Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the ski season. It’s an opportunity to eat lots of good food and to take a moment to reflect on the things you are grateful for. Here, at Local Freshies, we thought it would be cool to join in the holiday spirit and give thanks…of course there are real world issues that trump the things below, but here’s our snow specific list.
Last winter was pretty rough everywhere in North America. With abysmal conditions being seen all the way up to the Powder Highway down to the Pacific Northwest and into California. It’s nice to hear that this winter has the opportunity to give all of us in North America what we’ve been waiting for… snow!!!! For more hot spots during an El Niño winter check out our post found here.
Up until the mid-90’s accessing the backcountry terrain for snowboarders was a difficult and arduous task. It meant either investing in a snowmobile or using snowshoes to get to the goods. We are truly thankful to Voile for putting out the first DIY Split Kit in 1994 and the pioneers Brett “Cowboy” Kobenik and Mark “Wally” Wariakois for bringing it to them. The gear keeps getting better and it can be seen from the tried and true Karakoram to the Spark R&D bindings that this innovative technology allows you to travel uphill. Looking for more information or to try splitboarding yourself go here for a quick introduction.
The resurgence of the local ski hill
With the behemoth ski resorts dominating the market the small ski hill seemed to be going the way of the dinosaur. Then suddenly in the past few years a lot of the ski and snowboard industry realized that these small ski areas are fundamental to introduce people out there to the sport and get them hooked. From Littleton’s Mount Eustis re-opening due to community involvement to the city operated Mt. Ashland Ski Oregon in Oregon to Granlibakken in Tahoe these resorts are an affordable way for families to enjoy the sport. If it wasn’t for these small ski areas a lot of the people you see on the mountain wouldn’t be seen skiing or snowboarding. As they say there is proof in the pudding. Tyrol Basin is one of those small local spots that is renowned in the industry to pump out lots of professional high caliber riders. Even if they don’t come from there many industry professionals can’t wait to go check it out. Learn why the time is right for you to go here.
The Craft Brewery Boom in a ski-town near you
Each one of these towns has it’s own atmosphere and attitude. Over the past few years there has been a boom in the form of micro and nano-breweries. There’s nothing better after a long day on the mountains to grab a cold one and discuss the day’s adventure. Not to mention that each brewery is like an artist with a canvass concocting a pint that you can’t get anywhere else in the world…here are a few examples that come to mind:
- Face Plant Winter Ale – Nelson Brewing Company – Nelson, BC
For more about Nelson Brewing and the town check out our post found here.
- Wild Huckleberry Wheat Lager – Great Northern Brewery – Whitefish, MT
For more about Great Northern and the town of Whitefish check out our post here.
- Coconut Porter – Alibi Ale Works – Incline Village, NV
For more about breweries in Tahoe check out our post here.
- OB-1 Organic Brown Ale – Snake River Brewery – Jackson Hole, WY
- Fuego Rojo Hot Red Ale – Boneyard Brewery – Bend, Oregon
For more about Boneyard and breweries in Bend check out our in-depth article here.
Finally, we are thankful for you! Over the last year and a half we have gathered quite the following and have been able to put on a couple events to give back. With your support and interest this is only the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned, stay safe and expect much more from us in the years to come. Have a fun-filled Happy Thanksgiving with your friends and family!