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Postcard: Stegosaurus Ridge

Postcard: Stegosaurus Ridge

What is it about couloirs that incites such a rush? I like the walls. It is the closest I have come in the mountains to feeling like I am inside a wave. This particular tube snakes up a rock wall off the north side of Stegosaurus Ridge, a seldom skied zone in Colorado’s Upper Blue […]

Land in the Sky: Looking for Four Thirty-Three

Land in the Sky: Looking for Four Thirty-Three

We had been traveling through the high country for several days. Mountains and canyons and too much sun. Somewhere along the way we skirted a lonesome treeless tarn. Beyond that rose a steep gravelly slope crowned with a large grove of ancient foxtail pines. Bill had his sights set on those trees. Years ago he […]

Early April Poems

Early April Poems

April isn’t necessarily the cruellest month, as T.S. Eliot so famously said. After all, April is National Poetry month, the start of baseball and the NHL playoffs, and the month when the trails finally clear for riding and hiking–though you can still go skiing, if you’re that sort. It’s a month of transition and hope. […]

Land in the Sky: After Words

Land in the Sky: After Words

Nature. God or gods. The body. The puzzling, the dark, the inexplicable, the infinite types of ambiguity, the mysterious closed in upon itself, fragmented to the eye that sees. Things before names. The emptiness. The silence The striving. With luck, to come back with a story. This is the oldest meaning of the word enigma: […]

Postcard: Suburban Los Angeles bowl

Postcard: Suburban Los Angeles bowl

I was in southern California recently to report a story on a once-homeless Zulu skateboarder from Durban, South Africa, who is now pursuing his dream of becoming a professional athlete in the U.S. His name is Thalente Biyela (pronounced “Talent”) and the simple facts of his story are extraordinary. He was beaten savagely throughout his […]

Mountain Passages: Finished with Winter and SAD in the Springtime

Mountain Passages: Finished with Winter and SAD in the Springtime

Springtime weather here in the High Country makes you just a little crazy. This mountain mental illness could be good old seasonal affective disorder (SAD). But it’s a little different from getting SAD on the Raincoast where the sky can be grey for years at a time (a semi-exaggeration but one winter Blue Eyes and […]

Land in the Sky: Self Storage

Land in the Sky: Self Storage

When I remember the Upstate New York landscapes of my childhood, I recall images of dairy farms and apple orchards and headless horsemen. But when I look around the region today, I see housing tracts and shopping centers and self storage facilities. I also see a lot of eagles, which—thanks to DDT—nobody ever saw around […]

Skiing the Mort Hellers

Skiing the Mort Hellers

Skiing the Mort Hellers By Cam Burns I’ve been skiing since age 12, so that’s… um… like 35 years. I started in 1978, when my parents and sisters and I moved to Syracuse, New York, from Australia. Skiing was the closest thing to surfing, which kept me out of trouble as a young larrikin, so […]

Postcard: Turns above the house

Postcard: Turns above the house

I am probably not unlike most ski writers in that I like traveling to make turns. However, I also like starting my ski day a quarter-mile from my house. That’s how this photo began. We skinned up past a mine and into this bowl for a quick Sunday afternoon powder lap. The view across the […]

Paddling Back in Time

Paddling Back in Time

While many in the West—and across the country for that matter—are still dealing with snow and ice, and many of us are still checking off hut trips and ski days, you can bet that river outfitters are starting to look very closely at their spring calendars and taking bets on the effects of spring run-off. […]

Postcard: Taos Ski Valley, N.M.

Postcard: Taos Ski Valley, N.M.

Avalanche dogs may be smarter and more disciplined than their peers, but they still love to lounge as much as (more than?) the fur ball next door. Exhibit A: this trio at Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico. When I walked into ski patrol headquarters last Friday, they barely raised an ear. I am going to […]

Postcard: Ski shop tune room

Postcard: Ski shop tune room

There are few places more true to the ski-bum culture than the back room of a local ski shop. With scant exceptions, anything goes. And also with scant exceptions, it tends to stay in that room if it happened there. I’ve moonlighted at a local ski shop for the past seven years and long believed […]

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