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For the Love of Skiing


My Journey To Becoming A Ski Instructor

On my first day of skiing, if you told me that in just 5 short years I would not only (in my opinion) be a very good skier, but also teaching the magical sport on the same snow I was on then, I would have laughed you off and promptly fallen over into the snow.

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What Do You Want to Do with Your Life

Growing up, I was a big fan of the rock group, Twisted Sister.  My childhood was not rough, compared to some of my friends, but back then I had nothing to compare my life to, so there were many parts of my childhood that I desperately wanted to change (i.e. school,...

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Paradise Park Mini Story

“How far do you think we should go?” I asked my dad. “I’m not sure,” he replied. “Maybe an hour more?” “Sure,” I said. Then, we rounded the corner of the trail. What I saw was like a picture! To my right, I could see Portland and the valley. To my left, I had a huge...

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Paradise Park Discovered – Day One

For a skier, the end of ski season always comes with a feeling of letdown.  Knowing that you won’t be able to ski for another six to seven months leaves you with a feeling of loss and sadness.  But… in the Pacific Northwest, that aching feeling of leaving behind...

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Flying The Alaska Highway- An Alaska Story

The following is a story from Guest Author Tony Turinsky who is a true Alaskan Pioneer and Bush Pilot. More articles by him can be found at .www.TonyTurinsky.com.   It was getting cold in Anchorage when my phone jumped to life. The weather on the other end of the...

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NW Skibum Official 2018 Summer Announcement!

Hey Skibums! Before we get to today’s article, we have the long-awaited announcement. Are you ready? Here we go… NW Skibum is going to go on a 3/4-night camping trip at Paradise Park! Paradise Park is on Mt. Hood, so it is skiing related. We will be vlogging it all,...

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What is Snow Farming?

I will be doing a series of "what is" articles, where I explain aspects of winter and skiing related topics, such as in our previous article on summer skiing. Today, I will be discussing snow farming.  First, a little disclaimer.  I was asked by my Senior Editor to...

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Summer 2018 Teaser Announcement!

Hey Skibums! Sorry we haven’t been active in a while. Today, I have several important announcements. First, be looking forward to a new article on Snow Farming! It will be releasing on Wednesday, June 20th to kick off summer! And for our second announcement. The NW...

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What is Summer Skiing?

Summer Skiing, Summer Skiing, Summer + Skiing? What? You might be thinking, No, NW Skibum, there’s no such thing. The heat would melt the snow! However, just read this, and discover how Summer Skiing in the Pacific Northwest is possible. First of all, I’m not talking...

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Why I Started a Skiing Blog

I’ve been skiing for over 40 years and every year I get more and more enthusiastic about skiing.  To a non-skier, when I talk about skiing, I get a range of looks anywhere from a look of awe and jealousy to looks of compete ambivalence.  The greatest gift my father...

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