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WELCOME TO METROPOLIS NIGHTS READ US ONLINE: issue.com/metropolisnights FOLLOW US ON: ADVERTISING INQUIRIES: Please call 201-873-3874 or visit our website at www.metnights.com I’m sitting in a coffee shop 3,135 miles from home and thinking what to write for my year-end letter. It’s been 6 months since I packed my bags (correction: backpack) and moved to Monaghan, Ireland. The journey has transformed my life and continues to do so every single day. While I’m alone, hungry and a wee wet, I know that there is no other place I would rather be than in this country as it is here where my little girl lives. Many of you have followed my story either through the pages of this magazine or social media. Since my arrival to this small Gaelic village I’ve learned so much about myself and the limits one can exceed when tested. Especially when the foundation of that hunger and isolation centers around the love for a child. Life has not been easy for me in Ireland. Immigration laws don’t allow me to make a living and the ancient somewhat antiquated legal system is not single parent friendly to say the least. A father who is not cohabiting with the mother must crawl for every crumb of access with their child and be grateful for each reluctantly granted morsel...and indeed, I am. But more importantly, I’m grateful to be near my heart and soul at this magical time of year. That said, I have kept a keen eye on the growth of Metropolis Nights and thanks to my staff the magazine has managed to flourish in my absence... and for these dedicated and passionate people who work so hard I am also grateful. Finally, I must mention my gratitude to the loyal advertisers of this publication, many whom are well aware of my plight and have been nothing but supportive and kind. For these remarkable business owners I continue to publish this beautiful publication and bring to you the readers a complimentary monthly escape from the worries of the world. I won’t ramble on, but to say.... Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each and every one of you. Blessed, Chaunce Hayden Publisher @Chauncehayden
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It’s that time of year again. Gyms get crowded with memories of past failures, and broken resolutions. About 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February, only a month into the New Year. Every year “getting back into shape,” is the number one New Year’s resolution… and every year it is the number one failed resolution. Dreams of taking your shirt off at the beach, or feeling confident enough to go bathing suit shopping for the summer, quickly melt away with the last snow fall. “Well, there is always next year,” is a theme that many embrace, and unfortunately that also comes along with the looming feeling of failure. The problem doesn’t stem from a lack of effort by the individual, it comes from a fundamental problem that runs deep in the fitness world. My goal is to not let you become just another statistic of New Year’s resolutions gone badly. Here are 12 ways (one for each month of the New Year) to set you up for success in 2018, and finally give you the opportunity to achieve the results that you deserve! 1. Take Your Time – As cliché as it sounds, fitness is a journey and not a destination. Most people fail when they don’t see immediate results, so they give up to soon. It takes time to make changes in your body. Trust the process, enjoy the journey, and the results will come. 2. Don’t Give Into Gimmicks – This time of the year, you will be flooded with advertisements for detox teas, diets that take off inches in just a week, and exercise programs that will get you shredded in just 10 minutes a day. This
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time of the year, the old saying that if it’s too good to be true, it probably is, holds a lot of merit. Don’t let a well marketed “solution” lead you down a path to failure. 3. Hire A Professional Coach – A professional fitness coach will be your guide, your mentor, and your biggest supporter to help you get through the failures that have stopped you in the past. There are a lot of great coaches who have dedicated their lives to helping people, and you deserve to have one in your corner. How do you pick out the right coach? Unfortunately, there is no standard in the fitness industry, so my best advice would be to do your homework. Read reviews, talk to his/her clients, but most importantly interview the coach. You need to feel comfortable, and trust your coach in order to fully buy in to their philosophy. 4. Stay Positive – Fitness is supposed to be fun, but there will be times that you will ultimately feel discouraged. Don’t let those times of discouragement derail you from your goals. This happens to everyone at some point in their journey, but the people who succeed understand that it is just a part of the process. It isn’t always going to be easy, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. 5. Get 1% Better Every Day – There are going to be plenty of days where you feel like you just don’t have “it.” The act of just showing up and doing something, will be far superior to doing nothing at all. The process of getting real results is never an overnight success. If you strive to get just 1% bet-
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6. Fall Off the Wagon, Don’t Let it Run You Over – You are going to screw up. You are going to eat something that you know you shouldn’t have. You are going to drink one to many adult beverages that will throw you off course. But THAT IS OKAY! Not if, but when that happens, don’t harp on it. Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and hop right back on the wagon. You are just one good decision to getting back on track, but all too often we let a bad decision determine the outcome. 7. Don’t Be a Loner – First and foremost, working out with a friend is just more fun! When you are having fun, you have a much higher chance to succeed. However, that is not the only reason why working out with a friend is more productive. Lack of accountability is one of the top reasons why people fail to achieve their goals. When you have someone that will hold you accountable, it is a lot harder to skip out on your workout. It also flows in the opposite direction. When you commit to having a gym buddy, you take on responsibility of making sure that they don’t fail as well.
10. Starvin Marvin was not Sexy – If you eat too much, you will get fat. However, the opposite is also true. When you under eat, and starve yourself, your body will slow itself down to match the lack of energy input. Hence, your metabolism will slow down and your weight loss will suffer. Keep a fire lit in your metabolism but getting the right amount of nutrients that your body needs. You’re not a bird, so don’t eat like one!
11. Why So Serious? – The misconception that in order to get in shape, you need to spend your entire life in the gym, couldn’t be further from the truth. Fitness isn’t about spending hours in the gym, it should be focused on achieving a higher quality of life. Fitness is supposed to be fun, so do the things that you enjoy. Get outside and play with your kids, or go for a walk with your spouse. Fitness doesn’t have to be so serious, have some fun with it!
12. Throw a Few Back – Life is way too short to deny yourself the things that you enjoy. It is okay to indulge a little, because you are just one good decision away from getting back on track. Where a lot of people go wrong is they deny themselves the things that they enjoy, which sets them up for failure in the future. It is the old adage of the forbidden fruit. If you can’t have it, you want it even more. The point of living a healthy lifestyle is to enjoy the things that you want to, when you want to. You can afford to do this when you make good decisions a majority of the time. Give yourself a mental break, and go have a few drinks with your friends.
If you follow these 12 tips, you will be on track to get back into shape in 2018. If I can leave you with one last thing, it would be to enjoy the process. It’s not going to be easy, but when you look back a year from now you will love how far you have come. If there is anything I can ever help you with, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and make sure to follow me on Instagram (@mike_ercolano) and Facebook (Mike Ercolano). Have a healthy and happy 2018!
9. Track Your Food – If you’re just guessing, then you’re not assessing. Tracking your food can be a tedious task, but people who track their food have an 80% higher success rate than those who don’t track. When you know exactly what you’re putting in your body, you know where you need to make some changes. There are plenty of free apps
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8. Set Attainable Goals – Who wouldn’t love to be on the cover of a swimsuit magazine (or Metropolis Night for that matter)? However, for most of us, hitting the gym seven days a week, eating a strict diet planned by a nutritionist, and walking around at 5% body fat is just not realistic. All too often, we set goals that we know we can’t reach, but it makes us feel good to say that we want them. Your success is like a snowball, start with losing one pound and gain momentum from there.
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Colter Wall Born June 27th 1995 from Swift Current Saskatchewan, Colter Wall is a new comer to the music industry. The genres of music is a blend of blues and folk with a country background.
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Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and of course the legend Mr. Cash himself. His first hit “The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie” was released as his first single. Songs from his albums were featured in the television show Dog Bounty Hunter and the film Hell Or High Water. The track used in the film, “Sleeping On The Blacktop”, gained more than a million streams on social media. I’m digging his style and I personally am not a country music fan
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Let’s discuss some Filipino hotness (or “mainit” in the language) and start steaming things up around here. This 22 year old FHM uprising bombshell born in Quezon City is an actress, TV host, and singer as well. She is best known for her roles in Juan Happy Love Story as Agatha Samaniego and on the television show Bubble Gang (no it’s not porn)... She released her debut song and music video titled “Know Me” featuring international rapper C-Tru, released under GMA Records. So keep both eyes out for this sexy young lady and remember it’s always hotter in the Philippines!
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Sake known as Japanese rice wine, is made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Unlike wine, in which alcohol (ethanol) is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in fruit, typically grapes, sake is produced by a brewing process more akin to that of beer, where starch is converted into sugars which ferment into alcohol. Sake has been produced for so long it predates Japanese recorded history. Traditionally served gently warmed (my favorite) or unfiltered which has a different color and consistency. And of course most obviously served with sushi (getting hungry here). One of my personal favorite brands is TYKU who offers a variety of flavors as well. So give it a shot! (Please TYKU Responsibly)
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worst The absolute
Christmas gifts you can give By Nina Stibbe
Originally Printed In the New York Post • December 8, 2017
I see people fall into the same time/money wasting traps, year after year. I have fallen into those traps myself but, unlike others, I have learned from my mistakes. Don’t be over-generous, or mean or give precedent-setting gifts, just because you like a thing, it doesn’t mean anyone else will go for suitability and proper niceness over quirk or gift kudos. Never give cigarettes or toothpaste unless the person is in prison.
Crazes Fads, trends, crazes make bad gifts. I have wasted literally thousands of dollars on these.
High-Maintenance Gifts A silver charm bracelet is a lovely idea and it means you don’t have to think about you goddaughter’s gift ever again. You can keep buying tiny pairs of scissors and horse heads until you die. But in reality, the kid loses it almost immediately (for example, it falls down a crack between the floorboards in the hall, where some wires also go and without lifting the floorboards, etc etc.) Of course, the godmother keeps sending charms, year after year, to add to the bracelet and these get put in a drawer but, because they’re not fixed on to an actual bracelet, they get lost too. And whenever the godmother comes to the house she keeps glancing at the kid’s wrist and it’s all very awkward.
Upsetting Gifts Don’t start a funeral plan for anyone or buy them a carpet shampooer. Death and hard work are un-Christmassy and upsetting.
Bulking Up A common, expensive, precedent-setting mistake. My mother used to add a Mr. Men book, a dragonshaped eraser and a novelty sweetie of some kind to bulk up gifts to her grandchildren. All added up, this meant she’d spend somewhere in the region of a thousand dollars just on bulker-uppers. Bulker-uppers are never a good idea. As well as the cost, including the environmental cost, there’s the awful truth that the bulking items — the Kinder egg, the Rimmel nail polish, the fridge magnet of David Hockney’s sausage dog, Stanley — are often so much nicer and more appealing than the actual box of Star Wars Lego or the biography. Stop bulking up — it’s the antithesis of Christmas.
The Formula Or Repeat You know this one person likes Dolphins or Pam Ayres and you buy to that formula, year after year after year. My dog-loving sister has apparently received the film “Best in Show” six times, from the same three people (including me.) Basically, if the idea is that good, someone else will probably already have thought of it — perhaps even the person themselves.
Vouchers Practical and sensible, but vouchers are just not Christmassy and afford no joy. I’d go as far as to say I hate giving (or getting) any kind of token or voucher. And no matter how much thought you’ve put into them (joke,) they seem lazy and dull. The only exceptions being some kind of weird marriage proposal/sex voucher. Or a personal pledge to clean the car, inside and out, including door surrounds.
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It’s just the start of the holiday season and while it’s a time filled with celebrations and festivities, it also means a new year is just around the corner. Trends and styles that will be notable are already beginning to emerge. Read on for some ideas about how to be on trend in 2018.
The NonDressy Blazer These aren’t your dad’s blazers. Unconstructed blazers in traditional colors like navy, black, and charcoal, or bolder choices like olive green and maroon are all great options. A more casual blazer will add a dressedup edge to a sweater and jeans for a night out or a business casual office. The key to pulling off a casually cool vibe is to find a fit that’s slightly oversized without being sloppy.
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Longer Lengths One trend you will see quite a bit of in 2018 will be longer coats, sweaters, and shirts. Playing with length can add visual interest to an outfit and pairing similar shades can elongate your look. Trench coats are a smart way to stay warm and look polished while longer flannel shirts are a more casual option for evenings and weekends. Flannel Shirt, zara.com | $40 Wool-blend Coat, hm.com | $130
Alfani - Essential Knit Sportcoat, macys.com | $150
Thrasher Skate Mag Spider Dye T-Shirt, zumiez.com | $29 Justin Bieber Purpose Tour Tee, forever21.com | $25
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Graphic tees are back! But this time, it’s less likely to be paired with a trucker hat and more of a great layering piece under a flannel shirt or a casual jacket. A graphic tee in a dark color is perfect to wear under a denim jacket or bomber for a laid-back weekend look.
Boots offer a masculine and polished look no matter what they’re paired with and this season, they are a stylish alternative to oxfords. The versatile style of chelsea or chukka boots works well with a suit in more casual or creative office and instantly elevate the look of jeans, chinos, and even joggers for those embracing the athleisure trend.
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By Hardeep Phull Grammy voters had to know something was amiss last year, when even winners started protesting their picks. This year, the Album of the Year nominees suggest that voters are trying to make up for it and head off any accusations of being out of touch from the start. The five contenders announced Tuesday are impressively representative of the best pop music around — not just the artist that sold the most.
Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” is among the missing, so the poor lamb will just have to make do with his gargantuan sales and nearly $70 million net worth.
Instead — and unusually — the Album of the Year nominees tend toward work rooted in the present, not the past.
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Consider Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.” and Jay Z’s “4:44,” choices that highlight hiphop’s continued creative dominance. Lamar is the premier modern emcee at the peak of his power, pushing the genre into new territory. Meanwhile, Hova has looked inward with “4:44” and produced the most painfully honest album of his career. His tally of eight Grammy nods in total — more than any other artist — is a just reward. Childish Gambino’s superb psych-funk odyssey, “Awaken, My Love!,” could have easily slipped through the cracks, as he didn’t tour or promote it extensively. The same could be said of Lorde’s “Melodrama,” which hit No. 1, but didn’t spawn any smash hit singles. Their inclusion shows that Grammy voters have been paying close attention.
When the award for “Album of the Year” is handed out at Madison Square Garden in January, there really shouldn’t be any huge miscarriage of justice this time around. Unless Sheeran decides to invade the stage in a Kanye-style protest.
Also shut out are Harry Styles’ self-titled album and Lady Gaga’s “Joanne,” which refer strongly to the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Elton John — the kind of middle-of-theroad, dated soft-rock influences that Grammy voters usually lap up.
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Bruno Mars’ slick third album “24K Magic” is the most obvious, big-budget pop release of the year in the category, but the snubs are glaring.
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Eli Manning was powerless when it came to preventing Ben McAdoo and the Giants hierarchy from wresting from him the franchise-quarterback mantle he has worn so professionally for 14 seasons. But Manning now has the upper hand with what comes next, as far as the Giants trading him away.
Manning signed a four-year, $84 million contract extension before the 2015 season and the $67 million in guaranteed money already has been paid to him. He is on the books for base salaries of $10.5 million in 2018 and $11.5 million in 2019. It looks as if he will not be with the Giants to earn that money.
Manning has a full no-trade clause in his contract, meaning the Giants cannot ship him anywhere he does not want to go. There is a chance he returns as the starter in 2018, but, given the way this dreary season has gone and the way the Giants on Tuesday shabbily handled the end of Manningâ€™s starting streak of 210 consecutive games, it does not seem tenable that this rift is mendable. The Giants likely will have a top-three pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and they undoubtedly will use it on a quarterback, unless rookie Davis Webb shows them something down the stretch to warrant consideration as Manningâ€™s successor. Whatever happens, the decision will not take long. The Giants must pay Manning a $5 million bonus if he is on the roster on the third day (March 17) of the NFL league year, so if he is not in the plans, he will be gone before then.
There is no way the Giants simply will release Manning, but if they did, they would save about $10 million on their 2018 salary cap and have a dead cap expenditure of $12.4 million. There will be teams willing to trade for his services. Manning is not ready to retire, even though he turns 37 on Jan. 3. His body remains healthy and his arm is sound. The Jaguars (with Tom Coughlin running the show and Blake Bortles at quarterback) make too much sense as an option. The Broncos and Cardinals also are solid teams in need of a quality quarterback. If Manning goes to Denver, he would follow in the footsteps of older brother Peyton, who once thought he would never leave the Colts, just as Eli once thought he would be with the Giants forever.
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2017 literally flew right by. Amongst the chaotic running around and endless holiday parties, December is the busiest month out of the whole year for the service industry. It’s a time when customers are full of emotions: excitement, loneliness, happiness, disappointment and optimism, and we, as bartenders, get to witness it all. That doesn’t mean that we don’t experience these emotions ourselves, but as people who are the ‘face’ of the bar, it is up to us to keep ourselves in check so we can do our job. As someone who has recently been seeking out daily positive mantras in order to obtain a happy, content and peaceful mind, I thought I could use this month’s column to provide some for bartenders this holiday season. Enjoy!
argument. I’ll be the first to admit that as a bartender/ writer/over-thinker/empathetic person I’ve found myself too involved in people’s lives. When people ask me for advice, it’s hard for me not to dive nose deep into their story and give my honest opinion. When I see a couple on the brink of domestic abuse, it’s hard not to jump in the middle and play mediator/couples therapist. The truth is: the happiest people are those who mind their own business.
Work to become, so you can acquire.
Work for a cause, not applause. Have you ever handled a crazy bar by yourself, when you know most bartenders would need assistance? The adrenaline rush that comes from persevering through it often fades when there is nobody there to pat you on the back when it’s over and say, “Good job!” In those moments, pat your own damn back and get back to working. You and God know how much of a hard worker you are. At the end of the day, the most important thing is how proud you are of yourself for kicking ass.
Go the extra mile, it’s never crowded.
Work smarter, not harder. The key is not breaking into a sweat, but finding a way to create your own flow and balancing it when the nights get extremely busy. Since the holidays are the busiest time of the year, it’s crucial to remain cool, calm, and collective. Discuss with co-workers ways to eliminate running into each other while making drinks or try to figure out ways to help each other when you get the chance.
Not my circus, not my monkeys. Remember this when you have to deal with drunk customers who are a little too hands-y, who give you the side-eye when you give them water instead of a cocktail, or who can’t finish the night without starting at least one
This too shall pass. Throughout the busy holiday season, tell yourself that for every chaotic shift you work, there will be a reward at the end of December: Christmas and an upcoming new year. Embrace this busy time because as soon as the impending snow starts, business tends to slow down until people come out of hibernation for spring. Appreciate the rush now and you will reap the benefits later!
Stand your ground, it’s sacred. As a bartender (and a human being) you know what is right and what is wrong. Don’t compromise your morals to please other people, whether it be serving under-aged or intoxicated customers, or dealing with work drama. Consider the situation, listen to your gut and stay true to yourself, even if the outcome leads you to being the “lesserliked bartender”. Screw it, you’re not there to make friends, you’re there to make a living.
Each time you walk through the door to bartend, it’s an opportunity to meet new people, make a memory, and/or make some money. Try to capitalize on the energy you feel each day and try to make each shift a great time – for you and your customers.
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Recite this as you enter each shift. Your boss will thank you.
During the holidays, stress levels are at an all time high in the service industry. Waitresses cry, chef’s curse, and managers scream. There may be days when you have to serve a person who, when they see you at the same bar you’ve bartended at for the last 6 years, says, “So, you’re still here, huh?” During these times, remind yourself that you’re fortunate to have a job in a time when so many people don’t and that whatever pays for your rent, your bills, your vacations, your makeup, your clothes, your nails, your hair and other miscellaneous things can’t be that bad after all. Work hard, work a lot, and save your earnings so you can put your money towards things that make you enjoy living your life. Bartending pays your bills, people’s opinions don’t.
Make today so awesome that yesterday gets jealous.
Can you believe it’s December already?
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up Virgin! There seems to be a slight chance pregnancy can occur without actually having sex Is it true that you can get pregnant without even having sex? I have heard of someone recently that says that they are still a virgin, but having a baby! This isn’t the first time I have hear of this, and no matter how hard it is to believe, apparently it is possible. After researching this topic further, there seems to be a slight chance pregnancy can occur without actually having sex. Experts state that sperm can find itself into your vagina without actually having intercourse. For example, if you or your partner have semen or pre-ejaculate on your fingers and touch your vagina, the sperm can actually make its way up to and fertilize the egg. The risk of actually getting pregnant in this way is very low because sperm can only live for a short time outside of the body. The most common ways of getting pregnant without actually having intercourse is dry humping. This is the process whereby two people repeatedly move up and down and back and forth on top of each other fully clothed or missing various pieces. Although there is no penetration, if the penis comes in contact with the vagina without some sort of fabric separating them the sperm can get inside the vagina and lead to pregnancy. According to experts, it is possible for a woman to become pregnant from dry humping – even if she has not removed her underwear! This is because sperm can soak through lingerie. So, know from now on that grinding or dry humping does put you at risk of accidental pregnancy, although it is rare. It may be rare, but certainly hard to believe, especially for some that cannot get pregnant even when trying. There are so many moving parts to this actually happening, but if you are not planning on becoming pregnant, even if you aren’t having sex, it is important to know that it’s possible to get pregnant in this way. I would suggest using protection always, even if just messing around. Condoms and birth control are both good options. If you have a comment, story or question you would like to share, please email me at email@example.com Kisses,
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Interview with Shawnee Mountain’s
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I heard that Shawnee moved their main freestyle terrain park from one side of the mountain (The Bushkill run) clear to the other side (The Delaware run) near their beginner terrain park Incubator (located on the Country Club trail) for this season? If that’s true, what can we expect to find on the original Bushkill run as well as the new Delaware terrain park and what was the reasoning behind the move? Josh Urciuoli: Well, really multiple thoughts went into it. Our biggest priority was easier lift access. By having it on the other side of the mountain, we can access that trail from a high speed quad. So skiers and riders can get up the mountain much faster and it’s much closer to the terrain park. Our old terrain park was serviced by an older double chair lift that will still be in service but it just did not get the terrain park riders to the top fast enough. One of the other benefits is that we redid all of the snowmaking on that side of the hill. So we have all new snowmaking lines, new guns, new hydrants and more of them. So we are able to make snow much faster and better on that trail than we were on Bushkill. Since you’ve ridden here you might recall that Bushkill is a very wide trail. So it took so much volume of snow in order to really open that terrain park. The design of the new park offers smaller features with a better layout. When we consulted several different terrain park builders we learned that everyone in a resort type setting is going smaller. A place that has an entire ski area dedicated to a terrain park is different but when you have it on one trail in a 23 trail facility like here, you really have to accommodate everybody. The new terrain park seems like a smart move and the snowmaking operation there sounds amazing. Did you improve other areas of Shawnee as far as snowmaking goes for this season? Well, every year we invest about 20% back into our snowmaking facilities, if not more. We added a new Centac compressor this year and we also added some more automated trails. Mountain-
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wide we make significant snowmaking improvements each and every year. I first came to ski at Shawnee through the Denville, NJ Recreation Ski Program. This was a great way to introduce my kids to skiing and to cut some turns at a mountain I had not realized was so close to my home. What types of other clubs and opportunities does Shawnee offer to get more kids and people in general into skiing and boarding? Well, we still do our multi-visits, our after school programs as well as our recreational clubs which tend to be on Saturday and Sunday. Those numbers are pretty consistent throughout the years. What we’ve seen a nice rise in is our Liftopia ticket sales. A lot of people don’t necessarily want to commit to a four, five, six or even seven week commitment. But they might look at the weekend forecast and see that the weather is going be great with maybe a little natural snow and so they go online and buy a ticket. Those sales have definitely increased. Metropolis Nights has a huge social media reach but our print readers are mainly from central and northern, NJ. Shawnee is just a short ride from there. Do you find that you are pulling customers from there or is it more spread out? We are really a mixed bag. The majority of our business I would say comes from north Jersey but also from Long Island, Staten Island and New York City. We are so close to New York City but we also pull from Philadelphia because that is not far away either. To be honest, I was surprised to meet people from Philly and Long Island when I was there last year but when you chat it up with people on the chairlift, sure enough you see just how far they are willing to travel to ski Shawnee. Yeah, even people from Maryland make the trip here. In our
There has to be a reason they are coming to Shawnee because they could certainly visit other resorts much faster. Why do you think they choose Shawnee and make the extra investment of time to get to you? Well one of the things I know we do really well here is the beginner and intermediate skier. Whereas other ski areas might be improving other parts of their resorts with non-ski related things like zip lines, waterparks, rope courses, hotels, etc… you only have so much of a pie. And a lot of that pie has to go to your chlorine levels and other non-ski related aspects. I’m not bashing any of those places but I think that people that are still core skiers and riders who enjoy a wood fed fireplace and great beginner and intermediate terrain come to us for that reason. You can’t always be all things to all people and as you said, you can focus your budget on the one thing people have come to know you for when you stay true to the sport and your customer base. So what is going to be on the Bushkill trail now that the terrain park has been retired? Well, Bushkill has now been leveled out. It still has the same gradual rollers that it used to have but it’s really just a nice, wide cruising trail now. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite trails here. You can make nice GS turns down it and it’s just a very solid intermediate cruising trail now. Were you ever here before it became a terrain park? No, it’s always been a terrain park in my experience at Shawnee. Ah, then you missed out. (laughs) One of my favorite parts of this move is getting that trail back. If you think about the top pitch of that trail, it’s a little steep. You can make two nice turns on that and then carry that all the way through sweeping GS turns in very nice terrain. Also- since most people don’t want to take the F lift you will have that mostly to yourself if you choose to stay on that side. And now the terrain park fans are going to be on the other side of the mountain so I’d imagine you’ll have it even more to yourself if you are just looking to cruise on Bushkill. Yeah, for sure. What we started to see more and more were
some really good athletes wanting to get on the Incubator park because small technical jib-style rails are what’s in. I don’t mean small in size, I just mean they don’t have to be on top of a 20 foot pile of snow. The technique has taken more precedence over the size. What you can do on a 10 foot hip is more exciting than what you can do on a 60 foot table top. So what we started seeing was more and more better snowsports athletes spending time over in the little kid’s park. So basically what we did was create this whole area just for those people to enjoy. The other thing that I love about this place, and I’ve been all over the place, is that you don’t see the 20 year old guy on the snowboard or pair of skis whose been doing this for years, barreling over the 13 year old. What you do see is them usually stopping and helping them because they know they’re the cool kid. Instead of the cool kid being like, “Get out of my way!” They’re more like, “Hey man, I see you’re trying to do a 180. Let me help you.” I think that this new park because of it’s style, is gonna lend itself to that. That’s because Delaware is a twisty, narrow trail and Country Club is small though wide and what you’re gonna see is pockets… You’re gonna see a couple people session in the hips and stay there, hiking it over and over. You’re gonna see The Rail Garden which is at the bottom of Delaware and you can see it from the chair lift, the parking lot and the base area because it’s a gradual slope. You’re going to see them on there and see them hiking it because why wouldn’t you hike the 3 rails you love the most? I think you’re going to find this new park although linear with a really good flow, is gonna have pockets of people that are going to stick to a good area for a while and then move on. Whereas with the old park you entered it through a rail and then you had 3 big jumps and went to another rail… You almost had to ride the whole thing to enjoy it. I think this new layout is going to be more receptive to sit-and-stop type riding. For those out there who may not be avid enthusiasts just yet, what can they expect if they were to rent gear onsite from Shawnee? We’ve got an impressive ski and rental facility but for the coming season we purchased 500 pair of new Elan skis, 200 new Flow and Rossignol snowboards and 200 new Giro helmets to add to our inventory. Fun fact- The Shawnee Mountain Rental Shop one of the largest in the USA and is able to outfit over 4000 skiers/snowboarders. Thanks for your time Josh and see you out there in the white! You can follow Shawnee at Facebook.com/skishawnee, @Skishawnee or learn more at www.shawneemt.com.
rental shop everyone has to fill out their information including their address when renting gear so you see where they are all coming from. There are actually a lot of Shawnee customers from Maryland and even Delaware.
Published on Dec 13, 2017