7 Things to Occupy Your Time This Off-Season

So, here we are again. Spring time. The snow is melting, the pond-skimming and t-shirt skiing is back and we all feel a bittersweet rush of emotion. Although we all have an obsession, or at least a love for winter sports, spring time does feel good. But if you’re like me, wait two weeks and you’ll want to be on the mountain again as you’re sneezing from the pollen. So, in an effort to ease the pain of spring time, here are a few things I love to do the off-season.

1. Stand Up Paddle Board 

I started SUPing last summer and I fell in love with it. I was really missing having my feet on a board, and I figured this was a perfect way to stay in shape and practice my balance. It is always important to practice your balance in the off-season, because it makes it an easy transition back into winter. Like I said, it is also a great way to stay in shape. It works pretty much every part of your body. I live near the beach during the summer, so I like to do it close to dusk, because watching the sun set is very relaxing.


That’s me last summer SUPing during low tide.

2. High Cascade Snowboard Camp

OK, so, this might be cheating as an off-season activity – because it’s still snowboarding. But, its the best place on earth. It’s located on Mount Hood, Oregon and is a weekly camp for the months of June,July and August. Check out my post that includes the podcast for photos and more information on High Cascade.


3. Yoga

As I’ve said in previous posts, yoga is an excellent way to stay in shape, improve balance and relax. It’s also a great way to make friends. Enroll in a class at your gym and don’t be afraid to start event if you have no idea what you’re doing. Most people are very welcoming and willing to help you out!

4. Go to A Red Sox Game 

There really aren’t many things that compare to a night at Fenway Park. It a beautiful ball park filled with enthusiastic fans. Even if you don’t follow baseball closely, (me), it is still a great time if you go with friends. If you are not from the Boston area, any ballpark will do!


My seats at Fenway Park – July 2013.

5. Go to the Beach

I mean, this doesn’t really need much explanation. Besides the mountain, the beach is my favorite place to be. It’s a fun place to unwind with friends and family and just have a great time. My ideal day at the beach is a cooler filled with my favorite beverages, kan jam, and friends. 🙂

6. Go to an Outdoor Concert

The Comcast Center is my favorite place to go for concerts. In the summer, country concerts are my favorite. i usually manage to go to three or four per summer. Tailgating is my favorite part. Get there early – as close to the times the gates open. You will get a good spot in the parking lot and ample time to play games and grill.


My friend Elisabeth and I tailgating at the Blake Shelton concert last August.

7. Drive Across the Country

I am lucky enough to fulfill this dream of mine this June. I will be driving from Seattle to Boston and I could not be happier about it. It is a perfect way to fill a week or more of time and to make some great memories.

Comment below or Tweet at me @cassachussetts if you have a favorite Off-Season activity you think I should try!

Thanks for reading!



Podcast – My Opinion of the High Cascade/Windells Merger

IT HAPPENED! Windells and High Cascade are partnering. Here’s my opinion:



Post a comment if you agree or disagree!




Photo I took of Mount Hood on the chairlift in 2012.


Photo I took at the top of Mount Hood.


Photo I took of the Halfpipe on Mount Hood.


Photo I took at High Cascade of a camper flipping into the foam pit.


Photo I took at the base of Mount Hood. ‘Merica.

Snowboarder Mag Article 

High Cascade Snowboard Camp


Until Next Time….



What to Wear on the Mountain for All Conditions


My brother and I at Crystal Mountain, Washington. I am wearing an insulated jacket from Arc’Teryx and an insulated Flylow Pant. He is wears a Mountain Hard Wear shell jacket.


Whether you like insulated, shell, layering, or minimizing – everyone’s different – so, I’ll map out my favorite brands and items for this season. In case you aren’t familiar with some terminology of some of this gear, here’s a quick run-down: 

– Shell – The main purpose of a shell is to provide a strong wind breaker outer layer, where you will layer with an insulator underneath, and a base layer against your skin. It provides the versatility in which you can adapt your outfit to the everyday changing climate. I also love shells because you can wear them year round – on chilly days or in the rain. 

– Insulated Jacket – The opposite of a shell. These jackets will not require much layering because the insulation within the jacket will keep you warm. One base layer is usually enough, depending on the type of insulation. People who don’t like to layer usually go with this option. 

– Insulator – A layer that goes underneath a shell to add insulation. Usually a “puffy” jacket. This can also be a heavy fleece. 

– Base layer – The layer of clothing that goes against your skin. Usually an athletic material that is good with wicking – with the purpose to bring the sweat away from your body when you are performing high intensity activities. 



Outfit #1-


The first two products are from the brand Arc’teryx (http://arcteryx.com). This is one of my favorite brands for not only snow sports, but for any sorts of outdoor activities. Although it can be a little pricy, the quality of their products are worth it – the life span of these items are pretty much endless. They started out as a hiking and climbing company before adding snow sports to their itinerary, so they provide the quality and durability for the most intense activities out there.They also make their products in pretty unique colors, so you can venture away from black or grey. Here are a few of my favorite items from this season.



Photos provided by arcteryx.com


The Beta LT shell (above)  is a GoreTex shell that provides the versatility of a four seasons jacket. It is durable, warm, and easy to move in. The hood is large enough to fit over your helmet when you are skiing, but you can since it to make it smaller when you are wearing it otherwise.

My favorite insulator to wear under the shell is the Atom Jacket (below) – it’s light, but surprisingly warm, and won’t leave you feeling too bulky. It is a very breathable material, so you find yourself not getting so warm that you sweat – but it always seems to regulate your body temperature when the climate changes. This is also a perfect fall or spring stand alone jacket in chilly temperatures. 


Photo courtesy of arcteryx.com

What I like to wear against my skin underneath these two layers is a Helly Hansen (hellyhansen.com) base layer (pictured below). It is somewhat fitted, so it stays close to your body at all times. It is great with wicking the moisture away from your body and letting your body breathe, so you don’t get too warm. It also comes in some cool colors, too.


Photo courtesy of hellyhansen.com

As for the bottom half of your body for outfit #1, I suggest sticking with an Arc’teryx shell pant. It serves the same purpose as the shell jacket as I described above. I really love a good bib pant. The Arc’teryx Theta SV pant is pictured below. The bib and suspenders ensure that no snow gets down your pants if you are sitting, falling or in deep powder snow. It also has some useful pockets on your chest to put chap stick, your phone, money or whatever else you want. 


photo courtesy of arcteryx.com

If you’re wearing  a shell pant, you want to make sure that you have a warm insulator underneath. A heavy fleece base layer will provide you with enough insulation to keep you warm, while the shell pant will block the wind from contacting your body. My favorite is the  Arc’teryx RHO AR bottom, pictured below.


Photo courtesy of arcteryx.com



OUTFIT #2 – 

For an insulated jacket, I’d like to draw attention to Powderhorn – a company out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Below is pictured the Powdersmoke jacket. Under this jacket, one layer will suffice (two layers on those reeeaaally cold days, or for those who freeze easily.) I love the puffy look of this jacket, however, when you put it on, it is comfortably fitted and not boxy and marshmallow-y like many other puffy jackets. Check out the other colors in this jacket and some more awesome products at powderhornworld.com


photo courtesy of powderhornworld.com


Under this jacket, I suggest you wear the North Face Warm crew or zip neck base layer (pictured below). Its a Merino wool blend that is great for fast moving activities. It will help wick the sweat from your skin and help regulate your body temperature. There is also an expedition weight of this base layer (just a thicker fleece) if you feel like you need a little extra. 


Photo courtesy of thenorthface.com

The insulated pant that I wear, and LOVE, is the Daisy pant (pictured below) from FlyLow (flylowgear.com.) With previous pants, I always had trouble with waterproofness. These pants I have no problem at all with – the water practically bounces off them. There are also hand pockets with zippers so I know that my things are always secure in them. I only wear one layer underneath, and I’m perfectly warm all day.



photo courtesy of flylowgear.com

Lastly, underneath these pants, I suggest a Helly Hansen base layer. I like the 3/4 length pant because it doesn’t get all bunched up with your ski sock. I try to have the least amount of material in my snowboard boots because it’s way more comfortable. The pants below are what I wear under my FlyLow pants – they’re super warm and regulate my temperature. I also use them for jogging, yoga and hanging around the house!


photo courtesy of hellyhansen.com



Outfit #3: Après-ski

One of my favorite parts of the day is Après-ski (french for after skiing), where you get to hang out, have a beer, socialize and wind down after a long day on the mountain. Being comfortable at this time is key – but there are also some practical ways to be comfortable and stylish while you’re out! 

After wearing a helmet all day, you are bound to have some helmet hair. Throw on a beanie to help tame your mane a little bit. They’re practical and really cute. I like slouchy beanies with pom poms like this O’Neill Brana Beanie –


photo courtesy of oneill.com


A comfy hoody is perfect to throw over your base layer that you’re already wearing, or a tank that you brought with you. This one from O’Neill is one of my favorites. It’s somewhat light, but that’s perfect because you are going to be surrounded by people and it will most likely be pretty warm in there. I love the pop of color this gives your outfit, too. 


Photo courtesy of jackssurfboards.com

Pair this hoodie with some patterned leggings from Picture Organic (an environmentally conscious company.) They are fleece leggings and come in really cute patterns. You’ll be helping the environment by supporting this company, so you really can’t go wrong. 


Photo courtesy of picture-organic-clothing.com

For shoes, you definitely want to stick with something waterproof or water resistant. You will be slipping out of your ski or snowboard boots into these shoes, and walking outside – where you will most likely walk through snow or slush. You don’t want your feet to be wet and cold for the rest of the night, so stick with some good outdoor shoes. Sorel is one of my favorite outdoor shoe companies, with boots that are stylish, warm and functional. The 1964 Premium boot is my favorite style – 


Photo courtesy of sorel.com


I am not a fashion major – but I like to think I know what looks good and what is, more importantly, functional on and off the mountain. In case you missed it, here is a list of all the websites of the companies i mentions:









Thanks for reading!

Until next time…

Cassie 🙂


Why New England is More than just the Land of Ice – With Photos to Prove it




I grew up in New England, so it is assumed that I grew up riding on icy mountains with little access to powder and big mountain backcountry conditions. However, I would like to personally debunk all of the stereotypes that snowboarding and skiing in New England sucks. Because it doesn’t! Don’t get me wrong, you definitely have your fair share of groomers and icy conditions out here, but it’s all what you make of it. Through my travels, I have been able to find my favorite spots in New England, and after seeing some of my pictures, hope you will try them out. I promise you won’t be disappointed. 

Jay Peak, Vermont


Commonly known for having the closest mountain conditions you will get to “out west”, Jay Peak offers an insane amount of tree trails that are packed with powder. Although on-trail conditions are fun, too, you really get a taste of Jay Peak when you venture off-trail into the woods. Because it’s about a four hour drive from Boston, where you are only a few miles away from Canada, I suggest that you book a room or a condo overnight, so you can get a full day in and not be exhausted after the ride. Being able to relax after a day of glade skiing (because, trust me, your legs will be burning,) is the best thing ever. They also have an indoor water park, yes, you heard me right, at the base of the mountain. The water park includes slides, a lazy river, a large tropical bar, and outdoor hot tubs. Make it a trip with friends, you won’t regret it. If that didn’t persuade you, here are some photo’s from my experiences at Jay Peak: 


Our slope-side condo offered us a chance to wake up for the first chair at 8AM to 6 inches of fresh snow.


I took this picture of my friend Jon, where we were entering glades for first tracks at Jay Peak. Shown on my Instagram: @cassachusetts


IT’S SO FLUFFY I’M GONNA DIIEEEE! More on my instagram @cassachusetts


It can be a little chilly – but look at that snow forecast!


Not only can you find awesome snow in the trees, it is also beautiful. A friend snapped a photo of me to prove it. More on my Instagram @cassachusetts.


IT’S SO FLUFFYYYY (tree trails round 2).


If the mountain wasn’t beautiful enough, this is the Jay Peak sunset I captured on the way home. More on my instagram @cassachusetts



Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire


The best way I can describe Cannon is that it’s a mountain that gives a small town feel but delivers huge mountain conditions. It doesn’t have a huge lodge, a water park, hot tubs, or a bunch of apres (after-skiing) bars, but it focuses on what’s important: the skiing. My friends and I were lucky enough to be guided around Cannon backcountry by the Blizzard/Technica representative. The best conditions and fluffy snow can be found on Mittersill, found on the trail map to the right, where you see the yellow dots:



Photo courtesy of cannonmt.com

To get to this, you have to use the access trail which you can get to by using the trail “Taft Slalom.” To view this trail and a closer look of all the trails go here: http://www.cannonmt.com/map.pdf. Some advice that I have is to always have two people with you while accessing these trails. It can get confusing, and you don’t want to get lost while you are by yourself. It helps to have someone who knows where they are going when you are on these trails because they can give you a way out of the trees. Our guide helped us tremendously while venturing through these trails. If you don’t have someone who knows the mountain well, ask around. This mountain is packed with locals who have been skiing there all their lives, and I’m sure they’d be happy to give you some direction. Here are some photos I have taken while at Cannon. I hope you’ll try this amazing mountain! 


Straight ahead it the access trail to Mittersill. Get as much speed as you can, because you have to hike a little bit.



This is what you’ll see once you’ve hiked to Mittersill. On the top left is the main Tram on Cannon.



We got a little lost in the woods. We didn’t mind exploring in all that fluffy snow, though.




Loon Mountain, New Hampshire


I love Loon because of its variety of trails. You never feel like you are riding on the same trail once, and that’s awesome. It’s fast gondola ensures a smooth ride up the mountain. I also love that its such an easy ride from Boston – only about 2 and a half hours. When you’re almost there, you will get a scenic view of The Notch. Loon offers a mid-mountain lodge that serves food and drinks, with a great view of people skiing and the surrounding mountains. They also have a variety of parks that invite riders of all levels to learn, improve, and master jumps and rails of all sizes. If you’re looking for a good time, check it out. Here are some photos I’ve taken at Loon: 


Did I mention they have gnarly glades?


Venture off-trail to find the best fluffy snow.


(I’m cropped out of this) But it was a great time with the crew at the mid-mountain lodge!



Or relax in the sun outside of the base lodge!


Ask the locals to lead you to Ewok Village – a tree house in the woods of Loon.


You might find the guys from Burton Snowboards there, and they might let you drive their van, too.



Last but not least – always ride with a crew 🙂 (me in the red jacket with the rest of my co-workers)


Killington, Vermont


Killington is where I learned how to snowboard when I was 9 years old, so I will always have an emotional connection to this mountain (although, the first few times trying to snowboard was kind of traumatizing.) Killington offers some pretty challenging terrain, anywhere from tight glades to long and winding leg burners. Like Loon, Killington offers extreme variety, where you never feel like you are riding the same trail twice. They also have Yurts around the mountain where you can grab a beer or a snack. When the weather warms up a little, they open up the walls and it becomes a deck bar. In the morning, a MUST GO is the pancake house breakfast. They have omelettes with apples in them, and local Vermont maple syrup. On the way home, check out the Long Trail Brewery. You can tour where they brew the beer and the food is aweeeesome.


Friends and I chased the storm to Killington and this was the result.


Killington is also a great place for selfies.

I hope you’ll take my word for it and check out all of these amazing places!

Until next time…




Why Jamie Anderson Inspires Me to be Healthy and Happy

It is no secret that in this day’s age, body image is prominent. There is constant pressure on both women and men to have the “perfect body,” and that “perfection” streams from the media. I guarantee that if you look around right now, if you are in a public place, there will be at least two or three people using some sort of technology. Go ahead, look. It is almost impossible to ignore what is being put on the internet about celebrities. A majority of the time, it is a critique or comment on the person’s image. Therefore, it is hard not to compare yourself to that person and get sucked into the media firestorm. It is a pity how some celebrities are unnaturally thin and that young girls look up to that sort of thing. However, not all hope is lost. In the wakes of the recent winter olympics in Sochi, Russia, female athletes pose a positive role model for fit and healthy role models. Not only are they physical role models, they are also emotional role models about being true to yourself. One of the ladies that has inspired me the most is recent gold medalist, Jamie Anderson. It was a thrill to watch her win it all, and especially because she is such an inspiring role model. Oh, and did I mention she is the first EVER women’s slope style gold medalist? If that’s not enough to make her the most awesome person ever, here’s a few other reasons…


photo provided by msn.foxsports.com


One of the key factors of snowboarding is having really keen balance. Something that I do to help me improve my balance is yoga. I started yoga after seeing snowboarders like Jamie posting pictures of them practicing yoga. Not only is it a great way to tone your body and help your balance, it also frees your mind of daily stresses that I know we all have. One thing I was really nervous about was actually starting out. I kind of had the popular misconception that everyone in yoga classes were crazy good. But, surprisingly, there were a lot of beginners like me. And everyone was very supportive of each other, so you can go at your own pace and not feel pressured to keep up.

 I always go to yoga — I do core fusion and Vinyasa. My favorite poses are variations on the handstand and the scorpion. You have to use your whole body, it’s physically and mentally challenging. You have to find your balance in this uncomfortable position, so when you do it, you feel like you’re really overcoming an obstacle.

– Jamie in an interview with the Today Show


Jamie Anderson doing yoga. Photo provided by Jamie’s Instagram @Jamieandersonsnow

Healthy Diet

Having played soccer, skiing and snowboarding since I was 3, I was always encouraged by coaches and my parents to eat healthy on and off the field and mountain. It is a common misconception that snowboarding and skiing isn’t really a true sport, and that all you have to do is go down a mountain. However, it requires a lot of muscular power to turn as you are going down the mountain. It is also a great cardio work out. So, you have to make sure you are eating right, so that your body has enough fuel to burn off. You wouldn’t go for a 5 mile run after not having eating anything, so why would you go snowboarding without fueling up with some healthy carbs? I have found that it is most beneficial to start your early morning with some eggs, fruit, and some toast. That way, you can feel energized and ready to go strong until lunch time. If you don’t, you will feel weak, tired, and run down and won’t be able to snowboard to your full potential. And that’s no fun. In a recent interview with parade.com, Jamie explained her diet to stay energized on the hill:

I eat really healthy—mostly whole, organic foods. I love to cook and usually bring lunches to the mountain to make sure I get the healthy food that I need. Before a competition, I am usually too nervous to eat so I will just have a smoothie. I usually bring some rice and vegetables—something easy to digest—up the mountain with me to give me some energy.

And on womenshealthmag.com …

Your body is your racecar, give it the best you can in everything—choosing local organic, growing your own food, just doing what you can.

It’s a great idea that Jamie has to make lunches at home and bring them to the mountain for two reasons. One, the mountain cafeteria is full of greasy, processed foods that only energize you for a little while and then you crash. They may taste good, but they aren’t good for your body. Two, they are damn expensive! You are lucky to walk out of the cafeteria spending less than $20. If you are already spending $80 on a lift ticket, that’s another expense that you don’t need.

Jamie also drinks a green shake that’s filled with amino acids called Tonic Alchemy. It has over 100 superfoods like spiruline, goji berries, all kinds of different grains. It’s great to drink on the go, and it’s really good for you, too.

Healthy Skin


Photo provided by erinsfaces.blogspot.com

It is hard not to notice that Jamie also has radiant skin. Especially in a stressful athletic job, where sweat is prominent and the cameras are always on you, how the heck does she do it? Usually, when you think of sunscreen, you think you should only use it when it is warm out in the spring and summer. Or, when you are at the beach. However, when you are on the mountain, the sun reflects off of the bright so so powerfully, a goggle tan is inevitable. So, you must use sunscreen on the mountain. Jamie said in an interview with the Today Show that she uses BB cream for sun protection and light coverage. It helps hydrate your skin while keeping it protected from the damaging rays of the sun.


image provided by ultra.com

 Inner Beauty

As Jamie wrote on her blog …

I choose to know who I am. I choose to make the commitment to myself to find my most true, authentic self. I choose to see my gifts brought into the world to be shared, like jewels, with those sisters and brothers whose paths I cross. I choose to appreciate each interaction with another as holy. I choose to find faith that my purpose will be revealed in both the quiet moments of solitude and in the active moments of daily life. I choose to pay such close attention to all these things that my being sings with joy and I release my fears and doubts. I pray to the wordless grace of spirit/creator to stay true to my choices.

Growing up in Lake Tahoe, California, Jamie is a strong advocate for nature and the beauty of it all. Every time I hear her speak, she is always saying how thankful she is for her family and her experiences, and especially how blessed she is. After watching her win gold in Sochi for women’s slope style, I realized that her free spirit is the most beautiful way a person can convey themselves. Most importantly: JUST SMILE! I love seeing people smiling, laughing, and just embracing every moment of life that they can. No matter how you look, what kind of body you have, smile, and you are beautiful.




Jamie is the first woman ever to win gold in slopestyle snowboarding.

In an interview with the examiner.com, Jamie said-

If I’m going to be doing anything, I’m going to have fun and enjoy myself. … My sister Joanie always told me about trusting yourself and your abilities, and seeing it through ‘til the end. She always said that snowboarding is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical, and if you believe in yourself you’re capable of doing whatever you aspire to do.

I have always been an advocate for doing everything with a positive attitude and even if you fail, get back up and try again. I learned that when I started snowboarding, as it is a tedious and frustrating experience to learn how to snowboard correctly. Anyone who has tried snowboarding knows what I mean. Jamie is a perfect example of being at peace in your mind and always having fun, and that inspires me.


Oh, and doesn’t hurt that

she’s a boss at taking selfies….



Photo provided by aliciaeler.com

Until next time.


Five Things You Need to Know to Survive in the Snow Sports Industry….as a Girl.

Dude looks like a lady. … Because she is a lady.

It is hard not to notice as you look around at the base of the mountain, on the chairlift, at a ski shop or at an après bar, that the ratio of men to women is more than slightly unbalanced. I can’t lie, it can be intimidating to be surrounded by the opposite sex for a majority of the time. However, because of your passion for the sport, you’ll get through it, and actually really enjoy yourself. Here are my tips on how to do just that:

1. Be confident.

I attended a demo week last season and approached one of my favorite snowboard companies and asked to try out a particular men’s board. The employee laughed and said I couldn’t handle something like that. I laughed, thinking he was trying to make a joke. He stared at me. We exchanged an awkward five second staring contest. He wasn’t joking. I said, ‘okay, umm… never mind.” And I walked away. It really hurt me to be talked to that way, because I knew that I could probably beat him down the mountain. But when I strapped on my next board and cruised down the mountain with my friends, I forgot all about that employee. Listen, you know you’re good at what you do, so don’t let people break you down because of your sex.  Some people in the industry will doubt your skills and try to push you aside. I’m not sure why people do it, but I like to think that they feel threatened by our womanliness ;). Be strong, stand up for yourself, and remember why you love the sport.

2. Know your stuff. 

If you are fortunate enough to work at a ski shop like myself, you are constantly immersed in the industry everyday. However, I am sure if you are passionate about the sport you are online everyday and if not actively researching things about the industry, you see it on your Facebook page or in magazines and other websites. Do some research. It will get you more excited about getting out there on the mountain. There will be a lot of moments where people will doubt your knowledge because you’re  a betty, so having the knowledge to show them that women are equals on the mountain will really help. It will also give you something to talk to people about while you’re out there. And if you don’t know something- ask questions. People who love the snow sports industry, love to talk about the snow sports industry. Read up, and enjoy!

3. Don’t try so hard to be “one of the guys.” 

Just because you are constantly surrounded by men, doesn’t mean you have to wear baggy clothes and say ‘bro’. Don’t get me wrong- there is nothing wrong with chicks who do this, frankly, I love it, but don’t force it if it’s not the real you. Don’t be scared to wear pink on the mountain- it just makes you stand out even more as a lady rider who rips, and that’s awesome. There is nothing more genuine about being yourself, and loving yourself.

4. Try new things. 

If you are on a stiff board, try a soft one. If you are on a park board, try a carving one. It’s the best way to see what you like and it will highlight what type of riding you excel at. If you are scared of jumps, try an ollie on a small jump, and work your way up. They were right when they said ‘practice makes perfect’. If you try new things, you are guaranteed to find something new to love about the sport every day. Get out there and just do it. 🙂

5. Talk to everyone. 

Remember that everyone who works in the industry meets an unfathomable amount of people every year. So, talk to them frequently as they may not remember you the second time you meet them. If you want to get into working in the industry, you have to ensure that people remember you. Don’t be scared to go up to people at après and strike a conversation. Ask people about their ski or snowboard on the chairlift if you don’t know about the product. It’s the best way to make great friends and connections that you can stick with for a long time. Adding a member to the crew, girl or guy, every time you’re on the mountain is the best reward.


A selfie of me and my co-workers/friends at Killington Mountain, Vermont. See more on my instagram: @cassachusetts

Until next time.