Volume 27, No. 4 July-August 2015

On the Cover: 

“Downhill Skiing in the Mountains” is a 1975 oil on canvas painting by William Medcalf. Courtesy Beekley International Collection of Skiing Art and Literature.


19 All American
Bob Beattie speaks out on the “alarming” state of collegiate ski racing in the United States—and how it can be fixed. By Edith Thys Morgan

22 The Double Life of Dave McCoy
Fifty years ago, the builder of California’s Mammoth Mountain was also mentor to the country’s best racing talent. By Burton Hersh

27 The Extraordinary Ski Life of J Laughlin
A giant of American book publishing had another career…on snow. By Ian Macniven

Photo courtesy David Bayer Photography


Readers Respond
Klosters memories; the anonymous master sergeant is identified.

Short Turns
Two World Cup crystal globes have surfaced—and not in the hands of the racers who won them. Plus: Alpine team skiing headed for the Olympics; Bill Beck reunion in Vermont.

Snapshots in Time
Soulful, semi-tragic Killy (1966); don’t knock the slalom poles (1958); Lenin recommends skiing (1917).

10 News from ISHA
Lively posts on the Skiing History Facebook page. ISHA member profile: Hugh Harley.

11 Museum News
The Winter Sport Museum in Mürzzuschlag, Austria, is one of the finest in Europe. Plus: U.S.Hall of Fame plans an upgrade to its entrance.

13 Where Are They Now?
Two-time world champion Nancy Greene Raine divides her time between Sun Peaks and the Canadian Senate. By Edith Thys Morgan

15 Classic Ski Bars
For decades, the Duchin Room was the sophisticated hub of Sun Valley Lodge social life. By Dick Dorworth

17 Ski Memories
In 1979, the author slipped behind the Soviet curtain of silence for an interview with fearsome Russian crosscountry racer Yvgeny Belyayev. By Bob Woodward

30 Ski Memories
The late Bill Jenkins built the largest college ski instruction program in the U.S. By Karen Lorentz and Jeremy Davis

32 Remembering
Michel Arpin, Ian Ferguson, James Salter, Paul Wegeman, Colin Stewart IV, Naomi Wain, Newc Eldredge

35 Media Reviews

Photo courtesy of Nancy Greene Raine

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