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Ski Style: Sport and Culture in the Rockies (Culture America by Annie Gilbert Coleman

By Annie Gilbert Coleman

viewers to Colorado's recognized ski inns embody alpine adventures, sumptuous facilities, and a glamorous nightlife, all opposed to a backdrop of towering mountains and high-drifted snow. anywhere they cross looking for clean powder, something is sure: snowboarding has develop into an incredible a part of leisure game and tradition and, within the strategy, dramatically altered America's social, actual, fiscal, and imaginitive landscapes.

Annie Coleman has written the 1st cultural historical past of snowboarding within the usa, telling how this ecu recreation advanced into an American combining sport, tourism, intake, and wilderness—along with a superb dose of pleasure and a touch of big name. She finds how the that means of snowboarding replaced over the 20 th century, how recreation and rest in the United States got here to be approximately prestige and elegance up to approximately actual job, and the way sleek shopper tradition merged the mythic West with genuine western places.

Coleman strains snowboarding from its Norse roots and Alpine affects throughout the software of ski go back and forth within the wintry weather Rockies to the increase of Colorado hotels. even more than a heritage of the game, her paintings explains how the game offered the event of snowboarding and created mythic mountain landscapes with actual problems—and a ski tradition that exalts big name and standing over the actual act of skiing.

Along the way in which, Coleman seems at bums, bunnies, betties, and everybody else who makes use of the game to outline who they're and the way they slot in. latest skiers are extra different than they have been part a century in the past (though likelihood is they are wealthier), or even snowboarders have joined the very tradition they as soon as opposed—reviving areas like Aspen via a subversive formative years tradition long past mainstream.

The attract of white powder at excessive altitudes, manicured ski runs designed to border picture-perfect perspectives, the semblance of danger—the American snowboarding adventure is all of this and extra. generally researched and engagingly written, Ski Style places readers at the slopes—and within the lodges—to convey what it really is particularly all about.

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