Monday, September 25, 2017

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...

How is skiing vs. snowboarding still a thing?

Oh, Gapers with lawyers. That’s how. By Andrew J. Pridgen Full disclosure: I snowboard and I ski. I am equal parts obsessed with Shane and Jeremy. ...And most people I know who have lived or done any significant time in mountain towns can do both. Many can also mountain bike, skate ski, classic ski, tele ski, snort wasabi and still belt out Private...

#YallQuaeda: To What End?

Dear Marginalized, undereducated, Fox News-watching, gun-toting white boy in Oregon blaming government regulations on National Forest land for your lot in life instead of blaming government de-regulation in trade and finance, I don’t know if any of you can access the internet to read this. Hell, I’m not sure you can read. What I DO know is that you should immediately...

Sierra Club just posted a pair of job openings for its mag which means all the writers are busy ‘tweaking’ their cover letters today

Awww yeah, I’m gonna get the shit out of this job! By Andrew J. Pridgen I am, admittedly, super good at two things. They are: Coming up with incredible ideas in the middle of the night. Like last night it was a tornado in a jar. I don’t know exactly what that is, but I think it’d be like a lava lamp-type night...

If an over-financed, under-loved climber is injured or dead on Everest, it must be May

I couldn’t feign surprise by the news of injured guys in the very merry month of May Written by Kyle Magin Like that annoying Justin Timberlake meme or the resultant flora from April showers, there’s no more sure way to tell May has arrived than to find out some well-funded sociopath has harmed or killed himself (or, infrequently, herself) trying to...

Longing for the glory days of (Ski) Porn

Like all of porn we've gotten so used to the ridiculous that the sublime is now nostalgia. In other words, in today's ski porn the money shots just aren't the same. By Andrew J. Pridgen Fall is Ski Porn season. This year especially, I'm having a difficult time reconciling my addiction. For those unfamiliar with the genre, Ski Porn isn't a bunch of...

Squaw sets up scarecrow nonprofit to seduce, frighten Basin residents

...But the best part is Tahoe only gets its nonprofit AFTER the reason for NEEDING a nonprofit is built. By Andrew J. Pridgen Here comes the supposed nonprofit arm of the private equity firm hellbent on turning Olympic Valley into the Four Points Sheraton near the MacArthur Maze. Squaw announced Tuesday that they’ve launched a boy band version of a 501(c)(3)...

Q&A with Coalition Snow co-founders Jen Gurecki and Danielle Rees

Beyond the Press Box is a regular feature profiling the folks who color outside the lines of sport. Interview by Andrew Pridgen You know those really really good ideas? The wake up in the middle of the night kind. The it’ll change the world as soon as you’ve finished your Cinnamon Toast Crunch and rinsed off...and take the dog out kind....

This Western States 100 Sizzle Reel is going to make you want to run 100 miles and be a better human being

You’ve seen it right? Five minutes that will change your life. By Andrew Pridgen The Western States 100 is a cross-country mountain range running race that starts at the base of Squaw Valley USA, rushes up a giant granite rock face and then ambles 97 more miles of dirt and stream and loose rock and mule ear 18,000 feet toward the...

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...

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