If you love Crested Butte the way I do and are in the constant search for powder and a different way of life you may want to order this book. Sounds like a great read.
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Benson Sotheby’s International Realty
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Off the Shelf: In Search of Powder by Jeremy Evans
Read the beginning of Chapter 1, “Shangri-la” from one of our featured gift books, In Search of Powder: A Story of America’s Disappearing Ski Bum by Jeremy Evans, Foreword by Glen Plake:
“Shangri-la, as described by James Hilton in Lost Horizon, is a place where the mind, body, and soul is at peace, where sparkling emerald grasses spray across a mountain valley broken by tumbling waterfalls, where the people who inhabit this utopia are as virtuous as the essence of its existence. For decades this refuge, rumored to be in a secret region of Tibet, has baffled those who have sought its coordinates, but the fortunate who have found it never needed a map to locate it. In 1973, an impressionable college student named Johnny Davis, escaping a disjointed childhood in Kona, Hawaii, stumbled upon his Shangri-la.
Johnny is vividly recalling all this thirty-one years later in a Portland coffee shop, a tremendous recollection, really. His fists are clenched around a glass of water, and his grip is so intense that ice cubes slosh against the sides of the glass, causing a soft clinking sound during a pause in our conversation. “So you want to hear a story about a ski bum?” As his chin dips slightly toward the table, he grabs the glass of water and takes a sip. He sets the glass down, looks up, stares at a blank vanilla wall and says, proudly, “Well, I got a story about a ski bum.””
Jeremy Evans is a former daily newspaper reporter whose eight-year journalism career garnered numerous writing awards for his outdoor and sports writing. He is currently a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Powder and Skiing magazines. Glen Plake is an iconic figure in American freestyle skiing and extreme sports.