Words: John Clary Davies and Heather Hansman
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. No, really, it was. Despite the losses we sustained, and the snow we didn’t ski, this winter was still full of highlights, and really high ones at that. Here’s what we’re going to remember from this winter.
Powder turns 40
In 1972, the following poem ran in the first issue of POWDER magazine:
There are mountains that i have come from
and mountains i will go to.
the mountains have shown me a love,
a happiness, that must be shared.
In December 2011, POWDER editors, writers, photographers, readers and the skiers that graced the pages gathered in Sun Valley, where Dave and Jake Moe started the magazine 40 years earlier as a rebuke to the prevailing ski titles at the time. “To us powder means freedom…” the editors wrote in that first issue. To celebrate the anniversary, everybody in Sun Valley that weekend got free. -J.C.D.