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.

Ski Towns that Rock During the Summer

There are few things that tug at a snow lover’s heartstrings as much as watching the last lift chair slowly stop moving, swaying gently in the sunshine as the ski resort closes for the season. For many, it’s a gut-wrenching… Read More →

Slopeside Suds: Where to Enjoy a Tasty Brew After a Day on the Slopes

Have you noticed? Some of life’s best experiences occur because of shared interests. You like to snowboard? So do I! You like beer? So do I! You like to drink a beer after ripping that six inches of fresh pow… Read More →

Best Resorts For Early Season Skiing

Listen: can you hear it? That soft, insidious whisper, coming from your garage? It’s time…take me out. Dust me off; wax me up. It’s been too long…let’s go. When your skis and snowboard start talking to you, it’s definitely time… Read More →

19 State Parks (Plus One Bonus) You Have to Visit

When mapping out a bucket list of outdoor destinations in the United States, National Parks get a lot of love: Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, Rocky Mountain National Park…the list goes one. And while these are definitely must-see destinations, there’s one small… Read More →

A Guide to Hut Trips: Summer Edition

Summer is all about getting out into the wilderness, exploring a new area and spending the night away from home. Camping is a one way to get this fix, but then there’s finding a site, putting up a tent, building… 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. Though the origins of the shot ski may remain murky (there are rumors of one being created at University of British… Read More →

9 Tips for the Perfect On-Mountain Picnic

There are tons of reasons why spring is so special: the perfect temperatures, the likelihood of late season snow, tons of on-mountain entertainment. However, what might be the quintessential spring experience is one that you may have missed — until… Read More →

How to Know When to Break Up with Your Ski Gear

They say that all good things come to an end and for us, the end of ski season is nigh. Though spring is traditionally a time when love in the air, the cold truth is that not all relationships will… Read More →

5 Ways to Drink Like a Pro at Après Ski

Updated: January 29, 2020. If you’re a hardcore skier or snowboarder, there’s a good chance you have this weekend’s big game and shredding all planned out. But what are you doing drinking at après ski? Shredding or not, here’s a… Read More →

A Ski Bum’s Guide to Spring Skiing

Winter is a magical time, when the search for snow can override almost any natural urge and conversations are inevitably started with, “So I was up at (insert name of ski resort here) the other day…” Buy Lift Tickets in… Read More →