Volume 24, No. 6 November-December 2012

On the Cover: 

This painting by an unknown artist, of Santa Claus skiing merrily away from a mountaintop lodge, dates to the 1950s and is owned by the Mason Beekley International Collection of Skiing Art and Literature.


14 Life in Balance
Marc Girardelli, one of the greatest all-around alpine skiers in history, is now a family man and successful entrepreneur. by Edie Thys Morgan

16 Stamp Act
In the early 1900s, poster stamps—a ubiquitous form of advertising—helped to spread the word of skiing and winter sports worldwide. by E. John B. Allen

21 The Queen’s Winter Reps
From Lord Dufferin in the 1870s to David Johnston today, the Governors General of Canada have celebrated winter and promoted snowsports across the nation. by Amy Tector


3 Commentary
Hall of Fame controversy flares again.

6 Readers Respond
A defense attorney recalls the Alpine Meadows avalanche; rope rescue from an A-Basin single chair.

7 Short Turns
Ted Ligety wins a World Cup GS race on the skis he hates; free skiing for seniors this season at U.S. resorts.

8 Snapshots in Time
Skiers flock to military service (1942), real-estate prices hit rock bottom (1992), Wall Street scandals lead to mega-mansion sell-offs (2002).

11 Museum News
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame announces Class of 2012; fall induction and ski-patrol bash in Vermont.

25 Resorts Then and Now
Vermont’s Magic Mountain, once a now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t conjuring trick, has literally been reborn.

27 Where Are They Now? 
Tori (Pillinger) Robinson’s crash, 25 years ago, changed the finish line of international racing forever.

29 Ski Equipment
A firsthand report from November 1946, when the ski industry was struggling to recover from World War II.

31 Media Reviews
A new book examines environmental battles and ski resorts as engines of industrial tourism in Colorado.

32 Remembering
Emile Allais, Jim Spring, Whiting “Whitey” Willauer, Joseph Sargent, Morton Gurrentz.

35 Skiing Heritage Week 2013
Registration information for ISHA’s annual reunion, coming next April in Vail, Colorado.

36 Last Run
Selling motor oil to stylish skiers in 1927.

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