Matt Kinney lives in Alaska and blogs from the slopes he guides on.
Small space living has advantages. It’s something my wife, Tabitha, and I both mastered in our years residing in a mountain chalet that barely measured nine-hundred square feet. Today we live in downtown Valdez in an apartment with about the same amount of space. Tabitha has found that being married to a ski guide during the winter can be hazardous in more ways than one. Despite the benefits of small footprint living, ski days likely end with an avalanche debris zone of wet clothes, poorly dried skins, and icy skis flowing through the kitchen and living room. “Why store them away when I will need them tomorrow” might not work as an excuse this winter.
With snow season fast approaching, my skis are falling out of a dark bedroom closet and dragging my black bibs with them. Finally, after years of procrastination, I sat down with a pencil and paper to design the Valdez Ski Rack with a theme of simple and cheap with a modicum of workmanship.