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.
hero2

10 Ways to Survive Mud Season

The resorts are closed, the snow is melting and the weather still can’t decide whether it’s in the mood for tropical-style heat or mood-killing chills. It’s mud season in the high country. And while some people are reveling in the… Read More →

hero

9 Ski Resort Bloody Marys To Try

Ah, the Bloody Mary: that spicy, savory, tomato juice-based, vodka-laced drink that is enjoyed with such relish (literal and figurative relish) during brunch, on a ski break or as a hangover remedy. Few “classic” cocktails have as colorful past as… Read More →

hero

Ticket to Ride: 7 Ways To Travel By Ski Train

On the weekend of March 14 – 15, the Winter Park Ski Train departed from Union Station in Denver with its cars full of excited skiers and snowboarders. It was a blast from the past—six years past, as a matter… Read More →

RESIZED HERO Apres Ski - Lounge Chairs - The Guardian

If Your Ski Resort Were a Drink…

As unique as a snowflake, every ski resort has a distinctive feeling and vibe. Rolling up to a lift in New England is decidedly different than hopping on a chair in Colorado. Each ski resort’s personality is created from many… Read More →

hero 1

Don’t Forget Fido: North America’s Most Dog-Friendly Ski Towns

Planning a ski trip is an exciting process. Where will you go? How long can you stay? How many vertical feet will you rack up? Where will you stay? But: what about Fido?  He’s currently making the “sad puppy-dog face”… Read More →

hero2

10 Best “Snow” Beers (And a Few for the Lifts)

When the temperatures plummet and the days grow shorter, it’s scientifically proven that the body goes into “cold weather” mode. Much like the mighty grizzly bear stocking up for the long winter months, we are drawn to comfort foods like… Read More →

hero2

New Year’s Eve Ski Resort Celebrations To Rave, Ride & Ring in 2015

You’ve waited up for Santa, decimated the wrapping on your presents and started the annual “gift returning and re-gifting” relay, so there’s just one more opportunity to whoop it up in 2014: New Year’s Eve. It’s perhaps one of the… Read More →

hero

Get in My Belly: Unique Foods at Ski Resorts

It’s the middle of the day and you’ve been pounding powder since the lifts opened. Though your super-human stamina allows you to continue the crushing until the sun sets, your stomach is yodeling louder than the guy in the Ricola… Read More →

hero 3

Blast From The Past: Ski Resorts, Then and Now

Though skiing has been utilized as a method of transport for almost five thousand years, our snow loving predecessors didn’t really start utilizing the fluffy white stuff for purely recreational purposes until the end of the 19th century. The first… Read More →

hero

13 Ways To Après-Ski Around the World

There’s no denying it: sometimes the best part of a ski day is the après-ski. From laid-back to lascivious, there are all sorts of après opportunities around the world. We know how it works in our own backyards, like New… Read More →