Please join Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore for a virtual conversation with author of Powder Days, Heather Hansman.
A thought-provoking exploration of skiing at the intersection of climate change, gender, race, economics, psychology and snow science woven throughout an exhilarating joyride of the sport’s mountains of myths and legends, Powder Days is the titular ski book the sports genre has been waiting for.
About Powder Days
The story of skiing is, in many ways, the story of America itself. Blossoming from the Tenth Mountain Division in World War II, the sport took hold across the country, driven by adventurers seeking the rush of freedom that only cold mountain air could provide. As skiing gained in popularity, mom-and-pop backcountry hills gave way to groomed trails and eventually the mega-resorts of today. Along the way, the pioneers and diehards--the ski bums--remained the beating heart of the scene.
Veteran ski journalist and former ski bum Heather Hansman takes readers on an exhilarating journey into the hidden history of American skiing, offering a glimpse into an underexplored subculture from the perspective of a true insider. Hopping from Vermont to Colorado, Montana to West Virginia, Hansman profiles the people who have built their lives around a cold-weather obsession. Along the way she reckons with skiing's problematic elements and investigates how the sport is evolving in the face of the existential threat of climate change.
About the Author
Heather Hansman is a freelance writer and editor. She writes about a range of things, but, to generalize, most of what she covers happens outside. She likes the intersection of science, adventure, and culture. She is the environmental columnist for Outside online, and she writes for places like The Guardian, Sierra, and The New York Times.
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