Ski patroller, author, traveler, Kim Kircher is still learning how to get through life in small increments. Sometimes just fifteen minutes at a time.
She has logged over six hundred hours of explosives control, earning not only her avalanche blaster’s card, but also a heli-blaster endorsement, allowing her to fly over the slopes in a helicopter and drop bombs from the open cockpit, while uttering the fabulously thrilling words “bombs away” into the mic.
An EMT, she has received both a National Ski Patrol Purple Merit Star for saving a life as well as a Green Merit Star for saving a life in arduous conditions.
Before working in the ski industry, she received her BA and teaching certificate from the University of Washington, and taught high school English for five years.
Her articles have appeared in Powder, Women’s Adventure, The Ski Journal and Off-Piste Magazine, among others.
She is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association. Her memoir, THE NEXT 15 MINUTES, about how ski patrolling taught her to get through her husband’s liver transplant, recently won the NASJA Harold Hirsch Book Award. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and everywhere books are sold. If you haven’t already, please buy her book. Nothing makes her more happy than the conversation starter, “I just read your book, and…”. Even if the rest is, “I hated it,” which, thankfully has never happened, Kim could probably handle it. In a way her lifestyle has cultivated a tolerance for adversity. And that, more than anything else, it what Kim’s hopes to share with her readers and listeners. Getting dirty, being outside, spending time on mountains and rivers and the world’s wild places makes you a better person. And, when the sh*t really hits the fan, it’s those moments in the trenches that remind you that you can get through the next hard thing that comes along.
When she’s not on the slopes or writing about the outdoors, she hosts a radio program called The Edge with Kim Kircher on Voice America. She has interviewed athletes, sports psychologists, neurologists and even a hypnotist about getting out on the edge and what we can learn by pushing our limits. Some of her most popular interviews include big mountain skier Ingrid Backstrom, legendary waterman Chuck Patterson and the king of GNAR himself Robb Gaffney.
Kim is currently working on a book about the “extreme” sport experience (in quotes because “action sports” “adrenaline sports” and even “whiz-bang sports” don’t quite capture it), delving into why we take risks, what we can learn about ourselves and how those experiences can broaden our lives in surprising ways. (Hint: it’s not about being an adrenaline junkie.) Instead it’s about Kim’s favorite subject: putting yourself out there and finding out what you’re truly made of.
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