Hey, Spike! encourages you to Summit in style
Special to the Daily
We guarantee the best powder in the state!”
That’s quite a boastful statement, but if you’re able to deliver, it’s fact.
And “deliver” is the key word here. Breckenridge-based Mountain Nomads will take you there.
Utilizing a custom, creature-comfort-laden Sportsmobile 4×4, Eric and Whitney Rasmussen’s company gets skiers and riders up to Colorado’s renowned powder safely and in style.
Granted, you’re likely not going to find first-timers trying this. Mountain Nomads’ clients are usually confident, accomplished skiers and snowboarders who want those first tracks Colorado is famous for — wherever they are.
Going into its third season, Mountain Nomads is meeting the demand of a unique market. The business venture came about because lackluster snowfall in 2011-12 had the Rasmussens on the road.
“Summit County had very little snow in the 2011-12 ski season; therefore, we found ourselves traveling almost weekly to find powder and fantastic skiing conditions. We ended up driving, with a full car most times, all over the state. This motivated us to offer the complete package for those as interested — obsessed — with powder as much as us,” says 32-year-old Eric. “What’s better than skiing powder all day? Oh yeah, drinking a cold beer on the ride home, which is legal in our 10-passenger 4×4 van outfitted with TV, fridge and plenty of room for gear and passengers.”
Eric and 27-year-old Whitney have lived in the Kingdom of Breckenridge for about a decade.
“Whit and I were married Sept. 7, 2013, in Breckenridge on Baldy Mountain, overlooking the beautiful Tenmile Range, 100 feet from where we’ve lived for the last seven years.”
Armed with a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from the University of Texas at Austin, in addition to skiing the deeps, Eric also loves mountain biking, hiking, fly-fishing and hunting.
Whitney’s recreational and athletic interests mirror Eric’s. “Same as Eric,” she says, “I live to ski. We definitely share that passion for finding the deepest line out there. When there isn’t any snow to be had I go out into the woods across from our house and cross-country ski. I have always loved hiking and dabbled in mountain biking in the summertime. Last winter I bought a new mountain bike and it has been life-changing. In between projects on the house I was always trying to sneak out for another ride.”
She’s got some interests of her own: “Occasionally, I still pick up my paintbrushes or put on my point shoes and dance around the house.”
Those “point shoes” come from her dance background in the Northeast.
“I went to a private high school in Vermont, St. Johnsbury Academy, renowned for its arts program,” she says. “For a long time I thought I was going to be a ballerina, but after moving out here I discovered how to incorporate that into skiing and that became my new obsession.”
“Bigger mountains, better snow,” brought her westward. “At least that’s what I tell everyone. I grew up in Mount Washington Valley in New Hampshire, so I grew up in a very similar community and landscape to Breckenridge. If you’ve ever skied on the East Coast you know it can be good, but it usually doesn’t compare to what we have out here.”
The Rasmussens see Mountain Nomads as a joint operation.
Whitney takes care of the social media and daily office requirements, while Eric is the main driver and forecaster for snowfall and favored resorts such as Monarch Mountain, Wolf Creek, Crested Butte and even Vail’s Back Bowls.
Their most enjoyable expeditions so far were three back-to-back Wolf Creek days with different clients each day.
“Some of the deepest snow we have ever skied, with over 60 inches in those three days. That’s seven hours of driving each day and eight hours of skiing,” says Eric, who tags it “epic.”
“We love taking clients to a ski resort they’ve never been to and sometimes never even heard of.”
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, the small company will get you to hiking, biking, golfing, concerts and other events — “Summit in Style.”
You can find Mountain Nomads on Facebook, call them at (817) 454-0413, or email GetSnow@MountainNomads.com
The website is http://www.mountainnomads.com
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to firstname.lastname@example.org
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