Episodes
We talk to professional climber Sasha DiGiulian about her unconventional journey, major setbacks, & remarkable achievements in & beyond the climbing world. Plus, we go behind the scenes of the new documentary about her story - which debuts on 6.18.24 - Here to Climb. RELATED LINKS: Bag Balm BLISTER+ Climbers, Get Yourself Covered TOPICS & TIMES: Sasha’s new film: Here to Climb (3:07) Injuries & Obstacles (5:19) How have 5 surgeries changed how you climb? (8:59) How has making...
Published 06/17/24
Published 06/17/24
We talk with U.S. Ski Hall of Famer, Mike Hattrup, about his days as a competitive mogul skier; being featured in iconic ski films like ‘The Blizzard of AAHHH’s’; his decades working in gear testing and development; and his latest role with Eleven Experience. RELATED LINKS: Get Yourself Covered: BLISTER+ Eleven Experience TOPICS & TIMES: Sun Valley, Idaho (3:25) Mogul Skiing (7:41) Filming with Greg Stump (13:31) From Moguls to the Aiguille du Midi (16:45) Backcountry Safety Back Then...
Published 06/10/24
Last week, we lost Bill Walton, one of the greatest basketball players of all-time, and a person with an all-time love of bikes. Today, I talk about what Bill meant to me personally, and we’re republishing here the conversation I had with Bill back on our Bikes & Big Ideas podcast. If you didn’t know Bill, you should listen to this conversation. And if you did know Bill, this conversation will make clear why so many people love him, and were inspired by him. RELATED LINKS: Video: Our...
Published 06/03/24
Our guest is Eric Blehm, author of The Darkest White., a book we think every snowboarder and skier should read. Today, we go behind the scenes with Eric to talk about the legend Craig Kelly; Eric’s extensive research on this project; and why The Darkest White is really (at least) 6 books in 1. RELATED LINKS: Episode Sponsor: bagbalm.com Get Yourself Covered: BLISTER+ CHECK OUT OUR OTHER PODCASTS: Blister Cinematic Bikes & Big Ideas GEAR:30 CRAFTED  Off The Couch TOPICS & TIMES: What...
Published 05/27/24
If you love skiing, snowboarding, trail running, or mountain biking, then why the hell do you need to know about things like short-term rentals, zoning codes, and accessory dwelling units? Because those things will impact whether or not you will be able to continue to ski, snowboard, run, bike, or live in some of your favorite places. So Troy Russ is back for another conversation about what we need to know — and do — re: housing issues and mountain town economics. RELATED LINKS: Get Yourself...
Published 05/20/24
Dr. Len Necefer (founder of the Sonoran Avalanche Center & NativesOutdoors) is back to discuss cloud seeding; the passing of the EXPLORE Act; trigger warnings; the most Italian news?; skiing on mushroom moguls; what we’re reading & watching; and more. RELATED LINKS: Get Yourself Covered: BLISTER+ Len’s Substack: All At Once TOPICS & TIMES: Len’s Trip Up the CO River (5:04) U.S. College Campus Protests (8:37) Cloud Seeding (30:42) House Passes the EXPLORE Act (42:38) The Most...
Published 05/06/24
So who was really behind the creation of BLISTER, how did the whole thing get started, and was it actually due to a misunderstanding over a couple of beers on the weekend of Independence Day, 2010? Today, Jonathan Ellsworth and Michael Clarke discuss all of the above, as well as giant tortoises, some keys to long-lasting friendships, and more. RELATED LINKS: Get Yourself Covered: BLISTER+ TOPICS & TIMES: Michael’s Role In Blister’s Existence (and Tortoises) (3:18) Michael’s Skiing...
Published 04/22/24
Mountain Gazette owner, Mike Rogge, is back to discuss the ongoing feud I have with him; media coverage of the eclipse; two stories from the soon-to-be-released MG #201; what we’re reading and watching (including Bluey, Road House, and why Rogge often tells people to watch the movie, Cocktail with Tom Cruise), and more. RELATED LINKS: Get Yourself Covered: BLISTER+ TOPICS & TIMES: Our Ongoing Feud (3:34) Media Eclipse Coverage (11:17) Last Issue: #200 (15:24) Next Issue: #201...
Published 04/15/24
At our Blister Summit, Angel Collinson, Mallory Duncan, Elyse Saugstad, & Vasu Sojitra shared stories about their all-time favorite days in the mountains; their scariest experiences; times they were the most starstruck; what they wish they could tell their younger selves; and more. Watch on our YouTube Channel. RELATED LINKS: Blister Recommended Shop: Sturtevants Get Yourself Covered: BLISTER+ Watch on our YouTube Channel TOPICS & TIMES: How’d You Get into Skiing? (3:31) All-Time...
Published 04/08/24
Cody and Jonathan discuss the end of The Fifty; the Crankworx riders’ strike; JHMR’s parking lot controversy; the all-drugs-are-legal Olympic Games; the ‘Road House’ remake; & more. RELATED LINKS: Blister Recommended Shop: vpg.no Get Covered: BLISTER+ TOPICS & TIMES: Catching Up, Cody’s Next 3 Months (0:00) The End of The Fifty? (7:35) Crankworx Canceled / Riders’ Strike (16:22) JHMR “Parking Hack” (41:26) The Enhanced Games (55:51) Ullr Sighting (1:10:18) What We’re Reading &...
Published 04/01/24
What should we do to most significantly and quickly improve the current climate situation? Should we all be pooping in buckets? At Blister Summit 2024, I had a conversation with Amie Engerbretson (Atomic); Dr. Len Necefer (Founder, NativesOutdoors & the Sonoran Avalanche Center); and Jake Black (Sr. Director of Programs, Protect Our Winters) to address this and a whole lot more. RELATED LINKS: Blister Recommended Shop: Lone Pine Gear Exchange BLISTER+ Membership: Learn More & Sign...
Published 03/25/24
After they competed in last weekend’s FWT Challenger stop in Crested Butte, Britta Winans, Colton Shaff, Mia Winans, and Tyler Curle sat down with us to peel back the curtain on the current freeride competition scene and discuss how the skiing and riding have evolved; differences between the FWQ and FWT events; their personal favorite moments from this season + personal favorite riders, and much more. RELATED LINKS: Blister Recommended Shop: Gear West BLISTER+ Membership: Learn More &...
Published 03/18/24
Today we are talking about an often overlooked — and sometimes looked down upon — form of self-expression in freeriding and freeskiing: fashion. Our guests are professional skiers Hadley Hammer and Kellyn Wilson, the founders of TOGS, which is a new project dedicated to widening ski culture and making it more acceptable for each of us to be our full selves. RELATED LINKS: Blister Rec Shop: Backcountry Essentials Get Covered: BLISTER+ TOPICS & TIMES: Hadley and BLISTER+ (7:41) What is...
Published 03/11/24
Trevor Kennison, Teton Brown, Cody Townsend, & Hoji swap stories about their experiences in the mountains & more. RELATED LINKS: VIDEO VERSION: Blister YouTube Blister Recommended Shop: Bluebird Mtn Sports OpenSnow Get Covered: BLISTER+ TOPICS & TIMES: The Epic Story of Hoji’s Hat (4:21) Teton Brown’s Story (12:05) Cody: Favorite Day (or Trip) in the Mtns? (18:52) Trevor: Skiing Rambo (22:58) Trevor’s 1st Trip to Japan (24:58) Teton’s Most Memorable Line (25:43) Skiing Big Lines...
Published 03/04/24
The Natural Selection Tour, created by Travis Rice, is one of the most innovative competitions out there. Top snowboarders openly covet an invite, and top skiers openly talk about how they’d love to someday compete. And with two Natural Selection Duels events taking place during our recent Blister Summit, it was a perfect chance to talk about Natural Selection and the future of comps with the Olympic & X Games gold medalist, Red Gerard; the legendary T. Bird (Tom Monterosso); and the CEO...
Published 02/26/24
As people who love the outdoors, why can’t we just steer clear of the often gross world of politics and let other people deal with that stuff? Jason Blevins (co-founder, Colorado Sun) discusses this with 3 people who will make the case and are setting the example for the rest of us: Caroline Gleich (professional ski mountaineer & U.S. Senate candidate), Nina Waters (athlete, creative, & Summit County commissioner), & Dr. Len Necefer (founder, Sonoran Avalanche Center & Natives...
Published 02/19/24
Last week at our Blister Summit, Cody and Jonathan recorded their first episode of Reviewing the News in front of a live audience, and it was great. Enjoy! RELATED LINKS: Get Covered: BLISTER+ TOPICS & TIMES: Cody Should Quit the Fifty (7:07) “Underground” Ski Instructors (19:13) Most Canadian News (28:03) Killington & 20+ Lost Skiers (31:14) Mountain Town Advice (40:31) NFL / Super Bowl Talk (45:32) Audience Questions (49:16) CHECK OUT OUR OTHER PODCASTS: Blister...
Published 02/12/24
Blister Summit 2024 kicks off this Sunday. So Jonathan talks with our Blister Summit Director, Kristin Sinnott, about the latest details; the things they’re most excited about; and more. If you’re coming to the Summit, listen up. And if you’ve never been, this conversation should help you understand why the Summit is our favorite week of the winter. RELATED LINKS: Powder7 Taos Ski Valley Join Us! Blister Summit 2024 Get Yourself Covered: BLISTER+ TOPICS & TIMES: Current Conditions, Etc....
Published 01/29/24
Cody and Jonathan debate the greatest athletic achievements in outdoor sports in 2023; Caroline Gleich’s run for the U.S. Senate; ski area & ski media business models; mountain town advice, the Most Canadian News; & more. RELATED LINKS: Moment Factory Store (Reno, NV) OpenSnow.com/Blister Join Us! Blister Summit 2024 Get Yourself Covered: BLISTER+ TOPICS & TIMES: Live Taping of Reviewing the News (00:30) Cody’s December (6:31) Biggest Athletic Achievements of 2023 (11:08) Ski...
Published 01/24/24
Many of us have daydreamed about starting our own ski or snowboard company, but what’s it like to actually do it? How much does it cost? How do you find customers? We sat down with Doug Bachand of FullSend Ski Co to answer all of these questions, to learn about Doug’s very unconventional journey to starting a ski company; and more. RELATED LINKS: Episode Sponsor: CARV Join Us! Blister Summit 2024 Get Yourself Covered: BLISTER+ TOPICS & TIMES: CARV (1:33) Blister Summit Update...
Published 01/22/24
Once again, we are sharing some of our team’s highlights and new year’s resolutions. This is a fun one, and it certainly fills out the picture of the people behind all of our reviews, videos, articles, podcasts, and Blister Summit events. And then tomorrow on our CRAFTED podcast, you’ll get to hear our reviewers talk about the hobbies and crafts they adopted in 2023. (I guarantee that some of the answers will surprise you — perhaps especially, Dylan Wood’s.) RELATED LINKS: Episode Sponsor:...
Published 12/27/23
What things should you consider when you’re wondering about turning a passion into a career? Should you pursue your passions at the cost of relationships? How do you say No to someone if they aren’t the right fit for a project? Angel Collinson is back on the show to dive deep into the topics of passion, curiosity, and boundaries, and how they relate to our favorite pastimes, our careers, and our relationships.  RELATED LINKS: Episode Sponsor: Willi’s Ski & Board Join Us! Blister Summit...
Published 12/18/23
Last week, we had one of the most accomplished athletes of all time come to Western Colorado University for our Blister Speaker Series. And it was quite an opportunity to get to pick the brain of Courtney Dauwalter and get her thoughts on life and the limits we tend to place on ourselves; her approach to training and competition; how she goes about setting goals; and more. Ultimately, while we’ve watched Courtney’s staggering achievements as she crosses finish line after finish line, setting...
Published 12/11/23
Cody and Jonathan discuss the 1.1 *trillion* dollar outdoor industry; e-bike bans?; the business of retro sneakers / retro skis; Cody snowboarding; the Most Canadian News; mtn town relationship advice; the greatest burn in the history of Reviewing the News; & more. RELATED LINKS: Episode Sponsor: Bluebird Mountain Sports Episode Sponsor: OpenSnow.com/Blister Get Yourself Covered: BLISTER+ Join Us! Blister Summit 2024 TOPICS & TIMES: Update on the Blister “100” (4:32) Blevins’ Corner:...
Published 12/04/23