Mar 11, 2013

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In Praise of the Cheesy Ski Movie

In the classic South Park episode “Asspen”, Stan and his friends unwittingly stumble upon the tropes of a hallowed movie genre. They go for a weekend ski trip in Aspen, where unbeknownst to them a rich developer is trying to buy the area’s slopes and turn it into a swanky resort. Stan, from a humble background, becomes romantically entangled with a rich girl. There are practical jokes on skis. The orphanage needs to be saved. There will be an epic ski race to determine the fates of the characters and resolve any loose threads.

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Feb 12, 2013

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The Characters You Meet in a Ski Resort

The Characters You Meet in a Ski Resort

Being a local at a huge ski resort allows for some interesting insights.  You see things at a much different pace than others who populate the mountain.

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Feb 11, 2013

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Dr. Jeff Meldrum’s Search for Sasquatch

Dr. Jeff Meldrum’s Search for Sasquatch

There are plenty of amateur bigfoot hunters who comb the forests of the Pacific Northwest in search of their elusive quarry, but Dr. Jeff Meldrum is a breed apart from the rest. A tenured professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University, Meldrum co-authored the 2007 non-fiction work, Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, and has led numerous academic research studies over the last two decades.

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Feb 11, 2013

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Top Apres-Ski Scenes on Earth

coverFor many, the art of the Apres (very appropriately transleted from french to “After” in English) scene is as important to the Ski Resort esperience as sliding down a mountain with a waxed plank or two beneath your feet.

It has been a staple of European ski culture as long as Jagermeister has been “curing” the annoying symptoms of frostbite.  There’s nothing like dancing in your ski boots to old anthems to perpetuate the stoke after a great day skiing or snowboarding.

Around the world, cultures may disagree on many things, but one thing that everyone can agree on is a few gluveins, or whatever you choose, at the end of the day.

Here are the best towns where it’s ok to boogie in your ski boots and one-piece until the early hours.  In fact, if you aren’t rocking your ski gear after a hard day on the slopes, you would be the odd one out.

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Feb 8, 2013

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The Ski Town Hustle: How to Get Paid in a Ski Town Without a Job

The Ski Town Hustle:  How to Get Paid in a Ski Town Without a Job

There is a catch-22 to living in a ski town.  Pretty much everything that you want to do in winter costs money.  And very few people actually make money simply by skiing or snowboarding.  There usually is a catch if they do:  shuttling around whining kids and snow-plowing beginners.  

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Feb 7, 2013

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What do You Really Need?

Utan fiskelycka i Svartedalen from Hampus Samuelsson on Vimeo.

No lab tops, fancy gadgets or I-whatevers here, folks. Only the silence of the wilderness.

Every proper outdoorsmen knows that being in nature is about ditching the noises, stresses and occupations of everyday life. It is about experiencing the tranquility that can only be found miles away from bosses, emails, appointments, and due dates.

Hampus Samuelsson needs only his pack, knife, rod, and instant coffee for a nice weekend away.

What do you need?

 

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Feb 7, 2013

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How to Tell if Your Partner is a Noob

How to Tell if Your Partner is a Noob

While many people get professional instruction (which I highly recommend) from guide services, schools, or camps, most of us got into climbing because we knew somebody who was already doing it.

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Feb 6, 2013

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Cycling vs. Driving: The Wheel War Wages On

Cycling vs. Driving: The Wheel War Wages On

Is that even a valid comparison?

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Feb 5, 2013

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Movies That Have Hurt the Ski Bum Image

Movies That Have Hurt the Ski Bum Image

Living in a resort town, you see a lot of people who visit with certain expectations of the so-called “ski-bum” lifestyle.  Whether it is by the brand new wardrobe, the state of their credit limit, or a vernacular that implies good intentions, yet might as well be a tatoo on your head that says “tourist”. 

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Feb 5, 2013

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The Beginner’s Guide to Falling a Tree

The Beginner’s Guide to Falling a Tree

If you’ve never cut down a tree but think the process seems simple enough, then you’re sorely mistaken. Tree falling is a technical process that requires solid focus, the ability to visually calculate lengths and distances, and considerable upper-body strength. Here’s a how-to guide for rookie lumberjacks.

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