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Any good skiing fiction?

post #1 of 19
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This summer I finally read a French classic, "Premier de Cordée" by Frison-Roche, about mountaineering guides in the Chamonix valley. It is a well-written book that has both an interesting plot and realistic descriptions of the mountains and of the work of the guide.

 

This made me wonder whether there is any good ski-related fiction available (in either English or French) that Epic Skiers might care to recommend.

 

post #2 of 19

Good question.  I can't think of one right off, and by that I mean a 'good one.'

post #3 of 19

epicski.com

 

post #4 of 19

Cross Country Snow by E. Hemingway = best skiing fiction ever.  

An Alpine Idyll by E. Hemingway = almost as good.

 

"There's nothing really can touch skiing, is there?" Nick said. 
"The way it feels when you first drop off on a long run."
"Huh," said George. "It's too swell to talk about."

 

"They took down their skis from where they leaned against the 
wall in the inn. Nick put on his gloves. George was already 
started up the road, his skis on his shoulder. Now they would 
have the run home together." 

 

So good.

 

post #5 of 19

Well, it's not fiction, but "The Edge of Never" is a fantastic non-fiction skiing book about, in part, Chamonix.  It reads better than many novels.

 

Mike

post #6 of 19

Aaaa, if it's about cross country skiing .  .   .  bah humbug.  That's just hiking with long shoes.

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Aaaa, if it's about cross country skiing .  .   .  bah humbug.  That's just hiking with long shoes.


Too busy to read it?

 

post #8 of 19

The "Autobiography of BushwackerinPA"

 

... that was just waaaay too easy wink.gif

post #9 of 19

Good ski fiction can be had anywhere intermediate skiers talk about their ability.

post #10 of 19
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Cross Country Snow by E. Hemingway = best skiing fiction ever.  

An Alpine Idyll by E. Hemingway = almost as good.

 

"There's nothing really can touch skiing, is there?" Nick said. 
"The way it feels when you first drop off on a long run."
"Huh," said George. "It's too swell to talk about."

 

"They took down their skis from where they leaned against the 
wall in the inn. Nick put on his gloves. George was already 
started up the road, his skis on his shoulder. Now they would 
have the run home together." 

 

So good.

 

Ditto
 

 

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Good ski fiction can be had anywhere intermediate skiers talk about their ability.



But honestly, I am the best skier on the mountain. Even better than Chaos. BSmeter.gif

 

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^ Ooohh, Ooohh - that reminded me:

http://masia.org/toc.htm

 

Pretty cool.

post #14 of 19
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Cross Country Snow by E. Hemingway = best skiing fiction ever.  

An Alpine Idyll by E. Hemingway = almost as good.

Thanks for the Hemingway suggestions. Unfortunately, those books are not available on either Amazon ore Abebooks (well, perhaps 1 copy of Alpine Idyll on the latter). I'll keep them on my personal wish-list, however.
 

 

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http://www.epicski.com/t/94636/loveland-the-novel 

 

 

I found a different post about that novel yesterday on Epic Ski (discussion about the title the publisher wanted to use). Seems to be available only as an e-book (which is fine--maybe I'll give it a shot).

 

 

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Thanks for the Hemingway suggestions. Unfortunately, those books are not available on either Amazon ore Abebooks (well, perhaps 1 copy of Alpine Idyll on the latter). I'll keep them on my personal wish-list, however.
 

 


 Cross Country Snow is actually a story within "In Our Time," a widely available Hemingway with a few other stories worth reading in it.

 

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Thanks for the Hemingway suggestions. Unfortunately, those books are not available on either Amazon ore Abebooks (well, perhaps 1 copy of Alpine Idyll on the latter). I'll keep them on my personal wish-list, however.


Well, both those are short stories, and they were published in full under the links I posted.  But if you want them in hard copy, the stories are in this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Short-Stories-Ernest-Hemingway/dp/0684843323

 

Fantastic collection - The Big Two Hearted River is like the best short story ever written.  

post #18 of 19

Well, not in the realm of GREAT literature, but SkiDiva wrote two mystery novels, available in both real book and ebook form.  Fade to White and Double Black

post #19 of 19

Some good suggestions here. Thanks for posting all!

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