Basin of Snow’s Gondola Museum

Actions speak louder than words. The achievements of deceased men will live on through the lips of alive men. Once written, stands forever. Just Google it. Life is easier to exist than excel, as the non-doers have more time to sit around and talk about the doers. Focusing on the Olympics, summer or winter, is at least four years in the making. Dedication to excel at this high level has room only for a few, however those few are spread out all over the world. Where to find the names of winter Olympians that have medaled in one spot? Not even Google has that available, however a moving strawberry and needle will be able to share with you.

Assume wrong and it might mean “ass u me”. This 20015 snow season has been very rough on the ski industry all over the west. Some resorts are fine, some have struggled, and too many have shutdown early. MauiSkiBus needed internet, so decided to go into one of the, if not the, best ski lodges that it has ever visited east of Ogden, Utah. Snow Basin was the site for the downhill, super G, and combined races during the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics. Finding solace in a banquet room with a fireplace, where there are so many fireplaces to snuggle up to, MauiSkiBus did much needed office work.

A drop in to the admin office, and admin Karen, all smiles and giggles, loved seeing MauiSkiBus when she arrived to work. A quick call to a marketing guru J Dyer, and MauiSkiBus found its way up 3,000 feet on Needles gondola to the rugged peaks of Mt. Ogden. Adorning both inside and outside of all 86 gondolas are tributes to past winter Olympians. Need more info, head skiers right, drop into the land of berries and all 86 gondolas on Strawberry also honor past Olympians. More info desired? Explore the lodges of Snow Basin and find the discovery room, learning about the land area history surrounding the Snow Basin Ski Resort.

One fireplace, two fireplace, three fireplace, and more, this is a ski area that has lodges built to withstand a tornado, modern day relics adorning walls, wooden beams to marvel at, and then all of those names of Olympians on the 192 gondolas. MauiSkiBus received its biggest surprise of the 2015 season, as what viewed like a nearly snowless mountain, had a plethora of perfect spring skiing runs, many under the museum worthy gondolas, Needles and Strawberry. A fantastic day was had at Snow Basin. Now MauiSkiBus needs to find a way to move into the lodge.

water first while reading the white menu

The atmosphere at a ski resort is usually about the snow conditions, lift lines, where there is still powder three days after a blizzard, but what is often missing, the dining experience. Bigger world known resorts, such as Aspen, Telluride, Vail/Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Deer Valley, Whistler, all have the five star restaurants, some situated at the top of the mountain, adding to the ambiance. Well wrap your self around the glorious mid-sized ski area, as a red miso honey mayo on sliced Panini bread is calling you. Maple trees do not live here, but they roast the yam, add in a WH2O burger sauce, and then ski like a tzatziki wrapped pita.

This delicious  menu of food lives in powder snow that is white, comes from water, and resides in an area called the Powder Highway, those two lane roads found in the interior of British Columbia. WhiterWater Ski Area, has no lodge, no, fancy access road, older double chairs, and a lodge that has a simple cafeteria feel. Be fooled not here, or you might faceplant like a peppercorn demi-glace caramelized onion, as the dining experience ranks with all of the big ski areas and the big reputation of their dining experience.

Care not for the food, so go and hit the slopes of WhiteWater, watch out for the rad extreme skiers, bouncing from mogul tops to moguls tops, right under your chair. Need to get lost in some trees? It is offered here on this ski slope menu. Backcountry? Watch out, an avy might have you for dinner, as WhiteWater does get that powder, heaps and heaps, like the miso mushroom gravy that could be served as a soup. Three years had gone by since MauiSkiBus visited a here and of course all that remembered thought that only a year had passed. Even so, a MauiSkiBus sticker still lives in the lounge on a snowboard that hangs on the wall.

ba ba ba lu lu lu yo ga

Hypnotic. Mesmerising. Enchanting. A solution to violent behaviour. This has been found, found far, far away, under a mackenzie, near an area that stokes so many, as rebels would lay down their arms, and then open their arms. MauiSkiBus felt this this, had no need to lay down arms, but did open up the arms. Sounds emitted from this gracious voice would hypnotize the violent, should be sent by loudspeaker, as the arms would be laid to rest.

A yoga instructor does as the name states, instruct yoga. A voice must be used and MauiSkiBus found the voice to soothe all of the so called tough violent souls on planet Earth. This solution is simple. Just make them listen to the voice of Sheri, a Balu Yoga co-owner in Revelstoke, British Columbia. Done. No more violence, arms would be laid done, and their own arms would be opened to an additional benefit of yoga. Balu’s other co-owner, Noelle,  has the determined look to make this happen. Simple solution to no more violence.

MauiSkiBus is not a powder ski bum, is just a tropical ski bum that loves the ski life and spending a day on the mountain. Revelstoke Ski Resort was able to give MauiSkiBus some moguls, those at times hated rolling bumps that are formed by skier’s turns. Yes, it is hell on the joints, especially the knees. Miss sweet Sheri came up with what she calls “the Hawaiian Splits” just for MauiSkiBus. Not really a traditional split, more of a torture chamber twist, and with that smooth hypnotic voice, MauiSkiBus was under her verbal command. If she can remove the soreness from a day of mogul skiing that fast, she could remove the violence from those souls that carry it.

8 ladies

1 boy


Rebel has a new attitude, so stoked!

Attitude. The longer one desires to ski, the more one realizes the impact of attitude is on skiing.  Attitude,  is more important than facts. It is more important than the past snow reports, than the future reports, than money not made, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what has been said or not offered in the past. It is more important than appearance, vertical, or slopes. It will make or break a company, a career, or a community. The remarkable thing is a rebel has a choice every day regarding the attitude embraced for that day. The past cannot be changed… nothing can change the fact that snow gods will act in a certain way.  The only thing a rebel can do is play on the one string it has and that is attitude. A rebel was convinced that skiing is 10% of what happens and 90% reaction.  And so it is with a rebel…a new attitude has everyone stoked.

The MOST VERTICAL abled to be skied at any one resort in North America is now part of MauiSkiBus. A rebel no more, a changing of the marketing guards, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort has a new tropical attitude. The change rates an A+ by MauiSkiBus, not a compliment, but a real honor of attitude is sent Liz, Revelstoke’s new media goddess. Not only does MauiSkiBus feel the attitude change, so did the head ski patrollers, the rockin’ après ski lounge manager, and even down in Revey town. Having over 5,600 feet of VERTICAL, such a dizzy amount, is just a tease here at Revelstoke. The new attitude was felt all over, as MauiSkiBus was constantly waved at, smiled at, and photographed so often.

Feeling ho hum about that VERTICAL. Hop on a Revey kitty cat and get a new attitude with some cat skiing. Not up to playing in kitty litter? 500,000 awaits you, that is in acres to heli-ski in. How is that for your ski attitude? Once legs taste some of that, you will be hard pressed to tackle that VERTICAL, so remember, it is not the snow, not the lines, not the bed, and any aching head. Revey’s attitude can offer an easy going feel, just cruising along, maybe some long lasting lines, satisfy a bad ass skier that wants a challenge, you gotta earn your turns, of course, steep and deep, and then, just go and explore. It is your attitude that you have complete control of. Revelstoke’s attitude has been refined and offers fine ski lines of VERTICAL happiness to share. Revelstoke will be missed by MauiSkiBus, as a delightful day was had here. No ski attitude problem for this tropical ski bum!

Well, yoga is a business that must winds

This Lotus is Twice Golden

Soldier, firefighter, pilot, police, medical field worker, parents. What do they all have in common that is very high? Stress. How do many relieve stress? The wrong way, such as alcohol, drugs, violence, re-hab and therapists. The last two are more of “I am at my wit’s end” solution. Then there is the expense, potential embarrassment, and really not the right answer. This is the game of life. Its twists and turns, working within the human being, creating unwanted dark energy.  Rise and bloom above your murkiness, achieving the golden light. Purify your spirit, which is settled into murkiness, rise above your stress and darkness, bloom as the lotus blooms.

The lotus flower thrives in dirty, murky waters, and blooms into colors of the rainbow, evolve into the highest lotus form, the golden lotus, the highest level of enlightenment. How does the golden lotus become twice golden? Reside next to Kicking Horse river the in the ski town of Golden, British Columbia. Golden Lotus Ayurveda, with deck views of the White Tooth Range, would impress the distant Dali Lama, however a Dalia Yanai does reside here. Add into the mix a marvelous Melissa, instructor on this day MauiSkiBus visited, of two lotus enlightened souls, murkiness was no where to be found.

Golden, British Columbia offers world class extreme ski terrain in Kicking Horse, a mountain that is just over there, however has a tiny village feel of 4,000 or so residents. Golden Lotus yoga is an added attraction to Golden, whether one travels here for the steeps, the river rapids, or the stunning views, that surround on all sides. White teeth shine here, as smiles will be had post a Golden Lotus yoga class at the WhiteTooth Bistro, maybe even a stay at the Dreamcatcher, to secure enlightenment. Ski a Kicking Horse, stretch with a Golden Lotus, smile brightly at WhiteTooth, and dream away at a Dreamcatcher. A sure remedy for murkiness to be gone, no need for that expense of a therapist.

One lady lotus

One tropical ski bud


Kicking Bear and the Golden Horse

What can be scary, weighs around 700 plus pounds, and lives at a ski resort? Give up? Boo. Not Boo Who? Just Boo. The golden horse knows this, as sensitive nostrils smell Boo, driving the horse of golden to kick. Step away, step away from that fence, beware, as the bare backed horse has done. Wanna jump off the gondola? Not around here, as Boo gonna get ya, Boo gonna chase you down, Boo gonna run as fast as the golden horse that kicks.

Many ski resorts make gold in the winter months, make more gold when the powder falls fast from the heavens. This ski resort doesn’t rely on just one form of gold, as the town of Golden is at the base of the White Tooth Range. Churning thighs dip into chutes high above, kicking turns of soft powder away, as the churning and kicking river of the horse, roams the valley below. Kicking Horse, Golden, British Columbia, knows that answer to the question, as Boo is the answer.

Grizzly bears, those cute and furry animals with a temper. All trail horses fear grizzlys and so does the Kicking Horse, as Boo, the resident grizzly bear lives at the ski resort, under the gondola, possibly ready to show himself. Venture here in deep winter, a sleep for sure is to be had, come and enjoy some spring skiing, Boo may be up. As the gondola passes by, all eyes look down, however beware, in the distance, far, far away from Boo, is the forever steeps of Kicking Horse. Ridge after ridge, easy to hide from the next avid skier, awaits, 4,000 feet up from the start of your ascent. Kick some turns, bear the pain, no horsing around up here, as skiing Kicking Horse will make you feel golden down at the base.

Kim mines for Burley

Trains are common in Europe for transportation for millions, trains stations in some countries live far in the past, others seem to predict the future. The USA uses trains more to haul manufactured goods, not human cargo. Both sides of the Atlantic, tracks mainly are above ground, at times, tunneling through mountains, rather traversing passes. What about an underground train, one with a lifetime value of $20 billion? Europe, nor the USA holds claim to this. But Kim did, as she mined, a burley job for any, especially underground.

In an area of British Columbia, not know really by many, had a watchful eye, a photographic eye maybe better stated, by a company that is declining like so many of the former mining companies that now have famous ski areas. Kodak, yes the Kodak, knew Kimberley, BC, buying all of silver mined under the now ski are named Kimberley Alpine Resort. Trains were the most efficient way to transport silver ore from underground and Kimberley still offers train rides and a modern feel of the old mining days.

This so friendly ski destination remembered MauiSkiBus, with most thinking that time had passed by just one year since the visit in 2012. Marketing Magic Meegan was well over the top, greeting MauiSkiBus with a huge smile, introducing all to the tropical ski bum, and spending time on the slopes of Kimberley. Pride runs rampant on the slopes of Kimberley, none more proud than 80 plus year old famous Mono Ski Bill, an inspiration to all complaining couch potatoes that skiing is too hard, too cold, too whatever. Adding to this eclectic mix, Racer Rob set MauiSkiBus up with the VIP of VIP parking spots, right in the plaza of vibrant energy at Kimberely. So many smiles were seen, maybe as many smiles as in a train station when it arrives on time!

Yoga Poses at Jewel’s Mountain

Yoga moves your soul, yoga moves your heart, yoga moves your arms and legs, and the art of yoga is moving. Can you follow it? Really, yoga studios, with an array of different styles, are on the move. Remember Y2K? What were doing? Really, try to remember. In the year 2000, the yoga industry generated less than a billion dollars in revenue, now it is approaching  twelve billion, with over 100 million worldwide practicing, 20 million in the US alone. Even a small former mining town in central British Columbia has a gem of a studio, softly ruled by a jewel.

In the mountains, the Kootenai Mountains of central British Columbia, lives a gem, a gem of a yoga feline, one that is a mover, one that makes opportunity attracted to her, one that moves, maybe in the form of acroyoga, who lives in Kimberley, but is not named the same. Mountain Pose Yoga, in the former mining, now ski town of Kimberley, BC, is owned by Jewels, vivacious in energy, dancing in form, and ready to whip up a smile. The rather small community has a gem in the form of a jewel and a gem in the form of a yoga studio in the heart of town, one that even the local constable likes. MauiSkiBus parked in front of Mountain Pose, in a bit of an illegal spot, while Jewels and her precious daughter Lily, used the dance floor as their yoga platform.

In a small community where everyone seems to know your name, the brightly colored MauiSkiBus turned many heads, however those heads are already flexible, having turned many times, by the energy output from the jewel of Kimberley. Additions to yoga studios have been seen by MauiSkiBus during its 2015 travels and Mountain Pose now offers acupuncture with an Alyssa to administer. Settle in here for a bit of the fast growing acroyoga, some acupuncture,  or a bit of the delightful feeling that the Kimberley gem emits. Mountain Pose even adds a day to the conventional month to make 31! Movin’ and a grovin’ at Mountain Pose.

Seven Female Gems

One Male Stone


Evolution has created yoga

Imagine this. You are a young energy, living in an old time, from this time, you have evolved, however at your time, forward thought was not on your mind. You look out, using your eyes to view, even sounds of then can not be heard now. Smells wander your way, scents of past animals, long gone now. Deep breathes, soft stretches, holding silent energy, still as a statue, standing on a ridge, taking in all that is there, waiting for the moment to pounce, not even knowing that you have started some of the basics of yoga. Your era is prehistoric man, you started what your body desires, not even thinking what would occur in now modern times, the era of a tropical ski bum.

Where and when did the art form of yoga actually start? Who cares, as it now as evolved into an accepted part of modern society, especially in and around the ski resorts. Most studios that MauiSkiBus has visited in the 2015 season have expanded, community recreations offer yoga, and traditional health clubs have added a variety of yoga styles. Along the famous British Columbia’s powder highway, is the avid athletic community of Fernie. Post a fantastic ski at the same named Fernie Ski Resort, is the hopping Evolution Fitness Center, offering an array of health club amenities. Of course, yoga lives here, with a variety of classes that maybe once had some distance roots connected with that same pre-historic cave man.

So the future will evolve, this era will be looked back on, and our now modern times will be the past. A very forward thinking Melanie, instructor with many visions has plans in place to take yoga to a different level. Evolution Heath Center and the yoga that is offered in Fernie, overseen by a very thoughtful Dee, means fit business, as the lobby has fit Fernians coming and going. From a time that a man, long ago, doing on his natural own, what millions now practice on purpose, yoga then is not the yoga of now. Evolution, taking yoga higher, opening the creativity, and the numbers do not lie, the results are proven. Yoga from the pre-historic man has evolved to benefit the modern man.

Six Young Ladies

Seven Neanderthals