This page contains an archive of articles I wrote for the Valley Reporter.
Along the Fall Line – Winter 2019
4/25/19 – A 36-year history of Along the Fall Line, aka “Sometimes ski bums turn out alright.”
4/18/19 – Season recap, with new events and revivals to celebrate MRG’s 70th and Sugarbush’s 60th anniversaries.
4/4/19 – Riding the winter wave into spring with heaps of fresh snow.
3/21/19 – The resurgence of the homemade rope tow, and how to build your own.
3/7/19 – Making the most of a less-than-inspiring day on snow.
2/21/19 – Great snow conditions and lots of events on tap for Presidents’ Week.
2/7/19 – Finally a column about snowboarding, as I give the dark side a try.
1/24/19 – Vermont Adaptive raises money for a new home at Mt. Ellen.
1/10/19 – An old ski buddy returns to Mad River Glen 20 years later.
12/27/18 – Winter 2019 bucket list.
12/13/18 – A “glide guide” to waxing your own skis/snowboard for a frictionless experience.
11/29/18 – SO MUCH SNOW! What’s new at Mad River Glen and Sugarbush.
11/21/18 – Who owns which ski areas, season pass options, and early openings.
11/15/18 – Fast-grass skiing and other fall rituals.
Along the Fall Line – Winter 2018
4/19/18 – Season recap, more snow on the way, and how to care for your equipment over the summer.
4/5/18 – A 70-year history of skiing in the Mad River Valley, told in trail names.
3/22/18 – Reflecting on the most epic week of powder in recent memory.
3/8/18 – Four tips on how to teach kids (or grownups) to ski/ride better.
2/22/18 – A day in the life of a ski patroller.
2/8/18 – What if the Mad River Valley hosted a Winter Olympics?
1/25/18 – Race preview for the FIS Telemark World Cup at Sugarbush.
1/11/18 – The wonders of ski touring, and where you can do it.
12/28/17 – Winter 2018 bucket list.
12/21/17 – A few of the world’s major meteorological indices and how they affect the weather here.
12/7/17 – How to fall gracefully and without injury.
11/16/17 – What ski areas do during the offseason to prepare for winter.
11/2/17 – Hiking the Gap to Gap, and a list of upcoming ski sales.
Along the Fall Line – Winter 2017
4/27/17 – Season recap, and a few personal reflections.
4/13/17 – Sugarbush joins the Mountain Collective but stays independent amid major ski-resort consolidation.
3/30/17 – A pocket guide to Mad River Glen’s signature trail, Paradise.
3/16/17 – I take a monoski lesson, one of the most humbling experiences of my life.
3/2/17 – The reality of climate change, and how local resorts deal with it.
2/16/17 – Hydration, eating, and sleeping tips to manage your energy for a day on the slopes.
2/2/17 – Everything you ever wanted to know about treeskiing.
1/19/17 – 101 words for snow; when and how to use them.
1/5/17 – Develop your fundamentals to become a more confident skier/rider.
12/29/16 – Winter 2017 bucket list.
12/22/16 – A few of the more bizarre snow preservation techniques.
12/8/16 – Make sure you’re prepared to make the most of a powder day.
11/23/16 – Major staffing changes at Mad River Glen.
11/10/16 – Trail reconnaissance by hiking, and a guide to the WES Ski & Skate Sale.
Along the Fall Line – Winter 2016
4/7/16 – The weather roller coaster concludes with one more shot of winter.
3/24/16 – 20 reasons to enjoy spring skiing.
3/10/16 – How resorts are dealing with an off-the-charts ugly winter.
2/25/16 – An interview with 8-year-old local ski racer Parker Downing.
2/11/16 – Night skiing in The Valley. (Yes, it exists!)
1/28/16 – Snowmaking at Sugarbush, behind the scenes.
1/14/16 – A conversation with Sugarbush general manager Win Smith aboard the new Valley House Quad.
12/31/15 – Winter 2016 bucket list.
12/24/15 – Holiday wishlist to cure a snowless December.
12/17/15 – El Niño explained, and an interview with WCAX meteorologist Nick Borelli.
12/3/15 – The sensations that make skiing and riding so much fun.
11/25/15 – Three fun ways to get in shape, and what I’m thankful for this season.
11/12/15 – A guide to the annual Ski & Skate Sale at Waitsfield Elementary School.
Along the Fall Line – Winter 2015
4/23/15 – Season recap, with some surprising statistics.
4/9/15 – The Valley House replacement, and why we still need double chairs.
3/26/15 – An interview with Mad River Glen Ski School director Terry Barbour.
3/12/15 – I host friends and reflect on how to be a great mountain ambassador.
2/26/15 – After a double knee replacement, my mother skis for the first time in over a decade.
2/12/15 – The joy of competition, and all the local events you can enter.
1/29/15 – What you need to know about telemarking.
1/15/15 – Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, from the perspective of a first-time instructor.
12/31/14 – An interview with Mad River Glen Freeskiing Team coach Ry Young.
12/18/14 – A Mad River Valley spin on the “Night Before Christmas” poem.
12/4/14 – An interview with Alpine Options owner Joe Podolak.