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Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir
by Adam Rippon

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>Former Olympic figure skater and self-professed America's Sweetheart Adam Rippon shares his underdog journey from beautiful mess to outrageous success in this hilarious, big-hearted memoir that the <i>Washington Post </i>calls "comedic gold."</b><br />Your mom probably told you it's what on the inside that counts. Well, then she was never a competitive figure skater. Olympic medalist Adam Rippon has been making it pretty for the judges even when, just below the surface, everything was an absolute mess. From traveling to practices on the Greyhound bus next to ex convicts to being so poor he could only afford to eat the free apples at his gym, Rippon got through the toughest times with a smile on his face, a glint in his eye, and quip ready for anyone listening. <i>Beautiful on the Outside</i> looks at his journey from a homeschooled kid in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to a self-professed American sweetheart on the world stage and all the disasters and self-delusions it took to get him there. Yeah, it may be what's on the inside that counts, but life is so much better when it's beautiful on the outside.
Training for the Uphill Athlete: A Manual for Mountain Runners an...
by , Kilian Jornet

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English

Pages

516

Publication Date

March 12, 2019

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<p>Dovetailing on the success of <i>Training for the New Alpinism</i> and Patagonia’s own emphasis on all mountain use, <i>Training for the Uphill Athlete</i> translates theory into methodology to allow you to write your own training plans and coach yourself to endurance goals. Steve House, one of the best mountaineers, and his coach Scott Johnston, an Olympic-level cross country ski coach, along with Kilian Jornet, hands-down best endurance athlete at this time, present training principles for the multisport mountain athlete who regularly participates in a mix of distance running, ski mountaineering, and other endurance sports that require optimum fitness and customized strength. <p>This is an authoritative but accessible training manual for athletes and coaches who feel most alive in the mountains or pushing the uphill ascent. Distance running, ski mountaineering, skimo, and skyrunning are becoming increasingly popular all over the world, and are often undertaken by the same person during a single year. This book collects the scientifically backed and athlete-tested wisdom and experience of three of the best uphill athletes and coaches and extrapolates both to educate outdoor athletes of all stripes to perform their best. <i>The book includes the same mix of theory, application, and experiential essays from experts in the field, as well as instructional illustrations as in <i>Training for the New Alpinism<i>. Contributions by Kilian Jornet increase the worldwide appeal of the book.
Ski Inc. 2020: Alterra counters Vail Resorts; mega-passes transfo...
by Chris Diamond

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English

Pages

362

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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Chris Diamond's award-winning first book, Ski Inc., had just hit bookshelves in December 2016 when shock waves reverberated through the ski resort landscape—quickly rippling down to impact millions of skiers and riders. In early 2017, the Alterra Mountain Company emerged to challenge Vail Resorts' supremacy, eventually buying 15 resorts, partnering with another 25-plus, and launching the Ikon Pass to compete with the Epic Pass. The story behind Alterra's rise is remarkable, as is the counter-offensive launched by Vail Resorts, which went on its own buying spree, punctuated by the just-closed purchase of Peak Resorts and its 17 areas.<br />Nothing like this has ever happened—for skiers and riders, for the resort business, or arguably for any industry. So Diamond decided to write a sequel, called Ski Inc. 2020, which goes on sale Oct. 29, just as hundreds of thousands of skiers and riders decide whether to buy Epic or Ikon.<br />As the former president of Steamboat in Colorado and Vermont's Mount Snow, he enjoyed unprecedented access to all the major players, and this behind-the-scenes account is an eye-opener, a colorful exploration and analysis that has already earned impressive praise from across the spectrum. "If you love winter, love mountains, and love to slide on snow, this book is a must-read," says Michael Berry, who served as president of the National Ski Areas Association for 25 years.<br />The resort transformation has created a heyday for skiers and riders, who are now able to access dozens of resorts for a dramatically reduced price. An estimated 1.5 million skiers will buy an Epic or Ikon pass for the 2019-20 season, and hundreds of thousands more will buy some type of value-oriented pass. <br />When Diamond started Ski Inc. 2020, he thought it would be primarily the story of how these "Big Two" resort companies and their pass partners suddenly came to represent more than half of the U.S. ski resort business. But as he dug deeper, he discovered dynamic trajectories among the next three largest ski conglomerates (Boyne Resorts, POWDR and Peak Resorts, which has been acquired by Vail), plus ingenuity and innovation at a host of small- and medium-sized resorts, dozens of which are chronicled in the book.<br /> Besides the widespread success of value season passes, which trade early commitment for dramatically reduced pricing, resorts large and small have polished their operations. The success starts with passionate leadership and extends to every line item. Resorts now avoid risky real-estate projects; vigorously market to and build relationships with digitally savvy customers; sharpen margins across all departments; and improve the product in every way. For an industry that historically suffered through peaks and valleys with the weather and economy, the result today is an impressive bottom-line consistency that has drawn investor interest worldwide.<br />There are daunting hurdles ahead, with climate change and sluggish participation trends at the top of the disrupter list, but the future is arguably brighter than ever. This book is a deep, colorful dive beneath the headlines, for any skier who wants to understand today's landscape. And it's a must read for anyone who works—or wants to work—in the ski industry. <br /><br />
The Nordic Lightning: An International Legacies Romance
by Camilla Stevens

Language

English

Pages

365

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b>Hockey is my game.<br />She's my goal. </b><br /><br /><b>ERIK SØRENSON</b><br />Fast. Hot. Electrifying.<br />With a grin that could melt ice.<br />My life was going just fine here in Brooklyn where I’ve lived all my life.<br />Then, the player they call the Nordic Lightning came skating into it.<br />What I know about hockey I could fit on the tip of my little finger.<br />I know even less about Erik Sørenson.<br />But I’m a fast learner.<br />Almost as fast as he is in those skates.<br />I’ve learned he’s a Swedish import…or is it Norwegian?<br />I’ve learned he does things on the ice that make my head spin.<br />I’ve learned he’s the playmaker, the one that helps his teammates score—both on and off the ice.<br />Which is why I’m more shocked than anyone when he’s the one asking me out…in the most public way possible.<br /><br />But our worlds are as different as night and day.<br /><br /><b><i>So what happens when the player who is constantly on the move meets up with the woman who is happily rooted in place?</i></b><br /> <br />From Brooklyn to Scandinavia, this is another <b>BWWM Stand Alone</b> in the <i>International Legacies Romance</i> series.<br /><b>WARNING:</b> Due to adult content, 18+ Only<br /><br />
The Sun Is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds
by Caroline Van Hemert

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

March 19, 2019

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<b>WINNER OF THE 2019 BANFF MOUNTAIN BOOK COMPETITION: ADVENTURE TRAVEL<br /><br />For fans of Cheryl Strayed, the gripping story of a biologist's human-powered journey from the Pacific Northwest to the Arctic to rediscover her love of birds, nature, and adventure.</b><b><br /><br /></b>During graduate school, as she conducted experiments on the peculiarly misshapen beaks of chickadees, ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert began to feel stifled in the isolated, sterile environment of the lab. Worried that she was losing her passion for the scientific research she once loved, she was compelled to experience wildness again, to be guided by the sounds of birds and to follow the trails of animals.<br /> <br />In March of 2012 she and her husband set off on a 4,000-mile wilderness journey from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic, traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe. Together, they survived harrowing dangers while also experiencing incredible moments of joy and grace -- migrating birds silhouetted against the moon, the steamy breath of caribou, and the bond that comes from sharing such experiences. <br />A unique blend of science, adventure, and personal narrative, the book explores the bounds of the physical body and the tenuousness of life in the company of creatures whose daily survival is nothing short of miraculous. It is a journey through the heart, the mind, and some of the wildest places left in North America.<br /><br />In the end, <i>The Sun Is a Compass</i> is a love letter to nature, an inspiring story of endurance, and a beautifully written testament to the resilience of the human spirit.<br />
Training Season (Training Season Series Book 1)
by Leta Blake

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

December 03, 2013

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<b>Can a cowboy’s firm hand discipline this feisty figure skater—on and off the ice? </b><br /><br />Matty Marcus fears he doesn’t have what it takes to achieve his Olympic dream. His self-esteem is at an all-time low after figure skating coaches and skating judges have told him he’s not skinny enough, good enough, or masculine enough to win.<br /><br />Matty wishes he could afford the kind of coach he needs, a top-notch one who specializes in keeping their skaters focused. But those coaches are ridiculously expensive, and Matty is financially strapped.<br /><br />Until a lucrative house-sitting gig brings him to rural Montana. <br /><br />And to Rob. <br /><br />No one has ever looked at Matty the way rural cowboy and single dad Rob Lovely looks at him. No one has ever touched him, loved him, and healed him from the inside out. No one has ever made him feel so valuable and adored. Worthy. Strong. <br /><br />No one has ever taught Matty how to fly. Or how to lose.<br /><br />Rob might be a cowboy who knows nothing about figure skating, but after only a few months, he’s trained a new kind of bravery into Matty’s soul. <br /><br />However, to achieve his Olympic dream, Matty will have to face the ultimate test. Has he truly learned what it means to win—on and off the ice—during his training season?<br /><br /><I>Training Season</I> is a MM romance with a feisty, flamboyant figure skater and an easy-going dominant cowboy, opposites attract, hurt-comfort, single dad, winter holiday highlights, love beyond reason, multiple steamy scenes, and a well-earned happy ending. <I>This book contains some BDSM elements.</I>
Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain
by Bruce Tremper

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

August 10, 2018

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The more you know about snow stability, the better your travel and rescue skills. And the sharper your decision making, the better you’ll be able to avoid avalanche danger and have more fun in the winter backcountry. In <i>Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, 3rd Edition,</i> acclaimed snow and avalanche expert Bruce Tremper provides easy-to-understand avalanche safety tips and skills, including the latest snow research and techniques for evaluating snowpack, as well how to rescue companions in the event of an avalanche. Other topics include: <br /><br /><ul><br /><li>How to evaluate terrain and decide whether it's safe or dangerous</li><br /><li>How avalanches work</li><br /><li>How to test snow stability</li><br /><li>How to control your exposure and lower your risk</li><br /><li>Safe travel techniques</li><br /><li>What to do if you're caught in an avalanche</li><br /><li>Search-and-rescue strategies</li><br /><li>Managing the human factors that contribute to accidents</li></ul><br />This fully revised and updated third edition of Bruce's best-selling book is organized according to the structure of American Avalanche Association classes, and all topics have been updated and reviewed by peer experts. This edition also features a wholly new chapter in which Bruce pulls all the pieces together to create an organized, step-by-step system for making decisions off, and on, the mountain.<br /><br />As <i>Rocky Mountain News</i> proclaimed, <i>"No one who plays in the mountain snow should leave home without having studied this book."</i> Clear, comprehensive, and engaging, <i>Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrai</i>n shares everything skiers, snowboarders, and other backcountry travelers need to know to stay safe in the mountains.
Running North: A Yukon Adventure
by Ann Mariah Cook

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English

Pages

306

Publication Date

January 11, 1999

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<b>“This remarkable chronicle of the grueling Yukon Quest remains a vivid illustration of the soaring potential of both human and canine character” (<i>Booklist</i>).</b><br /><br />What happens when a woman and her husband move their family from New Hampshire to Alaska to train a team of purebred Siberian Huskies for the world’s toughest dogsled race, the Yukon Quest? They endure thousands of miles of lonely training in the Yukon trying to avoid thin ice, wolves, and rogue moose; they put up with the amused skepticism of Alaskan locals; and they pit themselves against the ultimate, fickle adversary—nature.<br /><br /><i>Running North</i> is the true story of how Ann Mariah Cook, her husband, George, and their young daughter, Kathleen, moved to Alaska; and how their Siberians became the first team from the lower forty-eight states to finish the Yukon Quest. It tracks George on his horrific journey through the Yukon, recording the frostbite, the hallucinations that come with exhaustion, the wolves, and the nights out on the ice at minus ninety degrees Fahrenheit. But it is also the account of Ann, who drove the truck and carried the gear and kept the family together. <i>Running North</i> depicts two very different adventures on the edge: one among the racers braving the Yukon and the other among the people they leave behind.<br /><br />“Marvelous, just marvelous.” —Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling author of <i>The Hidden Life of Dogs</i><br /><br />“An explorer’s tale with a feminine slant: Cook tells the story not just as dog lover and race handler . . . but also as wife and mother.” —<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>
Alone in Antarctica: The First Woman to Ski Solo Across the South...
by Felicity Aston

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English

Pages

253

Publication Date

October 14, 2014

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<b>A memoir of a challenging adventure that “pulls us in and makes us feel as though we are with her, at the freezing-cold bottom of the world” (<i>Booklist</i>)<i>.</i></b><br />  <br /> In the whirling noise of our technological age, we are seemingly never alone, never away from the barrage of electronic data and information. But Felicity Aston, physicist and meteorologist, took two months off from all human contact as she became the first woman—and only the third person in history—to ski across the entire continent of Antarctica alone. She did it, too, with the simple apparatus of cross-country, without the aids used by her predecessors, Norwegian men who employed either parasails or kites.<br />  <br /> Aston’s journey required extremes of mental and physical bravery as she faced the risks of unseen cracks buried in the snow so large they might engulf her, and hypothermia due to brutalizing weather. She had to deal, too, with her emotional vulnerability in face of the constant bombardment of hallucinations brought on by the vast sea of whiteness, the lack of stimulation to her senses as she faced what is tantamount to a form of solitary confinement.<br />  <br /> This is the inspirational saga of one woman’s battle through fear and loneliness as she honestly confronts both the physical challenges of her adventure and her own human vulnerabilities.<br /> “Brings to life the terror, the wonder, and the craziness of her two-month ordeal.” —<i>National Geographic</i>
Lonely Planet Panama (Travel Guide)
by , Regis St Louis

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

July 01, 2019

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<p><b><i>Lonely Planet</i></b> <b><i>Panama</i> </b>is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Sip coconuts on a Caribbean beach; lay eyes on the awe-inspiring Panama Canal; or hike through sublime cloud forests; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Panama and begin your journey now! </p><p><b>Inside <i>Lonely Planet Panama</i>:</b> </p><ul> <li><b>Color </b>maps and images throughout </li><li><b>Highlights</b> <b>and itineraries</b> help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests </li><li><b>Insider tips</b> to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots </li><li><b>Essential info</b> <b>at your fingertips</b> - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices </li><li><b>Honest reviews for all budgets</b> - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss </li><li><b>Cultural insights</b> give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - land & wildlife, music, cuisine, arts, politics, history </li><li><b>Over</b> <b>46 maps</b> </li><li><b>Covers</b> Panama City, Panama Province, Cocle Province, Peninsula deAzuero, Veraguas Province, Chiriqui Province, Bocas del Toro Province, Colon Province, Comarca de Kuna Yala, Darien Province and more </li></ul><p><b>The Perfect Choice: </b><b><i>Lonely Planet</i></b> <b><i>Panama</i>,</b> our most comprehensive guide to Panama, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled. </p><ul> <li>Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out <b><i>Lonely Planet</i> <i>Central America on a Shoestring.</i></b> </li></ul><p><b>Authors:</b> Written and researched by Lonely Planet. </p><p><b>About Lonely Planet: </b>Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. </p><p><b>Important Notice:</b> The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.</p>

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