before_yo_dieFifty places to ski and snowboard before you die. —LK
For advice writing his latest guide, Fifty Places to Ski and Snowboard Before You Die, author Chris Santella taps into the expertise of Olympians like Billy Kidd—who recommends skiing the aspens at Steamboat as if they’re “nature’s slalom course”—and Tommy Moe, who tells Santella that Japan would be better named “Japow.” Yet the creator of the 10-book Fifty Places series also cross-examines lesser‑known, high-cred experts, including ski journalists, filmmakers, even lift operators. Perhaps the most poignant advice comes from powder guide Greg Harms, who likens Chile’s Hotel Portillo to a cruise ship, calls its skiing guests “pasajeros” (passengers), and waxes poetic: “We’re all on our own on an ocean of snow.”