Ski Butlers Blog

Winter is approaching in Telluride, we are anxious to rent skis!

The resorts are putting out their teaser videos, the Ski Movie Magnates are putting out there new films, the High Rockies are beginning to get snow, all signs are pointing to winter!  And Ski Butlers is ready!  It's hard not to begin dreaming of fresh tracks and bluebird days while all of this is going on and our new equipment is starting to arrive at the shop.  It's like Christmas in September, and it's awesome!  A lot has gone on this summer at Ski Butlers, we have worked tirelessly on perfecting our customer interactions - our focus: "WOWing" the customer.  Our main goal is ensuring that the experience of our guests is something they will actually talk about when they get home.  

Telluride is anticipating a great year, you can't beat the scenery there for one, but the snow is supposed to be in Telluride this year - that mountain is amazing with a ton of snow.  If you've never been, Telluride is probably one of the last few Colorado resorts that still looks like it did in the days of Butch Cassidy.  You just expect leather clad cowboys to come roaring down Main Street, six shooters blasting at any moment.  It's an incredible place for vacation.
The Ski Butlers team is currently in different Airports across the west headed to our Whistler location for our annual Franchise meetings.  We've got owners and GM's headed up there to come together, chat Ski Butlers and get to know one another to further build the culture that helps bring Legendary Customer Service to our guests.  We can't wait for the season - we'll see you out on the slopes!

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A Summer of Cycling in the Rockies

A Summer of Cycling in the Rockies

It’s hard to beat summer in the Rockies.  It seems as if the last month has been sunny and 75 every day - pretty perfect for a bike ride.

The Vail Valley is proud to host two stages of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.  Vail is proud to host stage 3, Thursday, August 25 – the only time trial event of the race which starts in the heart of Vail Village and ends at the top of Vail Pass. On Friday, August 26, riders will depart from downtown Avon on their way to Steamboat Springs.  The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is expected to be the largest spectator event in Colorado history, and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States.  128 of the top riders in the world will compete for seven consecutive days, covering a distance of 518 miles through the rugged Rocky Mountains.   

Stage 1 (Aug. 23) consists of a circuit through the town of Salida, followed by a 102 mile trek to Mt. Crested Butte.  Stage 1 will certainly give cyclists their first taste of the lung-grabbing, oxygen deprived Rocky Mountain air.  Riders will gain 3250 feet in elevation over 13 miles, to the top of Monarch Pass.  After the descent, riders will close out the day on an uphill climb from the lower area of Crested Butte, to the finish line on the top of Mt. Crested Butte – the USA Pro Cycling Challenges only mountain top finish.

Stage 2 (Aug. 24) from Gunnison to Aspen will prove to be the most difficult.  This section of the race will summit two 12,000 foot peaks! Riders will leave the town of Gunnison and travel through the Gunnison National Forest.  They will then ascend 2740 feet over 13.7 miles to the top of Cottonwood Pass (12,126 feet above sea level).  After a quick descent, riders will battle the second pass of the day.  Independence Pass (12,095 ft.), arguably one of the most spectacular passes in Colorado, consists of a 6.5% gradient with numerous switchbacks.  After 131 miles, the grueling second stage comes to an end in picturesque downtown Aspen.

Stage 3 (Aug. 25) is the Vail Time Trial.  Starting the heart of Vail Village, riders will ride uphill, 10 miles to the top of Vail Pass.

Stage 4 (Aug. 26) from Avon to Steamboat Springs, should prove to be an easier day.  Without significant climbs or high speed descents, cyclists have numerous opportunities to break away.  The 86 mile trek starts in Avon, passes through Wolcott and ends in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Stage 5 (Aug. 27) consists of a 109 mile race starting in Steamboat and ending in Breckenridge.  Stage 5 should prove to be another stage which will provide ample opportunities for aggressive riding and breakaways. Riders will summit Rabbit Ears Pass, before descending through Kremmling, passing Green Mountain Reservoir and finishing in downtown Breckenridge.

Stage 6 (Aug. 28) from Golden to Denver certainly won’t be a cake walk.  Riders will leave Golden, climb and descend the treacherous 6.1% gradient Lookout Mountain. After an exhausting 1300 feet of elevation gain over 4.8 miles, riders make their way back down the hill and pass through Golden one more time before heading to the Mile High City.  Riders will then make six laps of a five-mile circuit along Speer Boulevard before reaching the finish line in front of Denver’s State Capitol Building, where the winner will be crowned.

I hope all of you reading this will get a chance to view the race yourself.  It is truly an event for the record books. Thank you, as always, from Vail.  Ski Season is just around the corner!

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The Sweet Sounds of Summer in Whistler

Here I sit on yet another rainy summer day in Whistler.  But who am I to complain when for the past 2 nights I and mine got to enjoy 2 free- Yes Free! - outdoor concerts featuring 2 Canadian rock and roll masters.  Set up in the newly designed Olympic plaza, productions presented by none other than the Municipality of Whistler, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider on Friday night and Colin James and his Little Big Band on Saturday.


Bringing me back to my teenage years, Tom and the boys played both Tom Cochrane hits and the golden oldies by Red Rider.  For those of you non-Canadians, if these names don’t strike a chord, you’ll definitely remember dancing in the bar or the après ski club to Tom Cochrane’s greatest hit “Life is a Highway”.


Colin James’ magic on his guitar – trained by the one and only legend Stevie Ray Vaughn, sure can get the crowd to its feet.  Colin and his band thrilled the fans with some of his newer swing music and many of his original hits like “Just Came Back”, “Why’d You Lie”, and a great cover of Van the Man’s “Into The Mystic”.


All in all - a fantastic weekend for everyone.  While the diverse crowd was mesmerized by the performers on stage, the artists enjoyed views of their fans under the amazing vista of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains lit up by the full moon.


These are just 2 of many in a series of Canadian artists featured in the Olympic venue this summer.  Oh, and did I mention they’re all free?  Whistler in the summer – a pretty great place to be while waiting for the snow to fall once again.  It makes my heart glow, eh!



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In Lake Tahoe......Life is Good

As summer races by, my excitement for this coming season grows with each new day. Although life at Ski Butlers is unrelenting, I am constantly reminded of this by the massive amount of snowpack that remains in the high country. And the prediction of another La Nina winter has me chomping at the bit for ski season to arrive. The funny thing is I actually sold 2 pairs of skis on August 5. Apparently, I am not the only one.

Despite the many new developments at Ski Butlers this year, my focus remains on strengthening our Lake Tahoe locations and delivering legendary service in a way never before experienced. From our company culture to our community involvement program, Ski Butlers is surely changing the ski rental industry. 
A quick overview of whats left of this summer's Lake Tahoe event calendar: Hot August nights is currently underway and will be in Reno by the weekend. Come check out the sweetest hot rods and classic cars. Phish will take the stage at Harvey's Outdoor Ampitheater for two nights, perhaps the most sought after concert of the summer. Also, don't miss the slough of SUP(stand-up paddleboard) events coming as well as the Tahoe Expo, a two-day event that showcases Lake Tahoe as a geotourism destination while educating the public on this regions sustainable practices. 
I hope summer is treating everyone well and that the heat wave hasn't kept you indoors too much. Lets soak it up and enjoy the rest of the summer before the snow flies again. Farewell from Lake Tahoe. I will be in touch in the fall with a breakdown of resort improvements for the 2011/12. Pray for Snow!

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