Volume 16, No. 4 December 2004

On the Cover: 

This Norman Rockwell oil painting of life on a snow train was originally conunissioned by the Saturday Evening Post for its January 24, 1948 cover. A reproduction of the painting, courtesy of the American Illustrators Gallery, is part of the Beekley Collection at the Mammoth Ski Museum in Mammoth Lakes, California. The original painting resides at Centaur Galleries in Las Vegas, Nevada.


7 The Wonders of the Walt
He gave us man-made winter and a wonderland called Mount Snow.

12 Maxing the Wow! Factor
Skiing's ten most historic stunters--and their stunts.

18 Wise in His Ways
Tony Wise-the dreamer, doer, and creator of the American Birkebeiner

23 Murzzuschlag: Ski History Conference Report
The gathering of ski historians was a grand--albeit bumpy at times--affair.

29 Moosilauke: Birth of the National Downhill
Where the seeds of American ski racing firmly took root.


4 Readers Respond
Letters of reaction, brickbats, and opinion.

26 Snapshots in Time
What was happening in skiing in 1934, 1954, and 1974.

27 Collectibles
Old ski lifts are resurrected from the past.

34 Classic Gear
A history of ski edges-what worked, and what didn't.

38 Historic Lodges
The fairy-tale myth that built the Trapp Family Lodge.

43 Skier's Bookshelf
Michael White's Skiing Collectibles - a must for any ski-history bookshelf.

44 Musuem News
Intermountain women, new inductees to the Main, Colorado Halls of Fame

45 Remembering
Christl Cranz, Paul Nitze, Joe Zoline, Wilbur McBay.

47 President's Letter
Fruits of success, key projects ahead.

48 Long Thongs
Hans Thorner: Skiing's angry man.

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