The Book

For the millions of people who head for the mountains for fun, escape, and community, Spiritual Adventures in the Snow enhances the experience by focusing on the renewal of spirit that comes with tuning in to the rhythms of gliding across trails or down the mountain.

The authors articulate and affirm what adventurers in the snow already sense about alpine life—that there is something sacred about these outdoor cathedrals of winter. Out of their passion for snow sports, and their belief that spirituality is fed by play and challenge, attentiveness and the wonder of nature, they explore snow sports as tangible experiences of the spiritual essence of our bodies and the earth. With humor and grace, they seek out the life lessons to be learned from adventures in the snow and offer new ways of seeing life’s ups and downs as part of a sacred rhythm.   

Each chapter also features a “Conversation with an Adventurer,” highlighting interviews with professionals, such as former Olympians, a backcountry skier, and a spiritual skiing guide, that capture their extraordinary experiences and

inspirational stories.  

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Dr. Marcia McFee, an avid skier, is a national speaker and consultant to churches on worship, arts, and spirituality.

Rev. Karen Foster, an avid snowboarder, is a teacher of spirituality, retreat leader, and pastor.

Paul Arthur is a pioneer

backcountry skier and coach.

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Avail: October 2009

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Snow Adventurers featured in


Skiing and Snowboarding as Renewal for Your Soul

Tina Basich, a women’s snowboarding pioneer and U.S. champion, is a founder of Boarding for Breast Cancer, a nonprofit organization whose mission is education, awareness, and fund-raising.

Neil Elliot is an Anglican priest and an avid snowboarder who has done doctoral research on “soulriding,” a term that is used in a variety of ways in snowboarding, surfing, and mountain biking culture.

Alex Heyman, an avid skier both in and out of bounds, is the training coordinator for the Mountain Sports Learning Center at Sugar Bowl in North Tahoe.

Rabbi Jamie Korngold, known as the “Adventure Rabbi,” left the traditional rabbinate in 2001 to reconnect people with the spirituality of the great outdoors. She now leads “spiritual skiing” retreats in the mountains of Colorado.

Anne Lamott, a skiing novice, is the best-selling author of Traveling Mercies, Plan B, and Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, along with several novels and other works of nonfiction.

Bill Seline, a backcountry skier, mountain guide, and telemark ski instructor, is a certified avalanche instructor and paramedic.

Evan Strong, an adaptive snowboarder, is a two-time national superpipe champion and gold medalist in slope style in the Adaptive Division of the USASA (United States of America Snowboard Association). He is working to get snowboarding competitions sanctioned as official events of the Paralympics.

Kristen Ulmer, a member of the U.S. Ski Team and a pioneer of the extreme sports revolution voted or named the best overall woman skier and the best big mountain extreme skier in the world for twelve years, changed her life course in 2003 and teamed up with Zen Master Genpo Roshi, in her home state of Utah, to offer clinics called “Ski to Live,” which bring ancient wisdom into skiing and other adventures.


“Explains the phenomena of a lifestyle in snow … the tranquility and peacefulness, the

  exhilaration and treacherousness … [the] magical, spiritual connection that ties us to the

  mountains, the wonder that propels us through the snow and through our lives.”

Kristin Krone, former Olympic skier

“Explores [this] quixotic topic as [you] might descend a mountain, with variances in tempo and

  technique, with injections of humor and humility, with strength and subtlety in equal measure.

  A pleasant and worthwhile read.”

Rick Phipps, author, Skiing Zen: Searching for the Spirituality of Sport

“Spiritual fun is what we should be about in our daily lives. Playing at the feet of God, as

  children of God, as created beings, is our heritage and our inheritance. Hooray for Spiritual

  Adventures in the Snow!”

Susan Saint Sing, author, Spirituality of Sport: Balancing Body and Soul

“For readers of all faiths, this fine book makes explicit the importance of awe and wonder for the

  spiritual journey.”

Dr. Edward T. Hastings, director, The Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character

    Development, Neumann College

“Take[s] us to the mountains to show us in snow and with humor that a good faith, a get-out-of-

  doors spirituality, is the essence of ‘the good life.’”

Leonard Sweet, Drew Theological School, George Fox University;

2010 “Pray for Snow” events!

Friday, December 10, 7pm
Unitarian church - Reno

Friday, December 17, 7pm
For Goodness Sake - Truckee