Monday, April 23, 2018

This Western States 100 Sizzle Reel is going to make you want to run 100 miles and be a better human being

You’ve seen it right? Five minutes that will change your life. By Andrew Pridgen The Western States 100 is a cross-country mountain range running race that starts at the base of Squaw Valley USA, rushes up a giant granite rock face and then ambles 97 more miles of dirt and stream and loose rock and mule ear 18,000 feet toward the...

Vail Resorts wants to f*ck the ski biz …and your girlfriend

Everyone who's ever done time in a ski town knows Mountain Dan. His name isn't necessarily Mountain Dan, but it could be. It also could be Tahoe Timmy or Wasatch Willy or Telluride Tommy or Jackson Hole Jake or Aspen AJ or Big Sky Bobby or Beaver (Creek) Ron or, well—you get the picture. Mountain Dan has worked for everyone...

Greed Holds Mavericks Under …Again

Mavericks founder Jeff Clark’s latest venture to monetize his big wave filed for Chapter 11 this week. As the World Surf League waits in the wings to start its own event off the shores of Half Moon Bay, it may be time for Clark to paddle toward the horizon. Either way, read while listening to this. By Andrew J. Pridgen Jeff...

This year, I will not buy any new ski gear

...At least I’ll try not to. Promise. Maybe. By Andrew J. Pridgen I recently mentioned how much I look forward to rely on POWDER's annual buyers' guide/kick-off issue dropping into my mailbox of floating as if by magic carrier owl onto a news stand. I like everything about it. It is one part guilty pleasure, one part aspirational guide to living...

Old Dude is Still Figuring out Facebook, Blows Up Horndog Fest for Julia Mancuso

This week's social media equivalent of someone 'introducing' you to Modest Mouse. By Kyle Magin People who are sincere on social media are the best. A typically fun/sexy/I-live-in-sunny-perfect-places Facebook post from World Cup skier Julia Mancuso of she and bestie/rad snowboarder Hannah Teter paddleboarding in bikinis on Lake Tahoe this week produced this particular comment thread: https://www.facebook.com/JuliaMancusoUSA/photos/a.10151613204437693.1073741826.131459577692/10152906345252693/?type=1&comment_id=10152906353447693&offset=0&total_comments=124&comment_tracking={%22tn%22%3A%22R3%22} Robert Dwyer Perfect butt! ! Like ·...

America the Miserable

Believe it or not, you make the choice to be unhappy, every day. By Andrew J. Pridgen Are you an unhappy person? Are you? That’s not an accusation, that’s a question. Think about it for a minute. Think about your day yesterday. Did you wake up feeling OK about stuff? Did you clear the sleep out of your eyes, heave a big...

Stay woke folks, because Old Man Winter may be permanently asleep

La Niña is about to ghost winter in the West like a Tinder match. By Andrew J. Pridgen Much of the Tahoe Basin woke up Monday morning to a dusting of snow covering the scorched landscape like powdered sugar sprinkled over burnt French Toast. Let’s stop and look for a moment, shall we? https://twitter.com/squawalpine/status/788032012623892480 https://twitter.com/KirkwoodMtn/status/788049612695220225 https://twitter.com/Northstar_CA/status/788437336946200577 And even one in black and white: https://www.instagram.com/p/BLqzKnABlVW/   ...You get the...

I hate myself for loving Cody Townsend’s Line of the Year

You’ve seen it by now, right? About three million people have, minus the like 10,000 times I’ve watched it. By Andrew Pridgen Just in case you haven’t: Truckee-based heir to the throne Cody Townsend stands atop a giant rocky urethra on Alaska’s Tordrillos with MSP cams rolling (complete with establishing helicopter shot from the other helicopter). He points it, takes a breath...

Looking for a job in Tahoe? The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association’s high-end search for a vengeful mouthpiece has begun. Typos in resume optional, but recommended.

It's human 'N'ature to not want to work very hard unless it comes to picking fights with local media and ghost writing press releases taking credit for things that would have happened anyway. Written by Kyle Magin It takes $42,000 to hire a bully. That’s how much Sandy Evans-Hall, the CEO of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, got in taxpayer dollars...

The real 395

The 395 south of the sign is south of heaven. Written by Kyle Magin Scenic US Route 395 ends abruptly. Somewhere southbound along Eastern California’s beautiful backdoor byway toward Southern California, around Olancha after you see the first Joshua Trees popping up from the shitty soil, CalTrans makes it very clear you are leaving the state-designated Scenic 395 corridor. The land beyond it--a...