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.
Publisher — Bozeman magazine