Volume 28, No. 1 January-February 2016

January-February 2016 Issue Cover
On the Cover: 

Among many other assignments with Stein Eriksen, Sun Valley photographer Fred Lindholm produced 208 photos for Come Ski With Me, Eriksen’s 1966 autobiography, edited by Martin Luray. “God knows how many times I shot him,” says Lindholm. “And he was perfect every time.” The cover image was taken in 1966; the photo below was shot at Mammoth Mountain in 1962.


13 Juha Mieto
Memories of nordic racing’s big man—and the closest individual race in competitive cross-country history. BY BOB WOODWARD

15 Jim McConkey
The pioneer powderhound and cliff jumper, one of the most visible skiers of the 1960s, is still skiing at age 89. BY SETH MASIA

18 Whistler’s Big Birthday
Five locals tell the story of five decades of progress at Whistler Mountain in British Columbia. Plus: Whistler pioneers. BY MICHEL BEAUDRY

27 The One and Only Stein
Born into a famous Norwegian ski family, Olympic gold medalist Stein Eriksen became the celebrated icon of skiing 60 years ago. BY MORTEN LUND


3 Readers Respond
Practical joker Gunde Svan; visionary Dick Bass; Wrigley jumper remembers. Plus: A ski bus named Desire.

6 News from ISHA
Record year for fundraising; ISHA donor wins USSA Gold Pass. ISHA member profile: Eddy and Osvaldo Ancinas.

7 Short Turns
Eddie the Eagle on the silver screen; new nordic center at historic Planica in Slovenia; revival at Vermont’s Ascutney. Plus: Iconic ski art of Swedish painter Anders Zorn.

8 Snapshots in Time
How to fall (1935), first snowmaking (1946), wedeln is here to stay (1956).

17 Timeless Tips
When you hit the tops of moguls, swallow the bump... and relax. BY RON LEMASTER

24 Classic Ski Shops
The Alpine Sport Shop in Saratoga Springs, New York, has been selling ski gear for 75 years. BY PHIL JOHNSON

32 Remembering
Farewell to pioneers Kai Arne Ringen, Gerald Groswold, Doug Tompkins, Alex Morley, Paul Bousquet, Gale Shaw Jr., George Macomber, Charles Kellogg II, Allan Beck, Bill Witte and ISHA board member Donn Mosser.

36 Media Reviews
Notable books on Whistler, Snowshoe Thompson, the modernization of skiing in the Alps, Austria’s Arlberg, and “church races” in Sweden.

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