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NYC Snow Days

Well, the snow in NYC hasn't been much to write home about lately, but we had a few good snow weekends that mandated I jump out of bed early - I just can't resist seeing Central Park covered in a fresh snowfall. Plus, as an added bonus, when you go pre-9am, it's off leash time in the park. There's just no joy like the joy of puppies romping through snow. 

Here's a few quick snaps from the neighborhood!

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Chicago weekend in the snow

Last weekend we were in Chicago for a wedding so I got the chance to really put the Fuji X-T2 to the test, shooting in the cold and snowy evenings in Chicago. Armed with just a 23mm lens (35mm equivalent) and an X-T2 body, I headed out in downtown Chicago to have some fun. I was quite impressed at how well the camera fared in the cold, snow, and moisture, and it received quite a few comments from others out shooting as well.

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Snowboarding Sun Valley

I decided to pick up the Mountain Collective pass this year and try out a few new resorts I’ve never been to. At the top of my list? Sun Valley, Idaho. The snow is killer this year and I’d also been dying to see the town where Hemmingway made his home at the end of his days.

The Town

Ketchum is the perfect size. I scored a hotel in town, which made walking everywhere easy. On my first morning after a late flight, I opted to head to The Kneadery for some of the best breakfast around. After some crazy sriracha eggs benedict, hash browns, one of their famous blueberry muffins and many cups of coffee, I was ready to take on the world, or maybe a nap. After a little more exploring, I hit up The Board Bin and got a great board setup and was ready for the mountain.

The Mountain(s)

I scored with the weather on my two days at Sun Valley Resort. The first day was a perfect blue bird day, and I actually had to open up all my vents to cool down. Not only that, but the snow was soft, no ice to be found, and literally every single run was wide open and killer. No worry about crowds on a mountain this big.

On day two I woke up to a few inches of fresh with more coming all day. I spent the morning over on Dollar Peak, checking out the terrain parks and half pipes. The snow was calling me back to Baldy Peak in the afternoon, so I hopped a quick shuttle (they’re all free!) and was heading up the gondola in no time at all. A bunch of afternoon tree runs later and I was seriously in need of some aprés.

The Aprés

There are no shortage of options in Sun Valley for kicking back and having a few drinks. I started at the River Run Lodge where there’s usually a good crowd and local band rocking out. I also became a fan of Lefty’s, not only for their great selection of beers and awesome mug setup, but it was also right across the road from my hotel - bonus for that quick nap.

Once fed, rested and ready to head out for the night, I would head down to the main street in town to scope the scene. On more than one occasion I found myself ending the night at Whiskey Jacques where the crowd was rowdy, the music was local, and the beers were cold.

I still can’t believe that was all in just three days! Seeing the town, the views, and chatting up the locals has me itching to come back to check out the summertime action as well. I’ll definitely be back soon, Sun Valley.

Note: This blog post was part of a sponsored campaign with Visit Sun Valley.

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Scenes from Blizzard Jonas

Feeling pretty good about the fact we made it through the second worst storm in New York City history. My snowboard outerwear came in handy as I ventured out into the storm on Saturday to grab some photos in Central Park.

Later on, we took the dogs to the dog park to get their first taste of snow, and boy did they like it. They couldn't stop bounding through it, barking their little heads off.

On Saturday night, despite NYC closing down all the roads, my wife had to go into the hospital she works at for the night shift. Since she usually takes the bus into work, she had no choice but to walk. I didn't want her to go alone, so I decided to walk with her. I grabbed my new Lecia D-Lux as I was heading out the door since it's pocketable.

Sunday morning turned out be beautiful and sunny, so I decided to check out the city in its new fresh coat from the Top of the Rock. Damn she looks fine.