Volume 26, No. 4, July-August 2014

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On the Cover: 

“Sport in the Mountain” by American artist Arthur Meltzer (1893–1989) depicts skiers in Adelboden, Switzerland. The 1930 oil painting belongs to the Mason Beekley International Collection of Skiing Art and Literature.


16 My American Hero
A veteran World Cup journalist reflects on the victories—and tragedies—that marked the colorful life and career of U.S. alpine racer Bill Johnson, from Olympic downhill gold to a terrible 2001 crash. Today, Johnson lives in a rehabilitation facility near Portland, Oregon. by Patrick Lang

20 Vermont’s Jay Peak
Once an isolated outpost, Jay Peak, just a few miles south of the Canadian border, is now a busy year-round destination for visitors from the Northeast and beyond—with investors from around the world. By Bob Soden

24 Hey, You! Get Off My Trail!
Three decades ago, a war of words was raging across the U.S. wilderness between snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. Is the conflict now over and cooperation the new norm? by Bob Woodward

Photo by Hufton Crow (visit OSLO)


3 Readers Respond
Ken Read is a fan of France’s La Face; high-school memories of Tom Jacobs in Maine; skiing New York City’s Van Cortlandt Park in the late 1940s.

5 Short Turns
Hostile takeover in Park City; Les Otten announces $100 million overhaul at The Balsams in New Hampshire; ski huts on the National Historic Register. 

6 Snapshots in Time
Skiers rapidly growing older (1989), mold-free ski-boot storage (1939), Nansen’s first long journey (1884).

9 Museum News
Intermountain Hall of Fame inductees; U.S. Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend; new Slovenian museum.

11 Where Are They Now?
Herman Gollner, the inventor of freestyle’s famous Moebius flip, is skiing, coaching and climbing. By Dick Dorworth

13 Resorts Then and Now
In the Norwegian capital of Oslo, home of the famed Holmenkollen jump, skiing is more than a sport. By M. Michael Brady

27 Collectibles
In her California Ski Library, Ingrid Wicken preserves the lore and literature of the sport. By Doug Pfeiffer

29 Timeless Tips
Keep your hands where you can see them. By Ron Lemaster

30 Remembering
Warren Witherell, Curt Chase, George “Bub” Nelson Jr., Gretchen Ress Scott, Jeffrey Pier

32 Ads from the Past
Always close to my Hart.

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