Hit the Slopes

Everything from the bunny hill to the double black diamond

Author Archive: jmelanson

Final project: Husband-and-wife team bring ski journalism online

It’s a ski bum’s dream: Any given week in the wintertime, Heather and Greg Burke could be on top of a mountain anywhere in the country or world. In late March, they spent a few days at Big Sky Resort in Montana. In mid-April, they flew out to Austria to explore European ski resorts. Both …

Continue reading

What skiers do in the summer

By the time the end of April comes around, it’s usually a sad time for skiers. Resorts close. Skis are packed away and placed in storage. Out come the sandals and the running sneakers for the summer months. There is, of course, the rare skier who can take a trip out to Europe for some …

Continue reading

Ski safety: Why you should invest in a helmet

In class yesterday, we discussed new tools for journalists. One that caught my particular attention was Visual.ly, a database of Creative Commons data visualizations for use in blogs such as this one. While perusing the site, I stumbled across this graphic about the necessity of wearing helmets while skiing: Some of this information blew my …

Continue reading

It’s winter again at Killington Ski Resort

As of one hour ago, Killington Ski Resort had 19 inches of fresh snow, with more on its way. The resort reopened its K-1 Gondola and 35 ski trails. It started snowing at Killington yesterday morning. The official Killington Twitter feed tweeted yesterday to its followers, “Dear @KillingtonMtn followers, wish you were here. #stillsnowing.” Recent pictures …

Continue reading

Ski season not over yet – hello, spring skiing?

Usually once March swings around, it’s spring skiing season in the northeast. Ski resorts stay open until about some time in April (while some out west stay open through May or June). But this season’s especially mild winter has been hard on New England ski resorts. Katie Johnston wrote on Boston.com a few weeks ago: …

Continue reading

Nieman fellow Wu Nan on Chinese journalism

For class last Thursday (March 29), we sat in on a talk with Wu Nan, a Chinese journalist who’s worked for both Chinese media outlets and the Wall Street Journal’s Chinese edition. She’s currently a Nieman fellow at Harvard University, no doubt to honor her contributions to investigative journalism in China. Wu said the censorship …

Continue reading

Wild forms of skiing

Skiers are certainly a crazy kind of people. They’re always pushing the limits of the sport, despite the numerous ski-related injuries and deaths that occur every year. Perhaps the most daring skiers are “extreme skiers” who take helicopters to the top of ungroomed mountains and forge their own paths down the slopes. Often they’ll ski …

Continue reading

Guest speaker Kristen Lombardi on non-profit journalism

On Thursday, March 22, Kristen Lombardi of the Center for Public Integrity visited class to talk about her experience as an investigative journalist working at a non-profit. Lombardi’s been a reporter for 17 years, with long stints at The Boston Phoenix and The Village Voice. She start at the Center in 2007, where she said …

Continue reading

The mind-bloggling word of online ski communities

Besides the use of puns in headlines, I’ve learned a lot while maintaining this ski blog. If there’s one thing that stands out, it’s that information comes from all sorts of places for the blogger/aggregator of niche news. My absolute favorite, especially because of its local angle, is Boston.com’s the Ski Guru blog. It’s part …

Continue reading

Final project outline

I’ve looked into two different story ideas for my final project. The first is a profile on ski blogger Heather Burke, who is the main writer of Boston.com’s Ski Guru blog. She’s a member of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association, the North American Travel Journalists Association, and the Eastern Ski Writers Association. She’s the …

Continue reading