Friday, October 20, 2017

All the things that went through Jeremy Jones’s head during his 20,000-foot first descent

Spoiler Alert: There’s a good chance Jimmy Buffett will creep into your head when you’re trying to cheat death. By Andrew J. Pridgen Truckee’s Jeremy Jones recently spent 40 minutes jump turning down a spine in the Himalayas. That’s roughly the equivalent of running around and getting knives thrown at you in the dark for an entire episode of House...

Squaw’s Bosses Planning to Break Resort Like a Piggy Bank, Collect the Cash and Run

Why Squaw is fucked. (Click here to see how to un-fuck it.) By Andrew J. Pridgen Before we jump feet first into the water theme park and the specifics of the Squaw redevelopment plan which they all but burnt the edges of to make it look like an old treasure map like you did for a 5th grade project, let’s get...

Locals and Conservationists May Have to Make a Deal with the Devil to Save Squaw

How to un-fuck Squaw Valley. (Click here to see why it's fucked.) By Andrew J. Pridgen Squaw CEO Andy Wirth has become something of a sympathetic creature of late in that he has to continue to carry a party line that is completely out of step with the community, with the environment and with industry trends. Wirth’s employer is currently stopping just...

How is skiing vs. snowboarding still a thing?

Oh, Gapers with lawyers. That’s how. By Andrew J. Pridgen Full disclosure: I snowboard and I ski. I am equal parts obsessed with Shane and Jeremy. ...And most people I know who have lived or done any significant time in mountain towns can do both. Many can also mountain bike, skate ski, classic ski, tele ski, snort wasabi and still belt out Private...

Sierra Club just posted a pair of job openings for its mag which means all the writers are busy ‘tweaking’ their cover letters today

Awww yeah, I’m gonna get the shit out of this job! By Andrew J. Pridgen I am, admittedly, super good at two things. They are: Coming up with incredible ideas in the middle of the night. Like last night it was a tornado in a jar. I don’t know exactly what that is, but I think it’d be like a lava lamp-type night...

Why Marco Sullivan’s 17-year professional skiing career was more consequential than you think

Nobody did it better...while wearing more denim. By Andrew J. Pridgen Athletes, they say, die two deaths. The first when they retire, the second when their number is called up from behind the giant deli counter in the sky. Marco Sullivan, a 17-year Alpine veteran of the U.S. Ski team and perhaps one of the finest examples of a man who threw...

Meet John Snow: A Ski Movie for the Rest of Us

Below is the pitch for Meet John Snow: A Ski Movie for the Rest of Us. I’m hoping for Wes Anderson to get attached as he handled the skiing during the giant slalom with puppets climax in The Grand Budapest Hotel much better than Ridley Scott would have. Anderson also said he’s interested in making a James Bond movie...

Sierra resorts expecting 10, 20…f*ck it, 50 feet of snow this weekend!!!

El Niño is about to fire up the whistles and tequila poppers for #springbreak16 in the Sierras this weekend. And while it’s currently sending up in BC and Washington State, the Niño's Southwest flight should be wheels down in the Tahoe Basin sometime Friday. By Andrew J. Pridgen Storm's-a-brewin' which means let the fucking ski resort hype machine begin. In this week's...

The craps table is full of assholes: This and other musings from 28 minutes at a casino on New Year’s Eve

These scenes are a reminder of how adept we’ve become at pretending the glue-gunned feathers holding together our economic and moral fabric are going to hold. By Andrew J. Pridgen I come from gambling stock. My great-grandfather on my mother’s side was a degenerate Scandinavian card player who died in a trailer outside Vegas back when Vegas was more holes in...

Squaw CEO Andy Wirth is the Aaron Sorkin of terrible emails

Once a quarter Squaw CEO Andy Wirth grabs a hold of his keyboard and spits out magic. By Andrew J. Pridgen Whether it’s “confirming the prevailing wisdom” (<-- my favorite #wirthline to date; how does one confirm such ambiguities?) that Olympic Valley residents shouldn’t have the power to incorporate or his latest offering attempting to muzzle board members while wearing...