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Eating Wolf

Eating Wolf

by Tricia M. Cook February 1, 2011 February - March 2011

I have stopped at the top long enough to rip the skins from my skis, taking breaths more slowly now than the ones I stopped counting on the way up. The even, heavy cadence of my breathing as I lay down a fresh up-track is addictive. The exhale louder, more pronounced, than the inhale. The […]

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The Merde in France: Dog Dung Decline

The Merde in France: Dog Dung Decline

by Michael Brady February 1, 2011 February - March 2011

One hazard of travel in France is underfoot in villages, towns and cities: la merde, literally “the merde,” dog dung, infamously an aspect of life in the country. So much is this so that in English, the word merde, from the French and meaning dung, usually connotes an unlucky event in France. That’s both wrong […]

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The joy of sliding: Why our feet make skiing feel so sexy

The joy of sliding: Why our feet make skiing feel so sexy

by Wayne Sheldrake February 1, 2011 February - March 2011

It’s long been a cliché among skiers that a good day on the slopes, especially a good powder day, is as good as sex. Maybe skiers who think so are simply better at skiing than they are at sex. Or perhaps the sport is flush with shameless pervs. (It is frickin’ freezing out there and […]

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Re-Entry

Re-Entry

by Ana Maria Spagna January 12, 2011 January 2011

We hiked that winter morning from the river to the rim, from sun-soaked beach through deep red mud to dry cold snow. From a grubby two weeks camping, past Europeans in city shoes, to the visitor center pub where Jim Croce played on the jukebox and ski jumpers launched on flat screens over the heads […]

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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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Bailing: Why, How and When We Do It

Bailing: Why, How and When We Do It

by MG Admin January 12, 2011 January 2011

Bailing: Why, How and When We Do It By Brendan Leonard From inside Kind Coffee in Estes Park, the day looked perfect for climbing, aside from the deep, extending bowing every visible tree was performing in the wind as Mitsu and I comfortably drank coffee. “Good bail, dude,” I said. “What? That wasn’t a bail,” […]

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Being New in a Ski Town

Being New in a Ski Town

by Abigail Sussman December 9, 2010 December 2010

You arrive in November and need to find a job, a room, a free season’s pass. Be upbeat, not needy — remember that the snow will come and so will everything else. It has to. When you poster the town with your resume, remember that this has been done a thousand times before. You are […]

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Parallel Universe of Mountain Memory Seasonal Themes

Parallel Universe of Mountain Memory Seasonal Themes

by Vince Welch December 9, 2010 December 2010

Editor’s note: A few months ago, I fired off a group email to all our usual suspects/regular contributors apprising them of our 2011 editorial calendar/themes, so they can plan ahead and not be late with stories for goddamned once. Most just responded by saying something on the order of “Gracias for the heads up.” But […]

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In Remembrance of “Boy”

In Remembrance of “Boy”

by Rosco Betunada December 9, 2010 December 2010

I was driving home last night listening to CommieLiberalRadio (NPR), when the announcer said that the actor Johnny Sheffield had died the day before. I would suppose that name is not exactly household, but I listened to the finish of the short synopsis on CLR after I had parked at the house. You see, I […]

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