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Old Chairs, Old Memories | By Snowsports Journalist Daniel Gibson | A fun, new, short film I ran across online, the Solomon-produced 12-minute documentary titled “The Chairlift,” got me thinking about these mechanical devices that are so essential to downhill skiing as we know it. While self-powered backcountry skiing is growing by leaps and bounds, almost every skier or snowboarder first stoked their snow passions by riding chairlifts and skiing within developed areas. It is probably the single greatest invention … Read More
The return of spring brings annual rites and traditions, including the celebration of Easter this coming Sunday. Officially a religious holiday, Easter is also celebrated around the world to mark the return of spring, with traditional foods that honor the season. One of the most common Easter foods is the hot cross bun, a spiced sweet bun with currants or raisins marked with icing crosses on top. Some believe the buns date back to ancient Anglo-Saxons who baked small wheat … Read More
A visit to City of Rocks State Park puts me in mind of Jonathan Swift’s 18th century satirical novel, Gulliver’s Travels. During a recent visit, I couldn’t help but feel like the book’s Lilliputians, the tiny people who “capture” Gulliver — a giant to them — who washes up on their shores. Except in this case, I am the Lilliputian surrounded by the park’s jumble of massive rock formations: boulders, hoodoos, and pinnacles, some soaring 40 feet in height from … Read More