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IDGAF about playing it safe

The great business icons who have gone down in history have one major thing in common: they’re enormous risk-takers. They don’t give a f*** about coloring inside the lines. They break new ground without permission. Sometimes they fight the system. In the IDGAF interview series, I chat with business people who aren’t afraid to swim against the current or speak against the status quo. Together, we explore the downfalls, reality and hard truths in business today. In this interview, we’re talking about why playing it safe is one of the worst things you can do — and we’re not holding back.

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Learning-based terrain taught me how to ski

True confession – I can’t ski. Well, I am a beginner. I am 41. I live in Colorado, and I have since 2005. I have put little effort into mastering the sport, but I make an annual pilgrimage to the mountain. I fail brutely. I do yoga and ride my bicycle (not that fast or competitive). I have never played sports. Most of my life, I studied music and writing. I am super creative and quite the klutz. This year, this changes. I am going to 22 ski resorts from to learn-how-to-ski, how to grow, how to learn something new, even when the odds are against me. 

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Artist Series Lauren Bello Okerman

In college at New York’s Colgate University, Lauren Bello Okerman studied neuroscience and minored in art. She liked the art classes most of all. “But I never really considered that art could become a career,” she says. After graduating, she got a finance job on Wall Street and worked endless hours in a suit. It wasn’t the right fit for her. So, she pivoted and decided to apply to an architecture graduate program at the Rhode Island School of Design. There, she found her calling. “Architecture combined art and science—it felt like a lifetime of exploration,” she says. Continue reading

Get Ready for Activities in the Snow

Winter holidays are near and people are rushing to get things done before they set off to the nearest mountain resort. Whether you are planning to ski, ride a snowboard or sip tea in the evening next to the fireplace, you need to get ready for winter delights. These preparations are as smart as they are physical in nature. By creating a list of things to take to your winter holiday trip, you are making sure that everything runs smoothly so you can max out the fun.

Several layers of clothing

If our grandparents have taught us anything, then it’s the fact that we should wear clothes in layers when it’s cold outside. A single winter jacket is not enough to keep us warm regardless of how stuffed it is. Several layers of clothes are a far better option so be sure to pack T-shirts as well since they’ll make for that initial layer of clothing. Before you start packing, do the math to calculate how many suitcases full of clothes you’ll need for a family of four.

Don’t forget to bring the charger

Needless to say, a mountain lodge doesn’t have a grocery store next door. That’s why it is essential not to forget the stuff you would normally forget to bring with yourself because you cannot buy a replacement that easily once you arrive in your accommodation.

One item that we frequently forget to pack when traveling is the phone charger. We usually charge the phone the night before the trip, unplug it in the morning and just leave it like that on the table. You really shouldn’t make this mistake this winter as well since a phone with a dead battery won’t do you much good in the woods. Not only can it be used to call for help but is flashlight is a lifesaver if you stay outdoors after dark. 

Planning your itinerary

In order to avoid a scenario in which you get lost in the snow, you should preplan your itinerary. Exploring the wilderness on your own might be alluring but you should plan for such walks and calculate the distance and time necessary to cover it.

For instance, don’t go off jogging after dusk in the spur of the moment. If you like running in the snow in the woods, then plan this activity for the following morning, when there is plenty of daylight. Remember, you are not in an urban settlement, as cold air and snow will cause you to get tired faster than you normally would. 


Keep the kids busy 

As far as your children are concerned, you need to keep them busy while the adults go skiing or snowboarding. While you’re still driving in the car, snacks are the ideal distraction but once you arrive at the resort, you’ll need to find a daycare center, if available. If not, then you can play their favorite cartoons or take them for a (daytime) walk through the woods. There’s nothing like a long stroll and playing in the snow that can wear a child down so they will fall asleep fast.

Find out more on Rockay. 

Keep a first-aid kit near at hand

You are probably used to cuts and bruises on the summer holiday but injuries not uncommon in the snow as well. The tree bark you are skiing close by is all but smooth and to mention the worst-case scenario of falling down a tree well. For safety reasons, keeping a first-aid kit near at hand is a smart move to make. Once you settle in, you can move the first-aid kit from the car to the hotel room.

As you have seen from the examples above, getting ready for activities in the snow is nothing complicated. If you create a list of things to pack and wear, you are making sure that you’ll have tons of fun in the snow this season. 

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Europe Ski Gear & Equipment

Europe ski gear & equipment market is projected to reach USD 1,567.05 million by 2024, witnessing a CAGR of 2.78% during the forecast period (2019-2024). Increasing participation rate in outdoor activities like skiing and other snow sports increased government initiatives to encourage participation in skiing, and growth in the number of ski resorts are some of the major factors contributing to the increased sales of ski gear & equipment across the region.

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Best Skis for Women of 2019

Have you ever found yourself growing tired of the winter season? Do you dread the colder weather? Do you sit inside and bemoan the fact that you’ve already seen all the good holiday movies three times? Well then, it sounds like you need a new winter hobby, and we think that new hobby might just be skiing! When you first dive into the world of snowsports, it can be a bit overwhelming to figure it all out. But you don’t need to fear! We’ve compiled a list of the best skis for women right here to help you sift through a handful of our very favorite skis.

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She Explores Episode 110: Grit, Guts, and the Right Amount of Gall

She Explores Episode 110: Grit, Guts, and the Right Amount of Gall

Our CEO Jen Gurecki was recently featured on the She Explores podcast. In this episode, Jen talks about how from the outside, each company is quite different – hardwood skis and snowboards vs. editorial print vs. a micro lending venture, but each contains a common thread: Jen’s unwavering devotion to putting women in front.

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Come fall, when thoughts begin to drift toward sliding on snow, purchasing a new pair of skis or a snowboard is perhaps the surest way to shift the stoke level into high gear. But selecting the right planks for your ability is never an easy task. To help with this difficult decision, Tahoe Quarterly and Homewood Mountain Resort teamed up to provide an insider’s peek at some of the best 2020 gear with our Beer & Gear Guide. The effort began in March, when Homewood gathered a handful of locals to answer an important question: Which new gear performed the best, and—a bonus—how well does it pair with a craft brew? It was a task that required getting in touch with one’s inner ski bum, but luckily, we had just the team for the challenge.

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Roz Groenewoud Joins Coalition Snow

Canadian halfpipe skier Roz Groenewoud joins the Coalition Snow professional athlete team and will compete on the Roz G Pro Model that she designed with the company this season. Committed to finding a company that would work with her to design the perfect halfpipe ski, Groenewoud began following the development of Coalition Snow in 2015.


“I was really impressed with Coalition’s bold philosophy as a ski company so I started following their development. In the summer, I decided to approach them to see if they would be interested in helping me create my ski,” said Groenewoud.

“I wanted a ski that was stiff enough to withstand the G-force of going through the transition at fast speeds. It needed to be stiffer than a typical park ski but not as stiff as a GS ski. I wanted them to be strong but with relatively light construction. It wanted dimensions that I believe are ideal for pipe skiing.” The result is the Roz G Pro Model, a traditional full camber ski that is 176 cm in length, 83 mm under foot, with a 20-meter turn radius.

“My skis are very strong and stiff enough, while still being agile. Plus they are an exceptional carving ski,” said Groenewoud.

Often referred to as Roz G, Groenewoud has competed in freeskiing events internationally since she was 15-years-old. She has developed as a halfpipe specialist. Her results include seven X Games medals including two Gold. She won FIS World Championships and has ranked first in the world on the Association of Freeski Professionals ranking system. Roz has medals from every major event for female pipe skiers including Dew Tour, European Open, World Cups, Grand Prix, World Ski International, US Open, and others. Roz received an early nomination to the Canadian Olympic Team to compete in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

“From the very beginning, Roz impressed us with her drive, acumen, and her passion for skiing. She knew exactly what it would take to build a pro model that would deliver, and we’re proud to have helped make her vision come to fruition. Working with her has been an absolute pleasure, and we welcome her to the team,” said Jen Gurecki, CEO of Coalition Snow.

See Groenewoud compete on the Roz G. on Jan. 29 at the 2016 X Games in Aspen, Colo.

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The 6 Pieces of Winter Gear Outside Editors Use the Most

Every day, UPS and FedEx dump a mountain of gear packages in our lobby that we get to open and play with. A lot of what we see is plenty nice, but occasionally a piece stands above the rest and becomes a daily go-to, or something we’re more excited about than usual. What follows is a list of these pieces from this winter. From hats to skis to bikes, here’s what we’ve been using the most as the snow flies and temps stay cold.

Coalition Snow SOS Skis ($699)

<strong?photo:< strong="">I've tested plenty of women-specific skis that worked about as well as overcooked noodles on the steeps. That's why I'm so excited for the 15/16 line from Coalition Snow, a company making skis and snowboards for women that, in their words, "don't suck." (Sorry, boys, there are no options for you.) The SOS 173 all-mountain ski, with its full birch wood core and 105-millimeter waist, is a hard-charging quiver killer. And it's pretty to boot. —Axie Navas, senior editor, Editor Buyer’s Guides

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Winters in Santa Fe are unpredictable. It’s entirely normal to go from skinning up in a blizzard on Saturday to mountain biking under sunny skies in 50-degree weather on Sunday. That’s why I’m so psyched to spend the season on my Surly Krampus. Sure, it was a riot to ride all summer—confident on loose terrain, surprisingly snappy on the uphill, and a constant challenge to my bike-handling skills—but I’m expecting it to be even more fun this winter. With 29+ wheels that float over snow, no fancy front or rear suspension to get ruined by the mud, and stable geometry, Krampus is guaranteed to keep me off the trainer—no matter what Godzilla El Niño sends my way. —Scott Rosenfield, online editor
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I’ll often lust over a piece of gear for a day, or maybe a week, then forget about it. Not so with my buddy Nick’s jacket. Nick was a helicopter crew chief in the Marines, and the Corps issued him a leather bomber jacket that I tried on once and never forgot because it was so sharp and, well, bomber. For years I tried to find something that gave a similar feel, but failed. Then I stumbled on the Schott NYC A-2 Naked Cowhide Leather Flight. Weighing in at least a couple pounds thanks to the high-grade leather and stout build, it finally gave me that same indestructible sensation, and look. I’ve worn it every day this winter expect to do the same for many winters to come—Jon Gugala, assistant gear editor
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I learned to ski on the East Coast (in North Carolina, of all places), so I didn't really get the whole "powder day" thing when I first moved to Santa Fe in 2014. That didn't last long. Now I check weather reports constantly and plan my weekends around how to chase snow. In preparation for this year's Godzilla El Niño, I also got a pair of Volkl Ones because I knew it could get deep. At 116mm under-foot, these fully-rockered skis are effortless to turn in knee-deep powder, pivot quickly in the trees, and still handle nasty crud with ease. They're the most confidence-inspiring planks I've ever strapped to my feet, and I have a sneaking suspicion my other skis are going to get very lonely this season.—Bryan Rogala, video production manager
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During the deep freeze of the winter months, I prefer to take the figurative approach when it comes to "warming my bones." Campfires are great and all, but sneaking a sip of bourbon is more to my taste. Bulleit specifically. Its high rye content gives it a bit of a kick on the front end without compromising the long, smooth finish. When the rest of the world is off taking advantage of powder days, me and my lack of skiing skills will be at home enjoying views of the snow-covered landscape and a couple of fingers of this batch. Neat, of course.—Will Egensteiner, assistant editor
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For the past couple of weeks it’s been hovering around 20 degrees when I leave my house in the morning on my bike (I commute from Albuquerque to Santa Fe via bike, then train). Add the wind chill at 20mph and it’s downright brutal. At these temps, the only thing I’ve found that keeps my noggin warm is Rapha’s Deep Winter hat. A windproof front panel cuts the ice-y air, merino ear panels keep my ears from turning deep red, and a merino lining wicks moisture once I start pedaling. It also fits well under a helmet.—Jakob Schiller, associate editor
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