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TPB 0019 California and the Sierras - Ski and Snowboard

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TPB 0019 California and the Sierras – Ski and Snowboard

Posted on 05 October 2013 by Leslie Lello

TPB 0019 California and the Sierras - Ski and Snowboard


Today I discuss three separate areas of California where you can enjoy the slopes.

The three ski/snowboard areas I will be covering today are:

  • Big Bear/Snow Summit area near Los Angeles (also a nod to a few tinier snow hills)
  • Mammoth Mountain / June Mountain
  • Lake Tahoe – which includes 7 separate ski resorts

I’ve heard people that typically ski the Rockies refer to the snow on the California mountains as “Sierra Sludge” because it tends to get very heavy by the end of the day and there is a TON of it (usually in big piles) by the time the sun starts going down.

Coming from the East Coast, the “sludge” they are referring to is AWESOME. It took a bit of adjusting in my skiing style, but it’s wonderful compared to the East Coast hard pack.

So I hope you enjoy today’s podcast. I had audio issues on this podcast. I was so enthusiastic to start recording that I forgot to clip my mic to my shirt, so it sounds like the mic is constantly bumping into things (which is it). I apologize for this, but I liked the content and if I re-recorded it I feel like I would have just breezed over the content rather than get into the details, so I chose to post this show with the icky audio.

If you don’t want to listen because if the audio pops, you can glean what you need from the podcast notes.




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TBP 0018 Ski Utah Powder

Posted on 28 September 2013 by Leslie Lello

Winter is on it’s way! Time to talk skiing!


Inspired by a mega Ski Group Meet-up in New York, I decided to create a show about Utah, one of my favorite places to ski.

I got really jazzed when one of the groups was telling me about their upcoming trip to Brighton, which is one of many ski resorts located around Salt Lake City.

I have skied Utah many times. Most experiences were great but the last time resulted in an injury for the person I was with so I also became very familiar with Salt Lake City, which I also talk about on the podcast.

But most of the focus of today’s podcast is on Park City and the ski resorts that are located around Park City.

  1. Dear Valley (skiers)
  2. Park City
  3. Canyons

I talk about packing strategy, too. When you fly to Utah for the skiing, it’s good to know what NOT to bring because between equipment and bulky clothes, there’s already a ton of stuff to drag from the baggage carousel.

Finally, I also talk about some lodging strategies if you are planning to be in Park City during Sundance Film Festival, which is not only a great time to see some great flicks, but the slopes are great at that time, too.

DEALS RIGHT NOW: https://www.skiutah.com/winter/deals/showme/member/550579887.html

The ski resorts around Salt Lake City: http://www.onthesnow.com/utah/ski-resorts.html

I mentioned on the podcast a lift ticket /ski ticket deal with The Canyons. I have information on last year’s deal, and actually, several ski resorts participated. I have not seen any information on whether this deal is happening this year (2013-2014). Here is some information on last year’s deal (Look at listing number 4 on this webpage): http://www.saltlakecityonthecheap.com/free-or-cheap-ski-lift-tickets-in-utah/

Winter Activities in Park City besides skiing and snowboarding: http://www.visitparkcity.com/things-to-do/winter-activities/


*** Sorry no pix this week… photos are trapped on a grumpy computer other than the one I am typing on right now.  Will revise later when I have access. ***

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TBP 0012 The Best Way to Pack a Suitcase (Part 2): Carry-On Luggage

Posted on 17 August 2013 by Leslie Lello

TBP 0012 Photos from Travel Better Podcasts (www.travelbetterpodcasts.com)

When it comes to the best way to pack a suitcase that you plan to carry onto the airplane, the restrictions with airlines can be outrageous.

Sometime of the rules probably do ensure a more safe journey, but many are simply a way for airlines to squeeze more money out of people the travelers they supposedly serve.

This week’s podcast contains ideas on the best way to pack a suitcase when you are carrying it on the plane, and things to keep in mind to prevent you from having to check the bag and pay fees.

And at least on some airlines if you are within the regulations and they still make you check bags, they usually will not charge you. (US AIRWAYS)

Today, we will not be talking about the bag that goes in the overhead compartment.

That bag is usually the bigger one and to that I will only say to weigh and measure your bag thoroughly. There will be another show specifically about the larger of the two carry-ons.

In this podcast we are talking about the best way to pack a suitcase when it is the one that you will have near you on the plane.

There is an art to knowing what you will need throughout the entire flight, and packing properly ensures that you will not need to do that thing that people do where they stand in the main aisle of the plane blocking traffic while awkwardly unlocking their suitcase and fishing for a sweatshirt.

You don’t need to do that if you pack your smaller bag properly.

Today’s podcast helps you do to that!

TBP 0012 The Best Way to Pack a Suitcase for Small Carry-On Luggage Piece:

MY LIST OF CARRY ON STUFF – that I almost always bring on every flight (and store under the seat in front of me)

TBP 0012 Photos from Travel Better Podcasts (www.travelbetterpodcasts.com)

I have links to Amazon for these items because if you are looking to get a number of these items, Amazon is probably the cheapest and fastest way to do it!

I’ve done my best to link to items that have the “Super Saver Shipping” feature – free shipping over $25.  So even though you might be getting a $3 box of earplugs, if you bundle that item with other to reach $25 (other items from the list below or things that you would be buying anyway), you not only pay less than you would if you went out to a store, but you also don’t pay for shipping.

  • Eye Cover: The one I link to is not the one I have but it looks much better. Mine is a good one but is made of a warm material with lots of padding. This makes me sweat and messes up my make-up. I like it, though because it has a small pocket for some earplugs. The next one I will buy will be more like this, with an ear plugs pocket, but much lighter material. The contouring is nice, too!
    Dream Essentials Sweet Dreams Contoured Sleep Mask with Earplugs and Carry Pouch, Black
  • Tablet/iPod/MP3 player and head phones: I travel with an iPod Touch from 2008 (or “vintage” as the folks at Apple say) which is only for music. The tablet I have is a Nexus 7 with 4 Gigs of Memory. I usually load a movie from Google Play at home before the flight so that I don’t have to depend on in flight entertainment or whether the plane has Wi-Fi. I know that iPad is the hip tablet, but I like the Nexus 7 because the smaller screen is less cumbersome and I’m not as worried about damage or loss with this tablet because it’s not pricy. And I hate having technology from 2008 being called “vintage”.
  • Wrist Watch
  • Snacks: I like to pack a box of Ostrich Jerky on every trip.  You can get them at Vitamin Shoppe if you don’t want to order them online, and you should try one stick before buying a whole box because it is definitely a distinct taste.  I also bring nuts, fruit, veggies or chocolate.
  • Melatonin (3mg):  I have used as many as 6 milligrams, but 3mg usually does the trick for me.
  •  Zip Ties / Cable Ties or Suitcase Lock in case you stow it far from where you are sitting. If you use Zip Ties, do not tighten them all the way around the holes for the suitcase lock and be sure you have a scissors OUTSIDE your suitcase, or you will have a lot of trouble getting them off your bag.
  • Ziploc Storage Bag, Quart Value Pack-50 ct: I like quart size because if you are on your trip and the quart size liquids bag you are using to go through TSA breaks, you have another one (or several) for backup. I usually pack 5-6 baggies for a 1-2 week trip.



Attach your reusable Chico Bag to your carry-on. If TSA or the flight crew make you get rid of the disposable grocery bag, shove as much as you can in your carry-on, and carry the water bottle with you. Once you are on the plane, put everything in the Chaco bag.

When I was talking about Melatonin, I also mentioned Ambien. You need a prescription for Ambien, which is a powerful sleeping pill… but it works.

Using a Beach Ball as a pillow: You can use it in front of you as a pillow, or deflate it a bit and use it as a neck pillow.

The post about Jetzone Jet Lag Prevention is coming soon!

I also bring Himalayan Salt – It has helped me relieve headaches, balancing body fluids, provides me with trace minerals.



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NAB 2013 in Las Vegas, my hotel room at Polo Towers

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TBP 0008: Las Vegas – Avoiding the Traps in the Most Touristy City in the World

Posted on 20 July 2013 by Leslie Lello

NAB 2013 in Las Vegas, my hotel room at Polo Towers

NAB 2013 in Las Vegas, my hotel room at Polo Towers

I had a rough time planning trips for Las Vegas the first few times.  I had always gone with people that were familiar with the city, so when it was my time to plan, I was surprised when I realized how little I knew.

But now that I am a more savvy traveler and actually lived in Vegas for a while, I can give you the scoop on how to do it with greater ease, save money and find some places that are off the strip that you wouldn’t know to visit if you hadn’t heard it here.

TB 0008: Las Vegas Podcast Links

Las Vegas People Mover/Train Monorail: http://www.lvmonorail.com/

HACIENDA HOTEL in Boulder City (toward AZ) FOR GOOD ACCESS TO LAKE MEAD, HIKING AND HOOVER DAM. (AND A HELICOPTER RIDE) There is one hotel out by Hoover dam that is nice and inexpensive with helicopter rides at $29. That might be good if you are not drinking and are doing sight seeing outside of Vegas

Hoover Dam: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/

PRIMM!  www.primmvalleyresorts.com

SKY MANIA!!! On the outskirts of Las Vegas on the Henderson side.  If you have a car, it’s worth going out there. This was my favorite thing to do in vegas.

Stuff I forgot to say in the Podcast:

*** PET TRAVEL: DON’T BRING A DOG.  they charge a lot for dogs ($50/day typically), and aren’t you going to be partying too much to remember to walk your little pup?
*** Cabs can take longer than walking because there is so much traffic on the strip. Sometimes it is faster to walk.
Happy Travels!


Leslie Lello

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