Monthly Archives: September 2011

Forecast for Snow


This just in: Snow in the forecast for Crystal Mountain next week. Bring it.


Photo Friday


Because sometimes a picture tells it all.

Looking forward to mornings like this

Anticipation: Waiting for Snow


What’s so good about anticipation? I recently read a post by Gretchen Rubin over at The Happiness Project. She claims that anticipation is a big part of happiness. We have to anticipate the great event before it happens. This helps to be fully happy in the moment.

Of course I always thought the trick was to just be happy in the moment. Shows you what I know.

I’ve been doing quite a bit of anticipating lately. Anticipating the upcoming ski season (I do this every year; it’s like a disease, but not contagious. I don’t think). Looking forward to my book launch (especially all the glamorous television spots and bestseller lists). More importantly, however, I can’t wait for Matchstick Productions ski movie, “Attack of La Nina.”

Except for the ski season thing, this isn’t like me. I tend to find my happiness a little closer to home, more like the present moment. Or at least I try to keep it to the next fifteen minutes.

But maybe I should embrace anticipation. Perhaps there’s something worth looking forward to. Anticipation is like a crescendo, building slowly until it frenzies into 100 turns through light powder, each one tickling your nose and reminding you when to breathe.

So perhaps my present moment IS filled with anticipation. Embracing it might just bring me closer to happiness.

I took this photo last October from the summit of Crystal. I’m anticipating another early season. What’s so wrong with that?

If wishing could make it so, this would happen again.

On a Book Tour: Kind of like being a rockstar but not really


Maybe I should stick to writing books

I’m officially “on tour”. My memoir is now available on Kindle and in paperback soon. I’m taking the world by storm over here. At least in my own mind. And isn’t that really what matters? Here’s a little list of articles, blog posts, interviews and book events out now and upcoming. Oh the glamour.


Monday, October 3rd, 2011 9am. KCPQ-13 Fox News This Show with Lily Jang and Mark Wright.

Articles and Blogs

September 15th, 2011 Mountain Online Magazine Book Review From “Bombs Away” to Words on a Page.

September 25th, 2011  Tacoma News Tribune interview with Craig Hill.

September 27th, 2011 How to Handle a Partner’s Extreme Illness guestpost at

September 29th, 2011 Doing It All guest post at

October 1st, 2011 Book review on High On Adventure Online.

October 3rd, 2011 Book review at, Guest post at Not Just the Kitchen online.

October 4th, 2011 Guest Post at on Crisis Management Tips for an Avalanche Expert

October 6th Guest post at on Why Women Excel at Dangerous Jobs

October 7th Review at Mountain Rider’s Alliance blog.


August 27th, 2011. Bottom Line on Your Health Radio Show with Sarah Hiner. I spoke in as an expert on surviving an emergency situation (in this case Hurricane Irene).

Wednesday September 27th, 2011 6:15pm. (Yes, that’s TONIGHT). Radio Interview with Lizz Sommars on The Mountain 103.7 fm. Airs Sunday October 9th, 2011.

Thursday September 28th, 2011. 6:30am. Live interview on VOICE AMERICA TALK RADIO on the Kathryn Zox Show.

Friday October 7th, 2011. 9am Radio Interview on Morning Show KONA-AM with Dennis Shannon, Voice of the Tri-Cities.

Tuesday October 4th, 2011. 5:20 am (eek that’s early!). Radio Interview with XM Broadminded Radio.

Tuesday October 4th, 2011 8:20 am (I’ll be on a roll!). Radio Interview with Mel Robbins.

Wednesday October 5th, 2011 1pm. “Inspirational Women” Radio Interview with Kate Daniels on Warm 106.9.

Saturday October 22nd, 2011. Interview on The Jordan Rich Show on WBZ-AM.

Radio interview with Bill Kenower at Author Magazine. Hard date to come.


WORDS AT THE WOODMARK. Kirkland, WA Wednesday, October 18th. Join me at the Woodmark Hotel for an evening of fun, wine, food and, of course, my book. The price of admission gets you in and includes everything, even the book.

SUMMIT FOR LIFE. Aspen, CO December 9-10, 2011. This charity event held in Aspen every year celebrates organ and tissue donation benefiting the Chris Klug Foundation. I will be there to raise money and awareness for this very great cause as well as signing books.

BOOK SIGNING AND AUTHOR EVENT Crystal Mountain, WA. Saturday, December 17th, 2011. I will be signing books at Crystal and hope to see many of you there. More information to come.

I’ll be adding more to this list. My publicist has been busy. Anyone interested in hosting me or would like me to guest post please contact me (see email Kim tab above). I’m also scheduling book club meetings, because after all, meeting with readers and talking about my book is about as good as it gets.

Weekly High Five Report: Cycle the WAVE–Making a Difference in Domestic Violence


This week’s high-five report goes out to the Cycle the WAVE Team (Women Against Violence Everywhere) for the awesome fund raising and empowering spirit the Cycle the WAVE Team and the Lakemont Ladies Cycling Club have brought to women and young ladies who have experienced violence and abuse.

Cycle the WAVE, held Sunday September 18th, is a non-competitive, women’s cycling experience created as a venue for women of all ages and fitness levels to experience camaraderie and increase awareness, inspire fitness, instill hope and help support domestic violence programs. Women are able to ride a variety of lengths to support three different Washington state area domestic violence programs.

The event was created by women passionate about cycling, friendship, fitness, and the desire to “brake the cycle” of domestic violence and make a difference in their community. Read the rest of this entry

Official Trailer: The Next 15 Minutes


Book trailers are all the rage. Everybody’s doing them. So of course, I jumped on the bandwagon. Thanks to my videographer friend Burt Traub, who put this little ditty together. What do you think?

When do YOU think we’ll be skiing this season?


For those of you starting to place bets on the first day of skiing this year, I thought I should pass on some vital information. I’ve already posted Larry Schick’s awesome prediction for the winter (hint: he’s calling for another good one!) as well as NOAA’s official La Nina advisory.

This could be you

But there’s one more vital piece of information that you might not know about, especially if you live in the PNW. Crystal Mountain has a secret weapon. Snowmaking.

For those of you from anywhere else besides the PNW, this might seem a little ho-hum. Snowmaking, you say? So what.

Well, our new snowmaking system runs along the top of Green Valley, blowing hard, dense snow over the ridge. Since the GV ridge is often the achilles heel keeping us from opening, this blanket of early snow will allow us to open earlier. No one necessarily likes to ski on manmade snow. But it makes a killer base.

So, while we might only be offering a single ribbon of snow for the early season diehards, it will be skiing. And it could happen early. Some of the higher-ups at Crystal (including the one I’m married to) are saying we might be open by Halloween.


I, personally, would love to open before ski patrol training, which is the first week in November. Not that I don’t LOVE the week of training, but it’s always a very good sign if we’re open by then. Just saying.

I’m planning on doing an opening day contest over at, and I want to give you all the most information possible. Consider this your heads up.

Oh. And you might want to get those skis tuned up. Just in case.