A Skiing Troubadour and His Skiing Trilogy

John winn

Way back in early April, I met a friend at a little café at a crossroads near several hiking, biking and climbing trailheads. Aptly called Trailhead Coffee, it’s always full of people headed outdoorsfor fun, or just coming back in, flush with endorphins and ready to chat. My arm was freshly broken, in an immobilizer. It […]

Life is Better…On a High Speed Lift

family lift ride solitude

  For at least a decade, I’ve complained about the main lift at a nearby resort. I grew up skiing Powderhorn Mountain Resort, and while I’m loyal to this small resort’s amazing glades and often-deep powder, the 13 minute lift ride (sans footrest) made me crazy. Like many skiers and snowboarders, I’ve come to expect high […]

Spring Cleaning for Skiers

brush skis

As one of my friends says, “May is the new December.”  Just when you thought life couldn’t get any busier, it does, especially if you have kids in school. Everything happens at once: end of the year concerts and performances, spring sports, conferences, awards ceremonies. And somewhere amidst this whirl you try to fit in yard work, gardening and […]

On Ski Injuries and Magical Thinking

ski accident lake louise

For the first week I indulged in magical thinking. I would lie in my bed in the morning and if I was pain-free, wrapped warm and cozy in a narcotic haze, I’d think about skiing. I’d picture myself jumping out of bed, stretching my arms skyward. Then I’d see myself buckling my boots and clicking […]