Why I Chose the IKON Pass Over the Epic Pass This Season

OK – I did it.  I bought the IKON ski pass – and I’m super excited about it!

The other day I wrote a post about trying to decide whether to buy the EPIC Pass or the IKON Pass, and I decided to go with the IKON Pass.  

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EPIC or IKON? Which Ski Pass Should I Buy?

Epic Ski Pass 2018-19

With winter closing in across the US and lots of winter storms happening already early in the holiday season, I’m excited to get to ski and snowboard this winter.  Even though I’ve lived in San Diego for most of the last 35 years, I’ve never actually skied or boarded in California.  My on the snow experience has been limited to Washington State (Snoqualmie Summit, Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge), Oregon (Mount Bachelor, Mount Hood and Mount Ashland), Colorado (Beaver Creek and Vail) and British Columbia (Whistler Blackcomb – my all-time favorite ski resort so far).

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1 Year Old Baby Ava Kalea to Hit the Ski Slopes This Winter: Updated

Ava Kalea Skiing BabyLooking for Strategic Partnerships for Skiing Baby Project

(Updated 10/11/17)

This post first appeared on a LinkedIn ski professionals group pages and then on Awesome Travel Guides.  Thought it should also be posted here directly on Ava Kalea’s site so that her friends, family and fans will all know what she is up to.

Ava Kalea was a year old on 9/7/17 and we are looking forward to getting her on the snow this coming season.  She received her first pair of skis for her first birthday and has been watching lots of YouTube videos of other babies skiing.

Considering spending a full month (or more) in Salt Lake City to ski at Park City or some of the other local resorts. Figuring 30 days on the snow will do her (and her parents) well.

Could potentially get Epic, Mountain Collective, or MAX passes and do some traveling – possibly having our baby ski in every resort on a pass …

We will be filming the entire process and progress – and posting daily on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. This a really great opportunity for ski and travel partners to get the word out about how great they are for family skiing and snowboarding.

Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on how to hook up some partnerships and/or the best way(s) to get Ava Kalea up to speed?


Ski or Ride North America’s Largest Resort with 2017-2018 Whistler Blackcomb Season Passes and EDGE Cards

Ian Morrison Blackcomb Mountain
Ian Morrison skiing above Lakeside Bowl with Whistler Mountains Symphony Chair and the Black Tusk

Lock in the guaranteed best deal, combined with the best benefits, on a 2017-2018 Season Pass or EDGE Card with just $49 (plus GST) down through Sunday, April 9

  • Now Unlimited Season Passes and EDGE Cards include ski benefits at U.S. destinations such as Vail, Park City, and Breckenridge
  • In addition, the 2017-2018 Epic Pass is now on sale and provides unlimited, unrestricted access to Whistler Blackcomb and 13 of the world’s best ski and snowboard destinations in Canada, the U.S. and Australia, as well as limited access to 30 European resorts

WHISTLER, BC – March 7, 2017Whistler Blackcomb today announced its lineup of Season Passes and EDGE Cards for the 2017-2018 winter season. Guests looking to exclusively ski or snowboard Whistler Blackcomb next winter can do so with the Unlimited Whistler Blackcomb Season Pass. For just CAD$1,229 pass holders receive unrestricted and unlimited access to North America’s largest ski resort, as well as discounts on dining, retail, and Snow School programs.  For those interested in exploring a new destination, Unlimited Season Pass holders receive Continue reading “Ski or Ride North America’s Largest Resort with 2017-2018 Whistler Blackcomb Season Passes and EDGE Cards”

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area Opens for the Winter Season

Tahoe Donner Cross CountryWith new snow, Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area opened for the winter season this past Saturday, Nov. 26. Coincidentally, the resort opened last year for the season on Nov. 26, 2015 as well, which happened to be Thanksgiving Day.

“We are excited to be open in November again this year on Thanksgiving weekend,” said Sally Jones, Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area manager. “Folks can get in early morning skiing starting at 8:30 a.m. on freshly groomed trails every day and with limited crowds, this is the best time to come.”

Jones noted Dec. 3–16 is an especially good time for newcomers to join a passholder on the trails as the resort is celebrating, “Bring a Friend Days,” which allows season passholders to bring as many friends as they like and they’ll receive discounted trail passes and rentals.  Passholder must be present in order for friend skiers to receive discounts. Continue reading “Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area Opens for the Winter Season”

Never Ever Days Return to Whistler Blackcomb December 10 & 11

450 Adults New To Skiing/Snowboarding Will Receive a Lesson, Lift Ticket, Rental Gear & Après For Only $25

Fresh on the heels of a massive expansion and upgrade to the learning area on Whistler Mountain, Never Ever Days are back at Whistler Blackcomb. On December 10 and 11, 450 (225 on each day) beginner adult skiers and riders (ages 19 and up), will receive a one day Max4 lesson, lift ticket, ski or board rental, and après at the Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC) for only $25. Participants in Never Ever Days will be taught at the newly improved learning area at Olympic Station, where they will have access to freshly graded terrain and two new covered carpet lifts. Registration opens on December 5 and it sells out very quickly every year. Continue reading “Never Ever Days Return to Whistler Blackcomb December 10 & 11”

Schweitzer Mountain Resort to Open “Sky House” Lodge December 16

Schweitzer Sky House LodgeSchweitzer Mountain Resort, the largest family-friendly ski resort in Idaho and Washington, will open the much-anticipated Sky House summit lodge on Friday, December 16. Skiers and snowboarders that visit this winter season will enjoy the added amenities this two-story lodge provides, including a restaurant and full-service bar called The Nest, and the Red Hawk café. Situated at the peak of Schweitzer Mountain, the Sky House will be open year-round featuring stunning 360-degree views of the Selkirk Mountains, Lake Pend Oreille and the entire resort. Continue reading “Schweitzer Mountain Resort to Open “Sky House” Lodge December 16″