Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Why the Squaw-Alpine gondola won’t ever happen (and why that’s a good thing)

When I was 19, I walked around with an ‘X-Files: I want to believe’ t-shirt on (late-bloomer). I feel like Squaw/Alpine should issue similar gear for their proposed connector gondola and then look and see the calendar says: ‘it’s 2015 and the time for a gondola has passed.’ By Andrew J. Pridgen My X-Files shirt was not only aligning my sci-fi/Gillian...

Squaw CEO Andy Wirth kicks off summer by sharting all over Olympic Valley community

Subtlety is not one of Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth’s strong suits. Add writing a cohesive sound bite and good timing to that list. By Andrew J. Pridgen About the time the car was packed Friday afternoon and the tailgate was refusing to shut, Squaw CEO Andy Wirth closed his solitaire window and busted out an epic press release decrying the...

Suspended Animation

The first week of February kicks off sports’ shoulder season—approximately now until tourney time/spring training. To celebrate, DPB will release its Tahoe Trilogy, three stories about the current state of Lake Tahoe’s financial outlook, environmental health and planned development. Below, part II. By Kyle Magin The best analogy for living in a ski town with no snow probably comes from Matthew McConaughey’s...

If you must shop on Friday, shop Patagonia

Patagonia is giving 100% of its Black Friday sales to eco-charities. Form-fitting fleece pullovers that match your Subaru and a PR coup, what’s not to love? By Andrew J. Pridgen For the entirety of this decade up until this time last month, I worked for an e-commerce firm. The melt into a chair that was never set quite right in front...

Who run the world? The female-first future of Coalition Snow

The Tahoe-bred ski and snowboard company built by women and for women expands with a youth line. Here, Coalition Snow's co-founders check back in with DPB on International Women's Day to show us who run this mutha! Interview by Andrew J. Pridgen When last we checked in with Coalition Snow co-founders Jen Gurecki and Danielle Rees, it was 2015, the pair...

Isle Royale’s Wolves Deserve Rescue

Kyle Magin's March report on the return of the Canadian wolf to Yellowstone's Lamar Valley detailed how the species was extinguished from the park in the 1920s, not to be heard from again until the winter of 1995 when it was reintroduced. The wolves' return has been a boon to the preserve both on an ecological and public relations...

Don’t go to Yosemite this summer

Your family’s summer Yosemite National Park trip is well-intentioned and stupid. By Kyle Magin Unless you’re pulling a mid-week visit and staying in the high country—which, let’s be honest, is only satisfying and/or possible for your most granola/well-funded/unemployed friends—you’re visiting the world’s most-visited national park with everyone else who has a weekend free this summer, which means literally everyone. You’ll sit in...

The real 395

The 395 south of the sign is south of heaven. Written by Kyle Magin Scenic US Route 395 ends abruptly. Somewhere southbound along Eastern California’s beautiful backdoor byway toward Southern California, around Olancha after you see the first Joshua Trees popping up from the shitty soil, CalTrans makes it very clear you are leaving the state-designated Scenic 395 corridor. The land beyond it--a...

America the Miserable

Believe it or not, you make the choice to be unhappy, every day. By Andrew J. Pridgen Are you an unhappy person? Are you? That’s not an accusation, that’s a question. Think about it for a minute. Think about your day yesterday. Did you wake up feeling OK about stuff? Did you clear the sleep out of your eyes, heave a big...

“Excerpt from a text convo lamenting how boring ski porn has gotten” A story for aging bros who came of age in mountain towns during the early 2000s

As told by every sad bro ever since the trailer for Fade to Winter dropped Wednesday. By Andrew Pridgen “Sup bro?” texted James. He was sitting in traffic and pretending not to text which made it look even more like he was texting. Pause. (An ellipsis denoting Mike texting back made James smile.) “Sup,” Mike texted. James and Mike have been bros for a decade,...