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Spring Skiing in the Northeast with Ikon Pass

Hi guys!

As I’m sure most of you know by now, winter is my favorite season! I attribute this mostly to my love for skiing. This year, I made it my mission to have my longest ski season yet, which has definitely happened, thanks to my Ikon Pass! Here’s a little guide to some of my favorite places to ski in the Northeast, well after the Spring thaw sets in.

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Mont Tremblant

This was my first season skiing at Mont Tremblant in Québec, but it most certainly won’t be my last! The charm of the village alone is enough to keep me coming back for more. The mountain is large enough to offer a little something for everyone, no matter your experience level. Some of you may recall my trip here back in December, so this time around, I explored different parts of the mountain (like the Versant Soleil area).

Favorite Trails

Like Spring skiing on any mountain, conditions change day to day! Our first day of skiing we explored Versant Nord. I loved Andy Moe (this was actually one of my favorite trails back in December, too) and Banzai. Our second day of skiing was a bit warmer, meaning trails were icy in places and bumped up in others. We stuck to Versant Sud and Versant Soleil. I LOVED the Refuge hut (aka cocoa cabin!) off of the Toboggan trail!

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Favorite ways to Après

Mont-Tremblant is home to maybe my favorite après-ski spot in the Northeast, the Scandinave Spa. Located just a short drive from the village lies the most tranquil setting of thermal spas. I highly recommend carving out an afternoon (or day!) from your trip to relax and rejuvenate along the Diable River.

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Explore the village! I love the charming, brightly colored buildings that line the way up to the mountain base. Also enjoy an aerial view via the cabriolet.

Dog Sledding in the Laurentian forest. Snowmobiling, horse drawn sleighs, and cross country skiing are also amazing ways to explore the surrounding woods.

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Killington

Killington is known for having the longest season in the Northeast. Even now, in the middle of May, they’re still open on weekends! It definitely feels ambitious to ski/ride this giant mountain in a single day. Luckily, there are tons of charming New England towns nearby that you can stay in to turn your Killington trip into a weekend long (or even longer!) adventure.

Favorite Trails

I started my season at this mountain back in November, and while at the time the limited trail options hardly mattered, that didn’t mean I wasn’t stoked to get back and properly explore come Spring! I really liked spreading out, which meant getting far out from Skye Peak to Bear Mountain, and then over to Sunrise. One thing I love about Killington is their CRAZY long trails on either side of the resort - i.e. Great Northern and Great Eastern! Both are awesome options for getting around the mountain, and offer pretty insane views of the surrounding peaks. Also, in the spirit of cute, ski-in eateries, I made a point of heading down Snowshed Slope to check out the Ledgewood Yurt!

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Favorite Ways to Après

Killington is near one of my favorite towns in all of Vermont - Woodstock! A short drive will bring you to this quintessential New England haven, where shops like the Vermont Flannel Company and Woodstock Farmer’s Market reside. Make sure to grab some Vermont maple syrup and check out one of the covered bridges before you hit the road! Also nearby is the beautiful Quechee Gorge. I love this place so much in Fall, but in colder months? It becomes pure magic with a layer of snow.

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Stratton

This resort has become something of a home mountain for me this season! I’ve loved getting familiar with its layout and always make time to explore the village. Aside from skiing, Stratton hosts some really fun events, like Wanderlust Festival in June, and WinterWonderGrass - which took place in December and April. Every time I come to this mountain, I know I’ll be in for a unique experience.

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Favorite Trails

Possibly because it always felt a little quieter, I really enjoyed the trails that led to the Sun Bowl Lodge. Upper and Lower Kidderbrook makes for a great, long run, and Polar Bear was always a favorite to the Ursa Express.

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One thing I love about this mountain is that I don’t view it as just a place to ski. This season, I snowshoed on the summit and even went on an after hours hike to the fire tower (and still had enough daylight to ski down afterward!). The village also offers an abundance of options for both sit down meals, a quick bite, or even just a cup of coffee - make sure to stop by Coyote and grab a cookie to go along with your caffeine fix! There’s really no shortage of things going on at the mountain, so make sure to check their events page before heading up!

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This wraps up my ski experiences with Ikon Pass! However, the adventures aren’t over just because the snow is gone. Can’t wait for warm months to return to these slopes for some classic summer experiences. Stay tuned!

xo

J.

Road tripping through Utah

Hi guys!

Apologies for the unintentional break I took from this space. Between life on the road and then getting sick almost as soon as I got back east, this space was pushed a bit from my mind. Anyway, I’ve officially been back home for a bit after a whirlwind three weeks on the road. It felt SO GOOD to be back out in my element; hiking, skiing, and just daydreaming on endless stretches of highway. After meeting up with my friend, Allee, in Arizona, (and our brief detour in Colorado!), we set our sights on Utah.

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I first visited some of these places a couple winters back, but that didn’t make them any less amazing the second time around. If anything, I was more excited, as I knew the cold temps would make them less desirable to visit. Pro tip : if you’re looking to have hiking trails in the southwest to yourself, visit in the winter! Even at sunrise, I’ve always shared hiking trails - especially national park trails - with other people. While there were a couple other brave souls out enjoying the sights, it was nothing like summer time with hoards of people!

Our first stop in Utah was Monument Valley. This time around we car camped nearby, but my first time visiting this place, we stayed at The View hotel, which looks right out over the infamous buttes. It was a bit overcast, but we had a small window of clear sky that made for a perfect sunrise. Like most southwest spots, you’re going to want to plan around where you’ll be for sunrise or sunset. That’s when the landscapes truly seems to glow.

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This section of the trip was definitely about car camping - aka saving money on lodging! - and we continued the following night at Dead Horse Point State Park. Using the ioverlander app, Allee was able to find a camp ground in the park, just a short drive from where we’d be shooting sunrise the following morning! With the recent snowfall, we couldn’t pass up a visit to nearby Arches National Park. Like I mentioned earlier, this place is a ghost town in winter! We had entire trails to ourselves, and got to explore the snow covered red rocks to our hearts content.

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From Moab, we continued our journey north in search of a little sunshine. I’ll be the first to admit, as much as I love Winter, the goal for this trip was definitely to embrace the sun and some WARMTH. We were able to find both at our next stop - Mystic Hot Springs. This place is a trip, I loved how unique the individual tubs are! Once we we were closer to Salt Lake City, we hiked to a natural hot spring (I personally preferred the natural pools. Can’t think of a better reward after a hike).

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I knew I couldn’t leave SLC without at least ONE ski day, and fortunately my long-time friend, JJ, was able to meet up with me to make it happen. We spent the day at Solitude Mountain, where I was able to use my Ikon Pass (have I mentioned lately how much I love this pass?! I’ve skied more this season than any other because of it! More on that in my next post). Solitude is unlike any mountain I’ve ever experienced. I’ve never skied in powder so deep in my life! It was such a fun day, and truly has me dreaming of more winter trips to the area. There’s certainly no shortage of mountains - Brighton, Alta, and Snowbird being a stone’s throw away.

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On our final night, our friend, Kevin, brought us out to nearby Antelope Island for a sunset campfire. If we had gone nowhere else in Utah, this place would be enough. It’s INCREDIBLE. Roaming buffalo scattered throughout, and mountain vistas that made me feel as though we had been transported to southern Alaska. It was a dream.

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Can’t wait to share the last leg of this trip with you guys! Promise it will be soon.

xo

J.

A Catskills Getaway with Zipcar and Scribner's Lodge

Hi guys!

A couple weeks back, I had the chance to head back to one of my favorite places in New York : Scribner’s Lodge. This time, I arrived with a little help from Zipcar, a car sharing company with hundreds of locations throughout the state.

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I’ve been a member of Zipcar for years now, since they are so easily accessible in the city. Becoming a member takes no time at all, and anyone age 21+ (18 if you’re a student!) can apply. You just pick a plan - there’s several to choose from, making it easy to tailor to your needs!, wait for your driver’s license to be verified, and then receive your Zipcard! The card itself is what will unlock the car for you. Reserving your vehicle is simple (can be done via the website or app), and the length of your reservation is entirely up to you. Need it for a few hours to run errands? No problem! Want it for the weekend? Whole day reservations (up to 7 days) are also available! We had our car for a few days, and with 180 miles included a day, there was ample opportunity for adventure.

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While Scribner’s Lodge is in itself a major draw (SO. MUCH. COZY), the surrounding area’s attractions are what always get me super excited to visit. Since we were heading up in prime ski season, I made sure to pack my skis (Zipcar has ski racks and multiple sized car options to go along with whatever your adventures might require!) for the trip.

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This time, we stayed in one of the the Scribner Suites, which felt more like an apartment than a room! Featuring a loft-like living room (with our own cozy fireplace), a huge patio overlooking Hunter mountain, a bedroom downstairs and another two beds upstairs, space to sprawl out was in no short supply (for any of you from the city, you’ll know how much that’s appreciated!). After a cozy night’s sleep, we called down to the Prospect to order from the amazing brunch menu available - tip : the pancakes are amazinggg. With full bellies and a quick change out of our pjs, we were ready to get out and explore.

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Scribner’s is situated in an amazing part of the Catskills, with Kaaterskill Falls, one of the areas most popular destinations, just a short drive away. We usually opt for the hike down to the fall’s base, but this time we mixed it up and explored the top of the falls. Visiting this place in the Winter is like seeing it again for the first time! In the opposite direction, lies the ski resort, Hunter mountain. I was so happy to get some runs in while I was here, and explore the brand new Hunter North terrain! A quick zip (both of these destinations are less than 15 minutes away in either direction, Hunter is about a mile down the road!) back to the lodge, and we decided to warm up a bit before roasting our s’mores.

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Once again, a couple days at Scribner’s left us rested and ready to get back to the hustle and bustle of the city. And with the help of Zipcar, getting there and back was easier than ever! If you’re interested in applying for a membership, head here. Zipcar currently has locations all across the U.S., as well as in major cities worldwide. Suffice it to say, road trips just got a little easier.

xo

J.

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.