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.

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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


Sieben (7) Ways to Win at Oktoberfest

It’s a well-known fact that mountain folks will use just about any excuse to have a party. Just finished a full day of skiing? Let’s après. Need a bit more snow? Let’s throw a party for the snow gods. St…. Read More →

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Malts in the Mountains: 10 Ski Town Breweries

Some things in life just go together—Peas and carrots. Hipsters and moustache wax. Mountains and beer. Whether you’ve just summited a peak or raced down one with your proverbial hair on fire, there’s nothing quite like a cold one when… Read More →


13 Perfect Ski Resort Pools You Need To Jump Into

You know what can make an awesome mountain resort even better? An awesome pool. That’s right: winter or summer, snow or sunshine—a pool can create amazing memories during your vacation. Whether you’re soothing tired muscles after an epic day in… Read More →


Beer Me: Best Canned Beers for Outdoor Activities

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then summer is Romeo to our winter Juliet. Like the star-crossed lovers, we eagerly await the opportunity to progress our romance. However, we’re talking about our love of summer activities like hiking, biking,… Read More →