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Good Ski Novels?

post #1 of 22
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I'm looking for some good ski novels for my family and friends for Christmas. Everything I'm finding is non-fiction. Any suggestions? Thanks.
post #2 of 22
Hi! Welcome to Epicski!
Check out this article:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/art..._ski_bums.html


The Secret Agent is by far the best of these!

I've been working on my own for awhile, but I probably should not quit my day job!: However, if I ever get a stroke of genius and complete it, I will let you know!
post #3 of 22
If you can find it "Dead Men Don't Ski" by Patricia Moyes, part of
The Inspector Henry Tibbett Mystery Series 1959

http://italian-mysteries.com/PM01.html

A great picture of skiing in Italy in the 50's
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie View Post
Hi! Welcome to Epicski!
Check out this article:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/art..._ski_bums.html


The Secret Agent is by far the best of these!

I've been working on my own for awhile, but I probably should not quit my day job!: However, if I ever get a stroke of genius and complete it, I will let you know!
When I saw the header for this thread the first thing that came to mind was to issue a "paging Lisamarie" call. Happy to see that you've started such a project. Good luck with it.
post #5 of 22
More "ski industry" than "skiing," perhaps, but Snow Waste is a good read.

http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Waste-Mic...e=UTF8&s=books
post #6 of 22
Water Witches, Chris Bohjalian (http://www.amazon.com/Water-Witches-.../dp/0684826127)

Novel touching on growth and development dilemmas in ski country. The plot is kind of predictable but that doesn't detract from an interesting read.
post #7 of 22
For Non-fiction, try Right on the Edge of Crazy - it's a year in the life of the US Ski Team....Tommy Moe, AJ Kitt, and crew. It's exciting, gripping, funny, and sad, and will have you in its clutches from page 1 - all in all, an excellent read. Sorry, I can't remember the name of the author.

Bode's book is not bad either, but definitely not on the same level. I have the Hermanator's as well, but haven't started it yet.
post #8 of 22
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When I saw the header for this thread the first thing that came to mind was to issue a "paging Lisamarie" call. Happy to see that you've started such a project. Good luck with it.
Thanks! But I'm really better at non fiction. The only way this particular novel would work is by presenting multiple points of view, but it's really challenging to do that.

Basic plot line: Woman loses her dad on 9/11. Her dad was a French Jew who might have been a ski racer had his family not seen the writing on the wall and moved out of France prior to the Nazi invasion. At college, he meets the famous ski film maker, John Jay who eventually talks him into joining the 10th Mountain Division.

Two years after 9/11 our heroine moves to Colorado. Her brother sends her some letters that were sent to their dad. They were written by a woman who was a WAC at Camp Hale. Apparently, although she was married at the time, she had an affair with the heroine's dad. She is obviously much older, but she has a desk job at Loveland (which is the title of the book)

Our heroine meets her, and learns some important lessons about life, love and loss.

Definitely chick lit!
post #9 of 22
I'll second the motion about 'Dead Men Don't Ski'; old fashioned but fun. The ski lift is an important part of the plot; dead bodies keep showing up on it! You can find used copies at Abebooks.com.

Hammond Innes' 'The Lonely Skier' is also old fashioned but fun. I've heard that Romain Gary's 'The Ski Bum' has a bit of skiing in it. Both of these are old books and can be found at Abebooks.com.
post #10 of 22
Oh, there's also Aspen Pulp, by Patrick Hasburgh, which is supposed to be pretty good (and funny), and was published in 2004, so it's a bit more modern.
post #11 of 22

Really fictional

How 'bout making up a new game? Change a real book title to something skiing-themed. I'll start, and this is for all the Bear divas:

' Lady Chatterley's Quiver '
post #12 of 22

There is no such thing...

...at least until my novel comes out. The best short story about skiing is obviously "Cross Country Snow" by Papa Hemingway. Only novels I know of are The Ski Bum by Romain Gary (junk) and The Downhill Racers by Oakley Hall (B+)...
post #13 of 22
I'm starting to wade my way through old Ian Fleming James Bond novels. So far, no skiing, though (unlike the films which always seem to include a ski segment).

As for Aspen Pulp?

Don't know anything about it, but I found the Publisher's Weekly review kind of funny, especially when they said: "Zingers are planted like slalom poles on every page" and "Hasburgh gives [his main character] enough colorful company (including a giant malamute named Winston) to ease readers down the slopes while hoping for a more original narrative next time. "
post #14 of 22
Aspen Pulp, by Patrick Hasburgh. It is not a "family" book because it has sex and drugs, but it is a great story for anyone who has been to Aspen, especially in the old days.
post #15 of 22

Snow Waste

Checkout my novel, Snow Waste.

The following is what reviewers are saying about Snow Waste that should give you an idea of what the book is about. You can also visit the book's Web site at www.snowwaste.com.

Great Characters...“Lovable Maine characters."
Unforgettable Characters...“The characters in Snow Waste live still in my memory.”
Maine Setting...“The setting is pure Bethel (Maine).”
Wonderful Story...”A great story line."
Corporate Suspense...“Reflects almost to a tee the battle between ski areas and environmentalists.”
Environmental Intrigue...”Sure to delight anti-establishment viewpoints.”
Ski Resort Underground...“Seedy underbelly of ski resort management.”
post #16 of 22
I enjoyed Michaels book Snow Waste. Very realistic and good read. A few of my friends borrowed the book and they liked it.

Here is a review of Snow Waste and other books.
http://www.snowjournal.com/books.html

Also check out the book "Downhill Slide"

When is that cold weather going to be here again.
post #17 of 22

Ice Maiden

The Ice Maiden, a Mills & Boon novel by Sally Wentworth. A classic of its kind & one for the ladies. Set in Zermatt, lots of skiing. Might be out of print though.
post #18 of 22
"The Top Of The Hill" by Irwin Shaw

it was made into a cheesey mini movie once featuring SONNY BONO
and Adreanne Barbou
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Lostboy View Post
When I saw the header for this thread the first thing that came to mind was to issue a "paging Lisamarie" call. Happy to see that you've started such a project. Good luck with it.
Complete and being read by a few publishers. Excerpts:

Loveland: Reflections in the Snow
post #20 of 22
I read "Dead Men Don't Ski" based on the recommendations above. I enjoyed it. It seemed very quaint and dated. Dan't know if was because it was English or because it was 50 years old.
post #21 of 22
Great title.."Dead Men don't ski". the sequel sounds good too... "But divorced ones do!:"
post #22 of 22

Has anybody read "Bugaboo Dreams:A Story of Skiers, Helicopters & Mountains" by Topher Donahue

 

Curious if i should buy it

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