Wintry Mix - Snow Biz Podcast

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April 12, 2018  

Hiatus Update, Off Season Project (PodSAM), Archive NWS Episode 11


AK's off season partnership podcast is live. Go subscribe to PodSAM if you want to hear some serious inside baseball from some of the ski industry's most accomplished resort leaders.

The teaser is live and a 6 episode run will begin in April. 

Wintry Mix will be back in late summer or early fall, hopefully. 

Listen. I explain. 

October 3, 2015  

1 - Jon Steltzer Explains Snowflex and Park Skiing (Beta)


The guest in the first episode is Jon Steltzer, pro park skier based out of the Liberty Snowflex Centre in Lynchburg, Va.

October 3, 2015  

2 - Tyler Fairbank Combines Resorts and Solar Energy Development (Beta)


The guest is Tyler Fairbank of the Fairbank Group, owner/operators of Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Cranmore Mountain Resort and Bromley Mountain as well as a green energy portfolio.

October 3, 2015  

3 - Jeff Alexander Brings Philly Fun to Killington (Beta)


The guest in this episode is Jeff Alexander, Events and Sponsorships Manager at Killington Resort & Pico Mountain.

October 22, 2015  

4 - October Snowmaking with Wildcat’s Brian Heon


Only a few eastern ski areas elected to fire up their snowmaking systems during the mid-October cold snap. While those in Maine and Vermont might have gotten most of the headlines, New Hampshire's Wildcat Ski Area adjacent to Mount Washington took the opportunity to stockpile snow and get a head start on their base building efforts. We caught up with GM Brian Heon to get the scoop on their snowmaking strategy, his favorite sports teams and how to get a job in this business.

October 30, 2015  

5 - Glaciers and Gear: Jen Gurecki of Coalition Snow


Women's specific ski and snowboard brand Coalition Snow may only be two years old, but their CEO Jen Gurecki brings a global perspective and laser focus on the needs of advanced female skiers and riders. Interview conducted between Vermont and Kenya.

This episode supported by Mount Snow. Hiring for a number of positions in the fall of 2015 including the marketing department. Visit

Explicit language does exist.

November 10, 2015  

6 - Enjoy The Ride: Live From Vermont Backcountry Forum


Your host AK rides shotgun in the Ski The East Subaru Outback subjecting local pals/skiers Grant, Adam and Hillary to his overly modest backcountry skiing goals. This episode is a ride to, from and at the Vermont Backcountry Forum presented by the Rochester Sports Trails Alliance, Catamount Trail Association and VT Backcountry Alliance.

Episode 6 is supported by Sign up for their weekly lift ticket drawings at

Event speakers included: Brian Mohr (emcee) - co-founder of VT Backcountry Alliance (VTBC) Angus McCusker - co-founder of Rochester Areas Sports Trails Alliance (RASTA) Zac Freeman - Glading Chief for Braintree Mtn Forest project/RASTA Holly Knox - Green Mountain National Forest - Rochester Office David Goodman - backcountry skiing guidebook author

November 17, 2015  

7 - Selling Winter: Live From Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo


The Ski and Snowboard Expo is a behemoth of buying and selling over the course of 4 days. Your host AK headed south to hock Ski The East gear at the masses and figure out ways to make all these damn sales pitches quasi-listenable as a podcast.

Episode 7 is supported by Sign up for their weekly lift ticket drawings at

November 20, 2015  

8 - The Plow Guy: Vermont AOT’s Shawn Lafountain


Shawn Lafountain is the Maintenance Supervisor for the Colchester Fort Garage within the Vermont Agency of Transportation. He has plowed a lot of snow.

These crews make it possible for skiers, riders, the general public and emergency crews to get where they need to go through all kinds of harsh weather. All while a steady stream of motorists make questionable decisions in their midst.

Often a thankless job with long hours, these committed individuals keep their states open for business when Mother Nature tries to shut things down.

Episode 8 is supported by Visit to enter your name for their weekly lift ticket drawings.

November 30, 2015  

9 - Talking Puck: Ice Haus Brings New Visitors to Jay Peak


The Jay Peak Resort Ice Haus opened in 2010 as an additional amenity for skiers and summer guests to enjoy. Since then it's become an integral piece of the four season operation in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, attracting hockey teams and players from great distances to spend time and tourism dollars.

Episode 9 sits down with Dennis Himes (yes I say Hines one time), General Manager of the Ice Haus, to find out about the sport of youth hockey, ice rink operations, and how the ski resort integrated the offering. You'll also hear from AK's kids as he tries to cram an episode into his Thanksgiving Day activities.

Episode 9 is supported by Visit to enter to win free lift tickets in their weekly drawings.