As we wait to hit one mil­lion mem­bers (soon!), we’re high­light­ing a few mem­bers who’ve helped us get to this momen­tous mile­stone. Ang­ie Rip­ple, Clymb mem­ber since March, 2010, was our win­ner of a trip for two to Lake Tahoe. Below, Ang­ie shares the details of her trip:

I must be a pret­ty lucky per­son, some­days cer­tain­ly don’t feel that way, but I’ve been enter­ing con­tests and win­ning since I was a kid. A pair of jeans in high school, $100 bill in col­lege, movie tick­ets, a mas­sage, and most recent­ly two round trip air­line tick­ets. The biggest and best prize so far is the one I won last year from the Clymb. The email mes­sage I received said “win a free ski trip” that was enough for me to type my email address in a box and hit send.

A cou­ple of months lat­er anoth­er email appeared in my junk mail fold­er from Kevin at the Clymb. It said I was the win­ner of a 2 per­son ski trip to Lake Tahoe! Real­ly? What does that mean? And how much will this free trip cost me? Turns out not much at all and a friend and I had a trip to real­ly remem­ber, includ­ing air­fare to Reno, lodg­ing, and 2 days of lift tick­ets at Heav­en­ly Resort.

Snow con­di­tions last Feb­ru­ary were sim­i­lar to this year — dis­mal, and I like to ski pow­der, which I know Tahoe gets plen­ty of, but win­ners can’t be choosers and we got groomers. My ski bud­dy Trisha; who taught me to ski on skis bor­rowed from the fam­i­ly of aer­i­al gold medal­ist Eric Berguest when I was 16, and I set out on day one walk­ing just two blocks from our casi­no hotel to the Heav­en­ly gon­do­la. This was no ordi­nary ski expe­ri­ence for these girls from Mon­tana. We are used to cold weath­er, large ski area (not resort) park­ing lots and long walks to the lifts. That day we had sun­ny skies, warm weath­er, immac­u­late groomers, an amaz­ing view of the lake and lift rides with folks from far away ask­ing about the stick­er on my ski that says I heart POW. “What is POW?” They obvi­ous­ly did­n’t know.

Our lunch break was spent in the warm sun at an out­door cafe on the moun­tain. We found our­selves stuck on the lake side of the moun­tain due to a pow­er out­age on the oth­er side, so we made it a short day of fast groomed runs and made our way to the bus. Day two brought much cold­er con­di­tions, a trace of snow, and some fun runs on the oppo­site side of the resort fol­lowed by beers at the local brew­ery and some fun gam­bling and ven­tur­ing around town.

Over­all this free ski vaca­tion pro­vid­ed by the Clymb was just about the most fun I had in 2011. Next time you see a chance for a free­bie remem­ber you can’t win if you don’t play, and some­times free real­ly is free.

Ang­ie Ripple
Pub­lish­er — Boze­man magazine
Boze­man MT