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Sensi Buzz: New Year's Resolutions

Jan 01, 2018 09:03PM ● By Stephanie Wilson
Resolution: Explore more

Solution: Off-the-grid-guide to backcountry 

If you crave the deep, unblemished powder runs far away from the gapers on the Every Person in Colorado pass, this is your treasure map: Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes: Colorado (Mountaineers Books, $21.95).
The authors, Frank and Brittany Walker Konsella, are some of the few people to have hiked and skied all of Colorado’s 14ers—and Brittany was the second woman ever to accomplish that. So trust these experts; they’ve got plenty of first-track knowledge to share. The 102-route guidebook is part of a series that focusses on backcountry routes on the Front Range and the San Juans. It also includes routes in the Sawatch Range, Elk Mountains, Mosquito Range, and more. It took the Crested Butte-based couple two seasons of research to properly write, so you know it’s full of solid tips to make the most of your trip, whether you’re an experienced backcountry skier or intermediate snowboarder “looking to ramp up your out-of-bounds expeditions,” as the book description states. Read the whole thing and pick up your copy here: 14ERSKIERS.COM.

Resolution: Push your limits

Solution: Snowshoe racing

If you’re a summertime road runner, don’t let a little powder get in your way during the winter months. Keep on keeping on and try your hand at snowshoe racing while enjoying one of the prettiest mountain resorts. The first race in the Beaver Creek Mountain Running Series is on January 7. In addition to snowshoe demos and sponsor booths, competitors enjoy a post-race party in the Village. Awards will be given to the top 3 men and women in each age bracket for the 5K and 10k races. 

Resolution: Read more books

Solution: 3 page-turners

Expand your mind and lose yourself in a good read this January while curled up in front of a fire. Put down your device (unless it’s a Kindle, then carry on) and dive into the pleasures of written prose by some of the most talented contemporary authors of literary fiction. If you resolved to read more in 2018 but you haven’t sat down with a book in a long time, don’t let the “literary” designation scare you. These three books top all the lists of best releases of 2017—and two of them are short story collections so you can ease into the new year, new you.

Fresh Complaint // by Jeffrey Eugenides // MACMILLAN

The first collection of short fiction from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides hasn’t elicited many fresh complaints since its release in October. The stories in “Fresh Complaint” explore equally rich—and intriguing—territory in ways that are, forgive me, fresh. Reading Eugenides is an encompassing joy for people who enjoy lyrical prose, who devour novels seeking those perfect sentences that just stop them in their tracks. The author’s works are filled with passages like that. Such as this one: “Pay no attention to the terrors that visit you in the night. The psyche is at its lowest ebb then, unable to defend itself.
The desolation that envelops you feels like truth but isn’t. It’s just mental fatigue masquerading as insight.” You’ll find other real insight woven into all 10 of the narratively compelling stories. 

Manhattan Beach // by Jennifer Egan // SCRIBNER 

This fall was a great season for short stories from Pulitzer-winning authors. Egan, author of the intricately woven A Visit from the Goon Squad, which reads like a collection of short stories until the very end when the full narrative is quietly revealed to the reader. With Manhattan Beach, Egan spins a classic historical novel. Classic in that instant classic kind of way that got the novel long-listed for the National Book Award for Fiction and named an Amazon Best Book of October 2017.

The Dinner Party: Stories // by Joshua Ferris // LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY 

If you’re the type of reader who searches for perfect sentences, read this story collection, named one of the Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2017 and an Esquire best book of 2017. This is the first collection of short stories from the critically acclaimed, prize-winning author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, where he penned gems like: “It is forgivable to say nothing out of ignorance; it’s inexcusable to remain silent once awareness dawns.”) The 11 short stories in The Dinner Party, many of which were first published in The New Yorker, are compelling reads that you'll want to devour.