Short history of Arapahoe Basin

Written for The Guide to Ski the Summit, March 1992   Arapahoe Basin — just utter the name and you’ll quicken the pulse of almost any skier who knows the place. It’s called “The Legend,” but this isn’t any empty advertising slogan. Arapahoe Basin, also known as “A-Basin,” “The Basin” and even “Air Basin,” is one […]

Clif Taylor, a ski area pioneer

From the Copper Cable — March 13, 1992     One of Copper Mountain’s “hidden” ski celebrities is Clif Taylor, a sales associate at Copper Mountain Real Estate (CMRE). He’s “hidden” because most people look to the Copper ski school for ski instruction. And he’s a celebrity because he’s a member of the National Ski Hall […]

Copper Mountain history as of 1991

I wrote this for the mountain’s 20th Anniversary season in 1991. Since it was for a publication that was almost wholly dependent on revenue from the resort and surrounding businesses, I had to gloss over some of the more unseemly details. The destruction of the wetlands and beaver habitat, for one, is something that would […]

Book review: ‘Blue Revolution’

Summit Daily News/March 2013 Ask any knowledgeable Westerner about the most complex issue facing our region and chances are water will emerge as the clear winner. Sure, fracking, beetle kill, marijuana laws and a variety of other topics can be mired in bellicosity and intransigence, but for sheer head-banging frustration and Byzantine complexity, it’s tough […]

Spring into Colorado skiing

From Hemispheres (United Airlines) March, 2009 Imagine surfers going out of their way to hit the beach when the waves are at their lowest and staying home when they’re at their best. That’ll give you some idea of the way skiers treat our mountains here in Colorado. “Come in April,” I tell friends, and they […]

Earl Eaton: Last of the ski pioneers

Vail Trail, Aug. 2008 It’s an interesting thing about the ski industry that some of the people involved in the “beginning” are still around. Of course, we’re talking about the modern, lift-served ski industry, which took off after World War II and involved many members of the famed 10th Mountain Division. According to a quick […]