Colorado Powder Keg Presentation and Book Signing

Written by: 
GCLD Staff

An evening and book signing with

Mike Childers

author of:

Colorado Powder Keg:

Ski Resorts and the Environmental Movement

Signed copies will be available for sale

Colorado Powder Keg offers a significant and lively new look at the Colorado ski industry, interpreting it as a catalyst for, but also a way to understand the increasingly volatile conflicts surrounding public land use in the American West. ”

- Annie Gilbert Coleman, author of Ski Style: Sport and Culture in the Rockies


  • Fraser Valley Library Urban Community Meeting Room
  • Thursday, March 21st
  • 6:30PM
  • Free

Native son Mike Childers, returns to Grand County on Thursday March 21st at 6:30pm in the Fraser Valley Library to discuss his book “Colorado Powder Keg: Ski Resorts and the Environment.” Winner of the International Ski History Association’s Ullr Award, Childers’s book explores the relationship between the development of Colorado’s ski industry and the growth of the environmental movement.

Mike is a fifth generation Grand County native, who grew up skiing and devouring as many books as he could in the Fraser Valley Library. After graduating from Middle Park High School, he attended Western State College, earned a master’s degree in history from Colorado State University, and worked as a ski tech, instructor and freelance journalist. Mike completed his PhD in American History at the University of Neveda. “Colorado Powder Keg” is his first book.

Taking part in the discussion will be Jerry Groswold whose career in the ski industry included WPRA Board of Trustee 1959-1964, WPRA Chairman of the Board 1969-1975 and WPRA President of the Board 1975-1997 and Doug Laraby  who has acted as Planning Director at Winter Park Resort for the last ten years.