Encore: Aspen Daily News Covers Backcountry Skiing Blog


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Oh ye loyal Wildsnowers, I just did the math and we’ve got around 2,000 blog posts at the ready for your perusal. But I know most of you just read the latest. To that end, once in a while I bring an old post to the fore. This one from 2005 is a fun one to share. It’s a link to a newspaper interview of yours truly from the days when print media still felt blogging was a mutant stepchild of the Fourth Estate, and worth indepth coverage as to who was doing what. Print media still mentions the “blgosphere,” but only when they have to, as online publishers seek trad media advertising dollars like wolves hitting an elk calf (though often without such easy eating). It was cool getting in on the party when the ink and paper guys would still promote you as something fresh. As to the interview, I said I wasn’t planning on ranting. I guess I reneged (grin), and indeed it seems most newspapers have now gone online so the boundaries have blurred. (Oh, and as far as I know we never made it into the NYT.)

Below from January 10, 2005
Today’s ADN has a nice article about our blog, New York Times next?

Comments

7 Responses to “Encore: Aspen Daily News Covers Backcountry Skiing Blog”

  1. Billy March 2nd, 2011 1:17 pm

    That’s a great article. It appears you’ve pretty much stuck to the same philosphy from the start of your blog and the article could have been written today. However, I am curious as the what the “1600″ number would be changed to today.

  2. Lou March 2nd, 2011 4:08 pm

    Billy, no problem, on some days we get more than 15,000 unique visitors… enough targeted traffic and a strong enough brand to sell advertising, for which I’m grateful, as without the ad support we would have had to quit a long time ago.

  3. Matt Kinney March 2nd, 2011 5:04 pm

    That is a very good article that touched me personally in regard to your comments about middle-age as it relates to backcountry skiing. Like fine wine, most of just want to ski more and turn smoother as we age. But a shot of gin from time to time is awful nice. 8)

  4. Lou March 2nd, 2011 7:44 pm

    Skiing off Denali summit was my gin shot (grin).

  5. Matt Kinney March 2nd, 2011 11:55 pm

    Dude lou, that was a double shot of tequila… : :D

  6. Lou March 3rd, 2011 10:06 am

    Matt, yeah, exactly!

    The boys on the trip might not remember because of subsequent brain cell loss that evening. But when we returned to Talkeetna I bought a round of Gold at the Fairview for the 7 of us. That was the best round of drinks I have ever purchased. I even teared up while doing it — before knocking back the shot! Of course, after that I went to bed while those 6 maniacs found that one Alaskan maniac who’s always willing to show newbies around the backwoods and do things involving firearms, ATVs, bears, and stuff like that (grin).

  7. Hojo March 3rd, 2011 9:15 pm

    Man that was a long article.. and no pictures.

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