Suggested Reading List
Ski & Snow Country: The Golden Years of Skiing in the West
Author: Warren Miller, Ray Atkenson
Description: The early, romantic days of skiing in the West, from the 1930s to the '50s, were a time of glamour and great excitement. Hollywood movie stars in the latest snow fashions shared chair lifts with the originators of "extreme" skiing. Skiers zoomed down the mountains with primitive equipment, relying on enthusiasm and their own brand of skill to take them successfully to the bottom. Otto Lang, Hannes Schneider, Errol Flynn, and dozens of other celebrities and even early Olympic athletes peppered these snowy slopes, having the time of their lives. Signed by Warren Miller. That era of fun and elegance was captured on film by famed outdoor photographer Ray Atkeson and ski movie maker Warren Miller, who became friends in Squaw Valley in 1949. In this nostalgic tour of an earlier time, Miller reminisces about the places, people, and props that color the history of skiing in the West. His lively, firsthand account of the events that populate this unequaled photo collection is fascinating reading. Ray Atkeson became a legend in his lifetime, taking over 40,000 photos of the pioneer years of skiing the West. Warren Miller has produced nearly five hundred sports films during his fifty-year career. He teaches skiing in Big Sky, Montana. Hardcover, 120 pages
Steamboat: Ski Town USA
Author: Tom Bie
Description: Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is an uncommon mountain town-part cowboy capital, part internationally renowned winter sports playground. It's a magical place, where snow falls in prodigious amounts and Olympians seem to sprout like weeds. "Steamboat: Ski Town USA captures it all. From the earliest ski jumpers on Howelsen Hill to the nordic skiers and freestylers of today, from the legendary tree skiing on Mount Werner to the remarkable fly-fishing on the Yampa River, this book captures the essence of both the town and the resort as never before.
The Story of Modern Skiing
Author: John Fry
Description: John Fry, a renowned insider, discusses the ultimate history of skiing through the decades. This is the definitive history of the sport that has exhilarated and infatuated in just North America, about 30 million Americans and Canadians over the course of the last fifty years. The Story of Modern Skiing is laced with revelations from the author’s personal relationships with skiing greats such as triple Olympic gold medalists Toni Sailer and Jean-Claude Killy, double gold medalist and environmental champion Andrea Mead Lawrence, first women’s World Cup winner Nancy Greene, World Alpine champion Billy Kidd, Sarajevo gold and silver medalists Phil and Steve Mahre, and industry pioneers such as Vail founder Pete Seibert, metal ski designer Howard Head, and plastic boot inventor Bob Lange. Fry writes authoritatively of alpine skiing in North America and Europe, of Nordic skiing, and of newer variations in the sport: freestyle skiing, snowboarding, and extreme skiing. He looks closely at skiing’s relationship to the environment, its portrayal in the media, and its response to social and economic change. Hardcover, 380 pages JOHN FRY is the former editor-in-chief of SKI, America’s oldest ski magazine, and founding editor of the award-winning New York Times magazine Snow Country. His contributions to skiing include direct roles in launching the NASTAR (National Standard Ski Race) program, The Nations Cup of alpine ski racing, and the Graduated Length Method of teaching. Fry is a member of the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and has received the International Skiing History Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has skied since childhood in North America and around the world.