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Back Talk – November 1999

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I loudly applaud the inclusion of Anda Rojs and Kate McBride in the “Best of 2000” section September 1999. Just when I thought it was safe to browse through Skiing…

What are the chances of either one of these genetically blessed women being single? If either one of them is reading this: I’m a great cook, successful, and I can keep up at 70 mph.
Scott Wagner
Seattle, Washington

It was really great to pick up this season’s first issue of Skiing. Michael Finkel’s article “War Wounds” September 1999 made me realize how many things I take for granted in life. I ski 35 to 40 days a year at Whistler/Blackcomb. I couldn’t imagine purchasing a lift ticket or food from a makeshift base lodge because the original base area had been leveled, or having an armed soldier as a mountain host. Instead, I am blessed with high-speed quads, gondolas, and thousands of acres of great skiing.

You can be sure that when this ski seasons begins, I won’t be so critical about a five-minute lift line or a crowded ski hill and will enjoy skiing for what it’s worth.
Curt Miller
Delta, British Columbia

Just got the first copy of the season. I’m not even halfway through and already counted one-and-a-half naked men-keep up the good work!!
Christine Wagner
via the Internet

Thanks for your article “Cheap & Deep” September 1999, about powder skiing in the Rockies. I am a regular season-pass holder at Bridger Bowl, and I know what a “cold smoke” powder day feels like. However, I believe you’ve made a mistake. The vital stats you printed for Bridger claim that it has one quad, one triple, and five doubles; leave out the triple and you’ve got it right. Oh, and by the way, the snow at Bridger really does suck, so don’t go there.
Bob Lawton
Bozeman, Montana

The triple is being installed for the upcoming season.-Ed.

Did this Brian guy even go to Utah before writing “Cheap & Deep”? First off, there is no powder like Utah powder, and there is no Utah powder like Alta powder. Second, you can still ski Alta for only $31. If you ask an Alta skier about the skiing at Alta, the answer is usually “cheap, deep, and steep.”
Jeff C.
via the Internet

Your powder-skiing pals are gonna thank you for inviting everyone to the party, Jeff.-Ed.

Just got around to reading Michael Finkel’s article on skiing in China “Birth of a Ski Nation,” December 1998. What a cool experience! Any plans to organize some donations of used equipment to help them out?
Pamela Kinder
Craig, Colorado

Contact Kyle Westgard, an American who is promoting skiing in China, at 303-277-0500,, or