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'Ski Magazine' Names 'The Storm Skiing Podcast' One of Its '10 Best for Skiers'
A big honor as the podcast nears its 100th episode
Less than three years ago, I launched The Storm with no name recognition, no industry connections, and almost no ski-writing resume. I had no idea what to expect. I was competing with several well-established podcasts for skiers’ attention. I had two newsletter subscribers - me and my wife. The whole thing was, frankly, way beyond my comfort zone.
But locking in Killington and Pico President Mike Solimano for the first episode helped get some attention, as did some generous social media shares from established influencers such as New York Ski Blog’s Harvey Road (who is going to be SO PUMPED that I referred to him as an influencer). Eventually, this thing caught on, and the audience is now well-established and constantly growing.
Still, I have a lot of work left to do, and I am always grateful for any unsolicited promotion or attention. So when I saw The Storm Skiing Podcast listed as one of Ski Magazine’s 10 Best Podcasts for Skiers, I was pretty fired up. Here’s what the article, written by Ian Greenwood, had to say about The Storm:
Storm Skiing Podcast
Who’s it for? Resort skiers, industry wonks, and anyone who wants to keep a pulse on trends throughout the sport.
Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Listen Notes, Anchor, more
Stuart Winchester’s Storm Skiing podcast follows the general trajectory of his website, covering all things resort skiing, where the typical recreational skier spends pretty much all of their time when partaking in the sport. This makes the Storm Skiing podcast, which boasts 96 episodes to date, a little on the insider-baseball spectrum of things as opposed to being super entertaining. But it is incredibly informative and insightful, especially if you’re interested in industry trends such as ski mega-passes, resort consolidation, expansion, and development, and the myriad mom-and-pop ski areas that keep skiing accessible to beginners and families.
What’s more, Winchester’s episode notes, including why he chose to cover the topic or interview the individual, why it’s relevant, and what they talked about, is a nice addendum.
It’s a big honor to be acknowledged by the largest remaining mainstream ski media outlet, and to be listed alongside ski podcasts that I drew a lot of inspiration from as I was scoping out The Storm, including Out of Bounds, Low Pressure Podcast, and The Powell Movement.
I’m going to build off this momentum. The pod has an enormous lineup locked in over the coming months. Here’s a peek:
On Monday, paid subscribers received an episode with Pats Peak General Manager Kris Blomback - one of the best in New England. That will drop for free subscribers tomorrow morning. To stay locked in with past and future podcasts, keep an eye on this tracker:
I’m also closing in on 6,000 Twitter followers - if you’re not on Twitter, that’s the best way to get ski news instantly, and I post constantly:
I want to thank everyone who has read or listened to The Storm over its first three years. Without you, this would still just be an idea banging around in my head. If you haven’t subscribed yet, please do - it will get you a minimum of 100 articles covering the world of lift-served skiing every single year. Paid subscribers get thousands of extra words of content each month, plus podcasts three days before free subscribers:
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We should hit the podcast’s 100th episode within the next couple weeks. But I don’t plan on stopping or slowing down. Frankly, I view this as a lifelong project, and I’d love to bring you along for the journey.
The Storm publishes year-round, and guarantees 100 articles per year. This is article 103/100 in 2022, and number 349 since launching on Oct. 13, 2019. Want to send feedback? Reply to this email and I will answer (unless you sound insane, or, more likely, I just get busy). You can also email email@example.com.