Volume 30, No. 1 January-February 2018

On the Cover: 

Norwegian cross-country gold medalist Babben Enger-Damon took her two baby daughters for an outing at the Trapp Cross Country Ski Touring Center at Stowe, Vermont, in 1971. The photograph, which appeared in LIFE, was made by John G. Zimmerman, whose remarkable ski photography is featured in this issue of Skiing History (see page 21). Three years earlier, Enger-Damon had raced in the 1968 Winter Olympics as a member of Norway’s 3x5 km gold-medal-winning women’s cross-country team. She was married to U.S. Ski Team cross-country and biathlon competitor Larry Damon. The couple divorced, and Enger-Damon returned to Norway. The two daughters today are Linn, 48, a mathematics teacher at Vermont’s Norwich University; and Ingrid, 46, a successful actress in Norway. For information, go to


13 Skiing to the Poles (Part 2) 
The critical role of skis in modern-day polar expeditions by explorers like Paul Schurke, Will Steger and Richard Weber. BY JEFF BLUMENFELD
16 Olympic Preview: The Golden Men and Women of the Sport
Who’s the greatest? For alpine skiers able to win under pressure, look to their single-Olympics record. BY JOHN FRY
19 Giants of GS
Who’s the greatest men’s giant slalom racer of all time? With each passing decade, racing fans renew the ongoing debate. BY PETER OLIVER
21 How He Saw It
Over three decades, John G. Zimmerman’s stunning photography defined the sport for millions, from the Olympics to heli-skiing.
30 Setting a New Standard
NASTAR, the world’s largest recreational racing program, began 50 years ago as a quest to introduce the equivalent of golf’s par to the sport of skiing. BY JOHN FRY


3 Readers Respond
Continuing the conversation on Snowmass; Playboy Bunnies with a backwards bust.
5 Short Turns
Olympic jumpers from the flatlands of Illinois; 107 and still making turns in Michigan; Colorado’s oldest skitown tavern; Afghanistan makes history by sending two alpine racers to the Winter Games.
6 Snapshots in Time
John Denver and friends give slalom a whirl at the annual pro-am (1980); the magic moving mountain on Ventura Boulevard (1965); an impromptu rum-and Buttermilk toast (1958).
9 News from ISHA
ISHA announces its 2017 award winners; delegation from China will attend Skiing History Days in Squaw Valley in March.
11 Where Are They Now?
Twenty years after he was stripped of snowboarding’s first Olympic gold medal—which was quickly reinstated—Ross Rebagliati is a successful medical-marijuana entrepreneur in British Columbia. BY MICHEL BEAUDRY
34 Media Reviews
Two new ISHA Award-winning books on Snoqualmie Pass and Roland Palmedo.
35 Remembering
Farewell to ski pioneers Warren Miller, Elisabeth Hussey, Bruce Crane, Stephen Waterhouse, Roy Sherwood, Jim Bombard and Shaun Corette.
40 Ads from the Past
How John G. Zimmerman created an innovative Head ad in 1967.


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