Ski Tour 2013

I just rolled in from 2 of the most amazing weeks of my life, and I’m pretty sure I was at work the entire time.

To most people, being in a band means white 15-passenger vans, sandwiches for dinner, endless days on the road and an endless dream of big stages and bright lights. That’s all part of it, but there’s so much more going on before you hit the big time. It’s a lifestyle, full of important choices along the way. While the creative work is never over (we love playing music together), you can’t put life on hold. This is what the annual Stringdusters Ski Tour is all about. True, I did scarf down turkey on rye for dinner last week on tour, but I also enjoyed 8 days of amazing skiing in some of the most beautiful, inspiring places on earth. The irony is that when you are doing what you love you are usually also doing your best work, and that’s success. The skiing was amazing, the music followed suit and almost all of the shows were sold out. I want to go back now.

Many thanks to our amazing partners on this tour. Oskar Blues Brewery makes delicious beer in Andy Hall’s hometown of Lyons, CO. Mountain Khakis is a great clothing brand that embraces quality and the outdoor/adventure lifestyle that we love. Protect Our Winters (POW) seeks to ‘engage and mobilize the winter sports community in the fight against climate change,’ a worthy cause that needs all of our attention. POW was founded by Jeremy Jones, maker of the amazing Jones snowboards. His brothers, Todd and Steve, are the masterminds behind Teton Gravity Research, the absolute sickest ski film makers out there. And finally, big thanks to everyone at Icelantic skis. I first discovered these guys a few years ago during a legendary demo day at Targhee. Later that day I wrote an impassioned email to the address on their site, and a cool relationship was born. They make epic skis in the USA and live life to the fullest on all fronts–great people, great boards, great philosophy. Those beautiful skis in the video are my new Nomads, and I love everything about them. And thanks as always to our friends at GoPro for the epic video gear.

In the words of the great Jeremy Jones, ‘the journey is the reward.’

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