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Breakthrough on the New Skis: Say Goodbye to the Intermediate Blues, by Lito Tejada-Flores. The publisher says, "Almost as good as time on the hill: approaches expert-level skiing with a process anyone can master. Learn how to carve, link turns, and relax. Innovative instruction helps skiers gain both skill and self-confidence." 316 pages, 84 b & w photos & illustrations, paper ISBN: 0-87842-527-6. Order # MOPR1207 paper$19.95 Temporarily out of stock


Ski Like a Diva, by Jennifer & Jeff Bergeron. Explains special considerations for women skiiers. Contact Boot Fixation at Norway Haus, Main Street, Breckenridge, CO. Or order #PUBE8754 paper$8.95

CURRENT TITLES—Regional Ski Books

Skiing: a guide to the Colorado high country. ISBN: 1-55838-073-6 . Order # PRIM7600 paper$6.95

CURRENT TITLES—Cross-country Skiing Book

Snowshoe Trails of Yosemite.  ISBN 0-89997-253-5. Order # WILD1756 paper$13.95

CURRENT TITLES—Historical books

Downhill In Montana
Early Day Skiing in the Treasure State and Yellowstone National Park

by Stan Cohen

Alpine skiing in Montana and Yellowstone National Park has a rich past dating from the late 19th century. From simple homemade rope tows to present high-speed quad chair lifts and trams, the history of over 60 ski areas is illustrated in this book in black and white and color photographs, newspaper articles, correspondence, ski patches and personal accounts.

8 1/2"x 11", 278 pages, full color, 500 photos, maps brochures, letters, charts, paperback, $24.95.  ISBN 978-1-57510-136-1




Downhill In Montana, the DVD
Early Day Skiing in the Treasure State and Yellowstone National Park

produced by Pictorial Histories and Sunrise Studios

This 96-minute program traces the history of downhill skiing in Montana and Yellowstone Park, using original film footage, stills and interviews. The time frame is from the first ski trip into the Park in the 1880s to pre-war footage of the 1935 Anaconda Winter Carnival, Wraith Hill and its 1939 chairlift, to film and stories of ski train trips up the Blackfoot Valley; to Blossburg out of Helena and to Roland, Idaho from Missoula. Ski areas include Bear Canyon, Bridger Bowl, Beef Trail, Hellroaring (Big Mountain), Rainy Mountain (Maverick Mountain), GibbonsPass (Lost Trail), Lookout Pass, Diamond Mountain, Double Arrow Ranch, Belmont (Great Divide), Udine (Yellowstone Park), Lionhead, Kings Hill (Showdown), McDonald Pass, Grizzly Peak (Red Lodge Mountain), Snow Park, Snowbowl, and Marshall Mountain. The DVD is complemented by the book of the same title (above), which traces the history of more than 60 ski areas in the same geographic area. $19.95 

A Pictorial History of Downhill Skiing

by Stan Cohen

Here is a bountiful collection of photographs and illustrations, drawn from archives all over the United States, showing the history of downhill skiing since 1850. Included are photos of what is perhaps the nation’s first ski lift, photos of 19th Century gold miners who schussed the slopes of the Sierra Mountains, ski fashion photos, photos from the 1930s and 1940s—the boom years of American skiing—as well as an unusual compilation of early 20th Century ski-jumping photos. More than 500 images are presented with a concise narrative outlining the history of the sport in America.

8 1/2" x 11", 256 pages, 500+ photos and drawings, full-color cover, 12 pages of color inside, $14.95. ISBN 978-0933126558.



A Bird of Passage

The Story of My Life

by Otto Lang

“ . . . a vivid account of an interesting life, highly readable and very gentlemanly. Lang tells his story adeptly, almost gossip-free. That’s surely one reason that a dedicated ski instructor got as far in Hollywood as he did.” —Chris Goodrich, Book Review, Los Angeles Times

6"x9", 380 pages, 96 photos, paperback, $19.95.
ISBN 1-575100-26-6


The Games of ’36

A Pictorial History of the 1936 Olympics in Germany

by Stan Cohen

This is a story about people and events that took place more than 70 years ago in Nazi Germany. It has all the elements of a great novel—power struggles, political intrigue, anti-Semitism, treachery, personal triumph and patriotism. It is the story of the 1936 Summer Olympic games held in Berlin and the 1936 Winter Olympics held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

8 1/2"x 11", 248 pages, over 300 photos, diagrams, newspaper clippings, 12 color pages, paperback, $19.95. ISBN 1-57510-009-6


Gretchen’s Gold
The Story of Gretchen Fraser, America’s First Gold Medalist
in Olympic Skiing

by Luanne Pfeifer

“Gretchen’s Gold rates a platinum. It’s fastidiously researched, historically au point, inspiring and fascinating throughout.” —Doug Pfeiffer, Vice President of the International Skiing History Association and the editor of Skiing Magazine from 1963 to 1976

6"x9", 184 pages, 90 photos, hardcover, $19.95.
ISBN 1-57510-019-3




Breaking Even

by Dick Barrymore

It was the winter of 1969 in Sun Valley. Ski film maker Dick Barrymore had just tried a pair of skis from a new American company. He loved the way they performed and called the company suggesting he shoot a film with the skis as the star. The company agreed to sponsor the film—and pay Dick with a pair of the skis. The rest is history. Barrymore became a well-known movie producer.

6"x9", 344 pages, 60 photos, paperback, $15.95.
ISBN 1-57510-037-1


The Yosemite in Winter: an 1892 account. by James M. Carson, with extracts from John Muir's writings. Foreword by Bill Jones. Period engravings. 16 pages. ISBN: 0-89646-053-3. Paper cover.. Order #VIST0053 paper $3.95


Winter Tree Finder: A Manual for Identifying Deciduous Trees in Winter, by May Theilgaard Watts and Tom Watts. Key to identifying trees in the winter (when they've lost their leaves) by examining twigs and other features. Describes parts of the twig and their function. Line drawings show twigs, buds, fruits, shape, habitat, and range of trees. Covers US and Canada east of the Rocky Mountains, except Florida. ISBN 0-912550-03-1. 64 pages. Order # NASG0998 paper $3.95

Yosemite: The Story Behind the Scenery. by William R. Jones, former Chief Naturalist of Yosemite National Park. Not a winter book but one written by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor.  Order # KCPU738 paper$11.95


Some of the books below are in short supply.

Ski Racing: Advice by the Experts, by Casewit. A look at what ski racing was like in the late 1960s by a master technician of that time. Photos, 208 pages. ZZXS5174 cloth$19.50

Ski Touring in Northern Yellowstone National Park, by Barber. Guide to shorter trips in Mammoth/Lamar areas: waxing, winter dangers, animal safety. Drawings, 24 pages. Inventory = 2.  YELL1838 paper$1.25

Snow Country, by Fuller & Schmidt. Autumn, winter, and spring in Yellowstone. Color illustrations, 48 pages. Inventory = 1. YELL1827 paper$4.95

America’s Ski Book, by Ski Magazine. Includes history, equipment, major areas, techniques, competition. Illustrated, 511 pages. Inventory = 2. ZZXS5168 cloth$12.50

The Beauty of Winter, by Schansberg. A collection of impressions devoted to the pure, crystalline beauty and introspective nature of our frosty season. Color photos, 80 large-format pages. Inventory = 2. IDEA3011 paper$4.95

Competing in Cross-country Skiing. by Nilsson. Inventory = 2. STER3461 paper$5.95

Cross Country Ski Gear. by Brady. Selecting, buying, and using. Illustrated, 208 pages. Inventory = 34.            MOUN0859 paper$6.95

Cache Tours, by Schimpf. Ski-touring guide to the mountains around Logan, Utah. Maps, cartoons, 64 pages. Inventory = 4. WASA1672 paper$2.50.

The Cross-Country Ski, Cook, Look, & Pleasure Book, by Painter. Whimsical guide to the sport. Illustrated, 164 pages. Inventory = 4. WILD1774 paper$4.95

Freestyle Skiing, by Broze. Inventory = 1. ARCO3512 cloth$9.95

Hypothermia: Death by Exposure, by Forgey. Understanding, preventing and treating severe body chill. Illustrated, 180 pages. Inventory = 2. ICSB1348 paper$9.95

Sew for Snow, by Schulz. Illustrated instructions for making active winter sportswear. Illustrated, 190 pages. Inventory = 8. STAC1377 paper$9.95

Ski Magazine’s Managing the Mountain: Top Tips for Mastering Challenging Terrain, by Masia. For beginning skiers, intermediates, experts. 114 photos, 224 pages. Inventory = 1. SISC7836 paper$12.00

The Ski Maintenance and Repair Handbook, by Masia. Tuning new skis; repairing damage; boot & binding maintenance; poles. Photos, 126 pages. Inventory = 1. CONT0352 paper$7.95

Ski Powder 9 Ways, by Gordon. Tells how to handle deep new snow, with 9 different and successful techniques explained, and locates areas for powder skiing. Illustrated, 80 pages. Inventory = 4. MISC3010 paper$6.95

Ski Racing: Advice by the Experts, by Casewit. A look at what ski racking was like in the late 1960s. Photos, 192 pages. Inventory = 2. ZZXS5174 paper$3.25

This—is Ski Touring? by Schimpf. Humorous happenings on ski tours. Illustrated, 80 pages. Inventory = 9. WASA1691 paper$2.00

The Wacky World of Skiing, by Peterson. Cartoons on the humor of this sport. 128 pages.  Originally published by Stonewall at $9.95. Inventory = 1. ZZSU5789$1.98

Waxing for Cross-Country Skiing, by Brady. Definitive instructions on how to wax skis for any snow, with waxing table, base preparation. Photos, diagrams, 44 pages. Inventory = 8. WILD1772 paper$2.50

Wintering, by Mohney. The outdoor book for cold weather ventures--techniques and gear for hiking, camping, fires, navigating. Diagrams, 224 pocket-size pages. Inventory = 25. STAC1376 paper$5.95


The Snow-Shoe Races
A poem written in 1879 by a long-board skiing miner in the California gold camps
 (skis then were called snowshoes):

Down the mountain side, like birds in flight,
Or meteors on a starry night,

Bending low to miss the trees,
Rushing down to the flat below,
Dancing over the "beautiful snow".
Falling, rolling, seeing stars--
Then hear the laughing crowd’s hurrahs.
Away down the valleys, where the oranges grow,
They miss all the fun we have in the snow.

illustrations from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper,  March 17, 1877








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