Beyond the pony slope
My youngest child was born on a powder day to a family of skiers. It seemed apt, then, to celebrate her 5th birthday last weekend with a family ski outing.
Yes, there are always distractions, especially so in this Sochi Olympics of unfinished hotels, political unrest, and the regular claims of corruption. But, for me at least, the Olympics are about the athletes who have dedicated more time than most of us will ever know to chasing their Olympic dreams. Here, we see athletic grace and grit, strength and stamina, a bit of luck and plenty of determination as they strive to realize the Olympic motto: faster, higher, stronger.
When I was a kid I dreamed of being in the Olympics. Probably a lot of kids involved in sports have similar dreams. I went as far as picking out a specific star on the American flag I would focus on as The Star-Spangled Banner played for my gold medal ceremony. I planned to sing along, and probably cry, too. I just wasn’t sure which sport to pursue to the Olympic level. READ MORE
McCarthy McPhaul is an award winning author and journalist. She lives
in northern New
Hampshire, where she works as a freelance writer, penning magazine and newspaper articles,
newsletters, press releases, and copy for Web sites and Blogs.
She received the Skade Award from the International Skiing History Association for her book
A History of Cannon Mountain: Trails, Tales and Skiing Legends. She has also been honored by the
New England Press Association for excellence in spot news coverage and feature writing.
What people are saying about
Trails, Tales and Skiing Legends:
"The author's talent in writing the oft-neglected biographies of Cannon's pioneer skiers and developers in such delightful detail is commended and certainly the reader's good fortune."
"A nifty little book..."
"McPhaul ... gracefully and compassionaltely ... adds much to our understanding of Cannon Mountain and the forces and people that tried to tame it."
"...a really superb, well-done book. A History of Cannon Mountain does a remarkable job of conveying the spirit, atmosphere, and joy of ... Cannon Mountain."
This is the first comprehensive history written about Cannon Mountain, one of the oldest ski areas in the
United States and a cradle of American ski history.
To learn more about the book or purchase a copy, please visit the Cannon Mountain page.