I sat near Simon Dumont once. Honest. But I didn’t learn much about the X Games hero that way.
Instead, I’m learning Dumont’s inside story from my copy of The Ski Journal that arrived yesterday. Same for the origins of “free ride” in a small Swiss village where Mark Shapiro, Ace Kvale and John Falkiner laid foundations for things such as Glen Plake and Greg Stump. And Greg’s in there too, and so is Dick Barrymore. And so is a big article about chasing the origins of skiing. What’s with all the history? Is it hip now? Better dust off the old chromes, boys. Yeah, Ski Journal is a WildSnow supporter. But I’d prop them no matter what. Incredible.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.