As my eyes got used to the dimly lit hospital room, I could hear Jon Reveal breathing lightly.
I was introduced to the Polar Palace ice arena at the age of 12 and spent the next six years at least once a week making left turns for 25 cents for three hours.
On the big Island of Hawaii there is an observatory at 14,000 feet above sea level. For a short time during the winter there is a fairly good-sized snowfield and considerable lack of oxygen to climb back to the top of that snowfield after you ski down it.
After personally narrating my fourth annual feature-length ski film in Seattle in October, 1953, my sponsor, Scott Osborne, suggested I come up and film the Slush Cup on Mount Baker during the Fourth of July weekend the following summer.
While finishing up my autobiography, I decided to include some of my old cartoons from a book I published in the summer of 1947. It’s called “Are My Skis On Straight?” Two cartoons in particular pointed out rather clearly what inflation has done to skiing.
In New York City one afternoon, Stan Washburn, the 1950s-‘60s system promotion director for Pan American Airways, suggested that I ride Pan American Airlines around the world, take my skis along, and call my next movie “Around the World On Skis.” Stan was also the inventor of a ski-training, balancing board called the Bongo Board.
In January of 1946, I was skiing at Badger Pass and staying at the Yosemite Lodge 12 miles away, down in the Valley. The accommodations were quite nice. They were 16- foot-wall tents with community showers down the way. It was there I got the motivation to travel the world with my skis and then later with skis and camera.
Nov. 11 is Veterans Day and it’s time to take a moment and think about a lot of men and women who fought a war that’s virtually been forgotten in today’s chaotic world. In the winter of 1941 the Italians lost 25,000 soldiers in the mountains of Albania because of lack of winter warfare training, physical fitness, and lack of proper equipment.
My friendship with Stein Eriksen goes back to the mid-1950s when he first appeared on the American ski scene as the ski school director at Boyne Mountain, Michigan.