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By Patrick Lang

A force of nature on the racecourse, Hermann Maier now enjoys a slower way of life.

By Patrick Lang

Austrian Hermann Maier is such an outsize presence in our memory that it’s hard to wrap one’s mind around the fact that he retired from racing 13 years ago. Now, turning 50 on December 7, he seems to have settled into a life of contemplative, pastoral domesticity.

By John W. Lundin

A week after Pearl Harbor, John Woodward and Paul Lafferty began teaching Army recruits to ski on Mount Rainier.

By John W. Lundin

In these pages, and in at least 40 books, the story has been told of how Charles Minot “Minnie” Dole and John E.P. Morgan, of the National Ski Patrol, lobbied the U.S. Army to establish a winter and mountain warfare unit, the 10th Mountain Division, beginning in June 1940.

By Edith Thys Morgan

A pair of Olympians lives happily ever after.

Like every couple with young kids, Nelson Carmichael and Caroline Lalive are constantly on the run. Unlike most couples, they bring Olympian chops to the task.

Photo above: Carmichael and Lalive live in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with daughter Freya and son Hugo.

By Seth Masia

There's a thin line between avid reader and dedicated bibliophile.

By Jeff Blumenfeld

President Joseph R. Biden created his first national monument, and the country’s 130th, in October, protecting for future generations a rugged landscape in the heart of the Rocky Mountains where the legendary 10th Mountain Division trained for Alpine warfare during World War II.

Photo above: President Joe Biden at Camp Hale, with 10th Mountain veterans Robert Scheuer and Bud Lovett (seated right), and (standing, left to right) Sen. Michael Bennet, Ute tribal leaders, Sen. John Hickenlooper and Rep. Joe Neguse.

Chief of Sport Anouk Patty engages the team’s legacy. 

In August 2022, more than 100 former U.S. Ski Team athletes, coaches and techs gathered in Park City, Utah, for an unofficial reunion. Attendees represented teams from 1968 (Robin Morning) through 2021 (local Ted Ligety), with heavy representation from the 1990s. The 1994 Olympic team got the gold with 16 athletes attending, while the 1988 and 1992 teams tied for silver, each with 13 athletes present.

By E. John B. Allen

Albert Muret has a place in ski art with his well-known poster of a line of St. Bernard monks skiing away from their ancient hospice in Switzerland, accompanied by two of their eponymous dogs. This is Muret’s only image containing skiers. He was known for pictures of the attractive village of Lens in the Valais, below the now mega-resort of Crans-Montana, where he lived from 1902 to 1917. He then moved to Epesses on Lac Léman (Lake Geneva), halfway between Lausanne and Vevey, in wine country. There is even a vin Muret.

By Einar Sunde

A passion for Nordic skiing drove the sport in the Upper Midwest

In the winter of 1841, Wisconsin farmers spotted some strange markings in the snow. They had been made by skier Gullit Laugen, a Norwegian immigrant, while on his way to purchase flour.

In Winter’s Children: A Celebration of Nordic Skiing, Ryan Rodgers tells of the development of Nordic skiing in the upper Midwest, from Laugen’s shopping trip to recent times. The great strength of the book is its focus on individual stories, from tragic to triumphant.

SilverStar offers a muti-stage tour of local history.

Because the September-October issue went to press before a scheduling change was announced, that issue reported an inaccurate date for Skiing History Week 2023. The actual dates will be March 21 to March 25—a week earlier than originally scheduled, with better snow.

There are other examples to add to the article “Lifts That Went Nowhere,” by Jeff Blumenfeld (May-June 2022), which described experimental ski lifts that were not successful. Here are two: In 1935, the Mt. Baker Development Company was looking for ways to develop the area. In December 1935, the company began operating a cable-drawn sled called a “ski escalator” to transport skiers from Terminal Lake up Panorama Dome (photo top of page). Developed and operated by a logger, Arthur Brandlund, the lift used a system of pulleys and cables adapted from the logging industry.

By Warren Miller

No excuses for not making excuses to play hooky and go skiing.

Early ski season is an odd time. During the first few years that most skiers and snowboarders slide or ride, they try to get out onto the hill the very first day that the ground has turned white—regardless of the fact that there’s only an inch or two of snow covering rocks, stumps and grass. In the spring, when the snow is still seven feet deep, those same people are grabbing golf clubs to go catch a cold walking down a chilly fairway.

By Seth Masia

First Successful Aluminum Skis


  • Sixty-three feature-length films
  • Twelve-hundred articles
  • Eleven books

and more...

Warren Miller is the history of skiing.

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Photographer Andreas Pedrett merged photography with art for his 1943 Klosters, Switzerland, travel poster. The richly colorized format was unique for a travel poster of that era, but nicely conveyed the stylish fashion of the model and by implication of the resort.

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