In Search of Powder: A Story of America's Disappearing Ski Bum

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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, quit 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 ...

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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, quit 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 work-force, misguided values, and corporate-owned resorts. The story he tells is that of quintessentially American characters-rejecting materialism, taking risks, following their own path-and of the glories and pitfalls their lifestyle presents.

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Editorial Reviews

Rob Story
"In Search of Powder by Jeremy Evans is funny, irreverent, hedonistic, saucy, insightful, and ski-obsessed. Much like the ski bums detailed within."

-Rob Story, editor at large of Powder and Skiing magazines

Wayne Sheldrake
"As with being poor, the problem with ski bumming is it takes up most of your time. . . . Fortunately, Jeremy Evans has taken the time to write the book, long needed, that ski bumming has always deserved."

-Wayne Sheldrake, author of Instant Karma: The Heart and Soul of a Ski Bum

Matt Hansen
"At times tragic and enlightening, In Search of Powder is a must-read for anyone who cherishes the ideal of finding freedom in the mountains."

-Matt Hansen, senior editor of Powder magazine

Rob Story

In Search of Powder by Jeremy Evans is funny, irreverent, hedonistic, saucy, insightful, and ski-obsessed. Much like the ski bums detailed within.”—Rob Story, editor at large of Powder and Skiing magazines
Wayne Sheldrake

“As with being poor, the problem with ski bumming is it takes up most of your time. . . . Fortunately, Jeremy Evans has taken the time to write the book, long needed, that ski bumming has always deserved.”—Wayne Sheldrake, author of Instant Karma: The Heart and Soul of a Ski Bum

Matt Hansen

“At times tragic and enlightening, In Search of Powder is a must-read for anyone who cherishes the ideal of finding freedom in the mountains.”—Matt Hansen, senior editor of Powder magazine

Sacramento Bee
A provocative new book.—Sam McManis, Sacramento Bee

— Sam McManis

Mammoth Times
[A] superb book about ski towns like ours.—George Shirk, Mammoth Times

— George Shirk

Nevada Appeal
Evans' book chronicles all this in fine details, gathered over several seasons of boarding and interviewing. He has all the history, all the names and all the places. If you're an ex-ski bum, this is required reading. If you remember those days, ditto. Or if you just like tales of men and women on the edge, give it a read. And keep an eye out for Evans, he's still riding our slopes.—Sam Bauman, Nevada Appeal

— Sam Bauman

Durango Herald
In Search of Powder is a comprehensive, well-written and well-reasoned homage to a lifestyle that many of us yearn for, secretly or otherwise.—Ted Holteen, Durango Herald

— Ted Holteen

ForeWord e-newsletter

"Evans tells the story of quintessentially American characters—rejecting materialism, taking risks, following their own paths—and of the glories and pitfalls their lifestyles present."—ForeWord e-newsletter
Sacramento Bee - Sam McManis

"A provocative new book."—Sam McManis, Sacramento Bee
Mammoth Times - George Shirk

"[A] superb book about ski towns like ours."—George Shirk, Mammoth Times
Nevada Appeal - Sam Bauman

"Evans' book chronicles all this in fine details, gathered over several seasons of boarding and interviewing. He has all the history, all the names and all the places. If you're an ex-ski bum, this is required reading. If you remember those days, ditto. Or if you just like tales of men and women on the edge, give it a read. And keep an eye out for Evans, he's still riding our slopes."—Sam Bauman, Nevada Appeal
Durango Herald - Ted Holteen

"In Search of Powder is a comprehensive, well-written and well-reasoned homage to a lifestyle that many of us yearn for, secretly or otherwise."—Ted Holteen, Durango Herald
Sacramento Bee

"A provocative new book."—Sam McManis, Sacramento Bee

— Sam McManis

Nevada Appeal

"Evans’ book chronicles all this in fine details, gathered over several seasons of boarding and interviewing. He has all the history, all the names and all the places. If you’re an ex-ski bum, this is required reading. If you remember those days, ditto. Or if you just like tales of men and women on the edge, give it a read. And keep an eye out for Evans, he’s still riding our slopes."—Sam Bauman, Nevada Appeal

— Sam Bauman

Durango Herald

"In Search of Powder is a comprehensive, well-written and well-reasoned homage to a lifestyle that many of us yearn for, secretly or otherwise."—Ted Holteen, Durango Herald

— Ted Holteen

Rob Story

In Search of Powder by Jeremy Evans is funny, irreverent, hedonistic, saucy, insightful, and ski-obsessed. Much like the ski bums detailed within.”—Rob Story, editor at large of Powder and Skiing magazines

Mammoth Times

"[A] superb book about ski towns like ours."—George Shirk, Mammoth Times

— George Shirk

ForeWord e-newsletter

"Evans tells the story of quintessentially American characters—rejecting materialism, taking risks, following their own paths—and of the glories and pitfalls their lifestyles present."—ForeWord e-newsletter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803228399
  • Publisher: UNP - Bison Original
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 944,421
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Jeremy Evans is a former daily newspaper reporter whose eight-year journalism career garnered numerous writing awards for his outdoor and sports writing. He is currently a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Powder and Skiing magazines. Glen Plake is an iconic figure in American freestyle skiing and extreme sports.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Glen Plake ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

1 Shangri-la 1

2 Den of the Face Rats 31

3 Suburbanite Ski Bums 54

4 Ski Town Invasion 77

5 Resorting to Madness 108

6 Swift, Silent, Deep 147

7 Kodak Courage 180

Epilogue 224

Bibliography 227

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

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    Fun and informative, a must for anyone who skis, knows someone who skis, has ever wanted to ski, or even knows how to spell 'ski'.

    This book tells the biographies of several ski bums and how they changed the last frontier of the Americas, the high mountain regions and how the ski bum culture changed them. A great look at the culture of the ski bums told through their own eyes.

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