Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Death of the Press Box’s 16 biggest posts of 2016

It was the worst of times and then times got fucking worse. By Andrew J. Pridgen and Kyle Magin In hindsight we might think about how cute and quaint our complaints of this year really were with no world wars, no internment camps, no jailings of dissenters and not having to say sentences like, “I can’t believe they bombed my Starbucks...

Squaw kicks off summer by announcing a partnership with the worst thing man has ever created: A ‘ski’ resort in China

Andy Wirth has a fever ...and the only cure is press releases about more bad decisions. By Andrew J. Pridgen In the annual Homer head-slapping summer kick-off, Squaw Valley announced last week that it will partner with, ready? A ski resort in China. ...Which is kind of the same thing as saying you think those red Trump hats are "kinda cool," or...

No Answers for the Great Lakes, Only Questions

Major questions are looming for the Great Lakes’ only national park and its sportfishing industry. Their answers will determine how man supports wildlife in the 21st century. Written by Kyle Magin Great Lakes wildlife managers teeter on the brink of two major decisions regarding its most well-known species. On Isle Royale National Park: The Great Lakes’ only national park--894 square miles...

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...

Seeing an old friend on race day

Somewhere along the way I’d lost the narrative of the Across the Bay 12k. Maybe I found it again Sunday. By Andrew Pridgen The Across the Bay 12k was rebooted Sunday under a canopy of cloudless sky and above the uncharacteristically still waters of the San Francisco Bay. The meat of the race, which starts on the shores of Marin County...

Something was a little off in Sochi

You've experienced this, right? You walk into a party and everything seems pretty normal. There’s a table with party snacks — seven-layer dip already demolished with tortilla chip scrape marks on the side of the pan. Spinach dip in the hollowed-out bread bowl cooled to an inedible pot of dried cheese and green. Solo cups teetering at the end next...

The time has come to boycott Squaw Valley USA

They won’t listen to us. Now it is time to make them hear us where it counts: The bottom line. By Andrew J. Pridgen We live in the unfortunate time of magical-thinking-meets-sensationalism, Of trolling. Of doing the exact wrong thing when we should be doing the right thing. Of taking the easy way out. Over the last few weeks America...

9 reasons female Nordic skiers are the biggest bad-asses on Earth

A pair of Minnesota girls, neither of whom are named Lindsey Vonn, are shaking up the snow globe of the ski world and coming out on top of the podium. By Andrew J. Pridgen Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg made history when they finished second and third in the 10-kilometer freestyle at Nordic skiing worlds in Falun, Sweden—a first podium finish...

USFS officials are clearly ignoring the fact that they stumbled upon a mass murder scene at Lake Shasta

The 2016 Slaughterhouse Island massacre is second only to obscene data overages caused by Snapchat as a parent’s worst nightmare. By Andrew J. Pridgen The internets grew a new tail Tuesday from posted pictures of a University of Oregon outdoor school field trip turned deadly orgy of careless bottled water discarding on a spit of land called—ready—fucking Slaughterhouse Island at...

The long-waited and necessary return of the Yellowstone Wolf

What we know, what we think, and what we’re finding out 20 years after the return of the top dog to the Northern Rockies Written by Kyle Magin There are a few different ways to comprehend the two-decade mark of the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park. There’s the bleeding heart’s joy over hearing the wolf’s song again in the...