The cover of this issue features a 1926 woodcut, titled “Der Skisprung,” by influential German expressionist painter and printmaker Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938). After World War I, illness drove him to settle in Davos, Switzerland, where he painted many landscapes. This woodcut—with the number on the skier’s bib reversed for printmaking—depicts the famous Bolgenschanze ski jump in Davos, which hosted international meets startin in 1909 and was active through the 1950s. Today the slope is used for alpine skiing. The woodcut is printed with permission from Kirchner Museum Davos in Switzerland (www.kirchnermuseum.ch).
13 The Toughest American
A November 1963 interview with Bud Werner, the first American racer to win a European downhill, who died 50 years ago after his final season before turning pro. by Morten Lund
16 Cool Style
From the freestyling Seventies to the rock-and-roll Eighties and high-tech, high-ticket Nineties, mens’ skiwear kept up with the times. by Barbara Alley Simon / Photography by Scott Markewitz
22 Master Boot Laster
Many racers believe they need downsized, super-stiff, ultra-narrow boots. The most accomplished alpine ski boot designer of the plastic era, Sven Coomer, believes that’s changing. by Jackson Hogen
3 Readers Respond
Turning Tremblant toward the sun; fixing the faux Park City photos; Argentine racing memories.
5 Short Turns
Raising hell for ski history in Whitefish; U.S. Ski Team reunion. Plus: New national ski museum in Slovenia.
6 Snapshots in Time
A baron snubs Squaw (1939), Stowe’s café society (1959).
9 Where Are They Now?
Lasse Kjus: Since retiring from racing, the Olympic and World Cup champ has focused on his own line of high-performance skiwear. By Edie Thys Morgan
11 Resorts Then and Now
Royal Gorge, a top U.S. cross-country ski area since the 1970s, is rising out of receivership. By Bob Woodward
27 Classic Ski Shops
The Alpine Shop in Vermont celebrates 50 years and three generations of owners. By Sarah Tuff
29 Ski Life
A master of many techniques. By Bob Cram
30 Forever Ski Pointer
The stationary kick turn is an essential tool, even as ski schools have forgotten to teach it. Introducing a new series of timeless tips. By Bill Briggs and Ron LeMaster
Tom Jacobs, Chilton Anderson, Howard “Bo” Callaway, Mel Dalebout, Tony Hedgecock
33 Skiing History Week
With plentiful April snow in Utah, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and ISHA honored athletes, filmmakers and historians.
36 Last Run
Wonderful winter sparkle for your nails.
Photo by David Madison