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The best chairlift snacks you should definitely try out.

Posted in Ski Tips on Oct 03, 2019

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The best chairlift snacks you should definitely try out.

Life can be busy and we all know that. If you are not running to school before the sun comes up you are maybe sleeping because you know, you got to sleep even if it is just for a little. I am one of the person who always prepared his food. I told myself it is easy to make some sweet potatoes and eat while am out skiing. Sometimes I would even prepare some saltine crackers, but you know what? I got busy!

Never thought I would get this busy, now it is not about making homemade snacks, it is all about efficiency. I really don’t have the time to make the homemade snacks but I love skiing and if you are reading this article you do too. So when I go out skiing I carry some ski snacks that help me out stay full and below are some of my favorite. Am sure you are definitely going to fall in love with them. Let us check them out:


You are definitely going to fall in love with these chocolate candy bars. If they are not the best chairlift snacks then they are definitely among the best. The snicker have two bars in every pack and they are made with caramel, milk, peanut butter, nougat and of course chocolate. They are helpful to the body as they are sweet. You don’t need to be hungry in order to have some, you can take some just for fun and when you are super hungry, you can be sure that snickers will be handy. They come in different sizes whereby you can opt for single size if you are out skiing alone, share size bars which you can share with your friend while out skiing, full size bars that you can be sure to pack for lunch when you are going out for a movie or something and whenever hunger strikes odd you can be sure of combating.

The snickers snacks have an artificial flavor and all you need is remove the product from the packaging and you are good to go. I can proudly say the snickers are the greatest American chocolate of all time. Buy one from here and thank me later.


You got to love this lemonheads, am pretty sure some of you guys have tried them out and you can agree they are simply amazing. If you are buying for your friend who loves skiing she will definitely love them because they make perfect gift. Whenever I am out with my boys this is what I usually carry with me, they are delicious that I think am addicted to them. Am not sure if they are addictive but even if they are who cares? These original lemonheads are available at amazon and they come at a very affordable price. I can assure you that your kids are definitely going to fall in love with them.

Buy yourself some from here….


I have to admit that Twix are among my favorite snacks. I find them super delicious and I usually buy some for myself and I can recommend that you try them out. One pack of 36 counts consists of smooth creamy chocolate crunchy cookies, chewy caramel taste. The candies arrive very fast when you shop from Amazon and you can always buy some from your usual food store.

If you are going out with kids, this is something you don’t want to leave out of your package. Kids can be whiny but when you have some Twix carried with you, you can be sure your kid will be clam because hunger will be a problem of the past. You want to try some? Get yourself several packs from here the product comes at a very fair price according to me and probably better price than in the stores. The shipping is done fast and the ones I ordered came in a good condition. Some people complain that theirs melted but mine were in good condition so I don’t want to speak for them. If you don’t want to buy from amazon you can always buy from the stores. I can guarantee you are going to love these delicious snack.


Are you still yet to try out pop-tarts? You are missing out a lot. This snacks are perfect for breakfast and the taste is just amazing. Pop-tarts are baked with real fruits and are good source of vitamins as well as other minerals. The peanut butter in them and the sprinkled strawberries makes them irresistible to both adults and kids. The cookies are manufactured by Kellogg a company we can all trust. I mean they have been operational for more than 100 years providing Americans with high quality food and the pop-tarts are no different. If you want them warm, you can simply pop them in your toaster and be sure to enjoy them with a glass of milk. But if you don’t have the time and you just want to go out the cookies are ready for use you just need to pack a few on your backpack and you are good to go.

Pop tarts do not contain the harmful Trans fats that most packaged foods contain and as I have said they are travel ready food so you can be sure of carrying some when you are out skiing. You should be aware that the product contains eggs so if you are allergic you might want to avoid. Get yourself one here

Clif bars.

This healthy snack contains ingredients like omega-3 fatty acids and whole grains. It is a good source of fiber, vitamins calcium, iron and other minerals. You can get the product from amazon but it is currently being shipped just in the US. They have a great flavor and you can be sure that they are going to keep you full while you are out skiing. Buy from

10 useful ski hacks to help make the most out your day

Posted in Ski Tips on Sep 28, 2019

Getting ready for some shredding? Awesome!

Here a are 10 quick and useful tips/hacks to make the most out of your day!

Ski Hack #1 Loosen your boots

On the first couple of runs of the day, ride with slightly loose ski boots so that they can warm up and adjust to your feet - instead of blocking your blood flow early and making your feet cold and/or in pain.

Your first runs are often the most casual and easy runs where you get warmed up and back into the ski feel, so you won't lose any desired control from the loose boots. As the day goes and your feet and boots get warmer, you can tighten them up bit by bit until they have a perfect fit, and are ready for your best lines.

Ski Hack #2 Hit the hardest slopes first (experienced riders only)

If you're an experienced skier and if you want to try all of the slopes, always go to the steepest/hardest slopes first! At the end of the day there will be a lot of snow heaps and you won't be having a lot of fun. Since you are the fittest in the morning and the weakest in the afternoon you should adjust your style and the slopes you ride in order to prevent crashes and have the most of fun :)

Ski Hack #3 Make a balaclava when the weather changes

If the wind picks up or its starts getting alittle more cold than expected an easily solution to keep a bit warmer is to make a balaclava out of your t-shirt. Just wrap the t-shirt around your head and keep the head hole open for your eyes and nose and ninja it up a little.

Ski Hack #4 Carry Duck Tape around your pole

Carrying duct tape can help out in many situations, such as a cut on your skin, or a hole in your jacket. Just wrap a half width around your pole a few times so you can keep it there all the time with little extra weight. This is a awesome little ski hack that can help you out

Ski Hack #5 Bring snacks

This one is obvious and you may know this one already, but surpriseling enough you always forget right? Bringing snacks saves so much time and money by avoiding long lunch ques and expensive on mountain restaurants. Bananas are tasty but are not a good choose unless your prefreese it? Nut bars, protein bars, premade sanwiches, turkey drumstick are all good choices.

Ski Hack #6 Hot Water Flask + Instant Noodles

Bring a flask of hot/ boiling water and a packet of instant noodles to it for a lush hot snack at the top of your favourite line. Find a secret place to stash it, to be lighter weight.

Ski Hack #7 Carry as little as possible

The better riders I have met are always carrying very little. Light weight boots, using a paper clip as a wallet, only one key without the key chain. Ask yourself, what do I really need? Keep it light, with give keep you lighter on your ski, and usually a more enjoyable experience.

Ski Hack #8 Find a local rider and ask for some guidence

If you are newish to a mountain asking a good local rider for some guidence will make your expereince possibly ten fold better. They will know nooks and crannys that can sometimes take years to find depending on the mountain size. Don't be shy and get that chin waggin. Talk some banter and find yourself a guide for a few runs!

Ski Hack #9 Demistify your goggles the night before

If you have already done a day skiing on the slopes, make sure to dry your goggles real good! Also note, if it's snowing, don't take your goggles off to wipe them, if snow gets inside it fog up for the rest of your day.

Ski Hack #10 Sort out your logistics and ski hire the night before

Nothing worst than, lining up to get your ski gear, then lining up for your ski pass, then lining up to get on the gondola or ski lift. Get this sorted before hand so you will have more energy and enthusiasm on the mountain.

Shred Index | The making of the ski resort ranking system

Posted in Shred Index Company on Aug 13, 2019

During the production of Shred Index, It was luckily found by One of the team memebers at Tenton Gravity Research.

He had a few questions for me before posting it publicly.

Here there are:

Hopefully it answers a few questions for you and gives you an idea about what this is all about.

Who is involved in Shred Index?

Shred Index is a self funded project designed and run by me (Tom Hansen)

Another close friend of mine may become part of Shred Index in the future. Time will tell if it grows bigger.

Shred Index is built with the intention to involve the global ski and snowboard community with relevant crowd-sourced information provided by the public. In other words, what people think is best. The more people involved, the better it will be!

What inspired you to put together a website like this?

Good question. I was living in Whistler, Canada at the time and was having a hard time with housing and financials, along with many others. Whistler is a great place, but it has quite a few issues for people arriving. There is a huge housing shortage, and fewer companies offer staff accommodation than at other resorts. So accommodation prices are hugely inflated and a lot of people end up leaving before the season even starts, because they were unaware of how bad the situation was before arriving.

This wasn’t new to me. I have done a few ski seasons in different places of the world and each time found it difficult to get a good idea in advance of what the resort is like to live in. Not to mention, find all the ‘hidden gems’ some of the locals know of. There are many ski websites out there that provide huge amounts of information, but they aren’t easy to navigate, nor are they tailored towards people working and living throughout the winter season.

With this being the situation, I wanted to find the next best ski resort that had heaps of powder, cheap cost of living, and a huge amount of terrain to explore. After talking with a few others, I realised people come to the mountains for different reasons. Some come to shred, others come to party, some come with family, and some come for the outdoor lifestyle. I realized the community needed a directory that people could filter on using their own criteria and priorities. The idea came to me whilst listening to Courtland Alan’s Indie Hackers podcast with fellow drum and bass music producer and entrepreneur Pieter Levels, who made a directory of locations for digital nomads.

Hopefully Shred Index can help people see what they are getting themselves into before arriving into a new ski resort and show other possible clear alternatives they may not be aware of.

Who do you hope will use Shred Index?

I hope seasonal shredders as well as tourists can use Shred Index to find the information they want, and help others in the industry find what they want.

Anybody can help by adding in their own thoughts of ‘whats best’ in the resorts they have been to.

Would you please run through the basic information someone who's looking to work in the ski industry can glean from Shred Index?

For someone who is looking to work and live in the ski industry, they should be able to:

Find in the resort:

  • Job postings
  • Job availability status
  • Housing links
  • Housing availability status
  • Basic Information on getting setup in the resort town… for example ‘Best Phone Service’

Sort from the highest rated resort for:

  • Working
  • Living
  • Shredding.

What sort of community are you hoping to build around Shred Index?

This is a really important question because the community will determine the success of how useful Shred Index will be. The more people that use it, the more information will be available and the more accurate it will be.

It’s likely the community will start out with seasonal workers and local shredders with the possibility to progress in to tourists and daily commuters.

Important Notes

Shred Index is still in production stage and will be constantly evolving. It is made for the community and what the community wants. Please give feedback on what you want as it will help the development of it. Some things to think about are, how you use the website and what are the most critical points of information you would like to find. Feel free to message me privately as I would love to help in any way possible.

Three main reasons not to teach your girlfriend to ski this winter!

Posted in Ski Vacations on Jul 25, 2019

These 3 reasons will make a huge difference, so take note!

Are you about to take ski vacation, with your girlfriend, family members or loved ones? Do you want to actually have a good time?

Help them enjoy shredding as much as you do?

First of all, it may seem like a good idea. Because you will save a lot of time and money Also hiring a teacher at the ski school definitely isnt cheap. But that’s not the only reason because..

You already know how to ski right?*

And skiing is easy. So you can easily teach someone else. WoRNG…just like this spelling. The problem is that you may not think about a lot of different other aspects. I admit, I have made the error in teaching my girlfriend how to snowboard. I assure you, it wasn’t a good time. Plus, I am ski instructor. Obviously a terrible one, your thinking. Well the truth is I became a Ski Instuctor a few years after this incident occurred.

This can happen to you too

Is Hiring an instructor is a waste of money?

It’s not cheap, but it’s definitely worth it and I will tell you why. Of all “things”, I narrowed it down to the 3 most important I ordered them from least to most important in my mind: 3: Regret (Wasting Your Day and your Vacation) How about 'let's not waste our day' "Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach." • Aristotle The Mountain is Big and Fun! First of all. It’s probably going to be a waste of your day. So think of paying this instructor for your girlfriend or your loved ones is actually going to give you good time and freedom do what you want on the mountain. Here's a little scenario below to give you a quick glimpse of what it will be like. Scenario. Wake up, its snowing with sun in the forcast. You have breakfast, grab all of your heavy equipment and clothing, skis board, goggles, golves and scarf. You trek to pick up your tickets and in line for either your ticket or for the gondola to get up the hill. 3hours already down in preparation. It doesnt matter though because your almost at the top about to get out and have a dam good time. It's such a beautiful day on the mountain now that the suns out and you are with your loved ones. You arrive at the top, you do some final checks to make sure everything is in place. Ok cool, this is easy... it's just like riding a bike. and they keep falling over and not having a good time. You however just want to keep skiing or boarding. You have already come all this way got dressed spend money on the mountain ticket and now you can't ski because you go friend is going to slow really slow. damn. that's frustrating. I want to go and explore the rest of the mountain. But instead I'm stuck here with her and she's not having a good time and neither am I. the problem is now though. is we are both stuck in the middle of the Run. she's crying. I'm frustrated. People are flying past us. and it's a long way to the bottom. and unfortunately I can't book an instructor now. Learning something new. If someone is learning something new and is a lot of pressure on them to learn. sometimes it can be problematic because they're not getting rewarded with there small milestones that they achieve. because they're still so far away of being as good as you. a a teacher on the other hand will help reward the students even if the Milestone is very small. this positive feedback boost the students self-esteem which gives them more confidence and Worry Less. enabling them to perform better as they are less stressed out. "You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself." • Galileo

2: Do You Even Know How To Teach? Teaching is an art from in itself and heres why. "Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased." • Jiddu Krishnamurti How do I get rid of it? It's an Art. Teaching someone new can be very difficult. especially if they've never touched snow before what had the experience sliding down snow before. . Something. Even the mountain can be very daunting itself. it's huge, freezing and those lifts don't look very comfortable. that's not counting the fact that is a lot of people going a million miles an hour down the runs. to a newbie this can be very intimidating. "Positive expectations are the mark of the superior personality." • Brian Tracy

1: Long Term effects There are some serious long term effects to consider but first, let's just think about going home. "Time apart draws you closer together." • T Hansen Do you think they will want to ski again after a bad time? Something. If you have a frustrating day on the mountain together it's going to affect your entire vacation. many arguments on the Mountain will transfer throughout the rest of your trip. bad moods and vacations don't work well together. . Something. If you both had a really good day apart from each other. you have something great to talk about with one another, and hopefully when you become equally as good as each other at skiing. you can share this experience together. but until then. Something. Text. A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. • Arnold H Glasow If you don’t hire an Instructor? Well good luck to you! If you don’t hire an instructor and you both have a successful day. That is wonderful. However, I assure you it is rare. Conclusion Are you guys Ready to hit the Mountain and have a good time? Make sure you hire an instructor. You can do this! Thanks for reading, sharing, and following! :)

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