We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Schneider and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Back in 2014 we were doing a ski share house in Killington, VT. At the the time, we were both living in Northern NJ and were making the 4-hour each way drive almost every weekend. If you’ve been in a car with the same person for period of time, you know that you need something to talk about. Our journey usually started discussing the weather or how much snow is or would be falling, then morphing into “hey, did you hear…” stories of happenings in the ski world. Besides our love of skiing, we also work in technology and there were always plenty of interesting stories to talk about.
When we’d get to the share house, we’d share the highlights of those stories and conversations from the drive up with our other housemates. People seemed to enjoy the chat in person, so why not record it and put it out there for other ski and snowboard enthusiasts? It wasn’t until we did a trip out to Telluride a few months later that we thought we had something to talk about and finally recorded a podcast.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Podcasting is such a great medium, because the barrier-to-entry is so low. We started out with a laptop and an idea and just started recording. Neither myself or Mario have a history in broadcasting so it took a while to figure out what worked, what didn’t and how can we package something interesting that we felt was worth sharing every week. We’ve gone back and listened to some of those original episodes and they are scrappy at best. That said, we decided to stick with it and keep going and with enough patience, determination and grit, we built a great little following.
By trade, I’m a graphic and web designer, so it was fun to be able to use those skills and be able to build a style and brand for the podcast. For each episode I try to create a unique photo or graphic that encapsulates the interview or main subject topic. I’m extremely proud that we have been able to do this over 250+ episodes over 6 years despite some world events and major life changes (moving, kids, etc.).
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We are not currently based in Denver, so we don’t have much to offer, but if you’re going to ski, make sure you hit A-Basin! It’s everything that I love about skiing, great people, diverse & gnarly terrain, long season and no village. The only other thing I can say is that in Boulder T|aco (that’s a “pipe” between “t” and “a”) has great tacos and margaritas.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A huge shoutout to all our listeners and fans. We’re not pros, we’re not celebrities, frankly, we still don’t know why people listen to us. We’re just two skiers who love mountains, snow and try to make people laugh. It’s incredible the people we’ve met, the legends we’ve got to interview and most importantly the friends that we have made sharing our passion. Thank you!