Read the full review on the Winter Park Telemark Lessons blog.
“What makes this book work is not Rothman’s exploits so much (although his account and the accompanying photos of him dropping into Shit for Brains at Snowbird are scary enough) as Rothman’s skill as a writer. He writes with clarity, grace, and with a poet’s awareness of the tenuousness of life, the fragility of relationships, and the importance of asking: why skiing matters, where the mountains end, when do turns stop, and how we will ski if we destroy the environmental conditions it requires?…
…If you are a skier (alpine, telemark or backcountry) you’ll want someone to give this to you for your birthday, Christmas, or Hanukkah. If you know a skier, you’ll make her happy if you put “Living the Life” in her stocking. And if you are not a skier but just want to understand what makes skiers (and snowboarders) tick, why we live for cold, steep mountains and the people in them, buy it for yourself. No other book has ever explained or explored the skiing life so well.”
Tags: Book Review, David Rothman