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.
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Crack Open a Cold One: 10 Best Canned Beers for Camping

There are a few truths about camping that we hold self-evident: Lighter is better. Pack in it, pack it out. Avoid poison ivy. Bear bells are useless. However, some things are more of a personal choice, such as how much… Read More →

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How to Dominate the Pond Skim, Cardboard Derby & Schneetag

What do you call weather than can flip from sunny and 50 degrees to puking snow and teen temps in 24 hours? Spring. It’s a crazy, unpredictable time of year. Adding to this meteorological craziness is the general revelry and… Read More →

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8 Ways To Spot A Ski Bum

Ski Bum (noun phrase): A person who frequents ski resorts habitually, often doing casual jobs, for the sake of skiing. (1960+) –The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Or, to… Read More →

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Turn Back the Clock: Vintage Ski Maps

The history of skiing is a very, very long one, dating back to the last Ice Age during the Paleolithic period. Don’t believe me? Cave drawings have been found suggesting that man used skis. More proof? The oldest ski artifacts,… Read More →

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Breakfasts of Champions: 12 Places to Fill Your Tank Before Hitting The Slopes

Just about anyone who has experienced the joy of a full ski day has probably at least heard of the term “après-ski.”* However, you might not have heard of “avant-ski.” What is avant-ski, you might ask? It’s the process that… Read More →

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10 Best Ski Towns to Ring in the New Year

According to popular belief, how you spend New Year’s Day will dictate how you’re going to spend the next year. We say, hedge your bets and make sure that you’re not only skiing on New Year’s Day, but you’re also… Read More →

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Ski Resort Stealth: 8 Tips To Avoid Crowds During the Holidays

There are few experiences as magical as spending the holidays at a ski resort. With fresh snow blanketing the ground, family and friends gather together to create irreplaceable memories of exhilarating days on the slopes, afternoon apres celebrations and evenings… Read More →

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10 Unspoken Rules That Skiers & Snowboarders (Should) Abide By

In life, there are unspoken truths—facts and ideas that are so widely acknowledged that they are not questioned, merely upheld. Example: Nothing good ever happens after someone says, “Hold my beer and watch this.” Sometimes these truths are ignored; the… Read More →

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Upgrade Your Run: New Ski App Virtually Puts You on the Slopes

Technology is a wonderful thing. It wasn’t that long ago that punctuality was necessary because there wasn’t a way to call or text to let your friends know that you were going to be late. Letters were the preferred way… Read More →

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Predicting A Good Snow Year: Myths & Facts

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that anyone who enjoys the snow is going to try to predict how, when, where and how much it’s going to snow in an upcoming winter. From measuring the height of skunkweed to counting grasshoppers… Read More →