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The Blister Podcast from BLISTER (blisterreview.com) is a series of wide-ranging conversations with professional athletes and influential figures about the great outdoors, mountain culture, outdoor-industry news, books, films, and more.

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245 episodes

Ski Manufacturing, Sustainability, & Atomic's New Impact Statement

Today we’re talking about the ski industry, ski manufacturing, and sustainability in general, and Atomic’s own historical and quite recent initiatives, including their new annual Impact Statement https://www.atomic.com/sites/default/files/2023-01/Atomic-Impact-Statement-2023.pdf they released today. Last week Jonathan was at Atomic’s headquarters in Altenmarkt, Austria, to discuss — and see — what one of the largest manufacturers in the ski industry has been up to on the sustainability front. And after hours of conversations and going carefully through this Impact Statement, I highly suggest checking it out. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ CHECK OUT ALL OUR PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 14m
Jan 31
Tales of Sailing, Skiing, & "Going Greenland" with Jess Baker & Rachael Burks

We talk to Jess Baker and Rachael Burks about sailing, skiing, and what happens when you combine a renewable energy sailboat with an arctic ski expedition in Greenland for the first time ever, which they documented in the film, Going Greenland http://www.goinggreenland.com/. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ SEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 4m
Jan 16
Bill McKibben: Skier, Environmentalist, Activist, Author

When trying to gain clarity on issues of climate change (where we are, where we’ve been, and where we should go from here) it is a good idea to talk to Bill McKibben http://billmckibben.com/. Bill’s book, The End of Nature (1989) was one of the first books written for the general public about these issues; and through the creation of 350.org https://350.org/ and 3rd Act https://thirdact.org/, Bill has continued to bring attention to these issues and mobilize communities to bring about change. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ SEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 4m
Jan 09
Reviewing the News w/ Cody Townsend (December 2022)

Cody and Jonathan discuss Cody’s not-so-excellent recent adventures; nuclear fusion; whether ski areas should be nationalized; iPhones, Apple watches, & 911 calls; our first ever Relationship Advice questions; The White Lotus; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ SEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 29m
Jan 02
Blister Reviewers' 2022 Highlights & 2023 Resolutions

As 2022 comes to an end and we look forward to 2023, Jonathan Ellsworth caught up with a number of our Blister reviewers to have them reflect on some of their favorite moments of 2022, and share with us their resolutions for 2023. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ SEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 26m
Dec 26, 2022
A First Ascent in Nepal: Garrett Madison & Ted Hesser

Last month, Mountain Hardwear athletes, Garrett Madison https://www.instagram.com/garrettmadison1/?hl=en, Ted Hesser https://www.instagram.com/tedhesser/?hl=en, and their team summited an unnamed, unclimbed peak in Nepal above the village of Khembalung. So we talked with them about how this mission came about; the details and style of the climb; naming the peak; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ SEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

57m
Dec 20, 2022
Reviewing the News w/ Cody Townsend (November 2022)

Cody and Jonathan discuss the FWT x FIS merger; the claim that tech + skiing with the right technique will prevent avalanches; the most Canadian news; Mountain Town Advice; our least favorite QBs; our big disagreement about the ending of The Bear (with spoilers); and more. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ SEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 37m
Dec 12, 2022
Our new Blister + Spot Membership, with Spot founder Matt Randall

We’re proud to announce our new Blister + Spot Membership https://blisterreview.com/industry-news/major-announcement-blister-spot-insurance-membership, because we know it’s going to help a lot of people. So today, I’m talking with Spot founder, Matt Randall, about how it works; why it’s important for anyone who doesn’t have insurance; why it’s important for anyone who (like Matt & Jonathan) has insurance but high deductibles; and more. Check it out, and please share this conversation with anyone this might help. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ SEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

44m
Dec 05, 2022
Modern Weather Forecasting with OpenSnow Founder & Meteorologist, Joel Gratz

You wake up, check your phone, and the weather app says it’s going to snow 12” this weekend. You’re stoked! But should you be? How accurate is that forecast? And what makes one forecast more or less accurate than another? Today we’re talking to OpenSnow https://opensnow.com/ founder and meteorologist, Joel Gratz, about the science of weather forecasting; the many weather models being used today; his love of skiing and snow; what led him to start a weather forecasting company; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ SEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 19m
Nov 28, 2022
Benji Alexander on Life after the Olympics & the Future of Snowsports

Since becoming Jamaica’s first Olympic alpine ski racer, nothing has slowed down for Benji Alexander https://www.instagram.com/benji.ski/. So we caught up with Benji to talk about post-Olympics life; opening doors for other athletes; ensuring the future of snowsports; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ SEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

41m
Nov 21, 2022
Connor Ryan & Drew Petersen on Skiing, Running, & the Salomon QST Film Tour

Jonathan sat down in Blister HQ with Connor Ryan https://www.instagram.com/sacredstoke/ and Drew Petersen https://www.instagram.com/drewpeterski/?hl=it to talk about the Salomon Quality Ski Time Film Tour https://www.salomon.com/en-us/stories-guides/skiing/news-quality-ski-time-film-tour, their friendship, their missions, Hilaree Nelson, the act of celebrating others, skiing, running, and a whole lot more. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ SEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 10m
Nov 14, 2022
Reviewing the News w/ Cody Townsend (October 2022)

Cody and Jonathan discuss the latest 50 Project episode (The Sphinx); the US Alpine Team’s new name & sponsor; Cotopaxi closing its San Francisco store after repeated break ins; NFL Talk; Mountain Town Advice; what we’re reading & watching; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ SEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 32m
Nov 07, 2022
Markus Eder on Training, Pressure, Mental Prep, & the Golden Age of Skiing

Markus Eder https://www.instagram.com/markus1eder/?hl=en is one of the best (and most versatile) big-mountain skiers ever. Hoji just stated this again on GEAR:30 (ep.220) https://blisterreview.com/podcasts/qa-with-hoji-gear-training-mental-prep-the-blister-summit-more-ep-220, and Cody Townsend ranks Markus’ as the best ski edit of all time (Blister Podcast ep.193) https://blisterreview.com/podcasts/reviewing-the-news-w-cody-townsend-nov-2021-ep-193. Today, we talk to Markus about training; skateboarding as prep for ski season; the golden age of skiing; competing; filming the Ultimate Run; lessons from Hoji and Sam Anthamatten https://blisterreview.com/podcasts/sam-anthamatten-on-steep-skiing-la-liste-2-the-fwt-gear-choices-ep-158; the Volkl ‘Built Together’ program; & more. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ SEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 25m
Oct 31, 2022
J Skis founder, Jason Levinthal

Jason Levinthal is a pioneer in the world of modern skiing, and now, J Skis https://jskis.com/ is opening their new “Intergalactic Headquarters” right on Main Street in Burlington, Vermont. So I headed to Burlington to check out the new space; ask J what inspired this move; hear J’s predictions and trends for the upcoming season; and discuss one big thing that the entire ski industry needs to work on. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS:  __ __ SEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

40m
Oct 24, 2022
Blister Speaker Series: Jeremy Jones

One of the greatest big-mountain snowboarders of all time came to Western Colorado University https://western.edu/ for another installment of our Blister Speaker Series https://blisterreview.com/industry-news/blister-speaker-series-at-western. But Jeremy isn’t simply one of the best to ever ride a board; by founding Protect Our Winters https://protectourwinters.org/, Jeremy has had a massive impact on the broader snowsports world, and is working to address one of the biggest issues of our time: climate change. So we talked to Jeremy about filming, snowboarding, founding POW, the ‘outdoor state’; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 11m
Oct 17, 2022
Mountain Sense & Backcountry Education w/ Mark Smiley

If you spend time in the mountains, then it’s crucial to always be learning — there are new skills to acquire, and old skills to brush up on. So we’re talking about mountain safety, backcountry education, and pedagogy — what are the most effective ways to convey and instill information?  — with IFMGA guide, Mark Smiley, the creator of Mountain Sense https://www.mtnsense.com/, an online collection of video courses designed to make you a more informed and more skilled backcountry traveler. Consider this a must-listen to help you think about your own level of preparation. TOPICS & TIMES: From Indiana to IFMGA guide (7:19) When did you start skiing? (11:01) What is Mountain Sense https://www.mtnsense.com/? (17:59) Is Mountain Sense a supplement or alternative to other courses? (20:24) Who is Mountain Sense for? (23:23) How has Mountain sense been received? (36:26) Favorite safety equipment & gear? (47:08) Final Thoughts (59:13) RELATED LINKS:  Become a Blister Member / Get our Buyer’s Guide https://blisterreview.com/shop/blister-membership All Winter: Blister Members: 40% Off Mountain Sense Courses https://blisterreview.com/blister-member-clubhouse Til 10.31.22: 30% Off A Comprehensive Guide to Avalanche Safety https://www.mtnsense.com/p/backcountry-skiing-avalanche-course?coupon_code=BLISTER30&product_id=4277809 Til 10.31.22: 30% Off Beyond Level One https://www.mtnsense.com/p/beyond-level-one1?coupon_code=BLISTER30&product_id=4302057 Til 10.31.22: 30% Off The Ultimate Guide to Backcountry Skiing & Ski Mountaineering https://www.mtnsense.com/p/backcountry-skiing?coupon_code=BLISTER30&product_id=1153310 Subscribe to our Gear Giveaways & Newsletter https://blisterreview.com/gear-reviews/subscribe-to-our-blister-newsletter SEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS: CRAFTED  https://blisterreview.com/category/podcasts/crafted-podcast Bikes & Big Ideas https://blisterreview.com/category/podcasts/bikes-big-ideas Off The Couch https://blisterreview.com/off-the-couch GEAR:30 https://blisterreview.com/gear30-podcast * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 5m
Oct 10, 2022
Reviewing the News & Mountain Sex w/ Cody Townsend (September 2022)

Cody and Jonathan discuss the life & legacy of Hilaree Nelson; Yvon Chouinard giving away Patagonia; Kipchoge & GOATs; burro racing; mountain sex; what we’re reading & watching; Cormac McCarthy; the return of The 50 Project; and more. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ SEE OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 14m
Oct 05, 2022
Mountain Towns & Local Food Systems, Pt. 4: The Good Food Collective

For the final installment of our Mountain Towns & Local Food Systems series, Kara Williard talks to Rachel Landis, Executive Director of the Good Food Collective in Durango, CO. Rachel discusses why she left a career of guiding and ski patrol to be the ultimate facilitator of local food systems; they nail down what a food hub is; what a “just and regional food system” looks like; how she works to bring people in her community together; some of the unique programs of the Good Food Collective, such as a Produce Prescription Program with the local hospital; then, Jonathan and Kara recap the series, their major takeaways, and why they were left inspired. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 7m
Sep 26, 2022
Mainstreaming Outdoor Media; Seth Morrison; Media Literacy; & More with Mountain Gazette’s, Mike Rogge

Mountain Gazette https://mountaingazette.com/ owner & editor, Mike Rogge, is back to discuss the outdoor industry & mainstream media; detail the aftermath of the previous issue of the Mountain Gazette; and highlight several of the pieces in the next issue, including a career retrospective on Seth Morrison. TOPICS & TIMES __ __ RELATED LINKS __ __ OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 2m
Sep 19, 2022
Mountain Towns & Local Food Systems, Pt. 3: Chris Rubens on Skiing & Farming in Revelstoke

Why did one of the best freeride skiers of the past 20 years become a farmer? Kara Williard and I talk with Salomon skier, Chris Rubens https://www.instagram.com/chrisrubens/, about starting First Light Farm in Revelstoke, BC, with his partner Jesse; how skiing and farming are more related than you might think; and why Chris finds farming to be one of the most meaningful things he has ever done. TOPICS & TIMES __ __ RELATED LINKS __ __ OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

58m
Sep 12, 2022
Reviewing the News w/ Cody Townsend (August 2022)

Cody and Jonathan discuss what’s going on at the National Ski Patrol; the proposed Little Cottonwood Canyon Gondola; “pigloos”; mountain-town advice; what we’re reading & watching; and more. TOPIC & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 28m
Sep 05, 2022
Chris Davenport on Skiing Portillo & Joining Peak Skis

We catch up with Chris https://www.instagram.com/steepskiing/?hl=en about his recent ski trip to Portillo, Chile, and discuss his decision to join Bode Miller at Peak Skis https://peakskis.com. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

45m
Aug 29, 2022
Mountain Towns & Local Food Systems, Pt. 2: Regenerative Farming, Cow Cuddling, & More

We talk with Lynsey Gammon of Gracie’s Farm https://www.instagram.com/graciesfarmbluesky/?hl=en in Park City, Utah, about topsoil health and climate change; turning barren soil into a thriving farm; farm-to-restaurant connectivity; bee dinners; cow cuddling; women and farming; and more. TOPICS & TIMES __ __ RELATED LINKS __ __ OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

48m
Aug 22, 2022
Protect Our Winters’ Mario Molina on the New Climate Bill

The United States Congress just passed a historic climate bill, so we spoke with the executive director of POW https://protectourwinters.org/, Mario Molina, to discuss the backstory and details of the bill, and what needs to happen now. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 0m
Aug 15, 2022
Mountain Towns & Local Food Systems, Pt. 1: Setting the Stage

This week Jonathan is talking with our very own Kara Williard, who, when she’s not testing skis or doing a million other things for us at BLISTER, is raising chickens and growing food in the Gunnison Valley. We discuss what it means to build and support local food systems in mountain towns; the best practices for growing food in these cold climates; chicken tractors and therapy chickens; and the many ways that you can get involved with local food in your community. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

57m
Aug 08, 2022
Reviewing the News w/ Cody Townsend (July 2022)

Cody and Jonathan cover Gunstock Mountain Resort’s https://www.gunstock.com/ fight to operate; access issues & potential solutions; WC DH MTBers forming a union; mountain-town advice; what we’re reading & watching (answer: TOP GUN) and more. TOPICS & TIMES: Hunters, Skiers, & Offroaders: Cody on the onX https://www.onxmaps.com/ meetup (4:58) Gunstock ski area’s fight to operate https://www.stormskiing.com/p/band-of-nitwits-highjacks-gunstock (13:38) Update: New info on Gunstock after we recorded https://www.laconiadailysun.com/news/local/we-have-the-votes-county-delegation-to-meet-monday-remove-strang-from-gunstock-commission/article_1b14ac80-1117-11ed-accd-3b0bc4bdf586.html Access Issues & Solutions: Red Rock Canyon https://gearjunkie.com/news/red-rock-canyon-blm-access-fund-conflict (28:26) WC DH MTB racers forming a union https://www.pinkbike.com/news/video-and-story-world-cup-dh-riders-on-the-developing-union-effort.html (38:53) Most / Least Canadian News Story https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/police-whistler-shooting-update-1.6531827 (46:50) Mountain Town Advice (50:17) What We’re Reading & Watching (1:04:44) RELATED LINKS: Become a Blister Member / Get our Buyer’s Guide https://blisterreview.com/shop/blister-membership Subscribe to our Gear Giveaways & Newsletter https://blisterreview.com/gear-reviews/subscribe-to-our-blister-newsletter OUR OTHER PODCASTS: Bikes & Big Ideas https://blisterreview.com/category/podcasts/bikes-big-ideas Off The Couch https://blisterreview.com/off-the-couch GEAR:30 podcast https://blisterreview.com/gear30-podcast * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 28m
Aug 01, 2022
How to Produce More Olympic Skiers & Snowboarders, Grow Participation, & Support Rural Mtn Town Communities

How do we grow participation in snowsports, support rural mountain communities, produce more Olympic skiers and snowboarders? We sat down with Will Brandenburg of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation https://svsef.org/ to discuss all of the above. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 9m
Jul 25, 2022
On the James Webb Space Telescope

Another brief attempt to wrap our heads around the images — and the significance — of the James Webb Space Telescope, with a few recommendations for further reading & listening. RELATED LINKS: __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

13m
Jul 18, 2022
Blister Summit ​​’23: New Info, Dates, & Details

Jonathan and Blister Summit Director, Kristin Sinnott, discuss the new format for our next Blister Summit (February 2023, Mt. Crested Butte, CO). We also discuss how to get the best pricing; what we learned from past Blister Summits; and who ought to come to our next one. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47m
Jul 12, 2022
Reviewing the News w/ Cody Townsend (June 2022)

Cody and Jonathan discuss the Mountain Gazette https://mountaingazette.com/ story about outdoor influencers & accountability; Matthew Fairbrother’s https://www.instagram.com/matthewfmtb/?hl=en bikepacking — and enduro racing — across Europe; the ‘most Canadian’ news story; what we’re reading & watching; recent Supreme Court rulings; mountain-town advice; & more. TOPICS & TIMES: __ __ RELATED LINKS: __ __ OUR OTHER PODCASTS: __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 27m
Jul 04, 2022