Nathaniel Reade's support of winter (Forum, May/June 2000) was pure brilliance. I live in Maine, and I'm proud to say I know how to "put the key in the ignition of the snowplow, lower the blade and drive it around." I was recently accepted to Dartmouth (I chose it over Cornell because Dartmouth has its own ski area. Like, duh, tough decision.) I can't wait to get my first fall issue of SKI, because then I'll know winter is right around the corner!
Life's Not a Beach
Edie Thys' article "Beach, Beach, Beach" was outstanding (Racer eX, May/June 2000). Like Edie, I'll take the mountains with their diversity of activity over baking myself at the beach any time. I ski 60-70 days a year. When people ask, "What do you do in the summer?" I reply, "Besides biking and hiking, I wait for winter to return."
As much as I love skiing, it's nice to take a break from it for the multitude of great summertime activities. But I was surprised that the coverage ("Summer Skiing," May/June 2000) failed to mention Timberline on Mt. Hood, Ore., which closes for only two weeks out of the year for maintenance.
Vice President, Mt. Hood Ski Patrol
Steven Strauss of Coplay, Pa., is an absolute idiot (Liftlines, May/June 2000). He uses his cell phone in liftlines and on chairlifts. He's the kind of jerk that would pull out his phone in the movie theater to carry on endless and useless conversations.
More Than Just Gear
Louis Bader rightfully criticizes your magazine's exclusion of Scott Schmidt from your Top 100 list (Liftlines, March/April 2000). But his assertion that the top extremists of today are using "anyone-can-do-it" fatties is asinine. When guys such as Shane McConkey, Kent Kreitler and Seth Morrison pull backflips and 360s into gnarly chutes, the fat skis certainly help, but only an elite few can perform such feats.
Kevin A. Griffith
I Want My Freshies
All of John Fry's Reprehensible Yearly Failure Awards (FRYFAs) get my vote (In my View, May/June 2000). But the one that irks me the most is when resorts pack down 4 inches of fresh powder on every run. I've never known a powder skier who doesn't love skiing in fresh powder on blue runs. Why can't resorts leave a couple of blue runs ungroomed the day of a fresh dump? Or groom just half a side.
I enjoyed reading about Leadville, Colo., in "Can Skiing Save A Town?" (Ski Life, May/June 2000). This winter, we stayed at the cozy Hotel Delaware in Leadville. Visiting is like skiing in the Fifties (when I learned to ski). No liftlines and the lift tickets are priced right.
When I subscribed to SKI Magazine, what I expected was a magazine about skiing, not summer recreation. However, your May/June issue was just what I needed to help ease me into (ugh!) summer. I'm glad to see some diversity because I need some guidance on how to stay in shape and keep occupied in the off-season.
Jimme Quinn Ross
God Blessed America
It is quite funny to read about the Czech Republic from Nathaniel Reade's view ("Beauty and the Bleak," March/April 2000). He writes, "Perhaps, you have not heard of Slovakia at all. You are not alone." For this, I might suggest geography in your elementary schools.His ironic tone continues throughout the article. Winter Olympics? He's right...that would be a bit much. But I can't agree with his assertion of a "flat ski experience." Freeriding in High Tatras is very close to my dreams.
Prague, Czech Republic<
Are all bathrooms around the world supposed to be labeled in English? I don't think so, Mr. Reade. As an American-Slovak who often visits her family in Slovakia, I was completely appalled at your article, "Beauty and the Bleak," (March/April 2000).
New York, N.Y.
I have visited the United States a couple of times, but I would never be so arrogant about things of which I am ignorant ("Beauty and the Bleak," March/ April 2000). Nathaniel Reade's only legitimate issue was the toilet paper. You're right, next time go to Mars¿or stay in America.
Do the Math
Why is it so hard to figure out (Ski Life, "Skiing's Paradox," March/ April 2000)? You charge $45 for lift tickets in March: 100 skiers buy them¿you make $4,500. You charge $15 for lift tickets in March: maybe 300 skiers buy them¿you still make $4,500, but 200 more people spend money at the resort on lessons and food, etc. Make it cheap and tell people, and they will come. It's too bad that doesn't seem to happen here in Pennsylvania.
Remember the good old days? When skiing was about soul and not just how new your skis were? Back then, resort CEOs actually skied and were in touch with their customer ("Skiing's Paradox," March/April 2000). Now they just sit glued to their annual reports and don't have a clue what the sport is about.
I think Brighton Ski Resort's ad campaign is hilarious (Ski Life, March/April 2000). The unfortunate part is the folks at Brighton bowed to U.S. Olympic Committee pressure and pulled the ads. Has the USOC become so self-empowered and self-righteous that they feel they now govern what used to be known as free speech? The USOC should spend less time worrying about Brighton's billboards and more time trying to return the Olympic Games to the spectacle of the pure sports competition it once was.
Glens Falls, N.Y.
Your article "The Magic Bus" (March/April 2000) brought back memories of when I lived in Wichita and was talked into a weekend bus trip to Summit County, Colo. The trip was 12 hours long without the luxury of sleeper seats. We stopped only once in Colby, Kan., for food and a driver change. Eighteen years later, living in northern Virginia, I fly to Colorado to ski, but I still have fond memories of that first ski trip.
I think what you missed in "Fast and Safe" (From the Top, March/April 2000) is that "speed control" is only enforced in the "slow zone." All skiers and boarders are bound to the skiers' responsibility code. We don't take that responsibility lightly. We enjoy fast, in-control skiing as much as you, but you can't control the other guy. It's up to you to control yourself and provide a safe day for everyone.
Keystone Resort MRT (Mtn. Responsibility Team)