If it were bigger than Jackson Hole, and just as steep, wouldn’t everyone go there? It is. They don’t. Go figure.
Thunk, thunk. I chip the ice off my brother Andy’s boot sole with the tip of my pole. He’s above me on a 50-degree slope, clicking into his skis. We’re wedged between rocks above Hellroaring, a chute in Moonlight Basin’s Headwaters area. The hike over the ridge was exposed and slick; we had to downclimb backward, hammering in our boot toes with each step. Thunk, thunk. Another chunk breaks off his heel. And I think, this is the first time I’ve ever seen my big brother scared.
Beekman's story, "El Otro Lado (The Other Side)" was nominated as a notable read in this year's "Best American Travel Writing"
SKI's managing editor Kimberly Beekman was included in this year's edition of "Best American Travel Writing." Her story, "El Otro Lado (The Other Side)" about Mexican migrant workers in Jackson Hole, ran in the March/April '09 issue of SKI. You can download the story here.