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

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

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As a recent college graduate and fledging newspaper reporter in the Lake Tahoe area, Jeremy Evans became immersed in ski bum culture-a carefree lifestyle whose mantra was simply: "Ski as much as possible." His snowboarding suffered when he left for a job in the Portland area; and when, at twenty-six, he suffered a stroke, he reexamined his priorities, quit his job, moved back to Tahoe, and threw himself into snowboarding. But while he had been away, the culture had changed. This book is Evans's paean to the disappearing culture of the ski bum. A fascinating look at a world far removed from the larger culture, it is also a curious account of a passion for powder and what its disappearance means.

Evans looks at several prominent ski towns in the West (including Crested Butte, Jackson Hole, Telluride, Lake Tahoe, Park City, and Mammoth) and the ski bums who either flourished or fled. He chronicles the American West transformed by rising real estate costs, an immigrant work-force, misguided values, and corporate-owned resorts. The story he tells is that of quintessentially American characters-rejecting materialism, taking risks, following their own path-and of the glories and pitfalls their lifestyle presents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803228399
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 580,354
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Evans is a former daily newspaper reporter whose eight-year journalism career garnered numerous writing awards for his outdoor and sports writing. He is currently a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Powder and Skiing magazines. Glen Plake is an iconic figure in American freestyle skiing and extreme sports.

Table of Contents

Foreword Glen Plake ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

1 Shangri-la 1

2 Den of the Face Rats 31

3 Suburbanite Ski Bums 54

4 Ski Town Invasion 77

5 Resorting to Madness 108

6 Swift, Silent, Deep 147

7 Kodak Courage 180

Epilogue 224

Bibliography 227

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