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Back Talk – January 2000

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Thank you for the great article on Killington “Why Killington Rocks,” September 1999. My prejudices about big-mountain Eastern skiing have now been confirmed: big egos, heavy testosterone, bad snow, and worse music. With conditions like those, it’s no wonder that many of the best skiers in the country come from the East Coast. I appreciate your excellent reportage, and I’ll be sticking to Utah. Did I say Utah? Uh, I meant Colorado. Did you know that you can’t get a drink in Utah, anywhere?

Miles Parker

Washington, D.C.

Didn’t we learn anything from the murders of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.? It’s not about East or West, it’s about the community of skiing.-Ed.

In regard to the “sexual” content of your “Hot, Hot, Hot” article that has people buzzing Back Talk, October 1999. What I find “appalling” is the general public’s sensitivity and naïveté to the world around us. If you can’t handle something mildly suggestive or somewhat sexual, how brittle is your existence? Were you brought into this world via Immaculate Conception? I think having to write in to a magazine to convey one’s disdain is to celebrate one’s own ignorance. People, lighten up, there are worse things we could complain about. Count your blessings (naked or not).
Maurice P.
Victoria, British Columbia

Yeah, what he said.-Ed.

Wow! In your “Best of 2000” article in the September issue, you include a picture of Anda Rojs and Kate McBride and call it, “Quads of Steel.” It should be bodies of steel! Those two women are awesome. On an average day, in average street clothes, it is difficult to notice how athletic and toned many female athletes really are. I am impressed. Anda and Kate are far more attractive than any of those Sports Illustrated skeletons in bathing suits. Women like Anda and Kate are better role models for young women: toned, fit, athletic, and ready to take on the world.
Scott Dillman
Cicero, New York

Hey Scott, are you right handed or left?-Ed.

At the risk of sounding like one of those anal-retentive magazine readers, I would like to point out that the photo in your November issue on page 126 labeled “Outside Whistler/Blackcomb” is not anywhere near said ski area. The picture is in fact of Mount Shuksan, a peak in the North Cascades of Washington State.
Jeff Fong
via the Internet

True, but realize, we never said how far outside.-Ed.

Although I’m sure Oregon would love to lay claim to Mt. Baker and the most snowfall ever recorded in one winter “Backcountry Possibilities,” November 1999, I’ve skied at Mount Baker for 31 years, and as of this morning, when I looked out my window to see it glimmering 64 miles away, it was still located in Washington.
Annie Holmgren
Burlington, Washington

Foiled again! That’s the last time we try the old “move the mountain” gag.-Ed.