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Help publish a book about the culture of skiing, the miracle of snow and how climate change could wipe out both in 75 years.
Help publish a book about the culture of skiing, the miracle of snow and how climate change could wipe out both in 75 years.
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**THANKS for helping us reach our goal!! Help us hit $30,000 so we can add 10 more stops to the DEEP Tour this winter! And bring the message of saving snow to your community!!**

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“Skiing offers a good barometer of the trouble we’re in—and, as this book reminds us, one more good reason for wanting to face that trouble.” —Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey and co-founder of 350.org

  • The Northern Hemisphere has lost 1 million square miles of spring snow cover in the last 45 years.
  • The rate of winter warming in the U.S. has tripled since 1970.
  • The Alps have lost half of their glacial ice since the late 1800s.
  • Half of the 103 ski resorts in the U.S. Northeast will likely close in the next 30 years due to rising temperatures.
  • 1 billion people around the world depend on snowmelt for their water supply.

In 2012, two skiers from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, noticed that snow was disappearing from the western U.S. and wondered how long it would be before it affected the mountains in their backyard. They called Porter Fox, a longtime Powder magazine editor and writer, and asked if he was interested in writing a book about climate change and snow. A year and a half later, DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow was born. With your help, it will be printed and released this November.

In the last 45 years, 1 million square miles of spring snow cover has disappeared from the Northern Hemisphere. Rocky Mountain spring snowpack is down by 20%, and Europe has lost half of its glacial ice. Winter warming in the U.S. has tripled since 1970, and warming in the European Alps is now three times the global average.

"This is the most important book on snow ever written. This is a wake up call. We need to accept our reality and get busy fixing climate change." —Jeremy Jones, pro snowboarder and founder of Protect Our Winters

These numbers are just a few of the unsettling facts that DEEP reveals. By mid-century, climatologists predict that more than half of the Northeast's 103 ski resorts will have to close due to rising temperatures. Two-thirds of Europe's ski resorts will likely no longer be snow-reliable in 50-70 years. The Western U.S. could lose 25-100% of its snowpack by 2100, effectively ending skiing at resorts like Park City and relegating ski operations at Aspen to the top quarter of the mountain. And that's just the beginning...

The 5-11 degrees F of additional warming predicted by 2100 will not only end skiing and winter as we know it, it will affect more than 1 billion people downstream of the mountains who depend on snowmelt for their water supply. 97% of scientists now agree that humans are warming the planet, and severe droughts, floods, snow avalanches, storms and water and food scarcity are predicted in this century on our current path. As DEEP uncovers, these predictions are no longer speculation. They are already happening.

"The first in-depth report on how climate change is affecting the present and future of the ski industry and mountain communities, DEEP is a must-read for every passionate skier." — John Stifter, Editor, Powder Magazine

The book begins with an in-depth chronology of the history and culture of skiing, mountain communities and snow sports, dating back to the first known skiers 8,000 years ago. It then follows the narrative of the tragic Tunnel Creek avalanche while documenting the most celebrated mountain ranges of North America. Fox simultaneously gathers facts and observations from leading scientists, snow experts, avalanche forecasters, ski patrollers and old-timers living in the Rockies and Alps - who have seen the change with their own eyes. The second half of the book maps a path to mitigate climate change, reduce human impact on our planet, repair the water cycle and save snow.

DEEP is a book about skiers, written and independently published by lifelong skiers. Fox has been published in The New York Times, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure and Outside, among others, and meticulously reports on the state of snow and ice on the planet. He worked with publishing and outdoor industry veterans, Ned Hutchinson, Steve Tatigian, Em-J Staples and Jeff Wogoman, in addition to help from Powder magazine and Protect Our Winters to plan, publish, edit and distribute the book. There is no big publishing house behind it, no deep pockets, distribution channels or connections that major publishing companies have. The book covers a sport that has inspired 65 million people around the world. It is not a tale of the end. It is a beginning - a remembrance of how dynamic and fulfilling the skiing life is. And a wake-up call regarding how important snow and ice are to our way of life and what needs to be done to save them.

If you love snow, order a book and make a contribution. Your donation will go directly to the print bill. In return, choose from the list of terrific rewards...

Below are the 18"x24" photographs shot by Powder photographers available at the $200 level. Please indicate which you would like when you make your donation:

Craig Wolfrom
Craig Wolfrom
Dave Heath
Dave Heath
Adam Clark
Adam Clark
Grant Gunderson
Grant Gunderson
Mattias Fredriksson
Mattias Fredriksson
Greg Von Doersten
Greg Von Doersten
Greg Von Doersten #2
Greg Von Doersten #2
Dave Heath #2
Dave Heath #2
Mattias Fredriksson #2
Mattias Fredriksson #2
Dave Heath #3
Dave Heath #3

Risks and challenges

Publishing a book without a major publisher, agent, publicity team and all of the side benefits that come with working within the industry is incredibly difficult. Chain bookstores sell window and shelf space at a premium to the largest publishers and don't allow independent publishers in the front door. Distributors ask to see $50,000 in sales before taking a book on. Even indie bookstores these days are hesitant to buy books without a proven sales record.

Which leaves DEEP out in the cold, and in front of you. You are the reader. You can decide what you want to spend your hard-earned money on. We think the message in DEEP is a vital one, with ramifications around the world. Our partners in this effort are not Barnes and Noble or Doubleday. They are advocacy groups like Protect Our Winters, 350.org, Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, I Am Pro Snow and Powder Magazine.

We're on the homestretch and have connected a writer in New York, fact-checker in San Francisco, copy editor in Los Angeles and publishers in Jackson Hole to make it happen. We believe that everyone who has ever appreciated snow, the mountains or even life as we know it should read DEEP. You won't be disappointed.

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    Free ticket to a DEEP Tour party. The DEEP bus will be cruising through the Rockies and East Coast this winter. Keep an eye out for tour stops and dates later this fall...

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    Copy of the eBook. Readable on Kindle, iPad, Galaxy, Nook, computer or any tablet, phone or e-reader. Plus one free ticket to a DEEP Tour party.

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    Copy of the Enhanced eBook designed by Publet, including slideshows, animations, movies and extended interviews with characters in the book. Viewable on any tablet or computer. Plus one free ticket to a DEEP Tour party.

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    Signed hardcover copy of DEEP, including a 16-page photo insert from top Powder magazine photographers. Shipping included...Plus one free ticket to a DEEP Tour party.

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    DEEP Gift Pack: 1 signed hardcover, 1 eBook and 1 enhanced eBook sent to the email address of your choice. Plus one free ticket to a DEEP Tour party.

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    Signed, numbered, limited edition 18x24 print from the book, shot by legendary Powder magazine photographers: Greg Von Doersten, David Reddick, Grant Gunderson, Craig Wolfrom, Dave Heath, Mattias Fredriksson or Adam Clark. Unframed. ***See Project Description for photo choices. Plus a signed copy of the hardcover book.

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    One pair of 2013-14 fat skis from DEEP partners who helped make the book: Rossignol, Volkl, Fischer, Armada or DPS. (You pick the model and size*, first come first serve to pick the brand.) Plus a copy of the enhanced eBook and signed hardcover edition. (*Must retail for under $1,000)

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    NEW REWARD!! One pair of 2013-14 fat skis from DEEP partners who are helping to make the book: Icelantic, Head or Fatypus. (First come first serve to pick the brand...Icelantic is offering the Gypsy; Fatypus a 174cm D'Sender. For Head, take your pick. Email with size preference.) Plus a copy of the hardcover, enhanced eBook and signed hardcover edition. (*Must retail for under $1,000)

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    Show your commitment to saving snow. Your name or company will be listed on the acknowledgments page of the eBooks, as well as on the book website, newsletter and DEEP Tour literature. Plus 10 pre-release eBooks and 10 signed hardcover books for you to distribute.

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    Corporate Sponsorship: Your logo will appear on the back cover of the eBook, on the book website, newsletters, movie slate and on the DEEP Tour van. Plus a presentation by Porter Fox at an event of your choice. AND...a full Stio ski suit AND fat skis for the bold soul who signs on the dotted line. Plus 10 enhanced eBooks and 10 signed hardcover books for you to distribute.

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