Dropping By

Dropping By

by MG Admin January 12, 2011 January 2011

I was in Valdez, Alaska, to report a story this past March when something odd kept happening. Every time I learned of another potential source, the person telling me I should talk to such-and-such a person didn’t offer a cell phone number or an e-mail address or, in most cases, a home phone number. They […]

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Talismans

Talismans

by Peter Kray January 12, 2011 Features

Tack would talk about winter nights speeding through the farmlands of Pennsylvania, careening across blue ice toward bare trees in the headlights when he told his mother, “Don’t be surprised if I don’t make it home.” The pigs whose throats he slit, chickens he chopped and a cow he shot, “the first bullet bounced off […]

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Ballad of Francois, le Conducteur D’Autobus

Ballad of Francois, le Conducteur D’Autobus

by B. Frank January 12, 2011 Features

The boy crouches over a pad of paper and a scattering of colored pencils. He looks out a window, takes a breath and begins to draw. A mountain takes shape on the page — a triangle with a white cap, blue slopes, and a range of green foothills. He shakes his head, rips the paper […]

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Skiing Nude

Skiing Nude

by MG Admin January 12, 2011 Features

Editor’s note: This is yet another story by Richard Barnum-Reece, whose obituary, penned by Dave Baldridge, we ran in our March 2010 issue (MG #165), as part of a loosely aggregated feature package titled “Mentors.” This piece previously appeared in Barnum-Reece’s self-published book, “The Gonzo File” (undated, c. 1978-1980), which consisted of a mix of […]

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Blood Winter

Blood Winter

by Charles Bowden January 12, 2011 Features

The hunger comes before I know my name or where I am. This appetite may be the story of my life but my life is not much of a story. The hunger is greater than I have been or will be. This hunger is the thing driving me and flogging me. I am born between […]

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Jukebox Heroes

Jukebox Heroes

by Dawne Belloise January 12, 2011 January 2011

Jukebox Heroes Story and photo by Dawne Belloise “Ninety-nine percent of the world’s lovers are not with their first choice. That’s what makes the jukebox play.” — Willie Nelson Back in Black screams to a deafening reverberation across the wooden floor, pumping barflies and hopefuls into a rhythmic raising of glasses to mouths. They stand […]

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In Search of Powder: A Story of America’s Disappearing Ski Bum

In Search of Powder: A Story of America’s Disappearing Ski Bum

by MG Admin January 12, 2011 Books

In the 2002 book, “Downhill Slide: Why the Corporate Ski Industry Is Bad for Skiing, Ski Towns, and the Environment,” author Hal Clifford wrote (I’m paraphrasing here) that ski towns used to be cool because they attracted fringe elements like ski bums, hippies and artists, but then rich people found out about them, and of […]

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The Dark Side: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the fixed heel

The Dark Side: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the fixed heel

by MG Admin January 12, 2011 Film

Maybe you know this joke: “How many tele skiers does it take to screw in a light bulb? Three. One to do it and two to stand at the bottom and say, ‘Nice turns, bro.’” This video, made a few years ago by someone named “AT Anonymous” and sent in to TelemarkTips.com in 2003, has […]

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Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America

Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America

by MG Admin January 12, 2011 Books

Say you get five books in your library. I pick Hemingway’s “Moveable Feast,” “The Great Rock (and roll) Discography,” by Martin C. Strong, “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy” (counts as one, because that’s how Tolkien wrote it), Darwin’s “On The Origin of Species” and now this: “Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America.” In […]

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Letters #175

Letters #175

by MG Admin January 12, 2011 January 2011

Duking your way to Mountain Country M. John: Mountain Gazette is a fantastic publication and I always enjoy your column. I am responding to your call for stories. “How I Came to be Living in Mountain Country and Things Not To Do.” (Smoke Signals, “Stories of Us,” MG  #169). Here goes: Back in ’03, I […]

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