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The Bota Bag Gets Serious


Just me, my bota bag and Mt. Rainier

I’m serious about this bota bag thing. Saturday I skied with my new blue bag, and it was a whole new world. I can’t believe I made it this long without one of these things. They’re functional, fun and dare I say it, fashionable. Next season, you will see these bags everywhere. Leopard skin bota bags, polka dot bota bags, bota bags in jewel tones and maybe, if we’re lucky, we might even see furry bota bags again.

Sunday I emptied the garbage can at the top of Forest Queen, and guess what it contained? Beer cans. Now why can’t we all just use a reusable bota bag instead of these one-time aluminum cans? Why not pour your libation of choice into this convenient pouch and drink with flair and style, rather than chug and go?

As fate would have it, a film crew arrived on Saturday, ready to get some footage of John and I skiing, and I just so happened to be wearing my bota bag. It flops a little as I ski, but it certainly quenches my thirst after a long run of shussing.

Next season is Crystal’s 50th Anniversary. I can see bota bags with the old Crystal logo on them for sale in our shop. Everyone’s going to be wearing them next year. You might just want to start searching in your storage bin now. Because what’s old is new again. Bring back the bota bag!

Check out this video in which I demo the bag in all its glory.

Weekly High-Five Report: “Vintage” Skier Ross Gregg


Ross Gregg is a legend at Crystal Mountain. He’s been skiing here since the beginning, and he’s just as stylish today as he ever was. Ross is a retired Crystal ski patroller. His truck can be found in the parking lot on any given midweek day. He’s a constant presence here. Most recently I’ve seen him cycling the gondola and laying out his fluid turns on the groomers. But on a powder day, you might see Ross on fat skis. It’s been known to happen. However, he recently told me he’d grown tired of fat skis. He prefers his 205s. They’re 66mm under foot and that’s plenty wide for Ross.

His technique might be “antique” but Ross isn’t. He’s a kid at heart. Just watch him. He’s graceful, stylish and artful. As Ross claims, “It’s a thrill to go fast, but it’s an art to turn.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. High-five Ross. You will always be my favorite ski bum.