Volume 28, No. 6 November-December 2016

Volume 28, No. 6 November-December 2016 cover
On the Cover: 

This circa 1950s poster by an unknown artist is from the Mason Beekley Collection of International Ski Art and Literature.

17 An Interview with Penny Pitou
America’s 1960 Olympic alpine double medalist reflects on her racing career and the women who inspired her success. BY IAN SCULLY
22 The Great Sun Valley Avalanche
A tragic 1952 incident at America’s  first destination resort stunned the skiing community and contributed to better management and safety practices. Based on firsthand accounts from people who were there. BY DAVID BUTTERFIELD
26 The Man Who Came to Dinner and Stayed a Year
The peripatetic ski life of Marquis Nicolò degli Albizzi, a minor Russian aristocrat whose adventures—and misadventures—led him from the Rockies to Lake Placid and the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec. BY E. JOHN B. ALLEN


3 Readers Respond
Wondering what makes a coach great, wandering the lost ski areas of Montreal.
5 Short Turns
University of Denver’s new Center for Ski History hosts reception; U.S. Ski Team gala celebrates 50 years; cloudy future for some of skiing’s oldest brands.
11 Museum News
U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Hall of Fame announces Class of 2016; the Swiss Academic Ski Club publishes a must-read resource for ski bibliophiles.
14 Equipment
After four generations, the Heierling family revives its Swiss boot brand. BY LUZI HITZ
15 Classics Revisited
Fact or Fiction? Caught near the summit after dark, a Steamboat Springs skier and fur-trapper was chased by ravenous wolves in 1890.
21 Timeless Tips
To traverse across a steep or icy slope, check your body angles. BY RON LEMASTER
32 News from ISHA
ISHA Awards set for April 6 at Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont; Mike Hundert joins the ISHA board.
33 Where Seniors Ski Free
This winter, seniors can ski free at dozens of areas across the United States.
35 Media Reviews
Ski Inc., a new book by four-decade resort executive Chris Diamond, offers an insider’s account of what it takes to build a ski-resort empire...or to destroy one.
36 Remembering
Farewell to pioneers Hank McKee, Pepi Salvenmoser, Erik Giese, Carl Melvey, Lowell Thomas Jr. and Nicholas Scheetz.
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