My Story

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I grew up in a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, both a skier and writer from a very young age. After studying English literature and editing for my school newspaper at Middlebury College in Vermont, I was determined to become a journalist. I got my start reporting for a weekly newspaper in Tahoe, before begging my way into an internship and then an assistant editor job at Outside Magazine in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After that, I worked (while skiing a ton) as an associate and online editor at Skiing Magazine in Boulder, Colorado, then worked as the freeskiing editor for ESPN.com in Seattle, Washington.

Now, I’m my own boss, a freelance writer, based in Tahoe City, California. I’m a correspondent for Outside Magazine, a senior correspondent for Powder Magazine, an editor-at-large for Backcountry Magazine, a contributing editor for REI’s Co-Op Journal, and a regular contributor to publications like the San Francisco Chronicle, Red Bulletin, Men’s Journal, and more. I’ve written features about the reliance on J-1 visas in mountain towns, the murder of my stepdad at a remote kayak lodge, and a fatal avalanche I was involved in. I’ve profiled remarkable people like pro skier Cody Townsend, transgendered ultrarunner Grace Fisher, and the woman turning Google into a green giant.

I also write stories and create authentic, credible content for brands, many in the ski and outdoor industry and beyond. For examples of my writing for clients like Patagonia, Red Bull Media House, REI, Gore-Tex, and others, please see my copywriting work

If that doesn’t keep me busy enough, I’m a mom to two adventurous young kids and I started and run a co-working space in Tahoe for fellow freelancers, remote workers, and start-ups called the Tahoe Mill Collective. Thanks for checking out my work.

To reach me, please email me at megan@meganmichelson.com