A Bend resident since 1999, Steve Porino, 43, was raised primarily outside Chicago, otherwise Connecticut, Vermont, Colorado, California, Utah and Oregon. His father, who grew up ski racing in Italy and Switzerland, passed that passion to his four kids. After graduating from the steeps of Illinois’ Wilmot Mountain—vertical drop 256—Porino took up at Vermont’s Burke Mountain Academy, where his heritage played out on longer and steeper runs.
Spirits of the past are present everywhere. They dwell in our lands, haunt our historic buildings and cemeteries, and inhabit our songs, literature, films and holy texts. From ancient Egypt to today’s pop culture, stories of ghosts, apparitions and spirits— whatever you call them—are found in nearly every society and every religion.