Red Barn Event - Skiing: Then, Now and Beyond

12/13/2023 - 7:00pm
Michael 'Bird' Shaffer and author, Lowell Skoog

Join A Book for All Seasons at this partnered Red Barn Event with the Wenatchee River Institute, Greater Leavenworth Museum, and the Northwest Ski Museum. We will host Lowell Skoog, author of Written in the Snows, and Michael 'Bird' Shaffer, for an evening of Northwest ski culture from past to present!

Lowell's book will be available for purchase at the event. Make sure to get it signed, too!

This is a FREE event at WRI's Red Barn. Doors open at 6:30pm for a community social with beer and wine available for purchase. The presentation will start at 7:00pm.

Michael Shaffer goes by ‘Bird’. Among other talents Bird is a speed flyer and an extreme skier. He embodies the unbridled joy and freedom of powder skiing and lives by the motto of “full wingspan”. Raised off the grid in the Pacific NW, and seen frequently in Chamonix, France, he is truly a magnetic presence in the skiing world. Michael Bird Shaffer IS the authentic soul spreading the love of flight and Free skiing to all.

As a skier, climber, writer, and photographer, Lowell Skoog has been a keen observer of Northwest mountaineering since the 1970s. He is the creator of the Alpenglow Gallery and founder of the Northwest Mountaineering Journal, websites that celebrate local mountain culture, and he was a key member of the team that launched the Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum. Skoog is the chairman of the Mountaineers History and Library committee. He lives in Seattle.

Skoog shares a definitive and visually rich history of the past century of Northwest ski culture, from stirring and colorful stories of wilderness exploration to the evolution of gear and technique. He traces the development of skiing in Washington from the late 1800s to the present, covering the beginning of ski resorts and competitions, the importance of wild places in the Cascades and Olympic mountains, and the friluftsliv, or open-air living spirit, of backcountry skiing. Skoog addresses how skiing has been shaped by larger social trends, including immigration, the Great Depression, war, economic growth, conservation, and the media. In turn, Northwest skiers have affected their regions in ways that have transcended the sport, producing local legends like Milnor Roberts, Olga Bolstad, Hans Otto Giese, Bill Maxwell, and more. While weaving his own impressions and experiences into the larger history, Skoog shows that skiing is far more than mere sport or recreation.

This event is hybrid. Can't make it in person? Stream online here:

Wenatchee River Institute
347 Division Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Written in the Snows: Across Time on Skis in the Pacific Northwest By Lowell Skoog Cover Image
ISBN: 9781680512908
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mountaineers Books - September 20th, 2021