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Throwback Thursday: Skiing the Cold Smoke

People do some crazy things in their 20s.

For me, it was skiing.

Yes, these are pictures of pictures. I didn’t have a digital camera in my tipi!

No, that’s not Alaskan prospectors off to find their fortune. That’s Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, Montana, my friend. And that’s The Ridge.

When I graduated from college in ’02, my peers went off to entry-level professional jobs. Or graduate school. Or Americorps.


I lived in a tipi.

I also did a LOT of skiing.

Yup, that’s me!

Skiing hadn’t found its way into many of my novels – yet – with the notable exception of Karen in The Wolf’s Lover, who goes off on cross country skis through the backcountry of Yellowstone to confront a dragon. (I also did a lot of backcountry camping.)

Fun fact: Colin and Zeke, Karen’s graduate students in The Wolf’s Lover, are 100% based on my real life ski buddies from Montana.

That’s my ski tip, with the real-life inspirations for Colin and Zeke waiting for me.


I haven’t done a lot of skiing since I had my kids.

But I’m still glad I spent my 20s knocking around the backcountry of Montana instead of getting a real job. 😉

The Virtues at Bridger Bowl

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