Nov 13, 2021 - News

"Powder Days" sheds light on Colorado's ski industry

Author Heather Hansman and the cover of her book released Nov. 9. Photos courtesy of Hanover Square Press

At its core, the story of skiing reflects the narrative of America — at least through the eyes of veteran ski journalist and former Arapahoe Basin ski patroller Heather Hansman.

Driving the news: This week, Hansman published "Powder Days," a nonfiction book about the past, present and future of the sport and the people who devote their lives to sliding the slopes.

  • Roughly half the book takes place in Colorado as Hansman dives deep into the risk of ski bumming at a time when environmental pressures, economic inequality and the rapid commercialization of resorts are putting the sport’s future increasingly in doubt.

What she's saying: "What surprised me" in the reporting process "is this way that skiing can be a lens to look at so many different parts of society and parts of how we make choices,​​" she said Thursday evening at Tattered Cover on Colfax during her first book signing.

  • "How do we grow? How do we make things equitable? What’s the future going to look like with climate change? Skiing can be such a compression of those factors," she said.

The bottom line: The growth of the ski industry symbolizes a microcosm of what's happening across the country as we all wrestle with what it means to "live the dream," Hansman highlights.


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