It’s official. Jules Older’s new book “Skiing On the Edge: Humor, Humiliation, Holiness and Heart” has been released into the world. Prepare yourself for unbelievably true stories of jail, humiliation, being threatened by authorities, snowboarding through pain, getting crushed by avalanche, and skiing through gunfire, all brought to you by 20 of North America’s best ski and snowboard writers. It’s an adventure!
Jules Older, editor-in-chief at Ski Press magazine, decided to compile and publish these tales when a friend and fellow writer emailed him a few months ago about an embarrassing night in the drunk-tank in Whistler, British Columbia.
“For accommodations in Whistler, you can’t beat the price. I found a single room for the cost of a bottle of Chianti,” it began.
And the idea grew from there, as Older began yearning to publish the confession. Within an hour after resolving to release an eBook, he reached out to his favorite ski writers saying the following:
“I’m finding the central, unifying theme hard to describe, but it’s a lot like Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart’s description of pornography: ‘I know it when I see it.’ Stories have to be personal. Have to be revealing. Can be embarrassing. And must be brilliantly written. The key word is intense: intensely funny, tragic, exciting – intense.”
Nearly all of those whom he contacted were excited to contribute.
“The writers exceeded my fondest dreams. Get ready for a wild, uproarious, heart-wrenching, consciousness-expanding, utterly brilliant ride,” Older said.
He is quick to remind people that this book is not an instruction manual, buyer’s guide or a resort review. It is simple, real-life and deeply personal stories from those who enjoy a life on the slopes. And you don’t have to be a skier to appreciate that.
Contributing writers to SKIING THE EDGE include Leslie Anthony, Michel Beaudry, Mike Finkel, David Goodman, Beth Jahnigen, Dave Fonda, Skip King, Lori Knowles, Steven Kotler, G.D. Maxwell, Moira McCarthy, Roger Moss, Effin Older, Jules Older, Lisa Richardson, Peggy Shinn, Roger Toll, Kristen Ulmer, Jenn Weede and Gerry Wingenbach.