February 24, 2004
What you won't see at the new Mammoth Ski Museum, opening Saturday: kitschy memorabilia in the form of authentic skis, poles and boots. You will see "Introducing the Fine Art of Skiing: A First Run Through the Beekley Collection." That would be Mason Beekley, founder of the International Skiing History Assn., whose boyhood collection of ski books grew over 50 years to include 10,000 works. Beekley arranged for his obsession to migrate from New Hartford, Conn.
December 1, 2001 |
Bill Johnson returned to the slopes Friday, skiing down Mount Hood eight months after a frightening crash left the 1984 Olympic downhill champion in a coma with a brain injury. "It felt great. I turned a lot," Johnson said after a warmup run. He was especially pleased that he stayed upright on his skis. "I didn't take a digger, and I'm not about to," he said.
February 27, 1988 |
Phil Mahre, who won a gold medal for the United States in the 1984 Winter Olympics, said the lack of success by U.S. skiers at Calgary, Canada, is no surprise. "People are just too soft," Mahre said. "There's just not enough heart anymore. "The gifted athletes are in other sports." Mahre and his twin brother, Steve, are sitting out their first Olympics since 1976. Phil won the gold in the slalom at the 1984 Games while Steve won the silver in the slalom.
February 10, 1992 |
The ski lift goes up, goes up, goes up, past the internal checkpoints, past Anxiety, by Butterflies, beyond Gut Churn, over Don't Look, into Nausea, above Nosebleed, approaching Adrenaline, ascending toward Euphoria, easing into Serenity. The car seat sways, like a Ferris wheel's. All around you: beauty. Down below: Death. Your life. Hanging by a cable. Your prayer: Save me, Lord, and from now on, I'll be a good boy, stick to safer sports on Sundays, maybe go bowling. Shut your eyes.
February 20, 2010 |
No need to clean your goggles or adjust your bindings -- that's America on top of the Olympic Alpine leaderboard. Austria? Well, word is the country is into baseball now. The United States of A-miracle went two-three in Friday's super-giant slalom at Whistler Mountain, climbing heights never before seen or contemplated. Heading into the 1994 Lillehammer Games, America's Alpine team was dubbed "Uncle Sam's left-footed snowplow brigade." Four Olympics later, America is just putting its foot down.
December 17, 2007 |
The focus of "Steep," a new documentary about big-mountain skiing that opens Friday at the Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles, changed dramatically when Doug Coombs, one of the athletes profiled in the film, died skiing with friends in April 2006 in La Grave, France. "We were very close to being done with the shooting," says executive producer, director and writer Mark Obenhaus.
October 8, 2000 |
A 38-year-old Slovenian on Saturday became the first person to ski nonstop down the world's highest mountain, Mt. Everest. "I feel only absolute happiness and absolute fatigue," Davo Karnicar said by satellite phone after the descent from the 29,035-foot peak. He said about 2 1/2 miles of skiing on his custom-made skis took nearly five hours and went without any major problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1998 |
From palm trees to Ferraris, Los Angeles has always had more than its share of exotic imports. But for sheer novelty, few have rivaled Joseph "Sepp" Benedikter, the daredevil Austrian ski racing champion who established a ski school in a town where snowflakes are as rare as waiters without acting aspirations.
January 31, 1997 |
In a move so simple it's a wonder nobody thought of it before, ski manufacturers have come up with a technological breakthrough that could yank the sport off the stagnant plateau along which it has plodded for the last decade or so. With the new skis, also called "parabolic" and "super-sidecut," first-day beginners are coming back for seconds and longtime intermediates are suddenly carving parallel turns. Even experts are joining the fun.
November 1, 1996 |
Fall will take on new meaning today for many, thanks to the recent blast of winterlike weather, which has covered the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains with snow. Snow Summit in Big Bear Lake received four to six inches Wednesday night and will open today, the earliest opening in years. "This is the earliest we've ever opened on man-made and natural snow," said Jen Taquet, spokeswoman for the mountain.