Books To Inspire

Summer is coming to an end, and the days are shortening. The changing of seasons can at times cause a downward spiral. Slumps happen to all of us at some point. Sometimes the lure of a soft blanket and your favorite flick can drown out the call of the wild. Or perhaps lately you’ve had tunnel vision in your own life, forgetting to help out at the local shelter or lend a hand in the community garden. If you’re in need of some motivation and a little inspiration to pick yourself up, consider curling up with one of the books listed below.

Just Don't Fall: A Hilariously True Story of Childhood, Cancer, Amputation, Romantic Yearning, Truth, and Olympic Greatness by Josh Sundquist

In his best selling memoir, Sundquist recounts his childhood struggle with the cancer strain Ewing's sarcoma, which led to the amputation of his left leg. But even repeated hospitalizations and the loss of his leg couldn’t prevent him from pursuing his love of the mountains. Despite his many struggles, Sundquist went on to become an award-winning skier at the Paralympics.

DEEP The Story of Skiing and The Future of Snow by Porter Fox

Have you been lazy lately about recycling, bike commuting, and the amount of resources you’re consuming (hard to resist a long, hot shower)? Well, DEEP will rekindle your dedication to the environment while possibly stirring fear around the decrease in snow. Fox examines how climate change is negatively impacting the snow sports we love while also recounting the history of skiing. But the good news is that this isn’t another doom and gloom book as Fox also includes possible solutions to counteract our diminishing snow.

A Bird of Passage – The Story of My Life – From the Alps of Austria to Hollywood, U.S.A. by Otto Lang

Lang achieved what so many of us dream of doing: turning a passion into a successful career. After emigrating to the U.S. from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lang founded ski schools at Mount Hood, Mount Rainier and Mount Baker, starting in the 1930s. As the director of the Sun Valley Ski School, Lang connected with film stars, catapulting his skiing skills into Hollywood. In 1994, the Crested Butte International Ski Film Festival presented him with the Ski Film Maker Legend of the Year award. A Bird of Passage is the story of his ski-driven life.

Fifty Places to Ski and Snowboard Before You Die by Chris Santella

Does your coffee table look a little empty, too plain? Fifty Places to Ski and Snowboard Before You Die could be the conversation piece your living room needs. The list of top ski spots and stunning photos were compiled from interviews with leading experts in the snow sports world. While drooling over peaks in far off lands, you’ll also read about some of the top individuals in the sport, including Billy Kidd, Tommy Moe, and Jonny Moseley.

By AI Blog contributor: Megan Parks