Massage Therapy for Skiers

Whether you are a local with a season pass, or in town for a winter vacation, after the first few days hitting the slopes the inevitable soreness and achiness in the muscles and body begin to set in. Skiing, no matter your skill level, is an extreme sport. Hard falls, high speeds, and rough terrain all combine to make skiing and snowboarding a highly intense winter activity. Skiing engages your full body and all of its muscle groups, and while it’s a great workout, there’s a lot of opportunity for injury as well.

Much of the injury that may occur from skiing is due to wear and tear on the body. Most injuries will be bruises, as well as sore and pulled muscles. The joints are usually in the most danger of being injured more seriously. According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) knee injuries alone account for about 45% of all serious skiing injuries, with hips being the next for the highest chance of injury. Moguls, sharp inclines, and turns can wreak havoc on the joints of a skier over time.

The best way to avoid injury during the ski season is through preventative measures. Along with having properly fitted gear (and of course, always a helmet), it’s important your body and mind are prepared as well. Keeping up with a healthy, athletic lifestyle in the offseason will ensure your body is ready for ski season. Be sure to get some good stretching in before and after a day on the slopes. In addition to keeping your body in shape, keeping a relaxed and focused mind will also benefit your performance on the slopes. In the event of injury, acting quickly is key. Being sure to rest, ice injuries, keep injuries elevated, and seek professional medical help when needed will help protect against further damage and injury.

Massage Therapy for Skiers

In addition to leading an active healthy lifestyle, purchasing the best equipment, and taking care of an injury in a timely manner, all skiers beginner to professional should consider adding massage therapy to their arsenal of injury prevention and treatment methods. Massage therapy both before and after skiing will help ensure you shred the slopes, not your body.

Massage therapy plays a vital role in sports medicine. Massage therapy benefits the body by helping to increase blood flow, oxygenate the muscles, and improve lymphatic drainage, and aid in the removal of toxins from the body. Massage therapy can greatly assist full-body recovery as well as strengthening the muscles for future physical activity.

Using massage as a preventative measure before skiing can help reduce your risk of injury this ski season. Getting a massage before hitting the mountain will release tension in the body, relax and elongate the muscles and improve flexibility, taking stress off the joints. A relaxing massage will also help promote a clear, relaxed mind, keeping you focused and aware of your surroundings during your runs.

Scheduling an après ski massage will help aid your body’s recovery process and prevent future injury. Working out muscles kinks, improving circulation, and draining toxins will reduce inflammation, shorten muscle recovery time, and ease soreness. A post-ski massage will help you unwind after a long day skiing, and promote deeper relaxation and better sleep so you’ll be ready to go again the following day.

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Summit County Chefs Share Valentine’s Day Dinner At Home

Summit County chefs share tips for making a nice Valentine’s Day dinner at home – For many, Valentine’s Day is a good excuse to make a fancy dinner at home, even when there’s not a pandemic limiting restaurant capacities.

Summit County chefs have a few tips for those looking to create a delicious, home-cooked dinner — and maybe even a dessert.

For Summit County resident Tieghan Gerard, part of the appeal of cooking at home for Valentine’s Day is bringing a couple together in the kitchen.

“Two people working together in the kitchen can be very romantic,” Gerard said- “Summit County chefs share tips”. “Whether it’s making red wine cranberry braised short ribs or a simple mac and cheese while sharing beers … it’s all about being together and working toward creating something delicious.”

Gerard is a nationally recognized food blogger and cookbook author who regularly shares her recipes on her blog, Half Baked Harvest. She recently partnered with Breckenridge Brewery to develop a few recipes featuring the brewery’s Vanilla Porter.

Getting people involved in a meal and becoming a part of the creation is a big part of making a meal special, said David Welch, the chef, and owner at Food Hedz Catering. When he thinks about making a romantic meal at home, one important aspect for him is the opportunity to spend time together with a special someone.

“You cook it together, you make it together, and you eat it together,” he said. “Grab one of those nice platters you rarely ever use and make it look nice. … No rush, nibble as you go, and enjoy your time together.”

Because not everyone feels comfortable in the kitchen, Gerard said it’s a good idea to stay within your skill level when you’re preparing a meal.

A trap that home cooks can fall into is thinking that a good, romantic meal has to be full of tricky techniques, said Kevin McCombs, the executive chef, and owner of House Cured Culinary. He said a good meal for a special occasion shouldn’t require pulling off a difficult cooking technique.

“A lot of cooking is practice and execution,” McCombs said. “Don’t try to pull something off that is way outside your skillset. I’m not going to try to pull something off that’s way outside my comfort zone when I’m working on a big meal.”

He adds that another important consideration for pulling off a successful meal is timing. He cautions people about being overeager and trying to do too much all at once, creating a higher likelihood for a catastrophic meal failure.

Gerard said she doesn’t have a specific meal in mind that says “love” when cooked for her, but she did say that “adding extra homemade steps sure says ‘love.’”

Making something that sounds good to the cook and adding ingredients you love for someone you care about will make the dinner go beyond the ordinary, Gerard said.

Regardless of the recipe, ingredients are what makes a dish special, said Andre Hampton, chef, and owner of the Black Diamond Gourmet catering service.

“Keep it local, keep it fresh, and you’re going to be great,” Hampton said.

The temptation may be to skip over fresh ingredients, which sometimes come with added costs. Still, McCombs said they really can put a dish over the top, and it’s one thing professionals rely on to make their food stand out.

“One of the biggest things, from a professional standpoint, is that we use fresh herbs to heighten your dishes and add layers of flavor,” he said. “These may be more expensive, but it sets things apart.”

Bringing better-quality or special ingredients to a meal is also a way to show “I went the extra mile for you,” Welch said.

Summit County resident Tieghan Gerard teamed up with Breckenridge Brewery to make creations featuring the brewery’s Vanilla Porter, including this recipe for molten chocolate cake with mascarpone whipped cream.
Photo by Tieghan Gerard / Half Baked Harvest

Whatever someone might make, Hampton said to make sure Valentine’s meal includes dinner and dessert.

“Something savory, something sweet and don’t go overboard on the cheap chocolates,” Hampton said.

For dessert, instead of chocolate-covered strawberries, Hampton encourages a flourless chocolate cake or a torte. Simple recipes for both are easy to find online and produce decadent dishes that can finish off a meal.

“Flowers always help at the beginning of the meal, and chocolates always help at the end of the meal,” Welch said. “Chocolate seems to really help folks out.”

Gerard said she’s still a fan of conversation hearts and has a new recipe for strawberry conversation heart cupcakes that might help those looking to up their sweets game a little.

She said serving heart-shaped food for a romantic dinner isn’t a bad idea and said several desserts on her blog go in that direction.

For a “fancy” ingredient to enhance a dish’s plate appeal, Gerard recommends adding edible flowers or fresh herbs.

Aside from the food, McCombs said it’s important to be mindful of what’s happening outside of the plate, which can contribute to the overall enjoyment of a meal.

“Beyond the food is attention to detail about other things that are on the table,” he said. “A nice glass of wine, flowers, and making sure things are picked up and put together outside of the table.”

Gerard also encourages the food to come with a little ambiance.

“Candles, a pretty place setting and dishes, your favorite music and flowers,” she said. “… I love simple flowers.”

 Creamy, brown butter mushroom chicken



• 4 chicken cutlets or 2 boneless chicken breasts, sliced in half horizontally

• Kosher salt and black pepper

• 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

• 1 teaspoon garlic powder

• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

• 4 tablespoons salted butter

• 3 cups shiitake or cremini mushrooms, sliced

• 2 shallots, chopped

• 3 cloves garlic, chopped or grated

• 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (or 2 teaspoons dried thyme)

• 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

• 3/4 cup Breckenridge Brewery Vanilla Porter

• 3/4 cup heavy cream

• 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes

• 1 pound fettuccine pasta


Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the flour and garlic powder in a shallow bowl and dredge the chicken through the flour mix, pressing to adhere.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the chicken and sear on both sides until golden, about 3-5 minutes per side. Add 1 tablespoon butter, and allow the butter to brown around the chicken, about 2 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet.

To the skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the mushrooms. Cook undisturbed for 5 minutes or until golden. Add 3 tablespoons butter, the shallots, garlic, thyme, and a pinch each of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook 4-5 minutes, until fragrant. Spoon half the mushrooms out of the skillet and onto the plate with the chicken.

Pour in the beer and broth. Cook 10-15 minutes until reduced slightly, then pour in the cream. Add the chicken to the skillet and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until warmed through and thickened slightly. Spoon the reserved mushrooms over the chicken.

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Serve the chicken and sauce over bowls of pasta. Top with fresh thyme or parsley.


 Chocolate mousse



• 2 ounces butter

• 8 ounces dark chocolate

• 4 eggs

• 3 tablespoons sugar

• 5 ounces cream


Have eight, 6-ounce serving vessels set and ready for finished mousse. Place a medium pot on the stove with an inch of hot water in the bottom and set it to low heat. Cube the butter and place it in a metal mixing bowl and place the mixing bowl on top of the pot to create a double boiler. Allow the butter to melt for a minute or two, then add the chocolate.

Stir the chocolate frequently with a rubber spatula until it is completely melted and smooth.

While melting the chocolate, separate the egg yolks from the whites, being sure not to get any yolk in with the whites. Add the sugar to the egg yolks and mix with a fork until the sugar is well incorporated.

Fold the egg yolks and sugar into the chocolate. In a mixer, whip the egg whites on high speed until they reach medium peaks. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.

Clean the mixing bowl and whip the cream on medium speed until medium peaks are formed. Fold the cream into the chocolate. Make sure the mousse has no streaks and is completely mixed.

Pour mousse into a piping bag and squeeze into serving vessels. (A Ziploc bag with a small corner cut off works great in a pinch if no piping bag is available.) Allow chilling in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Serve with fresh fruit, berries, nuts and whipped cream.

Source: Kevin McCombs

By: Steven Josephson

Ways You Can Help Local Businesses Right Now

Small businesses need our help now more than ever. Here are 10 creative ways to lend your support without risking your health.

Ways You Can Help Local Businesses Right Now. Social distancing is the right thing to do right now, full stop. But the worry is that if everyone stays home, we won’t just shut down Covid-19, we’ll shut down small businesses as well. Most local businesses have already lost massive amounts of revenue as people self-quarantine, and some states are starting to mandate the closure of bars and restaurants. With potentially weeks’ worth of lost income, the local businesses that are so integral to the fabric and character of our communities may not have the margin to survive.

So maybe quit panic-buying toilet paper and start panic-buying stuff from the local stores, restaurants, and service providers you care about. Here’s how to support the small businesses that need your help right now — without risking your health.

1. Buy a gift card.
Businesses need cash flow right now, and the easiest way to help them out is to buy some gift cards to use down the road. Lots of shops are offering gift card bonuses right now, so treat yourself. Even better, treat someone else. Email a gift card that lets your nurse friend order some after-work tacos. Donate an art store gift card to your local school. Or stock up on cards from coffee shops, nail salons, yoga studios, and bookstores to hand out as gifts down the road. It may be hard to believe, but Mother’s Day, birthdays, and teacher appreciation week are still going to happen this year. Get your gift-shopping done now when it can make a huge impact on a struggling local business.

2. Get delivery.
Hanging out in your favorite diner is not a good look at the moment. Luckily, most restaurants and shops have stepped up options like delivery or curbside pickup so you can minimize contact with humans. If you can afford it, commit to ordering in a few meals this week.

3. Shop local online.
Lots of local shops keep at least some inventory available to order online. That boutique bag you’ve been eyeing? The great piece of local art? Now’s the time to treat yourself. This is a perfect time to support indie bookstores, too. Many of them have closed to the public but are offering free shipping, curbside pickup, and local deliveries. And trust us: you don’t want to quarantine without a stack of good books. (Prefer audiobooks? Get your favorites through, an audiobook company that partners exclusively with indie bookstores.)

4. Tip like a boss.
It’s a crappy time to be a waiter, delivery driver, or barista, because not only are they likely working fewer hours, they’re getting fewer tips from their nonexistent customers. (Plus: Sick leave? What sick leave?) If you can afford it, make someone’s day with a massive tip.

5. Keep paying the people who work for you.
If you’re taking self-quarantine seriously, you’ve canceled the piano lessons and sent the housekeeper and the tutors away. But that doesn’t mean you should stop paying them. Venmo is no-contact and germ-free. Maybe throw one of those gift certificates their way while you’re at it.

6. Skip the refund.
If you missed a local show that you had tickets for, consider writing it off as a donation instead of asking for your money back. Now’s also a great time to sign up for that membership to your local nonprofit arts association or subscribe to the summer theater series.

7. Schedule a service for later.
Coronavirus has created the ultimate cancel culture, but all those missed reservations and skipped services are stressing out local workers. If you can, schedule works with a cleaner, a painter, a plumber, a contractor, or a salon. Simply knowing that work is coming their way can alleviate some anxiety and make a big difference in helping them weather this difficult time.

8. Provide a signal boost.
Give a shout-out to your favorite local businesses by leaving them a stellar review on Yelp, Google, or Facebook — that thing you always meant to do but never had time for. (Thanks, coronavirus!) While you’re at it, follow all your favorite businesses and artists online and share their social media posts. They might have their own ideas for how you can support them. (Indie musician Roxi Copland suggests buying merch online.)

9. Reach out to government leaders to ask for help.
In one of the cities hardest hit so far by the coronavirus, Downtown Seattle Association president Jon Scholes has said, “We need to move quickly at the local, state, and federal level to provide economic relief to the small business and workers who are out of jobs.” To get serious about boosting local businesses through this mess, email your legislator and ask them to help small businesses.

10. Say thanks.
All of us are mega-stressed right now, but local business owners worried about their livelihood have a special level of anxiety. Send a thank-you note or an email to let them know that you see them and you’re thinking of them. A little compassion and connection right now go a long way.

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By: Melody Warnick is a freelance writer and the author of This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live