LEADVILLE • Up the snowy drive is the hilltop campus near 10,200 feet, surrounded by tall pines that only slightly obstruct the panorama: some of Colorado’s highest peaks scraping the blue sky. Between the trees are six buildings. And at the corner of one of these is a door marked “SKI AREA OPERATIONS.”Through the door, through the garage storing snowcats and snowmaking guns and other heavy equipment, and up the stairs is a classroom. Nine freshmen sit at varying attention, most with some still-maturing form of facial hair and locks falling from their caps, all tantalized by that view out the window. Up front is a man in a flannel whom they know as Goose.Jason Gusaas is teaching with a slideshow, displaying a photo of a terrain park ramp that looks “sketchy,” according to one overheard mumble.“You guys who jump,” Goose starts, referring to pretty much all of them, “what do you think that clearance is? Yeah, it’s probably 40, … [Read more...] about Near 10,200 feet high in Colorado, this campus aims to produce the ski industry’s best
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By Amy Graff, SFGATE Updated 8:08 am PST, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Many Bay Area private schools have a "ski week" break for students to have fun on the slopes or at home. But is the "ski week" elitist or not? Many Bay Area private schools have a "ski week" break for students to have fun on the slopes or at home. But is the "ski week" elitist or not? Photo: Ascent Xmedia/Getty Images Photo: Ascent Xmedia/Getty Images Image 1 of / 54 Caption Close Image 1 of 54 Many Bay Area private schools have a "ski week" break for students to have fun on the slopes or at home. But is the "ski week" elitist or not? Many Bay Area private schools have a "ski week" break for students to have fun on the slopes or at home. But is the "ski week" elitist or not? … [Read more...] about Is ‘ski week’ elitist or a bad name for a valuable break from school?
The offer from New York was tempting for James Niehues. A “medium to large” publishing house offered to produce and distribute a compilation of his illustrious art career.“I’m 73 now, and I guess maybe I better say yes to somebody,” he thought. “Not that I’ve had a lot of offers, but if I’m gonna see one while I’m still around, maybe I better do it.”But four months before New York, a self-described fanboy in California had emailed Niehues.Todd Bennett had admired the colorful illustrations found at almost every major ski resort in the world — Niehues’s trail maps, painted in a way that the industry has long valued. Since starting the practice in Denver nearly 30 years ago, Niehues’ legend has grown, with skiers everywhere realizing who they have to thank as their guide to the mountains. Colorado ski patrol duo documents history of the jobIn that email, Bennett professed his love and said he would be … [Read more...] about Colorado artist’s legendary ski maps coming soon to a coffee table near you
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Andrew Weibrecht steers his pickup truck off the main drag of the Olympic village where he grew up and heads down a narrow, wooded dirt road to water's edge, grabs a fishing pole and gazes out at windswept Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain looming in the distance like a giant sentinel. Home again. "I love time in the woods so much, whether it's going out canoeing, hiking, or just bushwhacking around with my dog," said the two-time Olympic medalist in downhill skiing. "Whatever I'm doing in the woods ... just really centers me. It's why I love living here. To be able to walk out the door and be out in it is pretty special." The man who earned the nickname "War Horse" for his unbridled fury in attacking a course — he blew out each ankle and had surgery on both shoulders and a knee in his career with the U.S. Ski team — announced his retirement in May after nearly three decades of competitive skiing. The transition from the frenetic pace of the ski … [Read more...] about 2-time Olympic skiing medalist Weibrecht carves new life
“RIGHT,” said Fabio the ski guide, “we’ll start off with a nice gentle blue run to warm up.” We skied to the edge of the nice gentle blue – and looked down at an icy black like the north face of the Eiger, but steeper. “Fabio, are you sure you’re from around these parts?” I said. “Er, yes, originally, but I’ve been a financial analyst in Dublin for the last two years. I’ve just come back to keep my instructor’s rating current,” he said. Oh, well. Like most things that look scary, it was less scary than it looked, and having plunged in at the deep end, we were soon whizzing down assorted reds, all of them wide and with perfect snow. Cortina has 140kms of pistes which are perfect for intermediates, but the skiing wasn’t the highlight of the trip. That was the food. After flying into Venice, and the disappointment of not seeing a single gondola – although, to be fair, it was the airport – … [Read more...] about No Fords in Cortina but its food and skiing sure got Geoff Hill’s motor running