A Winter Road Trip North of the Border

Hey guys!

Hope you’re all having a great week! It’s been COLD lately here in the Northeast. I’m currently bundled up indoors and catching up on some blog posts, like this trip to Canada I took right before Christmas! My friend, Jack, and I took an impromptu road trip north of the border to Québec, to play in the snow and take in all the holiday decor.

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Our first stop was to Mont-Tremblant, a beautiful ski mountain and village tucked in the Laurentian Mountain Range. Tremblant is a fellow Ikon Pass destination, and marked my second time (first in Québec!) skiing in Canada. After a four hour drive from the Adirondack mountains, we set about to explore the village and get our bearings for the following morning. When we woke up, we were greeted with a fresh layer of powder and snow flakes falling! With a short ride up the Cabriolet (which in itself is SUCH a fun way to view the village!)., we made our way onto the gondola and up to the summit. It was snowing HARD when we arrived, and the surroundings made for a true winter wonderland. Since this was my first time visiting the mountain, I decided to join a free guided tour. The mountain offers them twice daily, and in my case, I had the guide all to myself! It was a super fun and easy way to get my bearings of the trails.

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After a full day of skiing, we made our way back down to explore the village by daylight. I loved how magical and festive all the holiday decorations were. It felt like we had been transported onto a movie stage for a Christmas movie. We were so overwhelmed with the beauty of the village that we actually ended up changing our plans to stay another night. In the morning, we had the incredible opportunity to explore the nearby Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant before they opened to the public. After touring the grounds, and enjoying the hot baths, I experienced my first polar bear plunge by dipping into the Diable River! I’m not gonna lie, it was excruciating, but it’s all part of the hydrotherapy experience. To read more about the process, check it out here.

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After our relaxing morning, we had one last stop before returning to New York : Québec City. After my first visit to the city last year, I knew I had to come back to see it in full holiday mode. And it did not disappoint. The old streets are so enchanting and everyone was so full of Christmas spirit.

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It was truly such a fun holiday trip, and I’m so happy I had my friend, Jack, there to share it with! He also helped shoot a bunch of my images on this trip, so please be sure to check out his amazing work. We spent a good chunk of this trip planning out some veryyyy fun trips for this year, so this isn’t the last you’ll be hearing of him! Until next time.

xo

J.

On the Slopes with United by Blue

Hi guys!

Some of you may remember, back in November I was asked to try out United By Blue’s Bison Puffer Jacket. While it was more than suitable for crisp Autumn days, I knew I couldn’t give it a true stamp of approval until it passed the ultimate Northeast test : a day on the slopes.

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The Bison Puffer Jacket is UBB’s latest design in their line of bison products. Made of B100™, an insulation blend of bison fiber and recycled poly, it’s definitely a unique alternative to more traditional down or synthetic outerwear currently on the market. Maybe stating the obvious, since bison live in naturally cold climates, this insulation is meant to keep you warm and dry on even the toughest of Winter weather days.

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Now let’s get to some of the technical notes on the jacket. Rated to perform best in 0-50 degrees Fahrenheit, I used this jacket on a day that was in the low teens, with winds going at about 20mph. Not the coldest of days, but considering how lightweight this jacket was, I was still shocked that I stayed toasty warm with just a sweatshirt underneath! One of the key features for me on any outdoor performance jacket is POCKETS. Especially for ski days, I need a safe place to stash all my valuables. An interior zip pocket does the trick, and even kept my phone from getting too cold during runs. The shell fabric is breathable and waterproof, which definitely came in handy when we were skiing in wet snow down towards the base! Also a note on the insulation : unlike traditional down- that falls when it gets wet- the bison fiber will retain its shape and stay in place no matter the conditions.

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All in all, this Bison Puffer Jacket passed the Winter test! I’ll definitely be adding it to my roster of Spring skiing apparel, since it surpassed my expectations for windy and wet weather. The simple styling also makes it a perfect piece to transition between city and mountain, a big plus for traveling! If any of you guys have additional questions on this jacket, head to the link here. Until next time!

xo

J.

Hunting for Powder Days in Vermont

Happy Monday, guys!

This week I’m back up north for my first adventure of the year - hunting for powder runs in the Northeast! To kick things off, I’m sharing a trip from last month to Stratton Mountain. I’m not sure if I mentioned it to you guys, but this season, I’ve been skiing with Ikon Pass as part of their ambassador team! As one of two Northeast reps, my home Ikon Pass mountain is Stratton, in Vermont’s Green Mountains. There’s TONS of amazing ski destinations with Ikon Pass in the region, like Killington Mountain Resort and Sugarbush Resort! For this trip, I has the chance to stay at nearby cabin, The Vermont A-Frame! Less than 30 minutes from the base of Stratton, this cabin made for the PERFECT après ski spot.

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With Winter’s untimely sunsets around 4.30, our check-in left little daylight to get out and explore the cabin on our first day. So we hunkered down, stoked the fire (this little wood stove heated up the whole place in no time! It was cozyyyy), and settled down to a movie marathon. While we drove over from the Adirondacks, I mapped it and this cabin is just under 4 hours from our place in Brooklyn. If any of you city dwellers are looking to mix up your mountain getaway from the typical Catskills adventure, this one is a great option! This little cabin boasts more space than you would expect, aside from two bedrooms, the loft space also has two beds, making it the perfect space for groups looking to get out for a ski trip. (If you want to look into booking it, head to their Airbnb listing here!).

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After a great night’s sleep, I woke up to the magic of snow falling right outside the window. The windows in the master bedroom were one of my favorite features, as all the natural light made for the perfect reading nook. After breakfast, we loaded up our gear, and made our way to the mountain. Stratton is one of my favorite mountains in the Northeast. Offering a range of difficulty level, from beginner to advanced, every day is different and offers a new challenge! After a quick ride up the gondola, we were transported to a true winter wonderland.

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Looking back on these, I can’t help but get excited for the week ahead of searching for fresh powder! Vermont is expecting to get inches of new snow in the next couple days, so we’re getting ready to head back for the first round on the slopes in the new year. Wish me luck on our hunt!

xo

J.