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Mountain Culture

Back in the Day

Back in the Day
Matt Wood Illustration
Yeah, yeah, I skied a few times back home in high school. I’ll be fine.

What was to be the birth of my ski career began with a bold-faced lie at the base of Arapahoe Basin. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I spent my winters making snow forts, playing pond hockey, rooting for the Blackhawks, and thinking that my home “mountain,” with its 230 vertical feet, was the epitome of extreme snow sports.

Bode Miller to Sue HEAD USA

Bode Miller to Sue HEAD USA
Bode Miller Withdraws
Bode would like to make a comeback sans HEAD skis.

Bode Miller is sueing HEAD skis after making the decision to return to ski racing.

Miller left HEAD in 2015 after deciding to no longer ski race. Having signed a termination agreement that prevents him from racing on a competitors skis for two years, he is now trying to overturn the agreement to return to World Cup competition.

Ambulances on Their Backs

Hunter Mortensen and avie dog Tali in the Patrol HQ on Breckenridge Mountain.
Hunter Mortensen and avie dog Tali in the Patrol HQ on Breckenridge Mountain.
A fast toboggan ride down is no longer patrol's first response.

BRECKENRIDGE SKI PATROLLER HUNTER Mortensen says it never fails. The instant patrol responds to someone seriously sick or injured on the hill, a doctor skis by.

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