Volume 24, No. 5 September-October 2012

On the Cover: 
Edna Dercum at Arapahoe Basin circa 1945, before the lifts were installed. She and her husband Max helped to found the ski area. The poster is available for $29.95 from Vintage Ski world (vintageskiworld. com). The original watercolor is by R.W. (Rick) Russell of Silverthorne, Colorado. He based the painting on a photo provided by the Dercums.

19 When Trails Turned Color
In 1964, when ski areas first introduced colorcoded signs to indicate difficulty of terrain, master cartoonist Bob Cram offered skiers a humorous take on this new development. By John Fry and Bob Cram

23 Ladies First, Again!
After a downturn, women’s ski instruction—first introduced 37 years ago at Squaw Valley in California—is stronger than ever, with programs at ski resorts across North America and around the world. By Abby Rand

28 Six Turns to Success
How the author learned to ski in the 1930s in his neighbor’s backyard, with a Northland instruction booklet as his only guide. By Robert Parker


3 Commentary
How does the sport of skiing grow? Ask a friend.

4 Readers Respond
Alain Lazard on the angry politics of ski racing; remembering Ray Hall, Camp Hale and Mary Bird.

6 Short Turns
Vail Resorts drops the NASTAR recreational program; X-Games skips skiercross and boardercross.

8 Snapshots in Time
Les Otten rises to the top (1997), U.S. Ski Team needs discipline (1972), $2 lift tickets spur complaints (1947).

10 Museum News
Controversy at the Canadian Ski Museum; annual inductions at the Maine and Laurentian Halls of Fame.

13 Resorts Then and Now
Arapahoe Basin in Colorado: From a war-surplus start to the steep-skiing mecca of the Front Range.

16 Classic Ski Shops
Though its founder died in August, Salter’s Ski Shop in Pennsylvania will continue its quest for perfection.

30 Where Are They Now?
Franz Klammer of Austria, the 1976 men’s Olympic downhill champ, is a global ambassador for the sport.

32 Equipment
The 10th Mountain Division fought on the 1940 Splitkein.

33 Media Reviews
The Swiss roots of alpine racing; did skiing start in China more than 10,000 years ago?

35 Remembering
Sixten Jernberg, Tom Sims, Ivan Petkov, Ansten Samuelstuen, Alice Schernthanner, Bill Wallace.

38 ISHA Annual Report

40 Last Run
The U-Ski offers radical camber for big curves.

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