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SKI Magazine profiles it’s contributors, May/June 2000.
Molly Walsh got her first taste of skiing at tiny Buck Hill near her childhood home in Minneapolis. It was enough inspiration to send her west in the early Eighties to live in Snowmass, Colo., where she was a reporter and photographer for the local newspaper. Molly’s been headquartered in Burlington, Vt., in the heart of New England ski country, since 1987. She works for the Burlington Free Press, where through the years she has served as a features reporter, a lifestyle columnist and currently as a writer of the newspaper’s editorials. For this issue, Molly escaped those pressing real-world issues to write about a White Mountain tour in neighboring New Hampshire as part of our “Great Drives” package starting on page 70. She’s no stranger to the blacktop: Along with her husband¿who happens to be SKI senior editor Joe Cutts¿she authored the guidebook Country Roads of Vermont (NTC Publishing). Molly and Joe have 6-year-old twins who, like their parents, enjoy skiing at tiny Cochran’s Ski Area.
Andy Dappen migrated away from the lifts and into the snowy backcountry as a college student seeking cheap turns. This extracurricular activity ended up being the foundation of his career. Andy’s appreciation of the “aesthetics of skiing over the kinetics” led him to a job as a product manager for a company that sold outdoor gear, including backcountry skiing equipment. He also served a memorable stint as the director of student activities for Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., which meant he got to lead a lot of overnight backcountry ski tours. For this issue, Andy chronicled the Cascadian Triple-Pass Loop for our “Great Drives” package. His work also has appeared in Outside, Backpacker, National Geographic Adventurer, Reader’s Digest and Climbing. Andy now lives in Wenatchee, Wash., on the eastern slope of the Cascades and 12 miles from Mission Ridge ski area, with his wife and two daughters, all of whom are avid skiers.