90 Degrees and I’m writing about snow…

Welcome to the first ever post for Tenders & Trails!

So I realize it’s the beginning of July and therefore no where even close yet to snowboarding season, but I think the lovely 90 something degree temps combined with 60% humidity has me thinking of snow constantly. I’m pretty sure I had a dream last night I was BBQing in snow…

That and I’m officially less than two months away from being eligible for my 7 week sabbatical from my job as a community and social media specialist at Autodesk which I’ve decided to take this winter. Everyone I’ve talked to who has ever had the opportunity to take a sabbatical has told me some rules to stick by:

  1. Make it count. Don’t sit home and watch your favorite 90’s comedy re-runs for 6 weeks. You will kick yourself with regret later.
  2. Do something memorable. It should be something that is going to be the envy of your friends and family.
  3. Don’t make it all about you. Find some way to make sure other’s benefit from whatever experiences you decide to take on, whether it’s through sharing knowledge or participation.

Therefore, I (the same person who decided it would be a good idea to spend a year trying out the ‘Yes Man’ challenge so I’m pretty accustom to my rather odd ideas) have decided I’m going to spend my 7 week break attempting to review as many ski areas in Northern New England (that’s New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine). And just for that added twist, I’m going to review their chicken tenders too. In case you haven’t counted, the three states together hit a grand total of… drum roll please… 54 ski areas!

So, I know it’s still months away and we still have at least a few more hot days ahead, but I’m enlisting the help of random friends, family, and strangers starting now. My epic adventure is going to be running from December 23rd to February 14th (it’s just the way the vacation days fell). I intend to snowboard every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday with some other random days thrown in there of course!

Here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Company: No, you don’t have to carpool with me (unless you really want to), but I’m all for meeting up with some fellow snowboarders and skiers at ski areas wherever you might be.
  • Information: Got some advice/comments/suggestions/ideas about an area I’m headed to you want to share? Please send it my way!
  • Coupons/Vouchers: Liftopia, the Ride & Ski Card, and other fun things like that are going to be my best friends for this adventure, but if you happen to “have” some vouchers or good coupons just sitting around that might go to waste otherwise, I might be able to give them a good home.

So now for some question and answer:

Why am I doing this? Why not? I love to snowboard, I work in social media, and I’m somewhat considering this an independent study in social media for a bit. I plan to use Twitter, Facebook, and this lovely blog to get my picture (and hopefully video) packed reviews out promptly with great information for the everyday snowboarder or skier.

Chicken Tenders. Really? It’s my fall back meal. It’s one of those things where you’re sitting in a restaurant trying to figure out what you want and finally it’s your turn to order. And you always find yourself ordering that thing you’re comfortable with. For some people it’s a BLT, others a cheeseburger. For me it’s chicken tenders. Every time I go snowboarding, I always end up defaulting to the chicken tenders.

Will I make any money off this? Heck no. My top choices were kill my savings account and head to Europe for my sabbatical, drive around the country, or do this. This kills my savings the least. =D

How can I be contacted? Pigeon carrier. Seriously – I’m on Twitter @JillianLaura, and can be reached through e-mail using JBejtlich at Gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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About Jillian Bejtlich

Hey! I'm Jillian Bejtlich. I’m a lifelong New Englander with a serious love of the outdoors, adventure, and a pretty serious inability to sit still. I’m plagued by the travel bug, and it seems I’ll try any relatively sane and safe thing once. My big goal in life: Get people outside!