From The Top: Contributors, January 2002

From the Top

As we've noted here before, SKI Contributor-At-Large John Fry is North America's premier ski journalist. A native Canadian, he moved south to become editor-in-chief or editorial director of SKI from 1965 to 1980, a period when the sport, and the magazine, enjoyed its greatest growth. John then served as founding editor of Snow Country Magazine, which is now defunct. John first interviewed Jean-Claude Killy in 1967 at Cannon Mountain, N.H., where the Frenchman swept three races en route to clinching the first World Cup overall title. He reconnected with Killy last winter in Killy's hometown of Val d'Isère, France (see "Killy's Kingdom," page 82, and "In My View," page 42). John is now writing the memoirs of his life in skiing and has also succeeded the late Mason Beekley as president of the International Skiing History Association.

Sandy MacDonald grew up in New York City and started skiing in Vermont in 1954¿but she didn't start writing about it until a decade ago. Through her award-winning career she has served as an editor, translator (from French, Spanish and Italian) and a prolific author of books and articles on travel, dining, the arts, media, design, family issues¿and skiing. She lapsed for a while as a skier, but when her daughter turned 21, she realized how much the sport meant to her¿and dove back in. (She is sad to report that her husband, the subject of "The Odd Couple," January 1998, still avoids the lifts.) While Sandy writes regularly for SKI, including this issue's Inn of the Month on page 70, she is perhaps best known to SKI readers in the East. She has written dozens of restaurant and lodging reviews for the Eastern regional section of SKI and figures she's penned hundreds in her career. "But," she says, "there are always a few more beckoning."