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About Wendy Clinch

Some people think I’m a little too obsessed with skiing. And to them I say — you might be right. I started skiing when I was 13, stopped after about 10 years, then started again about 16 years ago. Since then I’ve become totally addicted. When I’m not skiing, I’m thinking about skiing. So yeah, I guess obsessed is the word.

I started this blog in response to two things: 1) my observation that men far outnumber women on the slopes; and 2) the overwhelming male orientation of ski magazines and internet ski forums. It’s not that I don’t like men — I do — I just think that women skiers are often underserved, under-represented, and overlooked. So this is my little way of putting it out there that yes, there are loads of kick-ass women skiers, and yes, we like to talk about skiing, too.

If you’re looking for more of a two-way conversation, check out TheSkiDiva.com. This is a forum I started back in 2006, and it’s become the leading online community for women skiers. It’s a great place to talk with other women about anything and everything ski-related. It’s just for women — so men, please don’t register. I’ll only kick you off. But it’s really a lot of fun.

I will now take your questions. Yes, you in the back? Wearing the Patagonia jacket?

Q: If you love skiing so much, why don’t you move out West?

A: I’m an East Coast kind of girl. I actually grew up on the Jersey shore (love the beach!), and lived in Pennsylvania for a really, really long time — suburban Philly, to be exact — til I was lucky enough to move to Vermont.  I have a real love for New England — the GMS (Green Mountain State)  in particular. It’s a beautiful state that hasn’t been ruined yet by horrible traffic, big box stores, and housing developments. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars that I ended up here.

Q: What are you skiing on now?

A: I have three pair of skis:

Fisher Vision 73’s: These are a few years old but I can’t bear to get rid of them. A great east coast ski.

Volkl Tierras: I’ve had these for one season and absolutely love them. They have this big shovel in the front that’ll go through anything. And they ride like they’re on rails.

Volkl Auras: This is my powder ski, but really, they’re great in just about anything. Love ’em.

Q: Are you the same Wendy Clinch that writes the Ski Diva mysteries?

A: Yes. But don’t hold that against me (badda-bing). My first book, DOUBLE BLACK, came out January, 2010, and my second, FADE TO WHITE, came out in January, 2011. Both books focus on Stacey Curtis, a young woman who moves to a Vermont ski town to become a ski bum. She’s sort of my alter ego; the direction my life would have taken if I hadn’t gotten married, started a career, and become a mother.

Q: What did you do before you were a ski bum?

A: I did the Devil’s work: advertising. Yep, spent many, many years in the glamorous world of business-to-business advertising, where I wrote about such things are water treatment, O-rings, pumps, flowmeters, etc.. If you can write about that and make it sound interesting, trust me — you can write about anything.

Q: Is your husband Jon Clinch, author of FINN and KINGS OF THE EARTH?

A: Yes. Let me brag here a bit: FINN was named one of 2007’s best novels by The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor, and a Notable Book of the year by the American Library Association. KINGS OF THE EARTH is amazing, too, and everyone should read it. Even Oprah loves it (yes, THAT Oprah); it was the #1 pick on her Summer ’10 Reading List, and featured in O magazine .You can find out more about him at JonClinch.com.

Q: Do you have a pet?

A: Yes, a cat  named Sophie. I must be very good with cats. My first cat, Cat, lived to be 19, and my second, Katie, lived to 17. Both of these were orange cats, and Sophie is a tuxedo. Let’s hope that doesn’t make a difference.

Q: Kids?

A: Yes, a fantastic, terrific, highly intelligent, daughter. She’s vastly superior to me in every way, except she doesn’t ski. Go figure.

Q: Is there anything else you like to do besides ski?

A: Obviously, skiing is my favorite activity, but unfortunately, I can’t do it year ’round. In the off season I swim laps — which is totally boring but good for me, ride my bike, and work out at the gym. I try to do something physical at least 5 out of 7 days. As they say, use it or lose it. I also love to read, eat good food, and spend time with friends (yes, I have some).


1. Dawn Clark - June 21, 2011

Hi Wendy, Dawn here. Just met you today with Paula and what a great bike ride. Looking forward to the next ride and talking more skiing.

Wendy - June 21, 2011

A pleasure to meet you, too, Dawn. Be sure to check out TheSkiDiva.com, too!

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