What does “Powder Skiing” mean to you?

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It’s… Lust for Live… Diving into fresh, fluffy powder that’s splashing into your face with each new turn… Causing roaring laughter and a huge smile on my face… Living the moment and leaving all sorrows behind… The feeling of being weightless… Making me faceplant downhill on purpose J… Definitely better than [you know what I mean]… Pure joy… Riding the first and last chair… Simply put: Soul skiing!!!

Editor’s note: Watch out for rocks, especially early in the season, when snow depth isn’t really all that much.

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RV Adventure Ski Film Spanning Vancouver to the Yukon and Everything In Between…

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If the idea of packing it into an RV and spending a month in close quarters with some smelly riding buddies rolling through some of most scenic areas that Canada has to offer then this might serve as inspiration to explore the great north in your own recreational vehicle….

“Join skiers Rob Heule & Mack Jones, and snowboarder Pat Slimmon as they embark on a 30-day RV road trip to Canada’s North. A sequel to last years award-winning short film “Meanwhile in Canada”, the boys are at it again, bringing you an action packed video filled with radical snow stunts, National Geographic-esque wildlife footage, and stunning scenery. Press play and join in on their journey from Vancouver to the Yukon as they ski any and all features that come their way.”

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Lake Louise Ski Resort Hopes To Expand Skiable Terrain

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Banff- Since 1981, Lake Louise Ski Resort has not altered its use plan with Parks Canada.

That is all about to change.

New developments, proposed by the Alberta ski area, are pushing for an expansion with an environmentally centered twist. In a swap, Lake Louise would return 30% of its leasehold to Banff National Park in exchange for the ability to expand access into backcountry terrain along West Bowl and Richardson’s Ridge. According to Melanie Kwong, who currently serves as the Superintendent for Lake Louise, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks, “This proposal really represents a major achievement in creating long-term certainty and sustainability for Banff National Park.” The proposed return would allow Banff national parks to absorb wilderness land permanently and thus preserve an area that is already vital to native species such as Grizzly Bear and Lynx.

However environmental groups are still reviewing the proposal, which includes expanding skiable…

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Australia’s Largest Ski Resort To OPEN This Weekend | Early Opening & Plenty of Snow

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Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 6.21.04 PMFollowing a massive early season dump, Perisher Resort will be opening this weekend. Below average temperatures and a foot of new snow is allowing the largest ski resort in Australia to open several days earlier than projected. Right out of the gate Perisher will have their PlayStation Terrain Park open as well as having night skiing and fireworks to kick-off the first weekend of winter.

Official Statement:

After 30cm of fresh snow and perfect snowmaking conditions, we’ve decided to open our 2015 Snow Season early on Friday 5 June. The Village 8 Express Chairlift and a beginner Skier Conveyor on Front Valley will offer the first runs of the season from Friday morning.

On Saturday morning the Perisher Quad Express will open to Mid Station for skiers and boarders, and will continue to the top of Perisher Valley for foot passengers looking to check out the beautiful sights. Further lifts may open following forecast excellent…

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How to Spell the Rebel Yell


Elena Passarello | The Normal School | 2010 | 14 minutes (3,470 words)

The Normal SchoolOur latest Longreads Member Pick is a deep dive into the sounds of history, from Elena Passarello and The Normal School. The essay also is featured in Passarello’s book, Let Me Clear My Throat.
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Fred Anderson’s The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War (Kindle Edition)

Fred Anderson’s The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War is a condensed version of his larger book Crucible of War. Regardless of being a condensed version Anderson does a good job of laying out an image of the British North America before, during and after the war.

As the title might entail, Anderson attempts to show that the French and Indian War played a very crucial role for the future of ‘America’. More specifically, Anderson aims to show that the Seven Years War is directly connected to, if not responsible for, the later War for Independence. Britain, who had left its colonial subjects take care of themselves, asserted control over the colonies in an attempt to claim the Ohio territory—and later, French Canada.

Known outside of the United States as the Seven Years War, it pitted Britain against France globally: in Europe, Africa, India and the Pacific. The global conflict provided a smoldering fire for the events in the America. A trip into the Ohio, which was merely intended to be a diplomatic mission, added gas to the smoldering fire.

After the War, George Washington, who did not convince Forbes to build the road, to Fort Duquesne, through Virginia rather than Pennsylvania still set his sights on the west. The Americans helped to end France’s presence in America, and yet Parliament closed the door to the frontier. However, wealthy colonists such as George Washington were not about to be deterred from looking. Anderson makes it clear that the restrictions on westward movement, a standing military presence, and the refusal to recognize the colonists as full British subjects. “Americans who exulted in their Britishness, and who understood themselves as partners in a great transatlantic political community based on common allegiance, shared religious convictions, and devotion to English laws and liberties” (Location 2939). It is no wonder as to why the Americans felt betrayed by their government. Anderson tells us that Washington was even made to feel as though his status as a colonial officer, made him less than that of a British officer during the French and Indian War.

Many of the men who fought in the French and Indian War would later fight in the War for Independence. George Washington had made successful attempts to turn the colonial soldiers into disciplined units. Although it would eventually work on the colonists, in the early stages of the French and Indian War there was a distaste for the brutal nature of the British Military. British soldiers are soldiers by profession, and colonial militia are not. Washington, who gained favor with his men during the earlier war, would use his experiences as lessons for his success during the War for Independence. For example, there was a constant trend among the Europeans, which was the failure to recognize the benefit of Native American Allies. As early as Edward Braddock’s utter failure, Britain underestimated the potential that Indian warriors had. Later on during the French and Indian War, the French would push their Native American allies away as a well. Since the Native Americans were the best tool the French had, it was inevitable that the loss of these allies would allow the British to overwhelm the French, and end their political presence in North America.

One other lesson was learned that was very valuable to the Americans during the Revolution. The equipment and tactics for battle would not work through the European model. Things would work only through adopted Indian practices, mainly guerrilla warfare.

Let’s return to Hirsch!

Recently I purchased the complete American and English Norton Anthologies. I did this for a couple of reasons. I want to expand my reading further after undergrad. On top of that it is possible that I may go to England for my graduate studies. For this second reason I thought I would be beneficial to take some time reaching the amount of content that my possible future cohort would have under their belt. I feel that when I graduate I will actually gain more passion for literature, and capture/recover my lost love for literature. This is

Moving forward from here, I want to return to—possibly the most heated topic—Cultural Literacy. I feel as though Hirsch is overachieving in his theory, and ultimately could accomplish his goal by saying that we do not read, nor teach the classics en masse. Perusing my new anthologies made me more aware of what I have been missing, and gain a greater appreciation of the classics. They ARE good writers and all of it is innovation to the point that it pushes the limits of our morality and ethics, while reflecting ourselves through the text, and teaching us about ourselves as well. It was also surprising to see how much I had actually read. Which leads me to a question?

What exactly was Hirsch talking about?

I feel like the works, which appear in those anthologies, should be a template for what Hirsch identifies as important. However, returning back to his book, his cultural literacy goes beyond these anthologies. I think that Hirsch should adapt his list for a more literary literacy perspective. That is to say, that I find much of his list incredibly unusable. When I say unusable I am referring to the fact that many of the terms found in that list would never come up in common or even advanced conversation or commentary. For example I looked up ‘sang froid’ to figure out what it means. Apparently it is merely a synonym for poise. I really don’t feel like I would ever substitute a word or phrase like sang froid for ‘poise’. I would like to go on from here and list some of these words that I feel lack importance for most people, and for good reason…it would never appear in their lives. Hirsch looks at this as a problem, I see it as a reality.


Quebec (joking, joking!!!)

Recombinant DNA

Quid pro quo

Radio telescopes

Polio (wasn’t this irradiated?)

Prince Albert (I would probably still call it a ‘personal’ piercing)

These words are some of the more dominant examples I found, you can look them up. I also encourage all of you to tear this list apart. Some of the terms are heavily usable, and I can meet Hirsch in the middle for them. However, I would call his argument an exaggeration.

The argument I have on behalf of Hirsch, against my own argument, is that Hirsch’s aim is not necessarily about our use of the terms, but rather our understanding and ability to identify what we don’t understand, and (at least learn to) comprehend the terms he lays out. Nonetheless, I still feel as though the cultural literacy he identifies is almost like an emergency relief for what is lost—a last ditch attempt

I think that we need to reform Hirsch’s theory. In terms of this, I would like to restrict the comments thread to your ideas about reforming Hirsch’s “Cultural Literacy” theory.