Troy Hawks moved to Colorado and worked 12 seasons as a children's ski instructor at Keystone Resort after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. More recently, he worked more than nine years as the Communications Manager for the National Ski Areas Association. He is a public relations, communications, and content consultant with clients that include Colorado Ski Country USA, Snowsports Industries America, National Ski Patrol, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, and Ski Nation. He writes freelance articles from his home in Denver, where he lives with his 140 pound Greater Swiss Mountain Dog named Road Again.

Backcountry Skiing: The Newest in Alpine Touring Gear

Editor’s Note: Backcountry skiing can be extremely dangerous, and we don’t recommend going out of bounds until you’ve had the proper training and experience with guides. The newest stat of a skier and rider’s DNA is the ratio of one’s lift-served… Read More →

4 Hot Books for Powder Lovers

If it’s true that you are what you eat, then I’m also hoping it’s true that you are what you read. And if that’s the case, then I just got a whole lot cooler. I mean, just check out the… Read More →

Athlete Profile: Q&A with Cassie & Darcy Sharpe

January 22, 2015 was a really good day for the Sharpe family, of Comox, B.C. Cassie Sharpe, 22, put down a career performance to win silver at the FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria. Two days later her… Read More →

12 Rocking Ski Town Music Fests

One of the best stage effects ever is to put the mic and drum kit in front of a sweeping mountainous view. There’s something about tall peaks and alpine air that lifts the outdoor music experience “a little bit higher… Read More →

Work Hard, Shred Harder: Co-Working Spaces in Ski Towns

Midweek powder days pose some of life’s most arduous dilemmas: Should I go, or should I stay? Should I work, or should I play? Thanks to an emergence of ski town co-working spaces, you get the best of both worlds:… Read More →

Show Me The Numbers: How Eco-Friendly Are Ski Areas?

How eco-friendly are North American ski areas? Let me count the ways. In fact, recycling and swapping out light bulbs, while still very important, have almost become somewhat passé steps toward sustainability at ski areas. Nowadays you’ll find everything from… Read More →

Secretos Develados: 10 Skier Tips on Spain’s Biggest Secret Stash

When you arrive at this place it feels like you’ve been let in on a secret. You’re a hobbit holding a key, and a single ray of sunshine reveals the hidden door. Behind it lies a Utopian-esque snow globe packed… Read More →

Ski Quebec: 11 Hot Tips For Crushing La Belle Province

The name Québec comes from the Algonquin word kébec, meaning “where the river narrows.” From the top of La Massif and Mont Sainte Anne, it looks like you could ski right into the St. Lawrence River. It’s one of the most… Read More →

15 Go-Anywhere Apps for Skiers & Riders

It’s an app life, and there is one built for nearly everything we do. Here’s a rundown of go-anywhere apps designed to put you on the powder, hook you up with sweet lift tickets deals, help you stoke your day… Read More →

Q&A with Tiger Shaw, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team CEO & President

It’s his name that strikes you first: Tiger. They don’t call it the “eye of the shark,” or lion, or bear. It’s “eye of the tiger,” and it seems to strike the cord and essence of competitive sports in the… Read More →