Outdoor Life

In Defense of the Winter Beard

In Defense of the Winter Beard

“Oh my God! Look at his beard!” The exclamation echoed down from people riding the chairlift above me, followed by hoots of joy and frenzy. It was a March morning, and over two feet of creamy spring fluff had fallen overnight on Park City Mountain Resort. My friends and I knew the skiing that day […]

Praying for Snow (and choosing the correct drink for Ski-God consumption.)

Praying for Snow (and choosing the correct drink for Ski-God consumption.)

Skiers are a superstitious bunch, and the Pray for Snow ritual is our most cherished ceremony. As a group, we skiers share many similarities to ancient, tribal people living in a time when entire civilizations were dependent upon rain. Drum circles, rain dances and virgin sacrifices atop volcano craters were performed in the hopes that […]