Why I ride

Freedom. Not just the work to get paid kind of freedom. The feeling of weightlessness on top of the world. That unrelenting bliss, and black hole kind of silence. Why else would anyone expose themselves to bitter cold, and outrageous terrain?

My name is Jon. I’ve been snowboarding for roughly 24 years, and I am still in love with the thrill. I still remember the first time I went snowboarding. My parents had bought me a Lamar board, Ride bindings, and some kind of no-name brand boots for Christmas, and even to this day, they were the best gifts I ever got. I didn’t realize it at the time, but they had gotten me the gift of freedom. It only got better when they announced we would be going to Panorama for the week following that Christmas.

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I am not a Skier, I am a Ski Racer.

I am not a Skier, I am a Ski Racer.

Masters Ski racer, that is.

Have you been skiing all your life, but never thought of and or heard of Masters Ski racing? Are you an adult new to the sport and looking to improve your skiing? I hadn’t given much thought to ski racing until this year, but now I think I want that challenge. I have been skiing since age 10 except for a 13 year break when life got in the way, but I have never done any sort of racing. I want to challenge myself to become a better and more efficient skier this year. I will try to do this by joining the Masters Ski racing program at Snow Valley.

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Why Customer Service is important to a Business

Customer service is important to an organization because it is often the only contact a customer has with a company. Customers are vital to an organization. Some customers spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars per year with a company. Consequently, when they have a question or product issue, they expect a company’s customer service department to resolve their issues.

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Being Outdoors

This isn’t so much about skiing, but about spending time outdoors and making the appropriate choices for clothing in whichever outdoor activities you’re doing. During the ski season or the off season, if you choose your clothing wisely, the so called off season doesn’t need to be a long waiting game for snow but rather a fun, adventure filled time while in worry free comfort.

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WIM + SKI Mentorship Program

“Winter In the Mountains Plus” (WIM+) is a new mentorship program designed for backcountry skiers and split boarders that are ready for more challenging backcountry objectives involving powder touring, ski mountaineering, or steep skiing. Most importantly, this program is intended for those that are keen to be on the “sharp end” by coordinating trips with the ACC.

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My Snowboarding Journey

Learning how to snowboard was hard, like I mean really hard. Not only was it physically challenging in a way I had never known, but it was such a mental game that by the end of my first day I felt cold, sore, and defeated as I cried in frustration. Despite a hard first day on the hill, no less than two weeks later I had purchased myself a brand new setup. I had literally gone snowboarding once, what the h*ll was I thinking? Either I hit my head too many times on the first day, or despite my bruised tailbone and knees, I had found a sport that I truly loved.

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Helmets

Helmets. The once “nerdy” and “uncool” thing to wear on your head, has made a massive rise in popularity over the years. Take a look around the next time you’re in the mountains, and you’ll find that a vast majority of skiers and snowboarders are actually donning a proper ski helmet. Most people have now come to terms with the fact that wearing a helmet isn’t so bad, in fact, it’s actually pretty cool!

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Learning to Ski over 50

I was 55 when I learned to ski. Why would I learn a new sport at such an age? My husband is a self proclaimed ski bum, worked in the ski industry for over 30 years and an avid backcountry skier. We both got tired of leaving me at home or in a hotel room, and my husband just wanted me to come along with him. So, one fateful winter, I decided to learn to ski with the idea that I would venture into the backcountry with him when I got comfortable on the boards.
That was four winters ago and I have learned to ski and hellied into backcountry lodges. I would like to share some thoughts on gear, instruction, practice, peer skiers and patience when learning to ski over 50.

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