The French Climber Lionel Terray famous term “Conquistadors of the Useless” Which I think is a perfect description of the enlightened ones that call these beautiful mountain towns home for the winter and life becomes a lot simpler. After many years of living this dream myself I dedicate this to our fellow Conquistadors! 1.     You consistently buy bulk instant ramen. 2.     You have all the free Wi-Fi passwords in town. 3.     You think beer is a legitimate form of currency 4.     You use duct tape to fix everything clothing, furniture, vehicles etc. 5.     “Doing Laundry” consists of cycling through different flannels on your floor. 6.     You have a day job anight job and possibly a third job for the “hookups” 7.     You might not have been a gear head but you are now. 8.     You collect all your old seasons passes and grow your moustache all summer for the photo. 9.     Your goggle tan is the only tan line on your whole body. 10. You find yourself storm chasing with a car full of gear, sleeping bags and beer. 11. You yank broken skis and snowboards from a dumpster and think: “With a touch of epoxy, these could last an

Imagine for a moment that you are on your board or skis and you’re at the top of a 10,000 feet wide open mountain and you’ve just dropped in. Your attention is focused on the movements of your body, the tension in your muscles, the force of your lungs breathing the brisk mountain air and the feel of the snow beneath your board or skis. You are living in the moment, utterly absorbed in the present activity. Time seems to fall away. What you are experiencing in that moment is known as flow, a state of complete immersion in an activity. Flow State is described as the mental state of flow, as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.” Snow boarders and Skiers are some of the best know examples of people being in the flow state, you are living in that moment. Whether you are competing in slope style, big mountain, in the powder or just out on the hill, Flow states are common place. Benefits