Friday, June 22, 2018

“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,...

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...

Locals and Conservationists May Have to Make a Deal with the Devil to Save Squaw

How to un-fuck Squaw Valley. (Click here to see why it's fucked.) By Andrew J. Pridgen Squaw CEO Andy Wirth has become something of a sympathetic creature of late in that he has to continue to carry a party line that is completely out of step with the community, with the environment and with industry trends. Wirth’s employer is currently stopping just...

This year, I will not buy any new ski gear

...At least I’ll try not to. Promise. Maybe. By Andrew J. Pridgen I recently mentioned how much I look forward to rely on POWDER's annual buyers' guide/kick-off issue dropping into my mailbox of floating as if by magic carrier owl onto a news stand. I like everything about it. It is one part guilty pleasure, one part aspirational guide to living...

Vail’ed threat to Whistler, ski biz, becomes reality

Something wicked this way comes to the great north. By Andrew J. Pridgen Vail’s purchase of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. Monday was greeted with some typical “evil empire” knee-jerk, which is to be expected, and in all ways, correct. Colorado-based Vail Resorts Inc. now has the equivalent of Park Place and Boardwalk with its acquisition of North America’s biggest ski...

Let’s talk for a minute …about limits

Yesterday, the tribe of people who live in mountain communities around the world lost three more of their elite members. Two inspiring skiers and one amazing snowboarder. Two influential men who helped shape the industry and one humble young women who was setting new highs for female athletes. Two men and one women who pushed the limits too far. Yesterday, according...

Pay For Your Own Goddamn Beach House

My tax dollars. Your luxury properties. Written by Kyle Magin If you choose to live in a glass-walled beachfront home with a cutesy name like ‘Sandy Bottoms’ on the Outer Banks or Big Pine Key or any of America’s thousand other coastal retreats for Baby Boomers, you’d think you’d have to assume the risk of climate change-fueled tides ripping that sumbitch...

The Winter Wait

I did a double-take in my grocery store the other day. Here in my toney north Lake Tahoe neighborhood (it’s affluent, so I’m legally obligated to refer to it as toney or leafy, and since this is a pine tree-dominated environment, you get the former) I’m one of a small handful of year-round dirt bags. That’s why it surprised me so...

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...

Stay woke folks, because Old Man Winter may be permanently asleep

La Niña is about to ghost winter in the West like a Tinder match. By Andrew J. Pridgen Much of the Tahoe Basin woke up Monday morning to a dusting of snow covering the scorched landscape like powdered sugar sprinkled over burnt French Toast. Let’s stop and look for a moment, shall we? https://twitter.com/squawalpine/status/788032012623892480 https://twitter.com/KirkwoodMtn/status/788049612695220225 https://twitter.com/Northstar_CA/status/788437336946200577 And even one in black and white: https://www.instagram.com/p/BLqzKnABlVW/   ...You get the...