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Dogs of Outdoor Retailer

Leashed Dog at Outdoor Retailer 2020

Dogs of Outdoor Retailer

Though attending Outdoor Retailer is fun and has a lot of positives, it’s also exhausting and a lot of work is accomplished over 3 short days. Working 10-12 hour days, emails, content creation and the occasional long night out leads to some serious fatigue. During the show you’re normally running from one appointment to the next, often skipping snacks and lunch- it’s stressful. One of the happier sides of the show though is all the dogs you meet hence the Dogs of Outdoor Retailer. Some very famous, with more Instagram followers than the average influencer- some just cute and there for the attention. This year I decided for my own sanity and for the additional content to photograph some of these dogs for your viewing pleasure. I can attest too, that a friendly face lick and fur pat helped reduce stress and anxiety from the show. So enjoy! This years “Dogs of OR” was an on the whim idea. Next year I plan to be more analytical and get each dog’s name and a quote from the owner.

Taking A Break

Dogs of Outdoor Retailer: Day 1

Day 1 was all business for me. Jam packed with appointments and trying to get familiar with the layout of this show. If you’re unfamiliar with the Colorado Convention Center it’s about the size of a football stadium but has 3 floors. A walk at a brisk pace front to back takes about 5 minutes. So day 1 was all about work. I snapped the pic above of this dog after my meeting with Mike Girard from Jones/NOW and then and there decided hey, maybe I should start snapping some Dog pictures and do a whole bit on it. This was towards the end of the day and I was running out of the show to meet with Bogner, so this was the only picture I got on day 1.

Dogs of Outdoor Retailer: Day 2

First thing in the morning I’m greeting with this cute pupper. One of the clauses for a dog to be able to attend Outdoor Retailer is they must be well behaved and have good manners. This Dog, whose name I did not get seemed a bit overwhelmed by the noise, but was calm and composed.

This dog is Finn the Mini Aussie, owned by Kelly Thomson. Finn founded his roots right here in Vermont. Though he now live in Colorado, Kelly used to bartend at Lookout back in the day. You may have even seen him in puppy for a few years ago. Finn loved all the attention he received at Outdoor Retailer and I’m sure he’ll be a repeat attendee.

During the Happy Hour peruse I stumbled upon this guy. His owners didn’t even see me. But once you kneel down to setup a shot, most dogs would like to come say hi with a face lick. This guy held his composure, though I did get a bit of motion blur with a happy tail wag. I’m sure he’s thinking, “Finally! Someone is paying attention to me!”

 

Over at the Black Diamond Booth (where unbeknownst to me Alex Honold the famous free solo rock climber is doing autograph signings) I came across this dog. Hard to tell in this picture but in person this dog had some wolf- like characteristics. And he’ll do tricks for treats!

 

When I came over to this dog and it’s owner we were by the Patagonia booth. The owner is on her knees with the dog and explains to me (when I ask if I can snap a photo) that she just needs a minute. See this dog, who is very well behaved did not like one dog in particular, a small little cocker spaniel and he was in the Patagonia booth next to us (we were outside). So we took a minute to get the dog settled then set up the shot. When they say all the dogs need to be well behaved to enter the show, they aren’t understating that. All the dogs I snapped photos of were some of the most well-mannered and respectful dogs I’ve encountered. Props to this owner for being able to calm her pup down and keep on going.

Is it really an Outdoor Retail Show without a Bernese Mountain Dog? I saw plenty but this is the only one I got a photo of. He was the size of a small couch too and love the attention he received. If you’ve never met a Bernese Mountain Dog the pretty much keep that puppy personality their entire lives.

Do Not Pet. There were actually a few dogs with Do Not Pet vests on. I didn’t inquire as to why this lab had this vest on. One could summarize that maybe she get’s overstimulated by people touching here. Or maybe she’s an off-duty K-9. At any rate she was more than happy to let me take her photo.

I find walking the tradeshow floor exhausting. And that’s in comfy hiking shoes. Imagine being a Dog and doing that. I feel you tired Golden Retriever. I tried to get a photo down on his level (it didn’t come out well) and he just stared straight past me. Tradeshows are hard work!

Coco was a bundle of love. So much so that his owner had to hold him back for the photo. Hence the confused look on his face. I have another blurry photo of Coco attempting to give me kisses. Coco was one of my favorites.

Poco here is good friends with Finn the mini aussie I discussed earlier. What breed do you think Poco is? I see a bit of Basenji, maybe some Pit Mix, and Lab? Your guess is as good as mine.

Kicker Muse here is very Instagram famous. If you have an Instagram account and don’t follow this dog, go do it. Kicker’s sit, stay commands where extremely good too. Notice how he’s looking off camera? That’s because his owner Andrew Muse is over there. Andrew and Kicker travel around the country in their tiny house skiing and surfing. Not a bad life!

When I first met the dogs of D-Curve a goggle company, and inquired about the table a rep said “this is their table, and they’re not allowed to leave it until we say so.” It’s a great marketing strategy too. Put a large table at the front of your booth and add four very cute dogs to it, and people are bound to get drawn in. Towards the end of Day 3 some of the dogs weren’t having it (and you can see in one photo one laying down in the back of the booth) and started to jump off the table. But for the most part Carousel and Icicle were more than happy to get their pictures taken and enjoy pets from various passer-by’s.

Day 3

At first I wasn’t going to use all 3 pictures of this dog. In fact I won’t even edit 1 and 3. But this serious of shots is just too good. It’s funny too. With all the Golden’s I photographed they all perked up when the shutter went off- but this round of photos is just too good. Even the owners reactions in the background is priceless.

A Blue Heeler/ Terrier Mix this girl did not want to stay still for a photo. Characteristically correct for this mixture of breeds. But a treat dangling above the camera. Oh not that’s something worth stopping for. Thanks for being a good sport Frannie!

Remember that Cocker Spaniel I mentioned from Day 2? This dog didn’t like that particular dog either, who happened to be walking past the DC booth while were hanging out. But she posed for a photo and later was spotted hanging out with the Pit Viper crew ( A brand of 80’s looking sunglasses that are wildly popular among millennials). What mix of breeds do you think this dog is? I honestly couldn’t put my finger on it.

Yes! Husky sighting! Stalking dogs like the paparazzi do to celebrities is something I started to do on Day 3. I would seek out dogs, follow them for a moment and when the owner stopped at a booth would come over and ask if I could pet and photograph their best friend. Nevica also wasn’t too keen on posing for a photo (hence the slight blur in the face) but she was beautiful and enjoyed her pets post photo taking.

Rex The Shiba Inu was more than content to pose for a photo. I saw him as I was walking into the cafeteria to eat lunch. Luckily he was still there when I finished up and I was able to snap his photo.

What an interesting mix of breeds. German Shepherd, Sheepdog, maybe Belgian Shepard? He definitely did not want to pose for a photo but was to much fun to not take his picture.

This dog is a mascot for the company Bula, and he was pooped when I came across him. Granted it was the final hour of the show on Day 3. So I don’t blame him. Being this cute is hard!

The owner of the scruffy dog in the flannel was the one who said he went to a festival in California, took 300 dog photos, got the name of the dog and a quote from the owner. A good idea for me to attempt next year at Outdoor Retailer which will probably result in twice as many photos.

The dog on the left almost looks like Nyla the unofficial mascot of Basin Sports. Nyla is a purebred Rhodesian Ridgeback and this dog has some Rhody characteristics. I also though it looked like maybe there was some Weimaraner in there too. Rio on the other hand (to the right) was too cute and looked like a dog you’d see in a cartoon.

It’s “Ruff” being this cute. As I left the Convention Center on Day 3 I saw this girl (the last dog I encountered) at the front hall near the Ikon Pass Booth. Cutness overload! I’m happy to have photographed these dogs, and of course have the opportunity to attend Outdoor Retailer. When stress levels got high, a quick photo, pat and face lick just everything better. Next year we’ll have more photos, names for each dog and possibly something else.

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No Lack Of Ski Season Stoke As Lift Spins

Photos and Words by Basin Ambassador and Killington Local Tricia Noelle

No lack of ski season stoke as lift spins~ The beginning of the ski season is always a time of excitement. Some wait before the sun rises for the gondola to turn on opening day, others may opt to a midweek start, and others might not have gotten to make turns on snow yet; but all share one thing in common, and that is stoke for the return of the winter.

No Lack Of Ski Season Stoke As Lift Spins

The conditions for early season have been a little bit of everything so far; from passing clouds, moments of sun, soft spring conditions, the magical manmade snow our snowmakers make, and even flurries that fell in clumps yesterday. The coverage and conditions have been stellar in North Ridge, and while a short run in comparison to what we will have in a few months, laps on Rime, Reason and Upper East Fall are plenty to reawaken muscles that have been dormant since Spring.

No Lack Of Ski Season Stoke As Lift Spins

 

From locals to season regulars, we all get to holler from the lift as our friends make their first turns of the season. North Ridge is small enough that we can see everyone we missed all summer long, and give hugs and greetings to people we will make turns with for months to come. We all may be returning from different challenges in life, and in different abilities to hike those stairs, but for all of us sliding on snow helps bring us together at least for a few runs, and makes the stairs undeniably worth it.

No Lack Of Ski Season Stoke As Lift Spins

It is about way more than just returning to the movement we love, we get to share something larger as a community that brings us together. We get to tune out of the stressors of life and tune into the frozen covered trees and snow around us. We share conversation on the lift over the roar of snow guns. We see our friends carve their first turns of the season, smile ear to ear. Killington has a stoke for the ski season like no other place I have been to yet, and we keep it going all the way until June. I don’t know about you, but I am stoked to be celebrating another season back.


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Killington’s First Snow A Glimpse Of What’s To Come

First Snow A Glimpse Of What’s To Come

Yesterday morning (October 26th) was horrible. I woke up to rain, drove to work in the rain and worked all day in the rain. It was cold, damp and not fun. With an unseasonably warm fall  my mind had been focused on biking still and hadn’t really switched to winter. The rain sucked. I couldn’t ride my bike or ski- I was stuck. So here I am working, feeling down because of the rain and thought (for  a laugh) to pull up the mountain webcam and see if I could get a look at what was happening at the peak. So I pull up the webcam, the 360 cam first and lo and behold, there’s some white stuff up there. Before I can think the marketer in me get’s thrown into overdrive. If I can beat the mountain to posting about the first snow at their resort then I’m doing okay. (I did not beat them this time). Next, I click over to the North Ridge webcam, which provides much better live coverage and snag a screenshot and proceed to post it on all of our Social Media channels. Keep in mind the peak is still covered with clouds so very few in town know that there’s snow on the peak. I‘ve now uploaded the webcam image and can now take a breather.
Fifteen minutes after this one of the managers comes darting into the office shouting, “There’s snow on the peak!” to which I reply, “I’m one step ahead of you.” You’ve got to understand this is a pretty big deal- first snow that is. Even if it doesn’t amount to much, and even if it melts the next day it symbolizes the start of winter and even more so symbolizes the start of ski season which we rely on to make a living. I posted this content sometime around 5PM and was already out the door in a way so I didn’t have too much time to try and snag photos of the peak exposed, plus it was getting dark by then.
This morning was different and this morning was brilliant. We all know that turn, that turn by the foundry where you get your first glimpse of the mountain in all its glory- this time dusted in snow. I drive to the Basin, walk in the door and the first thing I go for is the DSLR camera, a long lens and a UV filter. I then proceed to head to the roof, this is where the majority of photos taken of the mountain is captured. I start snapping photos and since I’ve taken enough photos of this mountain, I have a general idea of how to make her look her best and what angle to get. I walk downstairs, pop the SD card in my computer and start editing the photos. I wish I could say the photos have #nofilter, but any credible photographer will admit to some post-production to just make the images pop a bit.

It wasn’t until this photo, the one above that I thought to myself, “I wouldn’t mind going skiing right now.” I don’t find it too far fetched to think that someone is up there skiing that fast grass too. This is nothing substantial snowfall wise, but it signifies A change in seasons. We predict skiing by the end of next week. The beast often doesn’t disappoint and with 365 being their big push that would mean the resort has to either open again for Mountain Biking the weekend of the 4th and 5th or have the North Ridge up and operating by then.The winter itch is real and it needs scratching, who’s with us?


P.S: If you’d like to use these photos please tag @BasinSports so we get some credit. Or just ask- we’ll probably say yes.


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Fall Into Fall 2017

Fall Into Fall

Fall into Fall with local tips from Basin Sports Locals who have seen a thing or two.

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Ahh the cool feeling of fall. Though as I write this, It’s 80+ degrees and I’m in a t-shirt and flip flops- a bit untypical of Fall. We’ve hit the peak of transition season in ski shops. Where summer apparel and bikes are deeply on sale and new winter product is arriving daily. We’ve got some awesome ski swaps coming up too. Get all the details from the locals.

Pico Ski Swap: September 29- Oct 1st

Killington Ski Swap: October 6-8th

Ski club swaps are great because they often welcome local shops to sell off their overstock. We take full advantage of this by selling off the majority of our season old rental fleet. If you have a growing youngster and don’t want to spend more than $200 on them, these swaps are the place to go. Get outfitted with Skis, Boots and poles as well as helmets and overstock clothing. In more recent years we’ve started bringing our rental fleet of bikes to the swaps and always have good deals on rental bikes for sale.

Beyond swaps the resorts in mountain towns will often put on fall themed events that coincide with the swaps. This year the Killington Brewfest will be happening September 29th and 30th.

Wet your whistle with a backdrop of 4,241′ of Vermont’s finest autumn foliage and enjoy live music, a plethora of fabulous food offerings and over 125 of the finest craft beers in the region.

If we look even further into the future the Killington Ski Swap coincides with Columbus Day and the Killington Witchcraft Festival. Find fall themed activities and enjoy some of the best blowout pricing at all the local shops.

There’s more to do in the fall in Killington. Fall into Fall with Basin Sports.

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Enduro East Enduro World Qualifiers at Killington Resort and Green Mountain Trails

Rooted in the heart of the Green Mountains The Enduro East Enduro World Qualifiers at Killington Resort and Green Mountain Trails

Green Mountain Trails

When I first started riding at Green Mountain Trails I hated it. I’d heard whispers within the bike community of a place unlike any other. A place that was something out of a fairy tale. Something too good to be true.  Green Mountain Trails is the best kept secret in Vermont (for now) and yeah, at first I hated it.

Green Mountain TrailsI hated it because when I first started riding there I wasn’t mentally (or physically) prepared for the 1K ascent that I’d have to endure.  My friends and I came up with a saying regarding the more well know Kingdom Trails to the north. “At the Kingdom what goes down must come up.” Green Mountain Trails is like the Kingdom in regards to its vertical but it offers a different experience than any other network I’ve visited.

Set against the side of a mountain Green Mountain Trails History dates back much further than the 10 years it’s had established bike trails on it. Before that, there was a man named Joe DeSena who created one of the most challenging Obstacle Race Courses on the planet. Maybe you’ve heard of it, it’s called the Spartan Races. At its core, Joe had created the Death Races. Grueling endurance challenges that dragged you up and down alone mountain peak in the middle of nowhere Vermont. Though the Death Races no longer take place at GMT you can still see remnants of the Spartan Race Obstacles on the trail.

But in regards to biking, I found GMT to be an escape. It offered such a diverse amount of terrain. From fast flowing single track to some seriously technical old school New England tech. The best part is that in my two seasons of riding there the most people I’ve encountered on the trail is about 3.3 total interactions. Green Mountain Trails offer an escape. You can get lost out there and most do, but it’s a good kind of lost.

So when I heard the Eastern States Cup mention that an Enduro World Qualifier would be coming to Vermont, I said to myself, “Green Mountain Trails would make for a great Enduro Race.” Sure as heck they did just that and now a two day World Series Qualifying Enduro Race will be held one day at Green Mountain Trails and one day at Killington Resort.

You don’t need to be a cyclist to enjoy GMT either. Though I find it more enjoyable on two wheels, the infamous stone steps offer a hiking trail to the top of the peak with a rich history to their namesake.

Now when I think of Green Mountain Trails I get excited not an upset stomach. When I hear someone mention that an Enduro East race is going to be there I feel a sense of pride. That’s where I ride and that’s where I reconnect with myself and with nature.

To Find Out More About GMT Go Here: Green Mountain Trails

For Enduro East Info Go Here: Enduro East

To Support the GMT Vermont Mountain Bike Association Chapter Go Here: Vermont Mountain Bike Association

 

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Events in Killington for February 2017

Some Fun Events in Killington for February 2017

Besides the fact that it just keeps snowing there are plenty of Events in Killington for February 2017 to take part in. Take a look at our list of awesome events, maybe something will fancy your liking.

Events in Killington for February 2017
Good soft snow on Vertigo Headwall

Sunday, February 5

BMW WINTER XDRIVE EXPERIENCE: K1

Get behind the wheel and become the ultimate driver with BMW

 

Saturday, February 11

2-DAY CAMP, EXPLORE THE BEAST WITH DAN EGAN: RESORT-WIDE

For intermediate, advanced or expert 18+ skiers looking for a unique experience off the beaten path.

 

Saturday, February 11

NIGHT CARE FOR PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: KILLINGTON GRAND HOTEL

Drop the kids off for an evening of arts and crafts, ski/snowboard related indoor activities and movies while the adults hit the town.

 

Saturday, February 18

TETON GRAVITY RESEARCH PRESENTS “TIGHT LOOSE”: SNOWSHED RESORT CENTER

Catch the latest ski & snowboard film from Teton Gravity Research

 

Sunday, February 19

MATCHSTICK PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS “RUIN AND ROSE”: SNOWSHED LODGE

Check out the latest film from Matchstick Productions

 

Monday, February 20

VINS RAPTOR ENCOUNTER: KILLINGTON GRAND HOTEL

Free interactive raptor encounter with Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)

 

Monday, February 20

GO GREEN SCAVENGER HUNT: RESORT-WIDE

Celebrate our environmental commitment by searching for Cow Power logos scattered around the resort to win great prizes.

 

Saturday, February 25

YOUTH RACE CAMPS WITH CHELSEA MARSHALL: RESORT-WIDE

This is a unique opportunity that empowers kids by creating a positive, healthy environment on the mountain with instruction provided by high energy and knowledgeable race staff.

 

Saturday, February 25

2-DAY WOMEN’S CAMP, FEATURING OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, DONNA WEINBRECHT: RESORT-WIDE

Join Olympic gold medalist and world champion mogul skier, Donna Weinbrecht, and Killington Resort’s top female coaches for an unforgettable learning experience specifically designed for 18+ ladies only.

 

Saturday, February 25

NIGHT CARE FOR PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: KILLINGTON GRAND HOTEL

Drop the kids off for an evening of arts and crafts, ski/snowboard related indoor activities and movies while the adults hit the town.


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December’s Brilliant Sunsets Bring Us Into Winter

December’s Brilliant Sunsets Bring Us Into Winter At Killington Resort

Written By Basin Ambassador Tricia Tirella


Early ski season is a time of transition, snowmakers are busy making snow when they can, while visitors to the mountain hope for expanded terrain and snow storms on the horizon.

This week the sun will set the earliest that is does during the year, 04:15 to be exact, while this time next week it will begin to set later. The lack of available sunlight, open terrain on the hill, and all of the other transitions into ski season can sometimes leave some feeling down in these early weeks prior to winter.

I always choose to think of the positives as life on the hill unfolds. Limited lifts running means it is that much easier to run into friends. The Peak Walkway stairs get your ski legs back fairly fast. For me, December marks a time where you can easily take in stunning sunsets just by making last gondi.

All of the snow dances must be working, because winter seems to be set on arriving this last week, with cold temps and snow forecasted on the horizon, all while it falls from the sky itself. Powder and packed powder turns have been abound this week and we all hope they continue on this winter. Just remember, sometimes when things seem less than ideal, when the sun is just out of reach, or the snow is not falling as fast as we would like you can still keep the stoke alive for ski season by taking a moment to take in the view.



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5 Reasons To Visit Killington More

5 Reasons To Visit Killington More

Beautiful sunset for last run
Beautiful sunset for last run

Do you really need 5 Reasons To Visit Killington More? I mean honestly, this cozy little ski town has a lot going on.  Now we all see Killington as a ski town, you come here to ski and snowboard and not much else right? Though winter sports are the focus of this small Vermont town there are so many more things you could be missing.

Top of The Line Food

5 Reasons To Visit Killington More
Gourmet Dining Experiences in Killington, Vermont

Pick your poison (that’s a bad metaphor). Enjoy great food at great prices for resort town standards. Whether you want white linen dining or some delicious wings and a craft brew Killington definitely has it all and the food is definitely one of the 5 Reasons To Visit Killington More. A more recent restaurant on the hill and expecting to open soon is Casey’s Caboose. A long time staple of the community that feel under hard times a few years ago. It’s since been purchased and renovated with a tentative opening date for the beginning of ski season.

Hiking/ Snowshoeing Depending On the Season

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Hiking and Snowshoeing Experiences.

You can always get out and about regardless of the season. Killington has a great network of hiking trails to explore in the spring through fall. Once the snow falls you can enjoy the designated snowshoe trails at Killington Resort but also down at Mountain Meadows which caters to Fatbikers and Cross Country Skiers too. The stone steps at Green Mountain Trails also offers breathtaking views and the quiet serenity that people go to Vermont to enjoy in the first place.

Shopping

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Think of santa’s village minus it being Christmas and minus the elves. The people working in the ski shops lining the road are the bread and butter of Killington’s community. We’re the ski bums who get first laps in the morning or are splitting shifts to ski. We know the mountain like the back of our hands and can direct you towards the best food, trails and equipment to suit your needs. The one thing people working in Killington ski shops express outwardly is our passion. Our passion for our community, our mountain the excitement we get when we see people we’ve helped enjoying the Resort as much as we do.

The Spas

5 Reasons To Visit Killington More

You don’t have to be a skier, snowboarder, mountain biker to enjoy Killington. The apres enthusiasts can enjoy the many spas in the area. Killington Resort boasts their Grand Spa as the premier option but there’s plenty of spas to choose from. We’ve listed the best below.

Based On Distance From Basin Sports:

  1. Killington Grand Spa 0.8 Miles
  2. Back Body and Mind Spa 0.8 Miles
  3. The Woods Resort & Spa 2 Miles
  4. New Life Hiking Spa 8 Miles

Awesome Lodging

5 Reasons To Visit Killington More

The lodging in the area is really top notch. Whether you’re looking for high end hotels to budget lodging you’ll find both and everything in between. Undoubtedly the Killington Grand Resort and Hotel is going to be your go to for high end lodging but Highline Lodge also sits up there with superb accommodations. If you’re looking for more budget friendly lodging there’s plenty of that too. The Killington Motel is the first to come to mind with its amazing coffee and to die for breakfast. A small little motel there’s a reason it’s ranked #2 on trip advisors best hotels in Killington. There are to many lodging areas to count but all are superb with welcoming staff who love to share their passion for the area with others.

 

Do you really need more than 5 Reasons To Visit Killington? If you do well, maybe adventuring around the area for yourself will be the happy medium that convinces you Killington, Vermont is one of those places you will undoubtedly never forget.


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