Volume 26, No. 1, January-February 2014

On the Cover: 

This painting on canvas by artist Margaret Minor dates to the mid-1930s. Courtesy Beekley International Collection of Skiing Art and Literature.



12 Leaps of Faith
Rick Sylvester achieved notable first ascents and descents of iconic peaks, but he’s best remembered for falling off the top of them. By Jackson Hogen

17 Olympic Memories
veteran journalist on the world alpine racing circuit recalls moments of high drama—and humor—from the Winter Games. By Patrick Lang

22 Mont Tremblant at 75
How an American millionaire built eastern North America’s largest ski resort in the isolated interior of French Canada. By John Fry

26 Golden Nuggets
More than a dozen U.S. ski areas and resorts celebrate 50th anniversaries this winter. By Peggy Shinn


© 1988 / Comité International Olympique (CIO) / United Archives


3 Commentary
When safety cancels itself out. By john fry

4 Readers Respond
Alex Cushing’s daughter remembers Mineral King. Avalanche risk at the
Sochi Olympics?

6 Short Turns
Ski halfpipe debuts at the Winter Olympics; a 1938 ski rack for automobile running boards.

7 Snapshots in Time
Segregating skiers by skill (1949), Ski Hall of Fame and mavericks don’t mix (1999).

9 News from ISHA
News we can use: Results from our member survey.

10 Ski Memories
The 1952 American Inferno: Could Bill Beck have beaten Toni Matt? By Peggy Shinn

15 Classics Revisited
In which a fortune-hunting ski instructor gets what he deserves. By Carol Spelius

29 Where Are They Now?
Bernie Weichsel is skiing’s promotions king and a tireless fundraiser for the cause. By Tony Chamberlain

31 Media Reviews
New books on ski history: Vermont’s Stowe, Australia’s Perisher and Russia’s biathlon success.

32 Remembering
Henrik Bull, Bill Klein, Father Jean-Marie Mouchet, Kenneth (KNCB) Moore, Don Brolin.

35 Skiing Heritage Week
Register now for ISHA’s reunion in Park City, Utah.

36 Last Run
Smooth skin for skiers in the late 1930s.


Tom Lippert

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