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Tahoe City, CA
Monday, October 16, 2017

Ski migration

I think migration to the far away, snow-covered mountains of the West really began in a railroad yard in Omaha, Neb., during the summer of 1936. It began immediately after Averill Harriman, whose father owned the Union Pacific Railroad, financed the construction of America’s first destination ski resort, Sun Valley, Idaho. Steve Hannagan, Averill’s public relations genius told him, “no...

Nic, Jenny and, now, Magnolia

Last night I held the future in my arms when our two young friends Nic and Jenny stopped by with their new baby, who they have named Magnolia Leigh. Magnolia was 6-days-old and weighed 6 lbs. As I held her, she was so small that her fingers could not wrap themselves around my one finger. Holding her, I thought about...


Stepper Hall, the son of some friends of ours in Montana, sent me the following e-mail, “I’m writing my senior thesis on small business in the ski industry and I’d like you to help me with the question: ‘How can a small ski business survive in the ski industry that is dominated by a few big companies?’ ” Most of...

Montana skiing

After traveling the road for 55 years with my skis and my cameras to share the freedom of skiing with the rest of the world, I was invited to Montana for the first time. It was a unique invitation to the state because when I arrived there, I first skied on a 14,000-acre piece of private property with three...

Phone call spur found memories

A surprise phone call from a long-silent, former cameraman of mine recently led to a half an hour of reminiscing. Brian Sisselman, many years ago had just graduated from UCLA film school and wanted to be a ski photographer in the worst way. He showed me his sample reel that included footage from some of my own films that he...


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