Volume 24, No. 2 March-April 2012

On the Cover: 

Former freestyle skier Corey “Corky” Fowler created this original acrylic painting from a black-and-white photograph taken in 1947 at Sun Valley, Idaho, looking down Ridge Run from the top of Baldy Mountain. Prints and posters are available online (www.WhiteCreek and at the Sun Valley Signature Gift Shop.


18 You Were So Beautiful!
Forty years ago, these women helped to make skiing the most visually dazzling sport. By John Fry

23 Hard Hats
From leather straps to high-tech plastic, the story of ski helmets and how they grew. By Seth Masia

27 On the Inside Ski
Though the outside ski has always been key, the world’s best skiers for years have deployed the inside ski to turn. By Ron LeMaster


3 Commentary
Ski Heil, a controversial and award-winning new film.

6 Readers Respond
A case of mistaken identity.

7 Short Turns
Ski posters sell for record prices; Bromley celebrates 75 years; Snow Country now available online.

8 Snapshots in Time
Ski resorts go corporate (1997); the birth of Copper Mountain (1972); first TV pro race (1962).

11 Where Are They Now?
Pirmin Zurbriggen, one of the world’s greatest ski racers, is running a hotel and advocating for youth ski racing in Switzerland.

13 Resorts Then and Now
Breckenridge: 50 years of ski lifts, 150 years of history.

16 Historic Lodging
Since 1825, the Waitsfield Inn has transformed from parsonage to ski dorm to classic Vermont inn.

29 Where Are They Now?
Resort manager Hans Geier is living the good life in Steamboat, where he led a $26 million expansion.

31 Remembering
Jill Kinmont Boothe, Leif Torgersen Axell, Bill Nicoll, Jerry Taylor, Wally Rothgeb.

34 New High for Donations
A record 370 donors gave to ISHA in 2011.

36 Media Reviews
Fact-filled books on New Hampshire’s Cannon Mountain and Gunstock, plus a French bibliography and an authoritative ski dictionary.

40 Last Run
The longest rope tow in America.

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