Profiles of people who contribute to SKI Magazine.
Senior Contributing Editor Edie Thys is the kind of person who can light up a chairlift ride with her wry take on all things skiing. The SKI staff reveled in her good-natured temperament and intriguing view of life's foibles in the three years she spent here as a full-time senior editor. But Edie has a serious side, too. A tenacious, never-give-up attitude served her well in nine seasons with the U.S. Ski Team¿whether she was giving a disloyal coach a piece of her mind or battling back from a long list of debilitating injuries. Now married to former Dartmouth All-American skier Chan Morgan and mother to 2-year-old Chauncey, Edie splits time among New York City, Hanover, N.H., and her old stomping ground, Squaw Valley, Calif. Besides her regular column Racer eX, in this issue Edie also writes about Jackson Hole, Wyo., one of her favorite ski resorts. Turn to page 126 to read "Don't Fence Me In."
In her first week as associate art director at SKI, Eleanor Segel suffered a concussion during a fashion shoot in the heavy spring snow at Loveland Basin, Colo. The next week she found herself helping out with an instruction feature on the other side of the Continental Divide with Donna Weinbrecht at Arapahoe Basin. "I was scared out of my mind," Eleanor admits five months later. "It never occurred to me that I would get to do these kinds of things." Eleanor grew up skiing in the Poconos but didn't really catch the major ski bug until 1995, when she moved to Boulder. Now she is a regular at Winter Park with her fiancé, Harvey Williamson, a longtime avid skier whom Eleanor also describes as a patient ski instructor. An accomplished painter and potter, Eleanor came to SKI from Rocky Mountain Sports Magazine, where she served as art director. In addition to her usual departments, for this issue she designed "Earl Holding Speaks," "Don't Fence Me In" and the photo essay, "Life After Dark."