This summer any time I was invited on a hike, it was a production. Knee brace? Check. Hiking poles? Check. I can remain in denial about advancing into middle age for only so long, right? Whatever. Most days the hassle was worth the killer views, exhilarating endorphin’s, the works. Then, rather by accident, I happened
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Peeking Into a Lift Operator’s Life
In any skier’s typical day, each chairlift or gondola ride always involves a Lift Operator. This key employee is constantly making sure that everyone is safe and well cared for. The constant interaction between Lift Operators and skiers has perked up my curiosity and prompted me to know more, and understand better, what motivates these
Last Saturday I went to shoot a video about a helicopter that was removing the old Deer Crest chairlift. This job is a necessary first step before receiving the slightly larger towers that are being built for the new Mountaineer Express chairlift on Little Baldy Mountain at Deer Valley. Before I even left home, I
Easy Breezy Summer Day
Some days you don’t feel like exerting yourself -no biking and no hiking. You just want to chill, relax and have an easy -breezy day. Last Saturday was one of those days. We had some friends visiting from California so the chairlift to Deer Valley’s Bald Mountain was just what the doctor ordered.Great views –
Slow lifts: Endangered Species?
Not so long ago, most ski lifts were slow. They provided us with a chance to catch up, regroup, think about our technique, rest our legs and even munch on a sandwich or a bar. They also gave us a chance to talk. Talk about anything: from views, to snow quality, to weather, good restaurants
Empire Canyon Grill with Andrew Fletcher
Deer Valley is lucky to see visits from both loyal locals and returning out-of-towners. Many guests return each season with specific traditions that they must incorporate into their Deer Valley experience. A best kept secret for many skiing at Deer Valley is Empire Canyon Grill, located in the Empire Canyon Lodge, tucked away at the
Mother-Son Night at World Cup
World Cup Fever hit hard in my house. So did the regular fever, which turned out to be strep—but it only derailed our mad spectating skills for one night. More on that in a minute. No sooner had Sundance ended, than my family was plotting out our strategy to be spectators at the VISA Freestyle
Isn’t it amazing how one good storm can change the mountain?
Due to Mother Nature’s sleepiness this year I hadn’t attempted to ski any of our off-piste areas. Some of you might be saying, “Deer Valley off-piste?” But believe me; Deer Valley has a variety of skiing for all skier types. One of my favorite stories is many years ago, before we even had Empire Canyon,
Attempt at skiing, #2!
I woke up this time and felt so much more at ease for the upcoming ski adventure. I knew that I could at least wedge down the mountain if absolutely necessary, but that Eddy probably would be rather disappointed (and that is something that I couldn’t handle). After I went through the process of getting
So I Guess Snow has a Purpose…
Hating no feeling in my toes, not wanting to look like a total spazz and hating snow were all major causes of me hating skiing… and winter. However, I must confess that even though I had never tried skiing, it sure sounded like something that I would hate. Then finally after 21 years of being