West~topia…Fall in Idaho


Fall has slowly made its way to the mountains.  The leaves are just starting to turn over Trail Creek summit. Here are some photos from over the hill!   Enjoy the hot days while they last before the “high holy season” comes!


Jaime slayin' em in the shadow of the Devel's Bedsted 11,650 ft.

Buck...Livin' the Dream

Lost River Range,ID

Sleepy pup after a big day swimming!




Marley in the Mts…The Gathering…West-topia this weekend!


Fall is upon us! Come out and celebrate Sun Valley’s lifestyle on September 22nd-25th at “The Gathering”. Mountain Niceness Productions is proud to announce its fall Marley in the Mountains concert as part of Sun Valley’s “The Gathering” . For more information please visit http://www.sunvalley.com/gathering/. The gathering will premiere 8 of the top ski and snowboard films in the industry. Marley in the Mountains kicks off another weekend of world class reggae and organic events.


West-topia-VW Gathering sponsored by Mt Niceness Productions,Go-Westy,Matt Garner Metal Works

VW gathering/tailgate is taking place at the Gathering Weekend at Sun Valley.  Bring out that old Bus, Beetle, Vanagon, and Westys.  Tailgate before catching the amazing movies and the legendary Itals at the Marley in the Mountains Concert.  Special FREE VW-West-topia overnight camping all weekend at the parking lot across from the Sun Valley hockey rink.

Friday Night Club Show
On Friday night get ready to be blown away with a special performance by Jamaican artist Messenjah Selah . Selah will be backed by the man they call DJ Vision and Lions Den Unlimited Soundz. Plus all the way from Italy DJ Shera and Boom Draw Sound

Roosevelt Tavern 10PM
Saturday Marley in the Mountains Concert is featuring Grammy nominated 7 piece band from Jamaica-The Itals.  The Ital http://www.myspace.com/theitals make there first Sun Valley appearance.  A rare treat to see these Jamaican legends in Idaho. 
Snow Salutations- Community Yoga offering  – Sunday 10am Ketchum Town Plaza
Back by popular demand! Sno-ooolllmmmm! Last years Snow Salutations’ seemed to work as over 90 people practiced yoga together in the town plaza. Look we were blessed with great snow last season….lets call on ULLR! 

All-access Weekend Festival Pass only $35 –
*20+ hours of entertainment
*8 new ski and snowboard movies
*2 Nights Concerts/Shows
*2 Sound Systems
Tickets Available:  SV/Ketchum Visitor Center,Sun Valley Rec Office,Atkinson’s markets.
Buy online at sun valley
*pre-sale ticket buyers will entered into a raffle to win a 20/20 Ski Pass plus other amazing winter gear!
About Mountain Niceness Productions
Mountain Niceness Productions is inspired by nature, guided by love and blessed with music. MNP creates world-class events that everyone can afford and enjoy to the fullest extent, share experiences and continue to spread the good feeling of mountain culture, acceptance and

Higher Ground


I have had the pleasure of working with the Higher Ground program in Sun Valley. Higher Ground  www.hgvets.org/ is a nationally recognized veteran rehabilitation program that combines sports, family and coping therapies to restore and rehabilitate men and women of the armed forces who have been served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program is part of Sun Valley Adaptive Sports www.svasp.org/

Here is my edit from their latest river and fly fishing trip.  Enjoy!

Ohhh….hot springs!


We were stoked to go Paddle boarding today but it was getting darker and darker by the mile and than the rain came. What do you do when it starts raining right when you get to the lake?  Switch gears in the Westy and hit Plan B the hot springs!  Hot Springing is one of my favorite rainy day activity.  Funny thing is that the sun came out where were but was totally dark all around us.  We were in the center of the donut hole with nice weather.  I try to make it a point to soak at least once a week.  It just re-energizes your body and make you feel good!  Pure Mt. Niceness!







Good Ole Idaho


Great to take a break from the tour and be back home in Ketchum,Idaho.  As you can see there is trail access in every direction.  I left the Westy at home and went hiking at the Sun Valley Ski Area.  Here are some pics from  out of my back door.


White Cloud Mts Walkabout -Idaho

It has been great rolling around the West this summer.  I must say I am really stoked to be home in Idaho.  As you can see the fall is a really amazing time here.  Here are some photos from hiking in the White Cloud Mts


Forth of July Lake, White Cloud MTS,ID









Mt.Niceness~West-topia Tour….K2 Skis World Headquarters-Seattle,WA


Since I was in Seattle I had to visit my ski sponsor K2 at their World Headquarters.  The place was buzzing with stoke for the upcoming season.  It was great being around  people who love skiing with as much passion as I do.  It really shows in all the amazing new gear that is coming out!   I received the sweet tour from Ski Designer Ken Schiele and got see to see how the best skis in the world are made.


View of Seattle from the ferry from Bainbridge Island


K2 Recycle bins


Really cool watching how skis are made.


K2 chopper


Legend Doug Coombs

Check out all the new amazing skis




West-topia Tour….Hood Canal,WA

Hood Canal separates the Kitsap Peninsula and the Olympic Peninsula.

Hood Canal is a fjord forming the western lobe, and one of the four main basins, of Puget Sound in the state of Washington. Hood Canal is not a canal in the sense of being a man-made waterway—it is a natural waterway.

After surfing in the cold pacific is was nice to be in the heat.  Believe it or not the water in canal was the warmest in the Puget Sound.  We were based out of Dabob Bay.





West-topia Tour…..Oregon Coast


I love sport traveling.  I love VW van adventures.  Combine the two and you have the West-topia Tour.

Feeling a surf jones it was time to pack the Westy and head over to the Oregon coast for some waves.  I must say the Oregon coast is truly stunning with something beautiful around every corner.  At times I felt like I was back in Ireland with the foggy mornings and craggy coast. Later in the day we would travel through a Costa Rica esq rainforest  down to a lush beach and surf spot!  All in the same day.  Everyday on the tour seems to out-do it self as the most beautiful or the most fun.  I am blessed for this opportunity to see and play in our country’s great parks.  Enjoy these pics from Oswald State Park, Arch Cape and Indian Beach. 


Jaime Rivetts







In Cannon Beach stop by The Sleepy Monk for great coffee.  Special thanks to Mark at Cannon Beach Surf Shop for the hospitality and bata.  Big Ups to Killian for the kind camping spot in Arch Cape and Todd from Highline for help with the SUP. Also thanks to Go-Westy for one bitchin’ ride,Beyond Coastal Sun Care, Matt Garner Metal Work…aka VW guru and Backwoods Mountain Sports.