A New Season. New Adventures.
Take a Journey with the Road Icons:
16 destinations, 4 friends, 1 RV.
Meet the crew:
A New Season. New Adventures.
Take a Journey with the Road Icons:
16 destinations, 4 friends, 1 RV.
Meet the crew:
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.
Trip Dates: January 7-10, 2020
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
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.
Trip Dates: January 10, 2020
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
The Anderson Family
Taylor, Johnny & June Lake in the distance
“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.
Trip Dates: January 12-14, 2020
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
Alex hits the battleship rail
The Crew with local legend Lenny Mazzotti
Laybacks’ famous Bloody Mary
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.
Trip Dates: January 17-20, 2020
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
Taylor & Alex say hello to Taos
The Crew explores Kachina Peak
Johnny takes a different kind of flight
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.
Trip Dates: January 22 – 24, 2020
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
Alex enters the white room
Thor rips a turn
Taylor floats through a tree run
Johnny finds a stash
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.
Trip Dates: February 1 – 3, 2020
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
Twilight headlamp skiing
The Road Icons Crew & Trevor Kennison / Photo: Daniel Brenner
Aprés at Lunch Rock / Photo: Carl Frey
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.
Trip Dates: February 4 – 6, 2020
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
Johnny Egan flies into some Champagne Powder®
Alex & Johnny look out over Steamboat
Milkshakes at Lyon’s Corner Drug Store & Soda Fountain
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.
Trip Dates: February 7 – 10, 2020
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
Stoked on the Colorado Legend
Steep & deep on an A Basin powder day / Photo: Ian Zinner
The Road Icons Crew scoping out new lines / Photo: Tyler Magann
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.
Trip Dates: February 11 – 13, 2020
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
Johnny flies into a powder day
Thor flips out in The Glades
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.
Trip Dates: February 19 – 22, 2020
Camping Spot: River’s Edge at Deer Park Resort & RV Campground
Favorite Terrain: Lady Morgan Bowl & Daly Chutes
Local Legends: Heidi Voelker
Top Après Spots: Seafood Buffet & Stein Eriksen Lodge
Zooming through the trees. Credit: Taylor Zehren
Take in the views. Credit: Taylor Zehren
Leaping from the rocks. Credit: Taylor Zehren
The crew arrived at Deer Valley on a particularly chilly week in Utah. But the frigid temperatures didn’t dampen their spirits – or their time on the mountain. Every morning, Thor would “drive them to warmth” as the RV heated up. By the time they reached the base, their limbs were defrosted and they were stoked to ski again on the incredible terrain.
The Deer Valley team happily welcomed them, and they all became fast friends. Heidi Voelker, former World Cup alpine ski racer, guided them throughout their visit, exhibiting immense passion for and knowledge of the mountain. At the end of the day, they dined on heaping plates of incredible food. The Seafood Buffet was a crew favorite, leaving them feeling fancy and full for the evening.
Trip Dates: February 23 – 24, 2020
Camping Spot: A friend’s house in Salt Lake City
Favorite Terrain: Milly Express and Secret Slope
Local Legends: Austin Lawrence and Maddie Lowe
Top Après Spots: Molly Green’s
Jumping from the rocks at Brighton
Fuel for more powder action
The crew enjoyed a casual, laid back visit to Brighton. They loved the local vibes, and had a blast with their friends on the mountain. After testing out some tricks in the terrain park, they skirted over to Solitude via SolBright. Just for a quick taste before their official trip. They topped it all off with a round of beers at Molly Green’s, toasting to a fun-filled adventure.
Trip Dates: February 25-26, 2020
Camping Spot: Took a break from camping to spend a night at The Inn at Solitude
Favorite Terrain: Fantasy Ridge
Local Legends: Logan Gill
Top Après Spots: The Thirsty Squirrel for aprés beers and Roundhouse for curry
Hiking through the trees
Making the jump
Flipping out on this terrain
Toast to a great day on the mountain
After several nights camping in the RV, the crew treated themselves to a cozy stay at The Inn at Solitude. A good night’s rest prepared them for a little bit of hiking, and lots of leg-burning runs. The deep powder and advanced terrain of the steeps kept them entertained for hours. In the evening, they spent some time strolling through the village, and hung out with friends in Salt Lake City, just a short 30-minute drive away.
Trip Dates: February 27-29, 2020
Camping Spot: A friend’s house in Salt Lake City, and took the Ski Bus into the mountains
Favorite Terrain: Everything off of the High Baldy Traverse
Local Legends: Taylor Pratt and Rian Zetzer
Top Après Spots: The Tram Club & SeventyOne
Skiing through the trees
Enjoying the scenery
Skiing the advanced terrain
For a little change of pace, the crew crashed at a friend’s house in Salt Lake City. And rather than drive the RV, they hopped on the free Ski Bus to enjoy the advanced terrain of snowbird. They lucked into some great snow, and had a blast riding the Peruvian Tunnel to explore the Mineral Basin. Their Leap Day visit was made complete with a warm up at the Cliff Spa hot tub, soaking in stellar views of the snow-packed peaks.
Trip Dates: March 2-6, 2020
Camping Spot: Parked the RV in the parking lot and then rented an Alpenglow condo through Big Sky Central Reservations.
Favorite Terrain: A to Z Chutes and The Big Couloir
Local Legends: Maria Lovely
Top Après Spots: Scissorbills Saloon
Tackling the steep terrain
Picking the next line
This run is no match for Johnny
Putting skills to the test
Enjoying the powder
The crew’s next stop was Big Sky in Montana, Johnny’s home mountain. With more than 5,800 acres of skiable terrain, Big Sky gave the crew plenty to explore. It’s a good thing they spent a few days here, getting to know both the terrain and the locals. After days spent traversing the challenging trails, it was nice to warm up and relax in a real condo.
Trip Dates: March 9-12, 2020
Camping Spot: Banff Campground Tunnel Mountain & Lake Louise Trailer Campground
Favorite Terrain: Sun Chutes at Mt. Norquay; Delirium Dive & Eagle Basin at Banff Sunshine Village; Mt. Whitehorn at Lake Louise Ski Resort
Local Legends: Michelle Brazier at Mt. Norquay; Allen Kennedy at Banff Sunshine Village; and Eli & Louis Panning-Osendarp at Lake Louise Ski Resort
Top Après Spots: Lone Pine, Creekside Lodge, Lake Louise Main Lodge, Dancing Sasquatch, and Elk & Oarsman Restaurant & Bar
Check out that view
Kickin’ up some powder
Can’t beat this terrain
Hoping for a whip cream mustache
The slopes are calling
Johnny landing jumps
Crossing the border and driving through the Canadian Rockies, the Road Icons were greeted with breathtaking scenery and super nice locals. Like ridiculously nice. They set up camp amidst a gorgeous backdrop and prepared to tackle the three resorts of SkiBig3, located in Banff National Park.
It was easy to access all three resorts during the visit since they sit pretty close together. Each mountain had something unique to offer, and the local legends provided some great terrain insights. And nothing could beat the views from the gondolas, absolutely incredible. The trip was made complete with plates of poutine, sweet maple syrup, and local beer.
Trip Dates: March 14-15, 2020
Camping Spot: Lower parking lot
Favorite Terrain: McKenzie Peak and all its surrounding terrain
Top Après Spots: La Baguette
Tearing through the fresh powder
Soaking in the sunshine
After leaving the stunning landscapes of Banff, the crew headed west to Canada’s Powder Highway. This route passes by several ski resorts, including Revelstoke, where the Road Icons made camp in the lower parking lot. They enjoyed Revelstoke’s long runs and wide sweeping views, refueling in between with fresh-baked pastries and paninis from La Baguette. Despite a shortened trip due to COVID-19, the Road Icons loved the time they spent at Revelstoke and hope to return soon.