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2012 International Snow Sculpture Championships

Post by:  Jake
1/29/12

Surreal.  The one word I would choose to describe the 2012 International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckinridge this weekend.  Although we didn’t have a chance to see the sculptures taking shape throughout the previous week, we did get to see the masterpieces just moments after the competition ended and judging began on Saturday.  For the past 22-years teams of 5 people from around the world have assembled at Breckinridge’s Riverwalk Center to carve artistic masterpieces out of a solid 20-ton block of snow.   This year, the 15 teams came from 12 different countries: Australia, Canada, Spain, China, Finland, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Estonia, Mexico, Switzerland, and the USA (Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, and Wisconsin).

The event happens at the same time each year with a week of construction and a week of viewing.  This year, viewing will continue till Sunday Feb. 5th at 11:00p.m. at which time they will disappear.  If you can make it this year, do!  The sculptures are incredible.  Plenty of cold weather have made the conditions ideal for sculpting, and the teams have really outdone themselves this year!

 

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How to be Happy

Review by:  Jake
1/29/12

Just like with the Snow Sculpture Championships, for centuries upon centuries people around the world have found ways to celebrate life and have found little secrets to make life a little easier and more enjoyable.  The brand new book “Happy” published by Lonely Planet explores these secrets to happiness from the cultures of the world.  Whether it be getting lost to find yourself from the traditional Walkabout celebrated by indigenous Australian cultures, or just getting outside to enjoy some sunny weather as is celebrated in Sweden’s Midsummers Festival; the book “Happy” is packed with stories and tips to brighten anyone’s outlook on life.  I recently had a chance to review a copy of “Happy” and found it…well… pleasant.  Super easy to read, and packed with stunning photos, the descriptions of each unique festival, and cultural event make me want to start making reservations to partake in the festivities myself; but that’s not the point of the book.  The point is simply to make the reader aware of all the little joys in life and to engage the reader to get off the couch and go do something, and of course be “Happy”.

 

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Snow, FINALLY!

Post by:  Jake
1/15/12

Snow here has finally started falling (at least, more regularly) and is starting to accumulate to skiable depths.  In fact, they are calling for snow almost every day this coming week!!!  Last Sunday morning a couple friends and I headed out for our first backcountry ski outing of the season.  We made only one (LONG) run for the day, and the snow conditions weren’t fabulous, but it was a really good time just getting outside, getting a great workout, and enjoying the sun and fresh snow.

Backcountry skiing is an amazing sport.  It’s an incredible strength and aerobic workout with a rewarding finish (skiing down).  After returning home Veronica asked how our day was.  Hearing we only skied one run she said, “You’re kidding? You spent 2-hours climbing just to ski one run? What a waste.”  I explained that Backcountry skiing wasn’t about actually “skiing” it’s about getting outside, hanging out with friends, and getting a great workout; the actual “skiing” was just a bonus.  It’s like snowshoeing, but with a much more rewarding finish.  I’m hooked, and I’m actually considering forgoing the multi-resort season pass next year in lieu of more backcountry days.  One thing’s for sure, I’d be in pretty good shape by the end of a full backcountry season!

 

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Need a Job?

 

Post by:  Jake
1/15/12

The place I work during my day job is hiring for another person in my position.  You could be my co-worker!  The job title is “Assistant Project Manager” and here’s the full job posting and the company’s hiring page.

We’re hiring for the Assistant Project Manager for the Natural Resource Management Department at Colorado Mountain College, in Leadville, CO.  We’re looking for someone with a Master’s in just about any science field.  The actual job is working with interns, taking them out to do environmental field work (of all types) all spring, summer, and fall.  Winter is mainly filled with report writing, but there is an occasional outing to collect Snow Water Equivalency data (Snow shoeing and Backcountry Skiing‼).  And there’s generally plenty of down time to go skiing during the long winters.

This is the job I’ve been doing since September, and so far, I LOVE it.  I really can’t think of a better job to be doing at this stage in my life.  It keeps me active, and working with college students is a blast.  Also, if you have aspirations of becoming a college professor someday, this is an incredible opportunity as you may be able to adjunct teach some courses if you’d like. Sound too good to be true yet?

Leadville is awesome.  Veronica and I have really fallen in love with this place.  Small town feel, but close to EVERYTHING; 1.5 hours to Denver, ½ hour to a dozen world class resorts (Vail, Breck, Keystone, ect…) ½ hour to year-round rock climbing in Buena Vista, 3.5 hours to Moab, UT if you need to warm up.  If you’re not a fan of Winter, this is not your place as winter seems to last forever; but so does the exceptional backcountry skiing on the 14ers that surround town.

 

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