There is no doubt that the pandemic has changed the way that we do some things. Take skiing, for instance. Gone are the days of over-capacity lunchtime crowds in the lodge (perhaps a good change), or post-shred apres with smiling, wind-chapped strangers. And while the latter was definitely one of my favorite ways to wind down after a big day of vertical, apres isn’t gone. Humans are an adaptable bunch, and not surprisingly, more skiers and boarders are now making their way to the parking lot for their favorite lunchtime and apres activities.
“Being in the mountains is an incredible release emotionally and getting outside almost makes things feel normal in these crazy times. There is a lot of work to get the kids geared up to ski without the luxury or warmth of a lodge, but it is always worth the time to set up a basecamp and spend the day outside with the whole family.”
– Mike Welch, father of two, avid skier, and VP of sales at NEMO
I’m guessing that most of the Expedition Portal audience has what it takes to set up an epic tailgating spread, but if you find yourself needing some additional gear, NEMO has you covered. They’re currently hosting a photo contest, the winner of which will be outfitted with the ultimate apres gear package including equipment from NEMO, Glerups, Good To-Go, Flylow Gear, Tamworth Distilling, Ski the Whites Coffee Roasters, Field Mag, and more.
If you already have the gear you need, this article from NEMO gives some excellent suggestions for setting up a lunch or end of day basecamp in the ski area parking lot.
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