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Interview with author of The Fall Line: How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge

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I was surprised to hear mention of Lindsey and Bode in my non-skiing podcasts. Just a couple of minutes starting at 4:14 - http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/gist/2015/03/the_gist_nathaniel_vinton_on_ski_racing_and_harry_enten_on_political_kryptonite.html

 

They discuss the danger of ski racing with modern "snow" (ice) and ski equipment.

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Thanks for the link. I've been wanting to get that book, but just haven't had a lot of time for reading lately.

 

SI has an excerpt from the book:

 

http://www.si.com/edge/2015/02/02/fall-line-book-nathaniel-vinton-ski-racing

 

It's not snow skiing--it's ice skiing. I wouldn't be surprised if Birds of Prey was still a sheet of ice from the World Cup.

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At Big Sky, our instructor told us the history of the trail name "Screaming Left." Apparently there'd been some idea of making Liberty Bowl race-ready, including carrying buckets of water up the tram by hand (!!!!)  to ice down the run. Then they wondered what exactly would happen to the run after the race was over. The response, regarding the area below Liberty Bowl: "Well, that would be one screaming left!"

 

I don't know how much of that is apocryphal and how serious they were about making Liberty into a race course.

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