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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Bad Trip

Bad Trip

by MG Admin January 12, 2011 January 2011

Author’s note: I spent literally months and months working on a fairly-heavy (at least by my humble heaviness standards) New-Year’s-based Smoke Signals about the fact that the municipal government of the town in which I live last year passed an ordinance that effectively puts the kibosh on panhandling within the city limits, and how that […]

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One More Reason Why SUV’s are Evil

One More Reason Why SUV’s are Evil

by MG Admin January 12, 2011 January 2011

For some reason, when I heard the car door shut, I knew I was screwed. It was 4 a.m., January. I was perched high on the lip of Muley Point, Utah, and the wind was howling. Somewhere in the dark, far below this wind-riven promontory, the San Juan River flowed with ice. I was naked […]

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