Tourist Tuesday

A page to record unique Tourist interactions from the chairlift, trails, restaurants, and around town.

March 19, 2019 -  A pre-teen boy at Deer Valley, skiing solo at 3p since his family, including older brother quit before the lifts closed. They were on his brother's Spring Break from Tampa. Reminded me of my pre-college days when I skied until they kicked me out and sometimes talked the ski patrol into just a few more. To honor my inner child and this boy, I closed down the lifts Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

March 12, 2019 -  A local Jackson woman with so much negative energy I almost didn't give her space here. Obviously she has something else she's dealing with besides the Ikon Pass visitors which has her fired up. She didn't throw us off the lift (or vice versa) but it was a long ride. I think I may have convinced her to buy a Jackson Hole and Ikon Pass next year so she can visit other resorts and ski/see the difference.

March 5, 2019 - All the New Yorkers at Big Sky and Jackson Hole. Lots of men riding single, plus a 70+ group from Albany. Loving the west and the incredible conditions but not loving the locals throwing shade on Ikon. One snowboarder left Jackson early and went back to Big Sky where the crowds were less and he felt more welcome.

February 26, 2019 - Couple from Hong Kong, she's Australian and he's English. Lots of great accents on that chair ride. Flew to Park City for ski vacation. Highly recommend skiing in Japan, which is easy flight and train from Hong Kong. They suggest you buy the out-of-bounds insurance.

February 19, 2019 - Woman from San Francisco, originally from Colorado. Skiing until the lifts close on President's Weekend in order to fit as much in as possible. Thinking about moving back to the mountains, done enough time in the city. Felt like talking to myself almost 20yrs ago when I was flying to ski every other weekend and soaking up every possible minute.

February 12, 2019 - Woman from Oregon, first time skiing in Utah thanks to Ikon Pass. Thanks to Mother Nature and the Polar Vortex, she experienced 2 bluebird powder days, 2 storm days and fresh powder almost every run!

February 5, 2019 - 70 year old man from Kansas City in singles line, we ended up on same chair. Retired and immediately made a decision to keep active until his body couldn't keep up. For 4yrs straight, he has taken a 6 week winter trip out west. For 2019, he started in Breckenridge, then Park City, then Arizona for golf, then San Fran for family, then Tahoe, then back to Park City, next up is Vail and then home. He is by himself and flies between locations, is fortunate to have friends and family at all his stops to keep the cost down, and only stays a few days to not overextend his welcome.

January 29, 2019 - Me and two random groups on the Silverlode Sixpack Chair. Two women from Atlanta and three family members from Florida (son and his retired parents). Within minutes, we figure out that I lived close to the Florida people back in the day and one of the Atlanta women adopted her NICU daughter from same Florida hospital that the retired mom worked for 35years. Synchronicity.

January 22, 2019 - Older man from Australia, now lives in town. Has skied 59 days this season, which means it's easier to count the days he has missed since it only takes one hand. He defines a ski day as getting on the mountain for at least one run, although that's rare as he typically skis 9-12:30.

January 15, 2019 - Two women, friends from New Orleans and San Diego.  Between them, own 7 condos in the same complex at base of mountain. Making money, skiing, and enjoying life. Not thrilled when they heard we weren't cheering for their NFL teams in the weekend playoff games.

January 8, 2019 - Rode chairlift with a couple in their late 70s / early 80s from Alberta. They bought both an Ikon and Epic Pass and are on a road trip to ski Squaw, Park City, Deer Valley, Steamboat, and Copper Mountain. They have matching fanny packs, ski strong for their age, and were so inspiring. What great retirement role models!

January 1, 2019 - "I saw a guy yesterday with 2 burgers and 1 drink for under $20! He must be a local and know somebody." - Tourist Dad trying to figure out how to feed his family of skiers on the mountain without going broke.