Colder temperatures invite a variety of unique ways to interact with nature. Dog sleighs and snowshoes facilitate movement across snowy plains for everyday icy life whilst ice motocross and figure skating provide a burst of adrenaline. Whether you are looking for a vacation spot where the sun shimmers off of a glittering frozen cliff or for an athletic alternative to the conventional ski slopes, Below Zero celebrates the search for cabins instead of offices and parkas instead of suit jackets.
Through images of landscapes dusted in a powdery palette and depictions of cold weather athletics, any questions of what to do with a snow day are answered in Below Zero. Mikael Bucks' detailed and dazzling images reveal the frosty beauty of Iceland's glaciers and ice caverns. Simon Beck glides across fresh snow whilst wearing snowshoes to create snow drawings and patterns that resemble frozen crop circles. The quixotic personalities of Canadian ice fishermen's huts shine in Richard Johnson's photography. This volume explores the brisk side of nature's beauty and the adventures that await when the mercury drops.
From the author of the "Bible of Eastern Backcountry Skiing" comes the most up-to-date resource for exploring the backcountry ski trails of the Northeast. This book features 50 trips through New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New York, and Massachusetts, including extensive coverage of Tuckerman Ravine, the Catamount Trail, Jackrabbit Trail, the historic Thunderbolt Ski Trail, as well as backcountry huts and lodge-to-lodge skiing in Maine's 100-Mile Wilderness. You'll learn how to prepare for your adventure with helpful references on when to go, what to bring, and must-have backcountry safety skills. Each trip is complete with a description, distance, elevation, topographic map, difficulty rating, directions, and other tools to help plan your adventure. Whether you're a seasoned Nordic or telemark skier looking for a new challenge, or a resort skier ready to take on the backcountry, this book will help you expertly navigate the Northeast in winter.
"By high school, the pressure mounted along with the stakes.The Jaguars knew they were expected to beat the lower-ranked teams. When you're No. 1, that means everybody..."Under the watchful eye of pro scouts and the weight of massive expectations, seventeen young men rank No. 1 in the country. In the tradition of Buzz Bissinger's classic Friday Night Lights, Blades of Glory follows these talented athletes, their coaches, their parents and their fans, offering a captivating glimpse into an elite program and the triumphs and tragedies of real life.***"The fervor with which Minnesotans celebrate hockey raises issues about sport and society that transcend Minnesota and reach into communities across the country, wherever kids play and parents cheer them to victory."-from the IntroductionFor a championship team like the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars, hockey is religion and failing to win is a sin. This is a place where kids dream of playing for the state championship from the time they can pick up a stick, and parents plan their entire social calendar around the season.John Rosengren was given unlimited, season-long access to every harsh reality and euphoric high these teammates experienced during one full season at the top. Amid the turmoil, politics and pain, Blades of Glory draws into sharp focus the challenges of divorce, teen suicide and performance-enhancing drugs to examine what it ultimately means to win.Though Blades of Glory follows one hockey team, this story could be set in any gym, rink or field where students train and compete, coaches holler and parents scream from the stands. This is a story of high drama and emotion; intense and poignant, it is what happens to boys with championship dreams...
The tragic death of hockey star Derek Boogaard at twenty-eight was front-page news across the country in 2011 and helped shatter the silence about violence and concussions in professional sports. Now, in a gripping work of narrative nonfiction, acclaimed reporter John Branch tells the shocking story of Boogaard's life and heartbreaking death.
Boy on Ice is the richly told story of a mountain of a man who made it to the absolute pinnacle of his sport. Widely regarded as the toughest man in the NHL, Boogaard was a gentle man off the ice but a merciless fighter on it. With great narrative drive, Branch recounts Boogaard's unlikely journey from lumbering kid playing pond-hockey on the prairies of Saskatchewan, so big his skates would routinely break beneath his feet; to his teenaged junior hockey days, when one brutal outburst of violence brought Boogaard to the attention of professional scouts; to his days and nights as a star enforcer with the Minnesota Wild and the storied New York Rangers, capable of delivering career-ending punches and intimidating entire teams. But, as Branch reveals, behind the scenes Boogaard's injuries and concussions were mounting and his mental state was deteriorating, culminating in his early death from an overdose of alcohol and painkillers.
Based on months of investigation and hundreds of interviews with Boogaard's family, friends, teammates, and coaches, Boy on Ice is a brilliant work for fans of Michael Lewis's The Blind Side or Buzz Bissinger's Friday Night Lights. This is a book that raises deep and disturbing questions about the systemic brutality of contact sports--from peewees to professionals--and the damage that reaches far beyond the game.
"An unvarnished and captivating read."--Parade Once upon a time, they taught us to believe. They were the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, a blue-collar bunch led by an unconventional coach. Their "Miracle on Ice" has become a national fairy tale, but the real Cinderella story is even more remarkable. Wayne Coffey casts a fresh eye on this seminal sports event, giving readers an ice-level view of the amateurs who took on a Russian hockey juggernaut at the height of the Cold War. He details the unusual chemistry of the Americans--formulated by their fiercely determined coach, Herb Brooks--and seamlessly weaves portraits of the boys with the fluid action of the game itself. Coffey also traces the paths of the players and coaches since their stunning victory, examining how the Olympic events affected their lives. Told with warmth and an uncanny eye for detail, The Boys of Winter is an intimate, perceptive portrayal of one Friday night in Lake Placid and the enduring power of the extraordinary.
- Includes detailed maps with climbing information for each peak, including difficulty ratings for the ascent and ski descent Travel around Colorado with ski mountaineer Dr. Jon Kedrowski as he guides you to some of the best ski descents the state has to offer. Classic Colorado Ski Descents showcases 50 ski descents on Fourteeners and Thirteeners, with routes that range from peaks with gentle terrain, to tree glades, deep powder, ridgelines, steep faces, and couloirs. Each peak description includes skiable vertical, elevation gain, and round-trip mileage, as well as easy-to-follow directions to the trailhead.
For decades, hockey crowds have been brought to their feet for one of the most exciting aspects of NHL games--the fights. The Code: The Unwritten Rules of Fighting and Retaliation in the NHL by Ross Bernstein takes you in-depth and behind the scenes to explore the history of fighting during hockey games and the honor system behind it. More than 50 NHL players, coaches, and media personalities were interviewed to examine how players go about their business during a fight on the ice. They explain why fighting is allowed and what tactics are used before, during, and after the melees. The Code: The Unwritten Rules of Fighting and Retaliation in the NHL discusses the top reasons why the gloves come off during hockey games.
Increase strength to carry the puck through traffic. Pack more power when checking an opponent. Improve quickness and agility and create angles for higher-percentage shots. Complete Conditioning for Hockey shows you how to achieve all of these performance goals and more
Hockey players are bigger, faster, and stronger than ever before. This special book and DVD package features a comprehensive training approach that will build players' physical abilities as well as the hockey-specific skills required for skating, puck handling, passing, shooting, and body checking. The book contains assessment tests for determining a player's fitness status along with specific programs designed to improve balance, quickness, agility, speed, and strength. The DVD puts the training into action, demonstrating key tests, exercises, and drills from the book.
With specific guidelines for seasonal workouts, Complete Conditioning for Hockey provides a multidimensional training approach that will show you how to get the most from your time in the gym and on the ice.
* Covers mechanics, techniques and tools, repairs, and more
* Nat Brown was the U.S. Cross-Country team and U.S. Biathalon Team waxer for two Olympics and five World Championships
If you ski competitively, good ski preparation can win the race. If you ski for recreation, proper ski preparation will enhance your enjoyment. Here is the complete, hands-on guide to the tools and techniques necessary to ready skis for optimal performance. Emphasizing simplicity and practicality, Nat Brown guides skiers through all the techniques-basic to advanced-needed to produce fast skis. He covers the basic mechanics of skis and wax; all the factors that can affect a ski's speed and how to minimize or eliminate them; and advanced topics such as testing and repairs. Written by an expert ski and wax technician, this book is based on more than 30 years of field experience.