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Mario Montero & Brian Schneider

The Ski Bum Podcast is a weekly podcast focusing on news in the ski/snowboard/snowsports industry and other valuable and comedic commentary to help people live the ski bum dream. This informative and entertaining show is hosted by creators Brian Schneider and Mario Montero. We like to call it “your weekly audio ski trip.”

The inception of the show began after countless drives from New Jersey to Vermont for ski weekends when Brian and Mario would chat about a wide range of topics. Months later and after an epic trip to Telluride, these two bums just decided to start recording and the podcast was born. It is about their love of skiing and ski culture that they share with listeners with their own flavor, opinions and experiences added for a humorous and entertaining show.

Brian Schneider (Host/Creator) – Growing up in New Jersey to frugal immigrant parents with minimal athletic ability, Brian didn’t have a ton of exposure to skiing. Sure, there was the occasional school trips to Shawnee Mountain or Mountain Creek, but it wasn’t until Brian was an actual grown-up and began dating a phenomenal skier that he got to go on a proper ski trip and experience real ski culture. Nothing has been the same since that trip to Lake Tahoe. Since then Brian has been completely obsessed with skiing and trying to live that ski bum dream, having skied all over the world, from local hills in Pennsylvania and Vermont to Jackson Hole, Whistler, Telluride, Zermatt and Ischgl, Austria.

Mario Montero (Host/Creator) – Growing up on Long Island, Mario’s lifestyle didn’t allow for much snow skiing, but after meeting up with new friends at college in Buffalo (NY), he took to skiing at age 18. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Cannonball’ by his friends, Mario was great at skiing into everything on the mountain. With much determination and pain, he eventually learned how to turn, stop, and ski with some degree of skill. After humble beginnings of night skiing and small mountains around Buffalo (NY), Boone (NC), and Vernon (NJ), he’s now skied all over the US, Canada, and Europe. Originally living in NJ near Brian, Mario is now living in sunny FL traveling to exotic ski destinations and shows wherever the snow calls him.