March 2001

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The Joy Of Sex

Thank you, Megan Henry, for setting the record straight (Forum: "Is Skiing Better Than Sex?" February 2001)." Anyone who thinks that skiing is better than sex obviously needs a lesson or 10-and I don't mean a ski lesson. I'm a 72-year-old man, and as long as I've been alive, a beautiful mountain has never been as sexy as a beautiful woman. Any guy who disagrees must be parched from a serious dry spell. Could the memories of the joys of sex have evaporated?

Mark McLaren

Bristol, Conn.


I'm sure you'll get some grief from the Bible Belt, but the issue was done tastefully. And skiing is, after all, sexy!
Cindy Jacobsen
Detroit, Mich.
P.S. How could you possibly leave downhiller Daron Rahlves off the list?


When my son turns on Barney, he expects to see a big fluffy dinosaur. When my dog eats his food, he expects something that may once have been an animal. When I open SKI Magazine, I expect articles about ski gear, resorts and technique. The editor himself wrote: "It seemed to me there had to be a way to turn up the sex appeal of SKI without being crass." Well, if there was, you sure didn't find it.
Richard Sinden
Park City, Utah


Your "sex" issue was pathetic. I resent being told that I should dress in tight pants to increase the popularity of the sport (Warren's World: "An Ode to Stretch Pants"). I didn't see any suggestions that male skiers should go topless so females could ogle them. You also diminish the true gift of sex by comparing it with a recreational sport. I found it disturbing that the article suggested people have sex to decrease the incidence of colds and flu (Healthy Skier: "Better Than Aspirin"), while carelessly ignoring the real threat of disease and other dangers of treating sex like a preventative measure for the common cold. Do you want to encourage your teen readers to join the ranks of the millions of Americans who have incurable or deadly diseases? What were you thinking?
Teresa Null
Via The Internet

World's Sexiest Skiers?
I would just like to say after reading your "World's Sexiest Skiers," (February 2001), I was shocked that Picabo Street didn't make the cut. How can you leave her out? Look at her great smile, long flowing hair, beautiful eyes. And those are just her looks. Now let's look at what she's done. She has earned Olympic medals, World Cup titles and more. What has Chad Fleischer ever done, and he made your list? I think he's just a guy with spotted hair. Who picked this list anyway?
Tom Thayer
Middleboro, Mass.


Is there any way to volunteer for the 24 Hours of Aspen? I'll happily ride the gondola all day and night with Kate McBride and Anda Rojs.
Bill Halstead
Seattle, Wash.


All-time lists are always controversial, but you stepped outside the boundaries of good taste by blatantly including the Canadian Nordic Nudes. They may be decent looking but what did they ever accomplish, other than selling a few calendars?
Alan Begrow
Pittsburgh, Pa.


The editors say, "This list is sure to be met with controversy." When I first flipped through the pictures, I thought you guys had lost it. I mean Jean-Claude Killy is and always has been a tamale. But a couple of the others-and I won't mention any names-are so not sexy that they just might fall into the ugly category. That's what I thought until I read about all of their awesome accomplishments. And then I was reminded that beauty really is only skin-deep.
Mac McCray
West Hartford, Conn.


Shred To Pieces
Carved To Pieces" (In My View, January 2001) is one of the best columns I've ever read. I'm a 77-year-old skier with nearly 70 winters of skiing experience. A couple of years ago, I finally gave in and bought parabolic skis. After so many years of skiing with skis and knees close together, this was a radical change for and a tough habit to break. I'm a fall line, "windshield washer" skier who uses a variety of turning techniques, depending on the terrain and snow conditions. I must admit that spreading my skis does give more stability, though it isn't necessary all the time.
Ray Leone
Carson City, Nev.


You did a great job with "Carved to Pieces." I've been an instructor since 1974, and have been lucky enough to be in the Top 100 Ski Instructors twice. I would rather ski and teach than do anything else. I have success on the hill not because of any vast knowledge, but because I realize how tough it is to learn, whether it be a motor or a thinking skill. The bottom line is I really love what I do and want my students to love it, too. As you said, there are several ways of making a turn in different snow and terrain conditions. In the old days, I loved the fact that ski instruction wasn't caught up in jargon and trends. Unfortunately those days are gone.
Mark Hamby
Bend, Ore.


Fight For The Koz
The fact that U.S. slalom ace Kristina Koznick would spend tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars out of her own pocket to fund herself on the World Cup is one of the most gutsy and compelling stories in ski-racing history. With that kind of commitment, I'm putting my money on her for slalom gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics-and I'm going to send a donation to her Olympic Quest at koznick.com, too.

When will the U.S. Ski Team wake up, smell the coffee and allow the kind of programs that the Europeans have been successfully using for years? Maybe if they loosen up, they'll stop being the Chicago Cubs of the World Cup.
Mike Barnstein
Sacramento, Calif.

A Matter Of Perspective
After reading "You Only Live Once" (January 2001), I couldn't have been more inspired to quit my daily grind. I'm an analyst at an investment bank and, although I am indeed "making bank," I don't get a minute to spend it. One of these days, I'm gonna walk out of work, pack whatever will fit into the back of my wagon and high-tail it out of this sweatshop. Thanks for planting the seed.
Jim Ward
New York, N.Y.

Real Ski Bums do not have a stash of "good wine for friends" or "opportunity cost." A real ski bum is happy to mooch a warm can of cheap beer and work until 2 a.m. to be free to catch first chair. Your article should have been titled, "Yuppies On Sabbatical" or "Boomers On Break."
Rob Reagin
Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Role Model
I was inspired to no end by January's Last Run, featuring Mr. Gund-the story of a successful businessman, a generous philanthropist and an accomplished skier, who happens to have a physical disability. Over the past six months, I have lost much of my central vision in both eyes due to a condition called optic neuropathy. It requires great faith and courage to overcome the fear of not knowing how much worse my sight will become and not fully understanding what my limitations will be. As I begin my third year as a ski instructor, the story of Mr. Gund boosted my faith. He is a model of generosity and accomplishment.
Shannon Hinnant
Fairfax, Va.


Don't Play A Player
After just four years in the market, Tom Winter has the audacity to say that when it comes to real estate agents, he has "met them all" (Mountain Property: "The Players," January 2001). As a full-time commercial real estate agent of 19 years, I particularly take exception to his advice that a buyer should use several agents, and worse, lie about it. It may be difficult to find an agent you have confidence in, but then so is finding a good doctor, attorney or stockbroker. Real estate agents get paid only if a sale is closed, so a competent agent has plenty of motivation to do a thorough job to satisfy the client's needs. Mr. Winter probably wouldn't appreciate writing an article for SKI Magazine only to find out upon completion that two other writers had the same assignment and his article was not the one picked.
John Gurr
Salt Lake City, Utah


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Queries SKI does not accept unsolicited manuscripts and assumes no responsibility for their return.


For The Record
In Warren Miller's "$5.7 Million Ski Trip" column in the November issue of SKI, it was incorrectly reported that Air Force One flew Chelsea Clinton back to Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., after a weekend of skiing at Deer Valley, Utah. According to Deer Valley, she flew commercial.
ompletion that two other writers had the same assignment and his article was not the one picked.
John Gurr
Salt Lake City, Utah


Subscriptions & Gifts For all subscription inquiries, call 800-678-0817 or email skisub1@neodata.com. New or renewal subscriptions or change of address requests (please send new and old addresses) can be sent to: SKI, Box 55533, Boulder, CO 80322. Allow six to eight weeks for a change to process. For faster service, visit our website: www.skimag.com.


Back Copies & Reprints For back issues contact the TMM Back Issue Dept., c/o SCI Fulfillment Center, 1476 Massachusetts Ave., North Adams, MA 01247; or call 800-647-9964. Editorial reprint orders (minimum order of 500) should be directed to Molly Nakari at 303-448-7607 or molly.nakari@tmm.com. Microfilm editions are available from UMI, 300 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Call customer service at 800-521-0600.


Queries SKI does not accept unsolicited manuscripts and assumes no responsibility for their return.


For The Record
In Warren Miller's "$5.7 Million Ski Trip" column in the November issue of SKI, it was incorrectly reported that Air Force One flew Chelsea Clinton back to Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., after a weekend of skiing at Deer Valley, Utah. According to Deer Valley, she flew commercial.

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