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The Top 5 Best (And Worst) Dating Apps To Use Skiing

We’ve all been there… “Hey! Let’s go on a ski weekend with a bunch of cool people!”… and BOOM… you find yourself surrounded by 18 other people of the same sex, in a cabin for the weekend, playing endless rounds of flip cup. So why not try out some random dating app and search for some friendly opposite sex company?? Works. Every. Time.

If by works you mean finds you the creepiest person you can think of and by every time meaning you already had it downloaded on your phone in the first place. Then yea, 50% of the time it works every time.

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Oh, you like shotskis? So do these girls.

So here is a list of the best and worst dating apps to use skiing. *Disclaimer* NO research was done on ANY of these sites prior to this article being published. Also, our website has nothing to do with online dating but you should check it out anyway! 

THE WORST:

5) eHarmony.com – Really?? REALLY?! Are you looking for love on  a ski weekend?? Plus there is a 90% chance the weird guy from the commercials is going to pop out from behind a tree while you’re skiing glades and scare the absolute shit out of you.

4) JDate – Nothing wrong with Jewish people looking for other Jewish love. But really, you’re limiting yourself here… to probably about 11% of the whole mountain. Not to mention you’ll probably have to end up meeting that persons mom on Sunday before you drive home.

3) CraigsList – Ever been on the CraigsList personals?? Me either…

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2) Chat Roulette – Not sure this even qualifies as a dating site but to describe it as an “experience” is an understatement. Plus, whatever naked person (98% of the time it will be a guy) you get matched with probably isn’t in your time zone let alone zip code.

1) Friend Finder – Can anything make you sound more desperate than Friend Finder?? I didnt think so. Maybe just “Im Desperately Looking To Find Friends, Lets Hang Out Now!”? Cant wait to meet your creepy self…

THE BEST:

5) Farmers Only – This is probably the most brilliant website ever. And no, you don’t technically have to be a farmer to log on.

4) Match.com – Only putting this on here because they give you options for what you’re looking for ranging from “Casual Sex” to “Lets Get Married IMMEDIATELY”. But lets be realistic, you’re looking for the former.

3) Plenty Of Fish – Plenty of fish in the sea… plenty of guys on the mountain. Have fun girls, it’s a meat market out there.

2) OK Cupid – Better than POF in that a) you can search keywords like, “ski / skier / skiing” and b) this is what I used to turn my profile into an ad for the ski house and found all the single girls who ski within a 50 mile radius to fill it up with. BOOM.

1) Tinder – I mean c’mon… did you really expect anything else?! You can literally swipe until your thumbs hurt, you’re only talking to people who actually want to talk to you back, and Ke$ha wrote a song about it. Tinder is the gold standard for online dating on the mountain.

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These girls DEFINITELY use Tinder

Choose wisely my friend… there are lots of different paths down the mountain, out of your ski gear, and into the hot tub. And you’re one swipe away from the apres of your life!

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27 Reasons Why Ski Season Is Better Than Beach Season

Even this guy is waiting for winter.

Even this guy is waiting for winter.

Everyone seems to be obsessed with lists lately. 13 reasons your boyfriend left you… 20 movie stars from the 80’s you wish you slept with before the 90’s… a list of the worst buzzfeed lists. Without even searching that I swear to God one exists.

 

So as summer is coming into the home stretch I started thinking about my own list. What makes winter so much better than summer… and (with the help of my intern Grace – (yes, you read that correctly – Ski Till I Die has an intern) here are the 27 reasons we came up with. Also, we finally have a website so you better go buy a shirt!

 

27. Summer only lasts for 3 months… ski season lasts for 6.

26. GNARNIA doesnt exist on the beach.

25. There is no such thing as “apres beach”.

24. Sand gets EVERYWHERE. And it sucks.

23. Goggle tans > Bathing suit tans

22. Seagulls dont ski. They fly south for the winter. That means during the entire summer they annoy the absolute $HIT out of you.

21. It’s impossible to be eaten by Jaws on the mountain. Unless you’ve seen Avalanche Sharks… in that case, you’re just F’d. Either way I would rather be eaten by wolves or bears.

20. You cant eat sand. Snow is delicious.

19. Snow men > Sand castles

18. You know that song ‘Summertime Sadness’…

17. Speaking of songs… all the girls you hear about in summer music, for whatever reason, always turn out to be huge whores. Notice a trend there??

16. I’d rather be on top of the mountain than under the board walk.

15. Bonfires in the snow are cooler than bonfires on the beach.

14. You can still hike a mountain in the summer. If you decide to jump in the ocean in the winter you will die.

13. Talking to girls on the mountain is way less creepy than trying to talk to girls on the beach.

12. Ferris wheels are gross. And sticky. Id rather have sex in a gondola.

11. Christmas in July is cool… Actual Christmas is cooler.

10. Tailgating on the mountain is 1,000 times more fun than sweating in the parking lot.

9. You are less likely to have someone blow a whistle at you for skiing out of bounds. And as a grown man, there is nothing I can think of that is more embarrassing than having a 16 year old tell you to get out of the water.

8. There is no Gaper day at the beach.

7. There is skiing and then there is spring skiing.

6. Have you ever ridden a snow mobile before??

5. You dont need an excuse for everyone to jump into the hot tub. Depending on how apres skiing went there is also a good chance that you can convince everyone topless is the way to go.

4. Nude beaches are full of disgusting people 9 out of 10 times.

3. You can’t catch crabs on the mountain. Plus, when you catch a wave you’ve usually been floating out in the middle of the ocean for :45 minutes and at that point most definitely lost your buzz.

2. Kids, fish, and whales pee in the ocean. We all learned early on to avoid yellow snow.

1. Without ski season you wouldn’t have anything to look forward to all summer.


Mountain Review: Killington

They call it The Beast. A very fitting name considering Killington is the baddest game in town. If you have never skied Killington, you have surely heard about it and I am certain there is no need to read up on mountain reviews outlining what to expect when you get there. 7 peaks (including Pico), 140 trails, 3,000+ feet of vertical devistation, a network of lifts & gondolas that get you up and out all day long, and an Apres Ski scene that can make even the most prolific partier blush. Killington is a behemoth.

But I am going to do my best to give you a different take this overwhelming ski destination. One that localizes the experience and provides anyone with endless options to indulge in the glory that is skiing. You really can find great skiing anywhere. What separates Killington from anywhere else are the limitless options that appeal to groups of friends like mine where everyone wants to do something different.

As far as the skiing goes there truly is something for everyone. You want bumps, head to Bar Mountain and ski their signature run, Outer Limits. If this is your first time strapping on the sticks, Snowshed has the slow rollers that will help even the beginner get up and down like a pro. The double black tree runs off the top are some of the best around. If you want to avoid the crowds, duck off into the woods for your own enjoyment and you won’t have to see another skier for the rest of the day. Speaking of the woods, you get the best of both worlds in The Stash – their new all natural terrain park. If you want to try showing off with a yard sale under one of the lift line runs, you can do that too. There are options abound.

Off the mountain there is also plenty to keep the non-skiers in your group happy while you’re busy shredding. Between the brewerys, ice skating, and snowmobile tours – if they can’t find anything to occupy their time then it has to be because they are still asleep and haven’t left the cabin yet. (I like brewery tours http://www.vtliving.com/breweries/)

Finally when all is said and done, Killington has THE BEST apres ski I have found anywhere on the Eastern seaboard. You have your pick of about a dozen different local spots to indulge. If you stay on the mountain, I like the Snowshed lodge – plus Duane Carleton plays there quite a bit which is always a treat. You can go to Casey’s Caboose for wings, The Wobbly for nachos, or the Garlic for peel & eat shrimp. At night some of the best bands around are playing live at The Pickle Barrel or you can grab a keg from Green Mountain Boys and relax by the fire burning up in your cabin.

I have been skiing Killington for the last decade & I do not see that trend changing over the next 10 years. As we usher in another year I want to say Happy New Year to everyone and thank God ski season is officially here.

Happy trails 2010 and even happier shredding in 2011.

Cheers,

Ryan


Mountain Review: Blue Mountain

Currently some people might say that I am ‘unemployed’, ‘homeless’, and haven’t gotten a haircut in almost 5 months. 1 of those 3 things is true. However, one of the BEST things about my current situation is all the gems of mountains I have been able to find, and subsequently ski, as a result of my search for exposure and opportunity.

This past weekend I had the privilege to ski Blue Mountain (http://www.skibluemt.com). I had never given it much thought, focusing my skiing efforts in Vermont & New York.  Generally when I think of the Poconos (technically the Blue Ridge Mountains in this case) I think of short trails, no snow, and Philly fans – but I have to tell you about how pleasantly surprised I was after my day at Blue.

After getting in a dozen runs before lunch my first thought was, “how have I never skied this place before”! The snow was perfect, even for man made hard pack powder. The runs were wide and putting your edge perpendicular to the hill was no problem if you wanted to put some solid GS style turns in. Then we found the moguls.

We were supposed to ski with this guy called Flying Johnny – the mogul coordinator for the mountain. Couldn’t find him all day but he said he would step out some moguls for us to rip. He was right, they were amazing. They weren’t your standard skier made bumps. These were legit, competition bumps, and a perfect start to the season I am deeming the ‘year of the mogul’.

We hopped back up to the summit for lunch. They had just renovated the entire lodge and patio this summer and it’s ready to go for the season. Outdoor grille, bar, huge fire pit – complete with free ski check and views of the whole valley. The beer wasn’t cheap (to be expected on the mountain) but the burger was delicious. Setting up shop at the picnic tables  they have by the fire pit was the ideal location to refuel for the second half of the day.

I really tried hard to find something I didn’t like about this place. The vertical is over 1,000 feet, they have almost 40 super wide trails, the patio was a great central location to grab a cold one, it was closer to NYC than Hunter or Windham, and everyone was super friendly.

We finally came up with our gripe for the mountain. Blue doesn’t give you a standard lift ticket, they have cards you put in your pocket and get scanned – just like an easy pass for skiers. Now, as I understand it this place gets pretty packed when they are in mid-season form (lift lines were non existent last week) so the scanning process saves time and creates a more efficient lift line process. Technology prevails again apparently. However, I like seeing the same lift attendant after every run. It’s nice to be able to create a report with the guy or girl checking your badge – the EZ-Pass system takes away from the personal aspect that gives skiing one of those special qualities.

Anyway, we finally found Johnny (of all places) in the moguls after lunch, putting together a little clinic for some junior bumpers with his ski pal Chris. Not only could these guys rip it, but they had some of the best stories I have ever heard. Johnny wasn’t technically an employee of the mountain – but his calling can be found in the moguls. This year he is putting together 2 bump competitions at Blue and based on present interest they look to be HUGE events. Chris has skied over 70 mountains and hearing him talk about some of the gems he has been able to find really puts into perspective how much more work I have to do. These guys were the epitome of what it means to Ski Till I Die – you do it for the love of the sport.

Bottom line. You want bumps, think Blue, they are the best you will find anywhere on the East Coast. You want easy access to the mountain, look no further. You want that personal element that makes skiing skiing, come here. Even with the automated lift access you still might get lucky enough to catch a ride up with a couple of guys who call Blue home, with some stories to keep you occupied on your 7 minute trip along the way.

I can’t wait to ski Blue again… thanks for a great day!

 


Ski It Or Die Mountain Review: Windham

This is the first mountain review of the season. I want everyone to know one thing; regardless of whether or not a mountain is a supporter of Ski Till I Die, I will always give you my non-biased opinion of the good, bad, and the ugly from each place I ski. From their food service to the top of the hill, you are going to get the real deal. Here we go!

This past Saturday was the first time I was out on snow all year. I had been waiting since March to get back out there and it felt good! Minus the fact that I was ripping it up like I was in mid-season form, I don’t mind that I am paying for it now, hardly able to move 2 days later, using muscles I forgot existed.

Besides my personal triumph, it also happened to be the official ‘opening day’ for many mountains up and down the East coast as well, including Windham.

This was my first experience at Windham. The first time you ever ski a new mountain it’s always exciting. New terrain, new people, new trails, and a new bar – all fun stuff.  Generally everyone coming from the greater New York City area, myself included, heads to Hunter. It has the reputation of being bigger, steeper, and meaner. But I think I found a new home mountain… here is my breakdown.

Size doesn’t always matter:

Hunter has 55 trails vs. Windham’s 46. They also share the same vertical drop and the length of the runs from a skiers perspective were almost identical. Ill take the 9 less trails for the quality of skier I seem to have found at Windham. The problem at Hunter is the number of people unable to ski the terrain who just end up crowding the hill which makes getting from top to bottom like playing a game of frogger that you never can win. Advantage -Windham.

Snowmaking:

I was disappointed that I only got to ski half the mountain. This was my ONLY gripe with Windham. I think that cost of lift tickets should be based on how much of the mountain is actually open. So if the mountain is only half open, I should only have to pay $34 instead of $68… makes sense right?? If I am paying full price for a service but you’re only providing half of that service, why should I get screwed?? Now Hunter has the same snowmaking capacity and shared the identical snowmaking temperatures as Windham and they were able to open up double the number of trails as Windham. Advantage – Hunter.

The Mountain:

Anyway, Windham had 21 trails open which was great but the other side looked like a lot of fun too. Save it for another day, I know, but I am impatient and as Veruca Salt would say, “I want it NOW daddy”.

The snow was awesome. It wasn’t mayonnaise but there were plenty of powder stashes to be found on the sides of the trails. Even with half the mountain open they still had some great runs to ski. The double blacks they had off the top were wonderful and steep. Even though it was the shortest run, The Wall was my favorite; all moguled up and soft. Classic steep bump run. With the exception of Hunter West – only because of the sheer length of the trails, I think that Windham can compete with Hunter as far as difficulty goes. AND, as I mentioned before, you don’t have the crowds to deal with which is huge to consider. Advantage – Windham.

Apres Ski:

First of all, I like the patio that Windham has at the bottom of the mountain. It’s big, lots of tables, and there is a gigantic fire place that sits at the center of everything. It really is the perfect place to set an enjoy a cold one. They had opened up a bar outside (cash only which was tough because none of the ATM’s were working) and had a DJ playing music all day. It was actually a really comfortable setting. This was also a place where I didn’t feel apprehensive to leave my gear sitting on the table. At Hunter, I expect that the second I turn around my goggles will disappear before my very eyes.

Now, the bar was pretty dead. I know I didn’t catch it on a big day but there were enough people at the mountain that I expected the bar to be a little more crowded. According to my buddy who skis Windham on a regular basis, it gets wild when they have live music and they themselves are in mid-season form so I won’t deduct too many points. The space was large and the bartender we had was a pleasure. I think ill just have to give the apres ski scene there another shot.

I have to call it even on this one. The venue and clientele are hands down better at Windham, however, I was at the mountain bar at Hunter last year for Mardi Gras and it was quite a party.

Overall I think I have found a new winter home base at Windham. For a mountain that doesn’t have the ‘bigger, badder, meaner’ reputation, you could have fooled the skiers I saw ripping it up last Saturday. With half a mountain and a bar scene with some definite potential left to explore, I anticipate you can find me skiing Windham again sometime soon. Until next time fellow shredders – Cheers!

Ryan


Fresh Pow: The Anatomy Of A Ski Trip

When the U.S. Govt. assigned Martin Luther King Day & Presidents Day to be celebrated on Mondays, mid-month in January and February, they were saying to themselves… these holidays will turn into some great ski weekends. And thanks to their undeniable foresight and omnipresent talents, they would happen to be absolutely correct.

A day at the mountain is wonderful, staying over for a night is great, but making a long weekend out of it is heaven on earth – it’s the whipped cream and cherry on the sundae, it’s the free car wash you get for being a platinum booster club member, it’s not having to wait around in purgatory. You are setting yourself up for 3 nights and 3 days of festive, glorious, one-of-a-kind bliss that can only be found where chairlifts, trees and snow unite.

There are a few reoccurring, always present elements, that make a ski trip a ski trip. Without them, you are left with a vacation. What is the difference you ask? That, my friend, is what we will be exploring in this article.

1.) The house is everything.

Don’t stay in a hotel, hotels are for vacations. You want a house. A prerequisite for any ski house is a hot tub. Without it you might as well stay home. You will also need to locate a place that has a wood burning fireplace. There are 2 things in life that bring a sense of euphoria over you: soaking in 100 degree bubbling water after a day on the slopes and the smell of a wood burning fire. Just don’t let your friends lock you out of the house, and don’t let said house burn down.

Some extras that are always nice to include but do not limit yourself to are : a game room, big kitchen (it’s nice to eat in), large living room (important to have room for activities – twister, jenga, etc), close proximity to the mountain (AKA on the shuttle route), log cabin status, plethora of bedrooms / bathrooms, sauna, mountain views, and a driveway you can actually get in and out of.

2.) You need a very eclectic mix of people on your trip.

You don’t want the same group of people that you hang out with all the time to come on your trip, those are the people you bring on vacation. No, you want every person in your group to invite at least 2 friends to bring along who no one knows. This is an element you won’t find on vacation.

Each person is coming in blindly & hopefully is bringing something to the table. It is important to stress to your core friends that you do not want any lampshades on the trip. Lampshades sit in the corner and bring nothing additional to the group; no lampshades.

A few years ago during one of our NYE trips I had a few open spots in the house with a week to go before departure. We had exhausted anyone else who wanted to come so I went on CraigsList and found 6 strangers to join us. It truly made for one of the most interesting ski trips I have ever been on. Recommendation: if you are still looking to fill rooms in the house post it on CraigsList. Try to arrange a meetup prior to in order to prevent any crazy ax-murders from staying in your quarters, but other than that you won’t be disappointed.

3.) It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

No one is going to lose an eye, just make sure you hide the darts before you start to break out the adult beverages. Really though, you don’t need to go out when you have a ski house. The most fun nights we usually have are the ones we stay in and play charades (stop laughing, charades is awesome). Plus, if you stay in the house no one loses out by having to take on the responsibility of being the designated driver.

You can also bring as much supplies as you want. Your’e paying for the house, so take advantage of it – just don’t break anything (keep Gorilla glue and/or duct tape handy just-in-case). You have an outdoor freezer for overflow of beverages so fridge space is never a concern. I suggest bringing some interesting concoction that will take everyone by surprise. When you go on vacation you drink Pina Coladas; 2 of my favorites for ski trips:

Waffle Shot: equal parts butterscotch schnapps and Captain Morgan rum. Shake it over ice & pour. You will be delightfully surprised with the outcome.

Coco Puff Shot: vodka (Svedka is a great brand for this – inexpensive quality) and chocolate syrup. Think of it as your’e making yourself a glass of chocolate milk… pour in the vodka, pour in the syrup and shake vigorously over ice. Pour and enjoy this festive beverage.

Please enjoy responsibly… and also remember that you have an early morning to get to the mountain tomorrow.

4.) Bring some non-skiers / boarders.

Every year there are always a few. They are perfectly content with staying inside all day, sitting in the hot tub, drinking champagne. These are the individuals who you are also depending on you keep the fire going while you are shredding the gnar on the mountain. Furthermore, based on the prior evenings events the house may need a once over. These folks also happen to be the saints who will recycle the empties and prepare the house for a second round of fun.

5.) Music is very importante.

My favorite for this time of year is Mariah Carey’s Christmas album. But either way… no music, no party. Most houses you rent will have some form of speaker system already set up. But do not leave it to chance. Find yourself a portable set of speakers that hook up to an ipod and you are all set.

6.) Apres Ski + afternoon nap.

Before I mentioned that with a house there is no need to go out. And although this is a very true statement, that by no means implies you have to miss out on apres ski! Most bars will have free food with their happy hour. This is important: see Wobbly Barn in Killington – free nachos & Casey’s Caboose in Killington – free hot wings. There is nothing wrong with stopping in while still in your snow pants to enjoy a plate of wings and a frosty beer.

What you need to consider, however, is afternoon nap. You have been skiing all day. You probably were up until 2 and putting your gear on at 8. Take advantage of your post skiing down time and take a nap. Trust me when I tell you this will come in handy later on in the evening. You don’t want to be the one passing out on the couch while everyone else is busy making fools of themselves playing charades.

There you have it. Speakers, hot tubbing, CraigsList, Waffle Shots, afternoon nap, and non-skiers tending to the fire… it is a wonderful mix for your perfect ski weekend. Now all you need to do is find a mountain, find a house, and find some friends with friends who are in for something other than a vacation.

Enjoy & as always – cheers!

Ryan


Fresh Pow: The Ideal Day On The Mountain

In the latest interview I watched featuring Warren miller, the interviewer, a reporter from the Seattle Times, asked Warren what his favorite mountain to ski was. A relatively generic question but seeking an answer like that from Warren Miller seems like it could actually result in a unique answer. His reply was quite simply, “whatever mountain you happen to be skiing that day”. Eloquent in its brevity and appropriate as to not show favoritism, it really made sense.

It doesn’t matter where you are (even if it’s Clearfork, OH), or what you’re skiing on (corn, snow, ice, grass)… all that matters is that you are on the mountain. You’re still going to put your boots on the same way. You will still shove your bag under a table so you don’t have to pay for a locker, the lifts run the same, it’s all downhill from the top, and the bar is still open.

So it got me to thinking, if the best mountain is the one you are at; what then, is the perfect ski day…

Well it starts at 7am (I hate waking up early and if I had my way I would sleep until 10 every day, but something about skiing makes it alright). You can’t wait to get up, head to Dunkin Donuts, grab a bagel and a coffee and start the drive. In some cases you have lots of money or a friend with lots of money has a ski-in ski-out chalet on the mountain some where. But, you (nor I) have yet to find any friends like that, however, ideally you have a mountain within a 1-2 hours drive that you can make it up to without much trouble.

On the drive up to the mountain you have to take an access road that leads you up a little 2 lane mountain pass in order to make it to the hill. You COULD drive around, but that takes too long. On the climb up the cliffs are awesome and you think about ice climbing the waterfall for 3 seconds, but you stay on course because you can tell that they got way more than the 6 inches of snow the forecast said they did the night before.

You get there at 830, first tracks are out of the question but you are sure that no one has hit the backside yet. The snow report calling for 6 inches was just enough to give you some awesome conditions and not enough to cause a traffic jam full of Cidiots (people from the city + idiots = Cidiots… I’m the only Cidiot who actually decided to make the trek).

You set your gear down and jump into line. Thank God you got a 1/2 price coupon you found online because this place is so damn expensive (do you remember lift tickets costing $80 last year?? Aren’t we in a recession?!). So you and your buddies gear up and head out.

Its a perfect 25 degrees and the sun is just coming out from behind the clouds. Guess you didn’t really need that extra layer. There is hardly a line on the main lift to the top and you head up. There’s 4 of you and its a 4 seater… works out wonderfully. Off the top the trees still have snow on all the branches. As you look out onto the rest of the mountains you can see the gradual color change from brown to white as you look across the valley; its spectacular.

You were right, no tracks on the backside and once you’re there it’s an all day festivous with your own hill and your own lift. You had breakfast so there is no need to stop in for lunch, this is too great to go to the lodge and come back. By now the powder has been carved into bumps and the sun has softened the snow so it’s even more carve-able than it was before. Even when you catch an edge and take a tumble it’s like falling into a big baked cloud. You get heckled from the lift but it’s ok, you are all cut from the same cloth so a fist pump is all you need.

Its 330, you’ve been going all day… one more run, make it a good one, and its time to head back. You get into the lodge and there is some great live music playing at the bar upstairs. Taking off your boots is the best feeling in the world. You sit there for a minute, change your socks, throw your snow boots on and head up; its time for a beer.

Sitting across from you at the bar is a very attractive individual who seems to be having a blast with the band, these guys are awesome (is that Dwayne Carleton??) and playing all the classic rock hits you wanna hear. So you guys start chatting, you have a beer together and BAM, date night for Saturday.

You go back to your friends and hang out for a few more songs. You can’t get over how cheap the beer is, it’s great! Back downstairs to finish packing up. You freak out for a second thinking that someone stole your bag only to find it hidden under someone else’s who had the same idea as you. Skis on one shoulder, boots on the other, you head out the door. What a day… The sun finally hides behind the mountains and you are on your way back home. That was way better than going to work, wasn’t it?!