Volume 31, No. 6 November-December 2019

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The Skier by Ellen Emmet Rand (1875– 1941) depicts Peter DeVito, a young man who worked on Rand’s family farm in Salisbury, Connecticut. Rand specialized in portraits and painted more than 500 works during her career, including portraits of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, cellist Pablo Casals and her cousins, author Henry James and philosopher- psychologist William James. The Skier is on display in Connecticut; see page 29.


14 Is He the Greatest?
With his recent retirement, record-breaking eight-time overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria is arguably alpine ski racing’s Greatest of All Time ... or is he? BY PATRICK LANG

19 Vermont Revival
Once again, the Edson Hill Manor is a top-ranked luxury retreat in Stowe. BY PEGGY SHINN

22 Skiing High, Part 2
Like an irresistible drug, racking up new descents keeps ski mountaineers looking for the highest high. Welcome to the brave new world of 8,000 meters—and beyond. BY JAY COWAN

Features Vo. 31 Issue 6

5 Readers Respond
The tale of Redford’s Roffe; Pepi Stiegler shows ‘em how it’s done.

8 Short Turns
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a bona-fide rider and former snowboard instructor at Blackcomb in B.C. Plus: Early ski photo, where seniors ski free.

10 Snapshots in Time
The thrill of the forward flip (1920), pop psychology ski technique (1968), the higher power of powder (1993)

13 Equipment
In the early days of skiing, the wax on the bottom of your skis could make or break your day on the slopes. BY JOHN FRY

27 News from ISHA
See you in Sun Valley for Skiing History Week; meet ISHA Vice President John McMurtry.

29 Ski History Calendar
Watching the World Cup; the Wonders of Winter Art.

30 Media Reviews
In Ski Inc. 2020, Chris Diamond discusses the people and ideas that have shaped the modern ski experience. BY JOHN FRY

32 Remembering
Farewell to ski pioneers Joe Pete Wilson, Gert Boyle, Peter Lahdenpera, Havard Hanevold, Karl Koller, Davo Karnicar and Blanca Fernandez Ochoa.

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