#IkonPass #AdventureRunsDeep

A new year to seek adventure more than ever before.
Welcome to 2020 with the Road Icons:
20 destinations, 4 friends, 1 RV.

Meet the crew:

road icons crew riding a chairlift

Thor Retzlaff, Alex Mezger, Taylor Zehren, Johnny Egan

They hit the road to discover where to camp, what makes each destination unique, which trails are favored by local legends, who smells after a few weeks in an RV, when to grab a hotel, and how to offset carbon footprints without ending travel plans.

After kicking things off in California, our intrepid road trippers entered the Rockies via Taos Ski Valley and are now headed to Colorado.
Follow along with their journey below, and stay tuned for a chance to meet the Crew at an Ikon Pass Holder X Arapahoe Basin Bash in early February.

Stop #1

Mammoth Mountain

Trip Dates: January 7-10
Camping Spot: BLM Land & one special VIP night camped next to Glen Plake’s iconic RV at Mammoth Mountain
Favorite Terrain: Dave’s Run
Local Legends: Glen Plake (professional skier), Jimmy Goodman, Gabe Taylor (professional snowboarders)
Top Après Spots: The Yodler & Lincoln Bar at Canyon Lodge

Originally from the Lake Tahoe area, the Road Icons Crew had never before skied the legendary Sierra snow that softens below Mammoth’s strong wind buff. They skied bell to bell for three days with the Minarets peaking down from along the jagged skyline and learned how the mountainous landscape was formed by a volcano.

“That wind buff on Dave’s. Wow. I’ve never skied a run that gets better and better as more people ski it.”
– Thor Retzlaff
Stop #2

June Mountain

Trip Dates: January 10
Camping Spot: Mono Lake
Favorite Terrain: Deer Bowl to Schatzi
Local Legends: The Anderson Family (Sarah, Billy, Jeffrey, Spencer)
Top Après Spots: The Lunchbox & June Lake Brewing

“California’s Family Mountain” invited a legendary local family of ripping snowboarders to show the Road Icons Crew around. They tore down groomers, played on boxes, and spotted June Lake in the distance before driving back down to explore the town of June Lake.

“We only had one day at June and wish we could go back for more. It’s just beautiful there!”
– The Road Icons Crew
Stop #3

Big Bear Mountain Resort

(Bear Mountain + Snow Summit)

Trip Dates: January 12-14
Camping Spot: Big Bear Lake
Favorite Terrain: Geronimo, Chair 9 into Red Bull Plaza
Local Legends: Lenny Mazzotti (professional snowboarder)
Top Après Spots: Laybacks Bar

From groomers and groms at Snow Summit, and then over to big air and bloodies at Bear Mountain. The Road Icons Crew spent two days in Southern California, soaking in the sun, shedding their warm layers for some t-shirt weather, and relaxing after a day in the park while chatting up locals on the brand new deck at Laybacks.

“We met the cutest kids at the base of Bear Mountain when we handed out swag, they’re all just ripping little snowboarders too.”
– The Road Icons Crew
Stop #4

Taos Ski Valley

Trip Dates: January 17-20
Camping Spot: RV parking near the base
Favorite Terrain: Chair 2 to Reforma, Kachina Peak & West Basin
Local Legends: Andrea Krejci & Jimmy Loder (Taos Mountain Ambassadors), Petra Zeiler & Jackson Buscher (Outside Magazine team)
Top Après Spots: The Bavarian & Tim’s Stray Dog Cantina
“There are also really good, freshly-made mini donuts at the base in the morning!” – Taylor Zehren

From Southern California, the race began. Taylor and Alex stayed with a friend in Carlsbad and then flew on Taos Air direct to Taos. Meanwhile, Johnny and Thor drove through the cold desert night. They all arrived at the same time on Thursday afternoon, reunited and ready to hit the Rockies. They scored two deep powder days, helped the Taos team open up Kachina Peak Lift, made friends with the community, and unwound to live music from local bands at night.

“We seriously fell in love with Taos. The people, the culture, the snow, the terrain, the fresh mini-donuts at the base. Now we want to move here.”
– The Road Icons Crew
Stop #5

Copper Mountain

Trip Dates: January 22 – 24
Camping Spot: Tiger Run RV Park
Favorite Terrain: Three Bears Chair terrain, Woodward Copper
Local Legends: Todd “the unofficial Mayor of Copper” Casey
Top Après Spots: Duke’s Downhill

For their first foray into Colorado, the Road Icons Crew began with Copper Mountain (known as #RaisedOnColorado) and scored a deep powder day for a friendly welcome into the Centennial State. Shown around by legendary ski instructor and all-around Copper savante, Todd Casey, they got the full terrain tour. The crew hucked cliffs in the terrain off the brand new Three Bears Chair, practiced flips at the Woodward Barn, and then ended each day by wandering in and out of village shops and bars.

“I had no idea what to expect of Copper, but the snow and the terrain are just incredible.”
– Taylor Zehren
Stop #6

Winter Park Resort

Trip Dates: February 1 – 3
Camping Spot: G Lot (if you’d like to do the same, be sure to check in with Security for a 3-day overnight pass)
Favorite Terrain: The Cirque
Local Legends: Trevor Kennison, professional sit-skier
Top Après Spots: Doc’s Roadhouse

After a few days spent in the Mile High city of Denver, the Road Icons Crew ventured to the city’s renowned locals mountain, Winter Park. They skied from sunrise to sunset, hitting both first tracks skinning and twilight headlamp skiing with a guide from the Winter Park Adventure Concierge. Smiles were ear-to-ear as they experienced the first opening of the season for The Cirque, fresh tracks in Eagle Wind Territory, a quick on-mountain yoga session, and a round of appetizers at Doc’s during the Super Bowl.

“It was so cool to be there when they finally opened the Cirque for the first time of the whole season.”
– The Road Icons Crew
Stop #7

Steamboat Resort

Trip Dates: February 4 – 6
Camping Spot: KOA Campground
Favorite Terrain: No Names
Local Legends: Caroline Lalive, Olympic Alpine Skier
Top Après Spots: Los Locos, Lyon’s Drug Store (for ice cream), Timber & Torch

In the home of Champagne Powder® during a 3-foot powder storm, the Road Icons Crew swallowed up all that Steamboat had to offer. They chased Olympic alpine skier, Caroline Lalive, through the trees and down chutes. As any day of deeps should end, the crew shook off the cold with a stop at Timber & Torch for hot chocolate by the fire. Warmed and rested, the town of Steamboat Springs beckoned with an invitation to test out their new cowboy boots at F.M. Light & Sons.

“Skiing with an Olympian was awesome. It was so fun trying to keep up, and Caroline is a badass.”
– Johnny Egan
Stop #8

Arapahoe Basin

Trip Dates: February 7 – 10
Camping Spot: Tiger Run RV Park
Favorite Terrain: Zuma Bowl & The Steep Gullies
Local Legends: Whitney & Al Henceroth, A Basin Family
Top Après Spots: 6th Alley Bar & Il Refugio

The forecast sang of the snow and the Road Icons Crew was listening. Snow chains set in place, the RV got trucking towards fresh tracks in Summit County. Once on the hill, the crew crushed multiple feet of snow while chasing Al Henceroth – A Basin COO and local legend – and his daughter, Whitney Henceroth, around the mountain’s many steeps and deeps.

Whitney, a ripping skier in her own right, literally grew up above the ticket window at the base of “The Basin” and knows the hill intimately. With Whitney riding point, the crew explored the new Steep Gullies & Beavers terrain to much acclaim.

Both stoke and hunger ignited, the team stopped for mid-day charcuterie plates at Il Rifugio, grabbed après at 6th Alley, and then capped off the evening with a Moonlight Dinner at mid-mountain. For the rest of the weekend, the Road Icons Crew joined other pass holders to enjoy live music, drink specials, late lifts, and early ups. Arapahoe Basin truly pulled out all the stops.

“A Basin is quickly making it to the top of my favorites list.”
– Johnny Egan
Stop #9

Eldora Mountain Resort

Trip Dates: February 11 – 13
Camping Spot: Jenny Creek Trailhead
Favorite Terrain: Moose Glades, West Ridge & Alpenglow Chair
Local Legends: Bailey Eddy (Ski Patroller) & Tom Ferland (Event Operations Manager)
Top Après Spots: Lookout Lodge

An impressive 45 inches of soft Colorado snow fell in the week leading up to the Road Icons Crew’s visit to Eldora. With the scene set and the snow stacked, the crew was outfitted in fancy new duds (who doesn’t love a costume party?) and put to right to work upon arrival. Tender moments in plush onesies matched tense competition as crew members competed against one another in the ultimate evening race event: Eldora’s famous Nighthawks Race Series. 

The next morning, they celebrated fresh snow by throwing tricks in “The Glades” and “The Pillows”. After a powder fix, they visited Woodward Park #2 of the tour – this time the Woodward Eldora Terrain Park. Appetites earned, the crew submitted to 10,600 feet where the Lookout Lodge serves up pizza and beer with a view of the Rockies.

“The snow was so good in the glades that I was able to finally perfect a new trick I’d been learning.”
– Thor Retzlaff