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.

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 →

What to Imbibe…Après Style

There are things that go into making the perfect ski day: new snow, plenty of sunshine, friends to ride with (or not — you do you) and a lack of lift lines, to name a few. And while these individual… 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 →

10 Photos That Perfectly Describe How Skiers And Snowboarders Feel In The Summer

Summer is a glorious time of year. The sun is bright, the days are long and there are plenty of opportunities for getting outdoors and enjoying it. There’s only one problem: There’s no snow. For skiers and snowboarders, summer can… Read More →

7 Scenic Mountain Coasters That Will Take Your Breath Away

During the winter, going downhill at a ski resort is the focus — usually at accelerated speeds. Now, it’s possible to speed down the mountain during the summer, too. Though they’ve been popular in European mountain towns for more than… Read More →