Postcard: Suburban Los Angeles bowl

Postcard: Suburban Los Angeles bowl

by Devon O'Neil April 1, 2014 Blogs

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 […]

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Mountain Passages: Finished with Winter and SAD in the Springtime

Mountain Passages: Finished with Winter and SAD in the Springtime

by Alan Stark March 31, 2014 Blogs

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 […]

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Land in the Sky: Self Storage

Land in the Sky: Self Storage

by John P. O'Grady March 30, 2014 Blogs

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 […]

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Skiing the Mort Hellers

Skiing the Mort Hellers

by Cam Burns March 26, 2014 Blogs

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 […]

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Postcard: Turns above the house

Postcard: Turns above the house

by Devon O'Neil March 21, 2014 Blogs

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 […]

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Paddling Back in Time

Paddling Back in Time

by Aaron Bible March 20, 2014 Blogs

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. […]

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Postcard: Taos Ski Valley, N.M.

Postcard: Taos Ski Valley, N.M.

by Devon O'Neil March 11, 2014 Blogs

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 […]

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Postcard: Ski shop tune room

Postcard: Ski shop tune room

by Devon O'Neil March 3, 2014 Blogs

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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Survivor: The long (down and dirty) history of The Mountain Gazette and the life and times of Dick Dorworth

Survivor: The long (down and dirty) history of The Mountain Gazette and the life and times of Dick Dorworth

by Doug February 28, 2014 Blogs

Survivor By Dick Dorworth Mountain Gazette has been a free-form, free-spirited favorite publication of many literate free-form, free- spirited Westerners since it was born in the mind of the brilliant editor, Mike Moore, who made it into what many consider the best alternative mountain lifestyle print publication ever seen in America. It lived a vibrant […]

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Mountain Passages: How Did You Do With Last Year's Resolutions?

Mountain Passages: How Did You Do With Last Year’s Resolutions?

by Alan Stark February 28, 2014 Blogs

Willy and I are walking down 4th Street in Boulder. He’s my three-year-old, black, curly, Portuguese Water Dog. His favorite person in the world is Blue Eyes but he sort of likes me because I take him on trail runs twice a week. The 4th Street running babes look at him and smile. I could […]

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