Kimberly Beekman is the former editor-in-chief of the late Skiing Magazine (RIP) who now uses freelance writing as a beard to ski powder anywhere it falls. She lives in Denver with her wonderful daughter and terrible cat. Likes: piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. Dislikes: the current brand-name vowel-omission trend. REI member since 1995.
A version of this story appeared in the winter 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.
It’s a chilly September evening in Park City, Utah, though you wouldn’t know it ...
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