I am always interested in why people choose to live where they do.
This is a mathematical problem that anyone who has completed an eighth grade math class should be able to easily solve: A ski racer in a downhill on today’s Olympic team will average 70mph from top to bottom.
In 1947 I made the unconscious decision to spend my winters anywhere there was enough snow to turn those weird things attached to my feet. During that time I have seen all kinds of unusual weather conditions. I watched four feet of snowfall on Big Sky, Mont., the last week of June.
On the wall over my drawing board, beside my desk in my office in our home, on the side of a ski hill, 100 feet from the chair lift, hangs lots of memorabilia. Each of these conjures up images of stuff that I have done or photos of faraway places that I would like to have visited when I was a lot younger and stronger.
I had used my surfboard, skis, sailboats, and now windsurfing to lead me through life up until this time. I had a very deluxe camera boat that I earned working for Dave Slickers on a sailing film, and had never used it very much in the past .
After Jean Claude Killy, who is a super guy and a friend to this day, had won his three gold medals in the Olympics, the company was approached by a slick sports personality agent, to produce a 13-week TV series of him skiing all over the world.
Sepp Benedikter was a famous Austrian ski instructor who, for some reason, spent a lot of years in Southern California converting sun worshipers to skiers.