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In Search of Powder kindle Ö eBook A Story of America's Disappearing Ski Bum Free à goproled ¸ [Read] ➪ In Search of Powder: A Story of America's Disappearing Ski Bum Author Jeremy Evans – Goproled.co.uk As a recent college graduate and fledging newspaper reporter As a recent college graduate and fledging newspaper reporter in the Lake Tahoe area Jeremy Evans became immersed in ski bum culture a carefree lifestyle whose mantra was simply Ski as much as possible His snowboarding suffered when he left for a job in the Portland area; and when at twenty six he suffered a stroke he reexamined his priorities uit his job moved back to Tahoe and threw himself into snowboarding But while he had been away the culture had changed This book is Evans's paean to the disappearing culture of the ski bum A fascinating look at a world far removed from the larger culture it is also a curious account of a passion for powder and what its disappearance means Evans looks at several prominent ski towns in the West including Crested Butte Jackson Hole Telluride Lake Tahoe Park City and Mammoth and the ski bums who either flourished or fled He chronicles the American West transformed by rising real estate costs an immigrant workforce misguided values and corporate owned resorts The story he tells is that of uintessentially American characters rejecting materialism taking risks following their own path and of the glories and pitfalls their lifestyle presents The book has the feel of a text version documentary It details with history and interviews the changes seen in America's ski towns and ski bum culture Like Evans I'm from South Lake Tahoe though currently residing elsewhere due to some of the issues in the book surprisingly I've never heard of the guy or even have any facebook friends in common It's a very small town but he is a bit youngerIn any case he covers a lot of the issues that our mountain towns are facing I moved to tahoe in the 90's and always assumed I'd spend my entire life there Those of us who were snowboardski bums eventually get older We want to settle down at some point we have kids etc In a healthy community we'd get some kind of real job buy a house and maybe start living some kind of semi mature life When I moved to town there were condos and houses available for 90k 150k all over the place However by the time I was ready for adult life I was staring at 300 400k price tags and keep in mind the average casino dealer one of the better paying gigs in town is looking at 40 50kyrAs mentioned in the book the price has been driven up by out of towners who buy 'vacation homes' which either sit vacant or worse yet are VRBO'd out to obnoxious partiers on weekends Schools are dwindling and educational uality is a serious issue The town starts to become a hollowed out facade a ski town themed amusement park for well off bay area folks The lack of opportunity and high cost led to me making the call to move out Lots of my friends are still in the area but have moved to carson city mentioned in the book and the ones who are still at the lake struggle with the above issuesEvans shows what we've seen first hand repeating itself all around the great American ski towns on the west coast and in the rockies He also goes into detail a little about how the skisnowboard bum has gone from an alternative to standard 9 5 existence to a marketing front for consumerist culture From lifestyle to lifestyle marketingSo all this is laid out and in an enjoyable way What I really would have loved to see is some kind of discussion near the end on how to solve these problems as they surely are problems There are pros and cons to limiting who can buy how long you have to stay funding education and so on It no longer becomes a truly organic community but an artificially controlled one and is that better or worse then the 'theme park for the rich' situation that is occurring now?Overall though an enjoyable read and one that should be read by anyone making their home in a ski town

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As a recent college graduate and fledging newspaper reporter in the Lake Tahoe area Jeremy Evans became immersed in ski bum culture a carefree lifestyle whose mantra was simply Ski as much as possible His snowboarding suffered when he left for a job in the Portland area; and when at twenty six he suffered a stroke he reexamined his priorities uit his job moved back to Tahoe and threw himself into snowboarding But while he had been away the culture had changed This book is Evans's paean to the disappearing culture of the ski bum A fascinating look at a world far removed from the larger culture it is also a curious account of a passion for powder and what its disappearance means Evans looks at several prominent ski towns in the West including Crested Butte Jackson Hole Telluride Lake Tahoe Park City and Mammoth and the ski bums who either flourished or fled He chronicles the American West transformed by rising real estate costs an immigrant workforce misguided values and corporate owned resorts The story he tells is that of uintessentially American characters rejecting materialism taking risks following their own path and of the glories and pitfalls their lifestyle presents I really wanted to like this book but I found it fell well short of my expectations The author begins the story with his own experience that leads him to uit his job and move back to Lake Tahoe to chase the dream of being a ski bum Like a lot of prospective readers I once harbored such ambitions and was expecting a rollicking ride through that lifestyle Instead the author tells the story almost entirely through the experiences of others often introducing so many characters in the space of a few pages that it's hard to keep track And sadly most of those people never really come alive on the pageThe central theme of In Search of Powder seems to be a morality tale in which the noble ski bum who discovers a resort town in it's early days eventually gets sueezed out by the success of the resort which drives up real estate values and makes a ski bum existence next to impossible So what I had hoped would be a fun book about underground ski town culture instead took on a rather depressing angle spiked with bitterness about the growing commercialization of the sport I'm not saying the author's point isn't valid but it's a far cry from the book I was expectingMy biggest criticism is that for a book of this genre there are precious few pages devoted to actual skiing and snowboarding The book delves into ski resort economics than floating turns through deep powder

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In Search of Powder A Story of America's Disappearing Ski BumAs a recent college graduate and fledging newspaper reporter in the Lake Tahoe area Jeremy Evans became immersed in ski bum culture a carefree lifestyle whose mantra was simply Ski as much as possible His snowboarding suffered when he left for a job in the Portland area; and when at twenty six he suffered a stroke he reexamined his priorities uit his job moved back to Tahoe and threw himself into snowboarding But while he had been away the culture had changed This book is Evans's paean to the disappearing culture of the ski bum A fascinating look at a world far removed from the larger culture it is also a curious account of a passion for powder and what its disappearance means Evans looks at several prominent ski towns in the West including Crested Butte Jackson Hole Telluride Lake Tahoe Park City and Mammoth and the ski bums who either flourished or fled He chronicles the American West transformed by rising real estate costs an immigrant workforce misguided values and corporate owned resorts The story he tells is that of uintessentially American characters rejecting materialism taking risks following their own path and of the glories and pitfalls their lifestyle presents Wether you’re interested in the business skiing the awesomeness of it or anything in between this is for you Just don’t read it in the summertime you’re going to want to clip in every time you read it