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2015 Geezer Ski Bum Tour – EpicSki #1

2015 Geezer Ski Bum Tour – EpicSki #1 By Jim Kenney   The Prologue, January 28, 2015   I retired on January 2, 2015 after 37+ years as a U. S. Government employee.  This Saturday, January 31, 2015 I’m going to take advantage of this crossroads in my life and head west for the months of February and March to pursue a dream long deferred.  The yearning to go “ski bumming” comes from my deep and insatiable love of skiing, but it’s also a response to a missed opportunity I had many years ago to do something similar after I graduated from college (Go Terps).    In... read more

Cat-Skiing with Valhalla Powdercats, Nelson, BC.

  Our two-day cat-skiing adventure with Valhalla Powdercats started on Sunday December 28th, early in the morning at their operations center located outside Nelson, BC.  After our first initial safety meeting, we loaded the biggest, baddest bus in the snowcat industry and headed to meet the snowcats.   Our group included skiing legends, twins and all around hilarious guys, Phil and Steve Mahre, pro-skiers, Andy Mahre, Shannon Skouras, and Robbie Mahre, as well as the crew from Peak Travels.   Everything from the skiing, the professionalism of the guides and... read more

Cat-Skiing with Big Red Cats, British Columbia, Canada

Current conditions at Big Red Cats are awesome and only getting better with all the new snow.  Our group, which consisted of skiers from the Peak Travels crew, which included pro skiers Andy Mahre, Shannon Skouras and Robbie Mahre.  We met up early Saturday morning, December 27th, in the Red Mountain village, conveniently located right up the road from Rossland, BC.     The day started with a delicious breakfast next door to the BRC office and then before we knew it, we were loading the shuttle bus to take us where the cat would meet us.  Upon arrival, an... read more

Loveland, CO - A Pictorial

Loveland, CO - A Pictorial   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent   Loveland is the local Denver ski area (~50 miles from city limits) that 90% of us flatlanders would kill to have as our "home hill". There is no lodging at the base of the slopes and it might not be the kind of place you'd travel 2000 miles to make your single destination, but it can be a marvelously affordable and uncrowded add-on to any Colorado ski trip. It's right on Interstate 70 and you can't miss it when traveling from Denver International Airport to just about anywhere of... read more

Whiteface Mountain, NY - A Pictorial

Whiteface Mountain, NY - A Pictorial   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent How is Whiteface ski area like super model Gisele Bündchen? They are both a tall, cool glass of water with beautiful curves, nice moguls, and a friendly forest.  All joking aside, my son and I made a visit to Whiteface in late March 2014 and found it to be a spectacularly unique ski destination featuring the highest lift served terrain in the Northeastern US (elevation 4,386'). No Eastern snowrider's resume is complete without checking this one off the list...and maybe... read more

Aspen Highlands, CO - A Pictorial

Aspen Highlands, CO - A Pictorial   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent   My 23 year old son Vince and I skied Aspen Highlands, CO last season on a beautiful, partly sunny, 30 degree (F) day. It was New Year's Eve 2013. We carved-up long groomers (lightly trafficked even during the Holidays), tackled challenging glades and bump runs, and rode a free snowcat to Highland Bowl for one of the most spectacular off-piste experiences in US recreational skiing. Did we have a good time? It's hard to speak in absolutes, but from a guy who has skied ~85 ski... read more

Hunter Mountain, NY - A Pictorial

Hunter Mountain, NY – A Pictorial   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent   What can I say about Hunter Mountain?  It is one of America’s quintessential daytripper/weekender ski areas.  If you learned to ski or snowboard in the greater NYC metropolitan area chances are some of your formative moments came at Hunter Mountain.  As the mother of all “feeder hills” it has the reputation of a somewhat frenetic, high volume ski area reliant upon one of the greatest snowmaking systems in the world.  But Hunter is also a very fun and striking place to ski,... read more

Snowmass, CO - A Pictorial

Snowmass, CO – A Pictorial   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent   I got a chance to ski Snowmass, CO during Christmas Week 2013.  Conditions were excellent for late December and the vast majority of the 3,332 skiable acres of this Colorado colossus were open for business.  My 23 year old son Vince joined me and we spent most of the day in the upper heights of the mountain with clear visibility, good snow, and light trail traffic.    Snowmass is huge with 150 miles of trails, 21 lifts, nine on-mountain restaurants, and a vertical drop of 4406’... read more

Sugarloaf, ME - A Pictorial

Sugarloaf, ME - A Pictorial   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent Many visitors typically drive past numerous fine ski areas to get to Sugarloaf. Once you’re there here is what makes it a worthy destination:  a big (elevation 4237’), single-summit mountain with 2820’ of continuous vertical,1230 skiable acres, and a location secluded enough to moderate the crowds.  There is also a unique weather pattern that is often far cooler and snowier than where you came from! I visited Sugarloaf for two days of great skiing in mid-March 2014 as part of a... read more

Aspen Mountain, CO - A Pictorial

Aspen Mountain, CO - A Pictorial   By Jim Kenney, aka JamesJ EpicSki Travel Correspondent   The dog days of August 2014 are halfway behind us.  It's not too soon to begin thinking about next season's ski vacation destinations.  I plan to post a few pictorials over the next month of some fine ski areas I visited last winter.  First up is Aspen, Colorado, one of the oldest and best ski resorts in America. Between the four ski areas of Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, and Buttermilk there is something for everyone and plenty of it within a ten mile radius.... read more

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