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Wintry Mix

Skiing’s variety show since 2015. CO, VT and beyond. Produced by AK former dirt ski bum and resort exec. VM/text line (802) 560-5003.

Paul McCarthy is a mechanic at Girlington Garage in Burlington. He's also a backcountry skier, budding ski patrol candidate and longtime Wintry Mix listener. Result? It was obviously time to conduct a car talk episode. 

Wintry Mix is Stowe, Waterbury, MRV locals and visitors. Recorded from my office/studio in Waterbury Center. 

Episode 55, 56, 57 and 58 dropped right before this one to re-launch the pod for 18/19. So be sure to catch those too. Want to be on the pod? Or sponsor it? Or say anything at all? Email me alex@wintrymixcast.com or leave the pod a voicemail at 802 560 5003. Questions. Rants. Anything. 

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Play or elsewhere. Now on Spotify too. Follow on social @wintrymixcast. 

AK

After eight years in the army and two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Alek Jadkowski is flying helicopters for a living back in the states. He calls Bolton Valley home and is putting together a special backcountry course just for veterans

Wintry Mix is Stowe, Waterbury, MRV locals and visitors. Recorded from my office/studio in Waterbury Center. 

Episode 55, 56 and 57 dropped right before this one to re-launch the pod for 18/19. So be sure to catch those too. Want to be on the pod? Or sponsor it? Or say anything at all? Email me alex@wintrymixcast.com or leave a voicemail at 802 560 5003. Right now that voicemail is for leaving your car related questions for the upcoming Wintry Mix Car Talk episode. But you can always leave a rant. 

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Play or elsewhere. Now on Spotify too. Follow on social @wintrymixcast. 

AK

Another new episode? Damn right. 

Ryan Dunfee of Portland, Maine visited our neighborhood in September to do some mountain biking and boondocking. Even if you don't know him you've likely clicked on something that was his fault during his Teton Gravity Research days. True to form we talk skiing and not skiing. 

Wintry Mix is Stowe, Waterbury, MRV locals and visitors. Recorded from my office/studio in Waterbury Center. 

Episode 55 and 56 dropped right before this one to re-launch the pod for 18/19. So be sure to catch those too. Want to be on the pod? Or sponsor it? Or say anything at all? Email me alex@wintrymixcast.com or leave a voicemail at 802 560 5003. Right now that voicemail is for leaving your car related questions for the upcoming Wintry Mix Car Talk episode. 

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Play or elsewhere. Now on Spotify too. Follow on social @wintrymixcast. 

AK

The pod is back! Episode 55 also just dropped so get both of them. 

Aaron Rice decided to ski the most human powered vertical feet in a year. Then he did it. How and why he did it is pretty damn interesting. As is what life is like after accomplishing such a life altering goal. Lucky for us he's doing it in Waterbury so he's on Wintry Mix. 

The future of Wintry Mix will be all locals and visitors. Recorded from my office/studio in Waterbury Center. 

Episode 55 dropped right before this one to re-launch the pod for 18/19. So be sure to catch that one too. Want to be on the pod? Or sponsor it? Or say anything at all? Email me alex@wintrymixcast.com or leave a voicemail at 802 560 5003. 

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Play or elsewhere. Follow on social @wintrymixcast. Links on the right ya'll. 

AK

 

Happy Halloween. No joke.

People get spooked. When they do they call a paranormal investigator to help them get answers. Stowe's Karen Keene is the Assistant Director and Case Manager for Paranormal Investigators of New England

In the first episode of the locals and visitors format of Wintry Mix I sit down with Karen to learn about her other local pursuits, which are many, as well as what it means to be a ghost hunter. If you want to take one of Karen's (or my wife's) indoor cycling classes check out Ride in Stowe

The future of Wintry Mix will be all locals and visitors. Recorded from my office/studio in Waterbury Center. 

Another episode is dropping right on top of this one to re-launch the pod for 18/19. Want to be on the pod? Or sponsor it? Or say anything at all? Email me alex@wintrymixcast.com or leave a voicemail at 802 560 5003. 

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Play or elsewhere. Follow on social @wintrymixcast. Links on the right ya'll. 

AK

The hiatus is over. August pod. Listen if you can.

The deadline for submissions for the September episode will be Aug 31. Send your audio to alex@wintrymixcast.com to get in the Mix or call (802) 560-5003 to leave a voicemail. Click the "audio tips" page on wintrymixcast.com for inspiration. 

Suggest rant topics and get ideas for submissions on the facebook page. Get newsy updates and jokes on the twitter feed. Watch me parent questionably on the instagram

Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes if you want this to survive. I'll owe you a beer. 

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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. 

Episode 53 supported by The Alpine Shop. Get 10% off your order and free shipping with code MIX. Or mention the pod in store for your 10% hook up. 

More information about the Summit Series podcast release will be forthcoming in April via both Wintry Mix and SAM channels. 

Stay in touch with the show or AK's other audio projects at the facebook page. Get newsy updates and jokes on the twitter feed. Watch me parent questionably on the instagram

Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes if you want this to come back to life in 2018.

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February pod. Listen if you can.

Episode 52 supported by The Alpine Shop. Get 10% off your order and free shipping with code MIX. Or mention the pod in store for your 10% hook up. 

I don't do show notes for cheaters. Listen or don't and live with your decision. 

The deadline for submissions for the March episode will be March 9. Send your audio to alex@wintrymixcast.com to get in the Mix. Listen to this episode and/or 46 before you submit audio so you know how this works. The rules are limited/non-existent. Click the "audio tips" page for inspiration. 

Suggest rant topics and get ideas for submissions on the facebook page. Get newsy updates and jokes on the twitter feed. Watch me parent questionably on the instagram

Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes if you want this to survive. 

Comment below because it's easy.

January pod. Listen if you can.

Episode 51 supported by The Alpine Shop. Get 10% off your order and free shipping with code MIX. Or mention the pod in store for your 10% hook up. 

I don't do show notes for cheaters. Listen or don't and live with your decision. 

The deadline for submissions for the February episode will be Feb 2. Send your audio to alex@wintrymixcast.com to get in the Mix. Listen to this episode and/or 46 before you submit audio so you know how this works. The rules are limited/non-existent. Click the "audio tips" page for inspiration. 

Suggest rant topics and get ideas for submissions on the facebook page. Get newsy updates and jokes on the twitter feed. Watch me parent questionably on the instagram

Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes if you want this to survive. 

Comment below because it's easy.

50 episodes! Damn. The new format is getting better every month.

I don't do show notes for cheaters. Listen or don't and live with your decision. 

The deadline for submissions for the Januray episode will be Jan 5. Send your audio to alex@wintrymixcast.com to get in the Mix. Listen to this episode and/or 46 before you submit audio so you know how this works. The rules are limited/non-existent. Click the "audio tips" page for inspiration. 

Suggest rant topics and get ideas for submissions on the facebook page. Get newsy updates and jokes on the twitter feed. Watch me parent questionably on the instagram

Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes if you want this to survive. 

Comment below because it's easy.

Behold the third round of the new format. Gettin' wild. 

The deadline for submissions for the December episode will be Dec 1. Send your audio to alex@wintrymixcast.com to get in the Mix. Listen to this episode and/or 46 before you submit audio so you know how this works. The rules are limited/non-existent. 

Suggest rant topics and get ideas for submissions on the facebook page. Get newsy updates and jokes on the twitter feed. Watch me parent questionably on the instagram

Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes if you want this to survive. 

Comment below because it's easy.

Yes that's the new title format. One random word from each submission topic. You're invited.

The deadline for submissions for the November episode will be Nov 3. Send your audio to alex@wintrymixcast.com to get in the Mix. Listen to this episode and/or 46 before you submit audio so you know how this works. The rules are limited/non-existent. 

Suggest rant topics and get ideas for submissions on the facebook page. Get newsy updates and jokes on the twitter feed. Watch me parent questionably on the instagram

Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes if you want this to survive. 

Comment below because it's easy.

Change is here. Can you handle it? This is the first episode of the new format. The deadline for submissions for the October episode will be Oct 5. Send your audio to alex @ wintrymixcast.com to get in the Mix. Listen to this episode and/or 46 before you submit audio so you know how this works. The rules are limited/non-existent. 

Suggest rant topics on the facebook page. Get newsy updates and jokes on the twitter feed. Watch me parent questionably on the instagram

Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes if you want this to survive. 

Comment below because it's easy. 

Thanks to all who submitted for #47 to get this locomotive moving. 

 

This could be fun. This could get crazy. Episode 46 explains how the new format of Wintry Mix will roll, if it rolls at all. 

After you've listened this part will make sense. Get those sounds to me at alex @ wintrymixcast.com. First full episode of new format drops (hopefully) in mid September. So get me those sounds by September 6th for potential inclusion. 

Stay in the loop on social @wintrymixcast. Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes. Enjoy yourself often. 

 

 

Maybe this isn't the end, but it's the end of Wintry Mix 1.0. We had a good run. Thanks for listening.

While the news swirls about Vail Resorts east coast arrival, a pair of local skiers/businessmen from the Finger Lakes Region are a few years into ramping up operations at their recently acquired local ski areas, Greek Peak (2013) and Toggenburg (2015).

Episode 44 is a discussion with co-owner Marc Stemerman, who together with his business partner John Maier, has been navigating this new industry after acquiring Greek Peak out of bankruptcy. After decades skiing the place, now they own the place.

Season 3 of Wintry Mix is supported by www.Snowbird.com, www.Worldcupsupply.com and www.Liftopia.com. Subscribe to Wintry Mix on iTunes. Follow the show on facebook, twitter and IG.

The Vermont Slope Posse (VTSP) found each other in Burlington in 1985 thanks to skateboarding. The rest is history. In this episode, AK sits down with Greg Manning, Mike Hayes and calls up Kris Swierz to recollect the days when snowboarding was a seed of the tree it would grow up to be.

Season 3 of Wintry Mix is supported by www.Snowbird.com, www.Worldcupsupply.com and www.Liftopia.com.

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Left to right pictured: Matty L - GMan - Cole B. - Josh Brownlee aka (JAB)

It's not easy to book flights 3 weeks out and still nail a storm cycle. In this episode AK and Adam spend day 1 of the #podpowmission stuck in the lodge at Snowbird waiting for the storm to clear prior to hammering the tail end of a seven foot cycle for three days in a row. Best. Pow. Ever.

Season 3 of Wintry Mix is supported by www.Snowbird.com, www.Worldcupsupply.com and www.Liftopia.com.

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Since entering the ski business in 1972 at Killington, Chris Diamond led Mount Snow and Steamboat through multiple ownership changes and countless upgrades.

Upon retiring in 2015, Diamond set out to document his decades in skiing and has recently released a new book entitled "Ski Inc. My journey through four decades in the ski resort business, from the founding entrepreneurs to mega companies."

In episode 41 AK and Chris delve into some anecdotes from the book, his years working with and for Les Otten and what he thinks about the future of skiing.

You can purchase the book here: https://skidiamondconsulting.com

Season 3 of Wintry Mix is supported by www.Snowbird.com, www.Worldcupsupply.com and www.Liftopia.com.

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Discussing I-70, Vail Resorts, marijuana, affordable housing, new ski areas and other mountain stuff with veteran Denver Post reporter Jason Blevins.

Season 3 of Wintry Mix is supported by www.Snowbird.com, www.Worldcupsupply.com and www.Liftopia.com.

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The season's first bonafide coastal storm is primed to deliver snow and wind to a large chunk of the northeast to bring 2016 to a close. This Storm Track episode grabs Eric Fisher from CBS Boston to chat possibilities and get some takes on naming storms, hoax weather and other hot topics.

Storm Track episodes are special episodes that catch up with weather pros when a big snowfall is imminent. Episode 39 is a more traditional episode. Catch that one too.

Season 3 of Wintry Mix is supported by www.Snowbird.com, www.Worldcupsupply.com and www.Liftopia.com.

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Fat bikes. Every year there's more. Episode 39 catches up with Dave Ochs, organizer of the Fat Bike World Championships in Crested Butte, Colorado, and Vermonter Brooke Scatchard who has been perfecting his Fat Bike Ski design since high school. Caroline the intern is back too in this wide ranging fat bikes discussion.

Season 3 of Wintry Mix is supported by www.Snowbird.com, www.Worldcupsupply.com and www.Liftopia.com.

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I don't know enough about ski racing. I came up in moguls and pipe. Thankfully Brad Williams and Bob Kimball from World Cup Supply are down to help. Chatted with them at their Bradford, Vermont office and got a tour of the warehouse to learn more about their resort and event supplies business model as well as the state of ski racing from a newbs perspective.

Season 3 of Wintry Mix is supported by www.Snowbird.com, www.Worldcupsupply.com and www.Liftopia.com.

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There hasn't been a more deserved "beer thirty" than the one enjoyed by Killington staffers on the Sunday afternoon after the massive World Cup crowds departed. They earned it.

AK hung out in the VIP zone chatting up the key resort players / former colleagues while consuming a few frosty beverages. This was a euphoric moment in time worth capturing. Enjoy.

Season 3 of Wintry Mix is supported by www.Snowbird.com, www.Worldcupsupply.com and www.Liftopia.com.

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Our second 'Storm Track' of the season catches up with Josh Fox of the popular Single Chair Weather Blog. A weather pattern change is afoot so meet Josh and get the chilly details for the next few days and weeks.

Season 3 of Wintry Mix is supported by www.Snowbird.com, www.Worldcupsupply.com and www.Liftopia.com.

And here's a link to his blog. http://madriverglenweather.blogspot.com

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We've got some healing to do. The recent Boston Ski and Snow Expo had a weird vibe, sort of like America, in the days immediately following the election.

Episode 36 serves as a reminder that we'll all do better if we lay off the cruelty and division. Be hopeful. Be kind. Be vigilant. And let's get some snow soon please.

Season 3 of Wintry Mix is supported by www.Snowbird.com, www.Worldcupsupply.com and www.Liftopia.com.

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Closing music by Tony Lee Thomas Band.

Bryn Carey is CEO and founder of Park City based Ski Butlers, which offers delivery of ski and snowboard equipment rentals in ski regions across the western US and Canada.

In Episode 35 AK and Bryn discuss launching a new business based on an idea of how to improve on this very common transaction (renting skis). We also touch on what it's like to roll into everyone's condos at all hours of the night.

Season 3 of Wintry Mix is supported by www.Snowbird.com, www.Worldcupsupply.com and www.Liftopia.com.

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There are plenty of well equipped New England ski areas including Saddleback, The Balsams and Tenney that haven't stayed open consistently. Ascutney had been dormant since 2010, but thanks to land grants and community spirit there's a new future of recreation on this historic ski mountain.

Episode 34 catches up with Laura Farrell of Ascutney Outdoors, the non-profit leading the effort, on a recent community volunteer day.

Season 3 of Wintry Mix is supported by www.Snowbird.com, www.Worldcupsupply.com and www.Liftopia.com.

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Incoming! New as part of season 3 are "Storm Tracks" where I catch up with regional meteorologists when incoming winter weather warrants. In our first attempt I grabbed Tim Kelley of NECN and Ski The East fame to discuss the first useful dump of the year.

Season 3 of Wintry Mix is supported by www.Snowbird.com, www.Worldcupsupply.com and www.Liftopia.com.

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