New Book Shares History of Skiing Through Eyes of an Instructor
My Life in Winters, a new book by Mike Ewing, a 50-year ski instructor, entrepreneur, innovator, and former president of the PSIA-AASI Northern Rocky Mountain Division, shares the history of U.S. snowsports through the unique perspective of a teacher.
Mike, who first earned his PSIA pin in 1965, has worked in snowsports as an athlete, ski patrolman, and injury researcher, and also as a sales rep, designer, and business owner.
Along the way he has shared on-snow experiences with alpine legends such as Wayne Wong, Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, and Phil and Steve Mahre, been eyewitness to some of America’s most storied Olympic moments, and laid fresh tracks on some of the most iconic slopes in the country.
Here, he sits down to share some of the highlights of his seven-decade snowsports journey. (See the bottom of the page for a special book discount specifically for PSIA-AASI members).
Mike, how did you get started as a ski instructor, and how did that open doors in the snowsports industry for you?
I started as an instructor after achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in 1956. Roman Fisher, who was my scoutmaster and the Monarch Ski Area general manager asked me to stay involved and “pay it forward” by helping other scouts achieve their goals. So I taught young scouts how to ski and served as merit badge counselor, which led to me first teaching professionally in 1960 Christmas Break.
Seventy-one years of skiing is a lot of great history. What did you enjoy the most about writing this book to share with other ski enthusiasts?
Seventy-one years of Skiing, 66 years of teaching. PSIA Certified since 1965. What I have I enjoyed the most is sharing all the history and being able to pass along my insider’s view of the ski industry.