Katie Coakley is a freelance writer who covers travel, cuisine, beer and spirits. You'll find her SUPing on the Gulf of Mexico or high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado when she's not glacier climbing in Iceland, diving in Borneo or riding the rails in Vietnam. Follow her adventures online on Instagram (@Katie_on_the_Map), Twitter at @katiecoakley or at Katie on the Map.

7 of North America’s Best Road Trips For Skiers & Snowboarders

Put in those vacation days, strap your skis and snowboard onto the roof of your car, pack your bags and plenty of road snacks, and get ready to cram in as many vertical feet of pure joy as you can…. Read More →

10 Things To Avoid If You’re Single And Ready To Chair Lift Mingle

There are few places as romantic as ski resorts. It’s the perfect place to find a special someone—even if he or she is not Mr. or Mrs. Right, he or she can certainly work as Mr. or Mrs. Right Now…. Read More →

How to Build the Ultimate Shot Ski

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 24, 2014 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness. Ah, the shot ski. This particular instrument of revelry (or torture, depending on your height) is possibly the second best use for… Read More →

A Ski Bum’s Guide To Peak Weekend Skiing

There’s no doubt about it: winter is fully upon us. Looking at the social media feeds, it seems as if just about every resort in the country is swimming in freshies, making a ski trip a necessity, not a luxury…. Read More →

10 Best Ski Towns to Ring in the New Year

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 27, 2015 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness. According to popular belief, how you spend New Year’s Day will dictate how you’re going to spend the next year. We… Read More →

8 Tips To Avoid Crowds During the Holidays

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 13, 2015 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness. There are few experiences as magical as spending the holidays at a ski resort—fresh snow blanketing the ground, family and friends… Read More →

10 Things You Should Know Before Moving To A Ski Town

In the summer of 2002, I needed a change. I was working in a big city in a job that I loved but made me cry almost daily. I wanted something different, something completely unlike what I was doing. So… Read More →

6 of the U.S.’s Last Great Ski Towns

Let’s face it: things change. You get older, technology races full speed ahead and you can no longer get a tank of gas for less than a dollar. The ski industry has changed, too. From high-speed six-person chairlifts to apps… Read More →

Pro or No: How Do You Get Ready For Ski Season?

As the 2016-17 ski season approaches, there are two ways to get ready: the “smart” way or the “whaaaat???” way. From how you prepare physically to how you get your gear ready to the first time you step on the… Read More →

4 Types of Campers You Want On Your Camping Trip

Oh, summer. Days of outdoor adventures and hijinks, culminating in the ultimate warm weather experience: camping. What other excuse do you have to hang out with friends, not shower for days and experiment with pyromania? While there are many different ways… Read More →