture is embedding itself in China.
Island Lake Catskiing is one of those legendary places. I had a poster on my wall as a kid. Scot Schmit ripping pow at this magical place that only existed in my dreams. A place to aspire to visit. Bucket list type of adventure.
A few years back they released a short ski film called Balance of Powder. It fueled the desire to visit there. Now today they have released the trailer for their latest ski flick called Winter of Our Content. If it is anything like Balance of Powder, it is sure to be incredible.
The NOAA is playing a cruel game of "She loves me, she loves me not"
Is predicting the weather science, art or a dangerous game of darts?
Every year we are bombarded with rhetoric from the trusted weather predictors about what kind of snow season will be bestowed upon us powder junkies. We all just got over the emotional rollercoster of ol' Punxsatawney Phil and his prediction on the whether early Spring cometh or if we will be plunged back into a pow filled winter for another six weeks.
Now it is the NOAA (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) we are entrusting with the prediction of the winter to be. With a name like that, they sound like they should know what is happening. Back in the summer while we were re-hydrating with micro brew, the braintrusts at the NOAA opened up the magic box and told us it was going to be a banger La Nina follow up to the El Nino season we just had. We saw charts, read articles, heard from experts and generally bought into what they were selling.
I mean, look at this chart below. I'd believe that. It is sciencey looking.
Then about six weeks later (friend's of Phil I think) they yanked the carpet out from under us and said, "PSYCH! La Nina isn't coming". And there we sat, wallowing in self pity. Like a pimply teenager whose been stood up for prom...again. No winter. Only rain. Warmth. Depression. Nothing.
But today is a new day! Skiers everywhere rejoice. The NOAA has come out from hiding and told us that the wicked temptress La Nina has a 70% chance of returning. They have re-calibrated there weather predicting machine and are back on to promoting a winter full of powder dreams. A 70% chance anyways. There is still that pesky 30% hanging out there like the guy you didn't invite to the party. We will call him the 30% scape goat if things don't go as planned.
The west coast is getting hammered with a fierce weather system as I type this. The alpine passes are piling up with snow. Resort webcams are being loaded with hits with the powder afflicted checking all day while they should be at work or school. Ski sales have spiked. Tire shops are over run with tire change overs. Ski movies are being watch and people are generally stoked. This news is a welcome message to get us through this purgatory we call Fall.
We skiers are collectively praising the NOAA once again. Or are we? Or are these guys just full of it. Time will tell. I'm going to play darts.
Travel in style between Spokane and Baldface Lodge
No more cramming your gear and your buddies into a little rental car. Now you can travel in luxury from the Spokane Airport right to Baldface Lodge. They have purchased a brand new Mercedes tour bus complete with cush leather seating and tv screens. So you can land, get picked up like the rock star you are, put your seat back and take in some vintage snowboard flicks.
Reservations are required and it does cost $150 each way. But hey, you can't put a price on luxury.
Skiing is awesome but the time between is where the reltationships are forged
I love this trailer for the new Shades of Winter: BETWEEN movie. It features and all-star all-female cast and showcases some incredible skiing around the globe. The central message is what go me though. It is the time between the big lines, the sick pow lines, the wicked tree runs. The time between is when the bonds are made that stick together for life.
As a group of 4 skiers ourselves who have been ripping together since the late 90's, we agree. Yeah, the skiing has been unreal. Memories of over the head pow, blue bird days, pounding storms and all that good stuff float around our stories. But it is the friendships we have made that make future trips just that much better.
Check out the trailer for BETWEEN and get stoked for the memories and bonds you have ahead of you this season...