Tattered Cover is pleased to welcome Heather Hansman in conversation with Annelise Loevlie to discuss her new book Powder Days: Ski Bums, Ski Towns, and the Future of Chasing Snow. This will be at our Colfax location on November 11th at 7:00pm MT.
About the Book
An electrifying adventure into the rich history of skiing and the modern heart of ski-bum culture, from one of America's most preeminent ski journalists
The story of skiing is, in many ways, the story of America itself. Blossoming from the Tenth Mountain Division in World War II, the sport took hold across the country, driven by adventurers seeking the rush of freedom that only cold mountain air could provide. As skiing gained in popularity, mom-and-pop backcountry hills gave way to groomed trails and eventually the megaresorts of today. Along the way, the pioneers and diehards--the ski bums--remained the beating heart of the scene.
Veteran ski journalist and former ski bum Heather Hansman takes readers on an exhilarating journey into the hidden history of American skiing, offering a glimpse into an underexplored subculture from the perspective of a true insider. Hopping from Vermont to Colorado, Montana to West Virginia, Hansman profiles the people who have built their lives around a cold-weather obsession. Along the way she reckons with skiing's problematic elements and investigates how the sport is evolving in the face of the existential threat of climate change.
Riveting, action-packed and beautifully written, Powder Days is a love letter to a high-stakes sport and the definitive tome for ski lovers everywhere.
About the Author:
Heather Hansman is an award-winning freelance writer and a former editor at both Powder and Skiing magazines. She's Outside Magazine's environmental columnist, and a contributing editor at Backcountry Magazine. Her work has been included in the Best American Essays. She once won a bag of pasta in an Italian big mountain skiing contest (10th place out of 11 women). She lives in Seattle, Washington.