Thor Verdonk: A Life in Ski & Ski Boot Design (Ep.117)

Thor Verdonk joins Jonathan Ellsworth on the BLISTER Podcast

In the world of ski and ski boot design, Thor Verdonk is well known and very well respected. So we talked to Thor about his background, his 25+ year career with the Rossignol Group and how he became the Global Brand Director for Lange, then we talk about the history of ski design and ski boot design; developing the Rossi S7; and we get his predictions about what the ski industry will look like 10 years from now.

Geoff McFetridge: Artist, Designer, Skater, Skier (Ep.116)

Geoff McFetridge goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss designing artwork for Beastie Boys, Pharrell Williams, Spike Jonez and Rick Rubin, and companies ranging from Patagonia, Nike, the New York Times, Oreo, and many more; designing skateboards; skateboarding vs. skiing vs. snowboarding culture; telemark skiing; and more

Geoff McFetridge is an iconic designer and visual artist who’s worked with the Beastie Boys, Pharrell Williams, Spike Jonez and Rick Rubin, and companies ranging from Patagonia, Nike, the New York Times, Oreo, and many more. Geoff is also a passionate skateboarder and skier, and a big fan of … BLISTER??? So we talk to Geoff about going from being a sponsored skater to starting a skateboard company to designing for some of the biggest companies, bands, musicians, and directors in the world. We discuss skate vs. ski vs. snowboard culture; being a “conflicted” telemarker; and a whole lot more.

New Year’s Resolutions with Brendan Leonard (Ep.113)

Brendan Leonard talks on Blister's Off The Couch Podcast about how and why he ran 52 marathons over the course of a single year

A recent conversation with Brendan Leonard (semi-rad.com) about his 2019 goal of running 52 marathons in 52 weeks (!!!) got us thinking that we should take a more creative approach to New Year’s Resolutions and goals. And then very soon, we’ll be posting a series of interviews with some Blister reviewers and other folks about their own take on new year’s resolutions, and some of their own creative goals.

Up & Coming: Tyler Curle (Ep.112)

Tyler Curle goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss how he started building skis for Moment, his ski career, filming with TGR and Matchstick Productions, and more.

We’re not sure that anyone loves skiing more than Tyler Curle, and Tyler also happens to be one very hard-charging and versatile skier who has appeared in Matchstick and TGR films. So we had Tyler come out to Crested Butte to talk about growing up skiing at Mt. Rose; starting to help out at Moment Skis at the ripe old age of twelve; his favorite skis, skiers, and ski movies of all time, and a whole lot more.

Eric Pollard on Skiing, Creating, & Evolving (Ep.111)

Eric Pollard goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss his new film and book, Drawn From Here

When it comes to skiing, product design, filmmaking, and art, few people have exhibited a more distinctive style than Eric Pollard. But for someone who has been working at the forefront of these mediums for about 20 years, we know a relatively small amount about the person behind all of it. So in this conversation, we talk to Eric about skiing and art and creating and evolving, and we discuss his soon-to-be-released film and book that share the same title, ‘Drawn From Here.’

‘Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season’ with TGR’s Steve Jones (Ep.110)

Teton Gravity Research's Steve Jones goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss their new film with HBO, "Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season."

Most of us know Vonn as one of the greatest ski racers of all time — and probably the toughest. But in the new HBO film, Lindsey Vonn: The Final Season, Vonn pulls back the curtain on her career and the steep price of pursuing the record for most World Cup wins.

So we talked to the film’s co-director and Teton Gravity Research co-founder, Steve Jones, about the making of this film; Vonn’s accessibility and emotional vulnerability; the hidden costs of pursuing greatness; and more.

Rachael Burks on Skiing & Shakespeare & Sweatpants & More (Ep.107)

Rachael Burks goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss her ski career, her time studying at Oxford, Shakespeare, Star Wars, Julian Carr teaching her to backflip, and more.

Rachael Burks is known for skiing burly lines and her signature backflip, but she is also known for her boundless enthusiasm, which is on full display in our conversation about skiing and Shakespeare; her spot-on impression of Julian Carr; podiuming in a comp on rental skis; her best ski season ever; her abiding love of sweatpants, Star Wars, fantasy novels, Red Bull Rampage; and more.

‘Blink of an Eye’ writer & director, Paul Taublieb (Ep.106)

Blink of an Eye director, Paul Taublieb, goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss the film

If the story told in the new film Blink of an Eye weren’t true, nobody would believe it. Friendship, brotherhood, heroes, triumph, tragedy, and redemption are the topics, and we discuss all of them on our latest Blister Podcast with the film’s writer & director, Paul Taublieb. If you are interested in or intrigued by auto racing, you will love this one. And if you have zero interest in NASCAR, then you especially need to listen, for reasons we’ll explain.

Blister Speaker Series 2.2: Honnold Foundation ED, Dory Trimble (Ep.105)

Blister Speaker Series at Western Colorado University; event 2.2: Honnold Foundation executive director, Dory Trimble

When Alex Honnold, was looking for a new executive director for his Honnold foundation, he tapped Dory Trimble. And with the massive success of the film, Free Solo, Dory has guided what started as Alex’s small, personal passion project into a rapidly growing nonprofit working on global solar energy initiatives. So in our latest Blister Speaker Series, we talk to Dory about what it’s like working with Alex; how she’s managed the explosive growth of the Honnold Foundation; and she offers great advice for anyone interested in getting involved with organizations committed to doing social good.

Dash Longe on Skiing, Ski Films, & Ski Design (Ep.104)

Dash Longe goes on the Blister Podcast to talk about his new film, Stone's Throw, his recent move to DPS Skis, and more.

Dash Longe is a skier who’s been doing it — and going big — for a long time. So I spoke to Dash about his brand new film, Stone’s Throw, and about ski films in general; his coming up during the heyday of the freeskiing revolution in Tahoe; ski design and Dash’s work on the DPS Koala 119; and more. Check out this post for the whole conversation — and watch Dash’s film, Stone’s Throw.

Adventure Photographer, Corey Rich (Ep.103)

Corey Rich goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss his new book, "Stories Behind the Images: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography"

Adventure photographer, Corey Rich, has spent a lot of time documenting some of the most interesting and amazing athletes in the world. So we talk to Corey about his time with the likes of Fred Beckey, Chris Sharma, Tommy Caldwell, Ashima Shiraishi; why making mistakes and being vulnerable makes for great storytelling; his excellent new book; what his dream assignment would be; and much, much more.

Blister Speaker Series 2.1: Claudio Caluori (Ep.101)

Claudio Caluori talks at the Blister Speaker Series at Western Colorado University about his career, the 2019 World Cup Downhill season, Velosolutions, pumpforpeace, and more.

Last week, we kicked off season #2 of our monthly Blister Speaker Series at Western Colorado University, where we invite influential figures to come talk about how they are shaping the outdoor industry. Our first guest of the new season was Claudio Caluori, the announcer for the World Cup Downhill series, a former pro XC and DH racer, the founder of Velosolutions, and the initiator of #pumpforpeace. We touch on all of these things in our conversation, and get Claudio’s perspective on a wide range of topics and questions.

Pep Fujas: from the Farm to K2 to WNDR (Ep.100)

Pep Fujas goes on the Blister Podcast to discuss his ski career, time with K2 skis, and his new role as VP of marketing and product development at WNDR Alpine

Pep Fujas has always been at the forefront of freeskiing, and he is now looking to move things forward once again. So we talk to Pep about growing up on his family farm in Oregon; his remarkable film career; his favorite Seth Morrison story; his long relationship with K2 and his favorite K2 skis; his decision to go back to school; and his even bigger decision to join the team at WNDR Alpine.

Up & Coming: Slopestyle Mountain Biker, Ming Goetz (Ep.99)

Jonathan Ellsworth talks with Ming Goetz about her promising Slopestyle mountain biking career on the Blister Podcast.

Aside from her unassuming disposition, everything about Ming Goetz is extraordinary — her name; her background; her favorite discipline; her competing recently in the Crankworx Whip Off Challenge; her participation this season in the 1st ever Women’s Slopestyle Tour; her plans for the future (competing in Red Bull Rampage) and, of course … her abilities on a bike. So ladies & gentlemen, get ready to meet Ming.

Biotech hits the Backcountry: Checkerspot & WNDR Alpine (Ep.98)

Jonathan Ellsworth talks with Checkerspot's Charlie Dimmler and Matt Sterbenz about the brand's background, goals, and its new ski brand, WNDR Alpine on the Blister Podcast.

What does biotech have to do with backcountry skiing? And what does microalgae have to do with skis? And why did the founder of 4FRNT Skis, Matt Sterbenz, agree to get involved with a new startup ski brand, WNDR Alpine? We sat down in Blister HQ with Checkerspot co-founder and CEO, Charlie Dimmler, and WNDR Alpine founder, Matt Sterbenz, to talk about the creation of WNDR Alpine; its relation to and the mission of Checkerspot; and more.