Monthly Archives: September 2011

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.

Why Self-Promotion is a Bitch


Oh wait. Let me just reapply my lipgloss.

“How was your summer?” A good friend recently asked me.

“You know. Strange.”

“No, I don’t know. What do you mean?”

“Well, the weather for one thing. And between the ski area being open and my book coming out, we’ve been working pretty hard.”

“Oh yeah, your book! How’s that going anyway?”

That’s when the little voice inside my head says Kim, just stop it. You don’t have to promote your book to your friends. They’re going to buy it anyways. But it’s like an addiction. Or like washing your hands for the fifteenth time while mumbling the words to Gloria Gaynor’s classic “I Will Survive.”

After a while you start to get a little weird.

Maybe in this era of Facebook updates and frequent retweets, promoting yourself isn’t as shameful as it once was. Everyone’s doing it. We all have learned to don the party wig, apply another coat of lipgloss and smile for the camera, being sure to capture our best side. Who knows? This could be our new profile photo. Or worse, someone could tag us in an unflattering light before we have a chance to swipe our names off the offending photo. It’s always good to think ahead.

But this kind of thing doesn’t come naturally to me. I have to work at it. Often, I’m just faking it. So instead of doing all the wonderful summer-vacation sort of activities I’ve honed myself on the past few years, I’ve been busy sharpening other skills. Here’s a list of my accomplishments (see! I’m getting better at this self-promotion thing):

  • Even though I didn’t climb any volcanoes this season or even sleep outside nearly enough, I did learn to surf, thanks to my friend Hillary.
  • Launched a major book promotion campaign. This isn’t easy, even with a great publicist at my side. Who knew that this blog (and all your comments and participation) would be a driving factor in the campaign? Thanks for all that, by the way.
  • Managed to drop the phrase, “My book is coming out in October” into 90% of all my conversations. Not sure if that’s a good thing, or a sign of a serious underlying obsession. (Did I mention that my book is now available on Kindle? Oops. Did it again.)
  • Dropped below 500K on my Alexa ranking. As if that actually means anything.
  • Decided that someday my husband and I will live in the Alps, either Chamonix (sorry skiclimber; it’s a big enough town we probably won’t run into each other) or Verbier (thanks to Corrine and Eric).
  • Almost 100  10 5 people so far told me after reading an advanced copy of my book that they liked it. One reader said my blog changed her life; so just imagine what reading the book will do. (No, this reader is NOT my mom, although those of you following along know that Mom’s reaction was equally full of praise. It’s good to have a fan. Even if she’s your mom.)
  • Actually, the # 1 comment I’ve gotten from readers so far: “I had no idea your job was so dangerous.”
  • Oops. We ski patrollers aren’t supposed to talk about that.