It probably shouldn’t be a surprise that “Powder Days,” a new book that explores the ski bum culture in America, wound up being mostly autobiographical.
After all, author Heather Hansman has experienced the subject that she wanted to explore in her second book. Sixteen years ago, she was one of those East Coast kids who moved west for a life dedicated to skiing, a thread that has filtered through her life in many different ways.
“For better or worse, a lot of this book ended up being about me,” Hansman said.
The result is a work of non-fiction that pays tribute to ski bums, those people who have built their lives around winter sports, no matter where the pursuit may have taken them. “Powder Days — Ski Bums, Ski Towns and the Future of Chasing Snow,” to be released on Nov. 9, is described as “an exhilarating journey into the hidden history of American skiing, offering a glimpse into an under-explored subculture from the perspective of a true insider.”