Last night I had the distinct pleasure of being a guest DJ on a local Truckee radio program called “Left of the Dial” which features new and classic alternative music, brought on-air as a resident expert to discuss skiing at Sugar Bowl and the big El Nino season ahead. I was planning on staying for a few tracks, maybe 30 minutes or so to give a few updates in-between songs about what’s new & improved at Sugar Bowl-Royal Gorge and pitch the benefits of getting your season pass by October 31st before prices go up, but I ended up settling in for the majority of the show, talking skiing & music with the very knowledgeable and competent host Rob Humphreys for nearly an hour and a half. As we rolled through the years of punk, hardcore, new wave, no wave, college, independent, alternative and any other style of music that somehow earned an official title by resisting official titles, our conversations so clearly showed that music is without a doubt one of the best ways of preserving specific snapshots of special times in our lives. No matter what style of music you’re into, hearing a specific song is the transport taking you back to the time of your life when you were first listening to it. And when you think about it, for us lifelong skiers at least, so too are season passes. I have a shoestring at home with 24 season passes from 24 straight years of skiing, and each one of them takes me back to that specific year in my life…which resort we were skiing and who our posse was and where we lived and how much snow we got and how the season was and even what music we were listening to at the time, too. So I guess the takeaway is, in this age of selfie sticks and narcissistic social posting, be sure to take a good snapshot of where you are in your life right now by downloading some music and buying a season pass. Just remember prices here at Sugar Bowl-Royal Gorge go up on November 1st. Go ahead, Press Play.