Three Real-World Tips About Mountain Living

What to consider for your future piece of paradise.

Whether it’s buying a dream ski chalet, family vacation home, or mountain retreat, there’s a lot to consider. Here are a few basics to help you get started.


Digitally downstream

Though we’d all like not be chained 24/7 to our digital devices, these days your cell phone, laptop, and tablet, are probably as indispensable to your daily life as, well, eating and breathing.

Be aware that in mountain towns, cell phone coverage and wi-fi service can be as rugged as the soaring peaks all around you, which are the common culprits behind dropped service, dead zones, and uneven coverage. Towns, resorts, and businesses are upgrading technology all the time, and have made huge progress in recent years. But do your due diligence before you buy a place. How’s the cell coverage in your new neighborhood? What carriers work best? How about in downtown? Or on the slopes and the hiking trails? It’s a great excuse to knock on a few doors and chat up your potential neighbors. And maybe enjoy a cup of coffee and homemade cookies in the process.



Access and convenience

One of the huge attractions of mountain living is that these beautiful communities are, of course, nestled away in the mountains. Yes, that’s obvious, but so are the ramifications of a remote location that too often can be overlooked, minimized, or simply ignored by visitors or homebuyers.

 The first residents of these towns often moved there to be left alone, as the mountains are a great place to hide out. Just ask Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. So what are your primary goals for your mountain home? Are you looking for a frequent weekend family getaway? Or perhaps a secluded snowy retreat far away from the hustle and flow of civilization?


 A family retreat needs to be accessible to everyone—or as many members of your family as possible. Jumping on a long flight or packing a car for a full-day drive might not seem like a big deal to you, but parents with young kids or elderly grandparents might think differently. It’s all about location, location, location. Also, for a family vacation home, you’ll want plenty of activities for different age groups. And if you’re looking for your vacation home to also double as an investment rental property, be realistic on how often you would like to use it—or conversely, how often you plan to put it into the rental pool. 

According to the 2017 Vacation Home Buyer’s Survey by the National Association of Realtors, vacation properties, on average, are located 200 miles from the buyer’s primary residence. That sounds right, as it translates into about a three to four-hour drive.

Consider your long-term goals too. Do you plan to sell the place after the kids grow up? Or would you like to eventually move there after retirement? In 2017, about one-third of vacation home buyers said they plan to do exactly that.

Mountain Landscape 

Check out the town—and the seasons.

Ski with the locals. Stroll the downtown core. Grab a bite at the popular breakfast restaurant to watch how the town wakes up. Later buy a few drinks at the local tavern, tip well, and ask the bartender for the real intel on the town. 

Better yet, do all of the above during different seasons. Weather, travel times, crowds, and the overall vibe of a town or resort are different depending on the season. Winter isn’t summer, and neither are similar to the so-called shoulder seasons between the two. That’s half the fun of mountain living, as the town changes along with the seasons.

And, of course, run the financial numbers with your accountant before you make a move.


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“Climb to Glory” Legacy of the 10th Mountain Ski Troopers

We collaborated with The Colorado Ski Museum to produce a special, 45-minute documentary that tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers and how they transformed the U.S. Ski Industry after World War II.

Info on hosting your own screening of "Climb to Glory" here.

To purchase a copy of "Climb to Glory" in a BluRay/DVD combo pack, please visit our Gear Store.

Produced by Warren Miller Entertainment in partnership with the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum, Climb To Glory tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers and how they championed the U.S. Ski Industry following World War II. The Mountain Division came into existence on July 13, 1943 at an Army base in the Colorado Rockies known as “Camp Hale”. The Division trained at 9,200 feet above sea level and honed their skills to fight and survive under the most brutal mountain conditions. After participating in a major turning point in the War, these heroes returned home from Italy as pioneering individuals and helped expand skiing into a lifestyle sport with ski resort development, product innovation, instruction and everything in between. Narrated by Olympian and future Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame inductee Jeremy Bloom and inspired by Warren Miller Athlete Chris Anthony, Climb to Glory highlights the 10th Mountain Division Vets’ astounding impact on our country and the ski industry while incorporating the fun and flair of Warren Miller films.

To host your own screening of "Climb to Glory," contact John Shafer,, or 303-253-6342.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN: "Climb to Glory" is available now. Subject to market availability. 

HOW: Warren Miller Entertainment will provide the movie.  In addition to your DVD (or BluRay), WME will provide promotional materials, including posters, flyers, etc. You select the venue, place the advertising, gather sponsors, sell the tickets and run the show.  WME is available for consultation but the arrangements and presentation are up to you! 

FORMAT: DVD; or BluRay 

COST: Upfront guarantee/deposit versus a percentage of Gross Ticket Sales, whichever is greater.  Fee is negotiable depending on market, type of screening(s), number of showings, ticket price, etc.

WHY: Great fundraiser and marketing tool for your community, company, organization or group; or just a good way to make some money doing something unique and fun!

To host your own screening of "Climb to Glory", contact John Shafer,, or 303-253-6342.

Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride Released on iTunes

Own Ticket to Ride today

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A ticket can get you anywhere in the world, from the chairlift at your local ski area to the top of Talgar Peak in Kazakhstan. It can put your heart in your throat as you fly over a knoll faster than you have all year, and it can put your mind at ease when you find yourself alone in a snow-covered Aspen grove with clear blue sky above and crisp cold air all around. A ticket is the end of reality and the beginning of a journey. And we've got one for you.

In the 64th annual ski and snowboard film, Warren Miller Entertainment presents you with a Ticket to Ride. Your traveling companions include some of the biggest names in big mountain skiing and snowboarding, including Chris Davenport, Scot Schmidt, and Seth Morrison. They're joined by Sean Pettit, Mark Abma, and a gang of Olympic champions like Seth Wescott, Julia Mancuso, and Ted Ligety – and that's just the beginning. Wait until you meet The Great Sensei of the Mountain...

Filmed on location all over the world, including Montana, Switzerland, Iceland, Greenland, Aspen, Norway, Alaska, and some of our favorite mom-and-pop ski hills across the U.S., Ticket to Ride is the starting point for a season-long celebration of snow, and all of the people you'll meet along the way. If you need to feel the sting of winter in your lungs, the rush of adrenaline in your blood, and a range of mountains in your eyes, we've got just the ticket for you.

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Capture The Mountain With Helly Hansen Photo Contest Winners

A few very talented photographers cashed in their pictures for tons of Helly Hansen gear and a free trip to Aspen. Check out the winning photos here.

Congratulations to the Grand Prize winner of Capture the Mountain With Helly Hansen, Brad Hays of Champaign, IL who has won the trip of a lifetime. Brad and a guest won a roundtrip 5-day, 5-night luxury ski vacation for two in Aspen, Colorado PLUS two deluxe Helly Hansen outerwear packages.

Weekly prize winners each scored a set of Helly Hansen Warm Tops and Bottoms.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest! Stay tuned to for behind the scenes photos, videos and more teasers from Ticket to Ride, coming to a theater near you this Fall.


Grand Prize Winner: B. Hays







Weekly Winner: A. Couto




Weekly Winner: B. Hile




Weekly Winner: C. Friedman




Weekly Winner: C. Cleveland




Weekly Winner: J. Hayes




Weekly Winner: M. Simburg




Warren Miller’s 2012 World Tour Sweepstakes Grand Prize Winner

The time has come again to announce the winner of Warren Miller’s World Tour Sweepstakes. Who is this lucky Warren Miller fan that has won a 7-day heli-skiing trip for 2 in British Columbia with Canadian Mountain Holidays? Click here to find out.

Congratulations to the Grand Prize winner of The 2012 Warren Miller’s World Tour Sweepstakes, Nathan K. of Columbus, WI who has won the trip of a lifetime. Nathan and a guest will fly round-trip, via Alaska Air, to Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) in British Columbia to shred 100,000 feet of vert on a seven-day heli-skiing vacation. A guiding company to the core, CMH invented Heli-Skiing and has been guiding guests on skiing adventures since 1965. Nathan and his guest will experience unparalleled skiing, riding, and hospitality in some of the most awe-inspiring mountains on the planet.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Flow State Film Tour and entered the sweepstakes. Stay tuned to for behind the scenes photos and videos and more teasers from or 64th film, coming to a theater near you this Fall.

Warren Miller’s Flow State Released on iTunes

The world’s leading winter sports film is available for digital download months before DVD and Bluray release.

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Warren Miller’s most recent and 63rd annual ski and snowboard film, Flow State will be available for digital download exclusively on iTunes beginning Feb. 22, marking the earliest post-box office release in the company’s history. Available to winter sports enthusiasts months before the September 2013 DVD and Bluray release of Flow State, the iTunes release gives fans an all-access pass to one of the winter’s most talked about ski and snowboard films.

Narrated by Jonny Moseley, Warren Miller’s Flow State features some of the sports’ most celebrated athletes including Colby West, David Wise, Jess McMillan, Chris Davenport, Kaylin Richardson and more. Flow State takes viewers to the top of the world’s most striking peaks, on an exhilarating journey across the globe to Norway, Austria, Alaska, Switzerland and beyond. Watch Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety take on Alaska’s mighty Chugach, Julian Carr bomb down Utah’s famed Wasatch, Jackie Paaso explore the Norwegian Arctic and Chris Anthony make Warren Miller history on 70-year-old, 10th Mountain Division ski equipment. Once again, Warren Miller raises the bar with Flow State, offering viewers a magnitude of ski and snowboard action that can’t be matched anywhere else.

 “We are thrilled to offer fans the opportunity to download Flow State this winter,” said Max Bervy, Managing Director of Warren Miller Films. “This marks the earliest feature release in Warren Miller Entertainment history, allowing skiers and riders to watch Flow State for inspiration this season.”

Click here to download Warren Miller’s Flow State on iTunes for $14.99. For more action and behind the scenes footage from the making of Flow State, click here

First-Ever Nature Valley NASTAR Eastern Championships Coming to Okemo Mountain

NASTAR, the largest public grassroots ski race program in the world, will debut the inaugural Nature Valley NASTAR Eastern Championships February 1-3 at Okemo Mountain, VT.

First-Ever Nature Valley NASTAR Eastern Championships 

Coming to Okemo Mountain, VT Feb. 1-3

Competitors who register online by Jan. 28 receive a free copy of Warren Miller’s …Like There’s No Tomorrow.

NASTAR, the largest public grassroots ski race program in the world, will debut the inaugural Nature Valley NASTAR Eastern Championships February 1-3 at Okemo Mountain, VT. This prestigious race series will provide recreational racers an opportunity to compete against their peers in a modified GS race, as well as with their family and friends in a team competition.

In addition to the NASTAR races, the Eastern Championships will feature race clinics with NASTAR’s National Pacesetter AJ Kitt, an interactive sponsor village, live music, a free screening of Warren Miller’s Flow State, autograph sessions with World Cup racers, great prizes and more.

 “We are excited to bring the NASTAR Eastern Championships to Okemo in January,” said Johnny Alamo, Director of Strategic Partnerships at NASTAR. “This event serves as a qualifying platform for the National Championships, with event festivities mirroring the experience offered out west. The Eastern Championships allows racers to complete on an elite level and race head-to-head against their top regional competition.”

Participants will compete within their age and ability group on Saturday, and the top three racers in each division will automatically qualify for the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships to be held at Aspen/Snowmass, CO March 20-24. Additionally, each first-place racer will be invited to compete in the Race of Champions on Sunday. The Race of Champions is handicapped, giving racers of all ages an opportunity to win the Overall NASTAR Eastern Championship title based on their discounted time. The male and female racers that post the fastest raw times and overall times during the Race of Champions will be awarded complimentary registration and lift tickets for the National Championships at Aspen/Snowmass. 

Participants will have a chance to compete in teams of 3 or more on Sunday afternoon during the event’s Team Races. Team members will score points based on the handicap they earn in their age and gender groups. NASTAR Team Points are designed to level the playing field so that young and old racers have an equal opportunity to contribute to their teams' success.


Nature Valley NASTAR Eastern Championships Schedule of Events

  • Feb. 1, Friday: Race Clinics (Contact Okemo: 802-228-4041) & Onsite Registration 
  • Feb. 2, Saturday: All Division Racing
    • 9am-3pm: Visit the Sponsor Village in the Clock Tower Base Area
    • 10am: Junior Racers 20 years and younger on the NASTAR Race Arena on Bull Run
    • 12:30pm: Adult Racers 21 years and older
      • All participants will take two race runs but only the best race run handicap will count for awards
      • Racers will be placed in either the Platinum/Gold division or the Silver/Bronze division depending on the best handicap earned.
    • 6-9:30pm: Awards & Racer Reception in the Clock Tower Base Lodge, including Warren Miller's Flow State: Director's Cut, Awards Ceremony, Prize Raffle and Live Music
  • Feb. 3, Sunday: Race of Champions & Team Racing
    • 9:30am: Race of Champions
    • 12:30pm: Team Race (Family & Friends Teams)


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Why I Love to Ski or Ride Video Contest

We invite you to enter the Warren Miller Entertainment Video Awards for the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month/Bring a Friend initiative. Help us show the joy and exhilaration of skiing and/or snowboarding through your visual expression.

Want to share your passion for skiing and snowboarding? Would you like to let others know how much fun they can have on snow?

We invite you to enter the Warren Miller Entertainment Video Awards for the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month/Bring a Friend initiative. Help us show the joy and exhilaration of skiing and/or snowboarding through your visual expression.

Your entry will be posted on our special Facebook page. Your friends and others will be able to "vote" on your work. We also have a panel of three judges who will choose their favorites.

Each of three finalists will receive a jacket from The North Face and a year-long subscription to either SKI or Transworld Snowboarding magazines.


The New Après Ski

The après-ski ritual is the great equalizer in the ski-day, and we’ve rounded up a sampling of what the new après scene has to offer.

The après-ski ritual is the great equalizer in the ski-day. Whether the accomplishment du jour was conquering a long-coveted expert line, or finely paralleled turns on the bunny slope, après is the one place where everyone stands on equal ground. In fact, we daresay, après-ski sessions are highlight of many ski trips.

In the last few years, there has been an abundant crop of new bars, some innovative, some traditional, but all with the same goal in mind: keep the skiing high as long as possible. And thankfully, the hottest spots in après-hedonism are no longer the dirtiest dive bars around. We’ve rounded up a sampling of what the new après scene has to offer.

Frost, Vail, Colorado:  Despite the name, a cozy interior and vibe give this funky cocktail spot all it needs to provide the perfect venue to relax and indulge in the heart of Vail Village. A fun, sophisticated crowd opens the door to an alternative après scene, without the Jagerbombs, stumbling, and ski boots till midnight.

Smak Bar, Telluride, CO: Located in the Hotel Madeline, right off the main plaza in Mountain Village, the new Smak Bar boasts a minimalist interior design theme and inspired year-round locavore fare. A local favorite for ski bums in duct-taped Gore-tex, as well as the gathering point for imbibing jetsetters. Don’t leave Telluride until you at least try Smak’s instantly legendary Bloody Mary.

The Meatball Shack, Aspen, CO: Serving up Italian-inspired gourmet fare with a ski town twist, Aspen locals opened this whimsical and increasingly popular spot over this past summer.  Forget the nachos – grab a beer and munch on meatball tartare wrapped with Tuscan summer truffles and lobster balls with caviar, micro chives and crème fraîche. 312 S. Mill St. Aspen, CO

Finbarr’s Irish Pub, Aspen, CO: Walking distance from the lifts, this lively spot, based on the traditional Irish pub with a modern, chic, twist opened its doors last season. With the goal of bring Aspen’s all-inclusive town gathering spot, Finbarr’s packs all members of Aspen’s community into its sleek interior for ‘elevated gastro-pub’ fare and easy on the wallet drinks.  415 E. Hyman Avenue, Aspen, CO

Rocker@Squaw, Squaw Valley, California: Inspired in part the late, Squaw-based skier Shane McConkey, Rocker celebrates the passion of all the exceptional athletes and riotous characters that the Squaw scene is known for. The bar boasts RockerTV, where revelers can upload footage of their day for a chance to join their heroes onscreen at the bar. It also offers a 5lb., $50 ‘Gnar-burger,’ in case you and nine of your friends are hungry.

The Handle Bar, Teton Village, WY: Just steps from the base of the lifts is this playfully named new addition to Jackson Hole’s après ski scene. With a dangerous five-hour! happy hour, casual dining options, a huge outdoor terrace and a cozy-chic locale in the slope-side Four Seasons Hotel, the Handle Bar is sure to up the après ante for the rowdy Wyoming crowd – locals and visitors alike.

Wino, Revelstoke, BC, Canada: Revelstoke’s 5,620’ vertical drop of lift-served terrain, heli and cat skiing options, and 40-60 feet of annual snowfall are capturing the attention of the industry. This is resort also knows how essential it is to celebrate after a day on the slopes. At the base of the gondola is Wino, with a Euro-après focus on wines and cocktails. Twinkling inlaid lights offset the industrial look of the bar inside, or you can head outside to kick back and enjoy the massive Selkirk views from the fire pits.

Loft, Verbier, Switzerland: Europe is where après was born. And they don’t take it lightly. If you want to party all night in your ski boots with a wild international crowd that may or may not have a penchant for dancing on the furniture, hit up The Loft Bar. Opened by the former owners of Verbier’s popular Wonderbar, Loft offers a massive deck, spectacular scenery, and cheap drinks (which is key when coughing up Swiss francs).

Avalanche Awareness 101

Backcountry skiing is becoming more popular every year due to new gear making the sport easier, safer, and more accessible. Yet, anyone planning on heading out to explore the backcountry (either for the first time or for their fifteenth season) should double-check their avalanche awareness and preparation.

Winter is finally shaping up and in full swing. Peaks and valleys are coated in white, and stoked skiers are heading to resorts, sidecountry and even farther into the backcountry in search of their very own powder stashes. Yet, anyone planning on heading out to explore the backcountry (either for the first time or for their fifteenth season) should double-check their avalanche awareness and preparation.

Backcountry skiing is becoming more popular every year due to new gear making the sport easier, safer, and more accessible. However, this means more people are putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations, and avalanche awareness and education about snow safety has never been more important.

The first step a beginning backcountry enthusiast should take is to learn about snow science and safety, and a Level 1 avalanche course is an important part of preparation. Avalanches are a natural phenomenon, but the majority of slide incidents that result in skier injuries or fatalities are human-triggered. Classes teach skiers about avalanche terminology, how to interpret reports on changing weather conditions, and how to measure snowpack stability, among other topics. These classes help people recognize avalanche warning signs, and hopefully how to avoid making potentially life-threatening decisions. 

After a skier attends an avalanche course they should obtain proper gear, and learn how to use it. Necessary gear includes: an avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe and a pack to keep everything in. This equipment should be taken every time a skier is in avalanche terrain. Gear packs that are equipped with airbags are also becoming a staple for many frequent backcountry skiers, but they are not a substitute for snow safety knowledge and smart decisions.

Even those experienced with the backcountry take time each season to practice using their transceivers in case they have to assist in finding a buried person or ski partner. They also study the snowpack in their home region, follow the local avalanche reports, and observe weather activity while out in the backcountry, which are all good habits to follow. While traveling, talk to local avalanche professionals about current conditions, and study the local snow reports to get a better understanding of what the backcountry will look like.

And finally, accidents that happen in the backcountry don’t always involve avalanches. It is important to have some basic first aid knowledge to help with any type of accident, and taking a Wilderness First Responder course is even better. Try to keep an extra layer, water, and snacks in your pack, even if you are on a short tour. Simple gear repair tools for broken gear are also good to have, and it is also always a good idea to bring a cell phone with you in the event something goes wrong. When it comes to heading in to the backcountry, the more knowledge and preparation a skier can have the better!

For more information on where to find a course or other resources, you can contact the American Avalanche Institute.

Here is a partial list of avalanche conditions and forecast centers in the United Sates and Canada.  

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center

Sierra Avalanche Center

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center

American Avalanche Association

Bridger-Teton Avalanche Forecast Center

Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Forecast Center

Utah Avalanche Center

National Avalanche Center

Canadian Avalanche Association

Teton Snowpack & Avalanche Observations

Wasatch Snowpack & Avalanche Observations