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I just finished reading a book about this bit of history I highly recommend "The Boys of Winter" by Charles J. Sanders. 

 

Couple of years ago I came across what at first looked like some kind of glitzy coffee table book about Vail, but it turned out to be an amazingly good read. Figures, as it's the autobiography of 10th Mountain Division Veteran and Vail Founder Pete Seibert. Great chapter on his WW II years. Hell, the whole thing is a treasure!

 

I found my copy on paperbackswap.com, but there's a link to Amazon where new and used copies seem to be available in this thread I created...

 

Vail - Triumph of a Dream

post #32 of 34
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Thanks for this thread. Having been in the ski business here in Colorado for a long time, I have had the considerable honor of knowing quite a few 10th Mtn. vets.

 

It would be difficult to overestimate their impact on the American ski scene, not to mention the heroism and sacrifice of serving your country in a war.

 

The 10th Mtn. Hut system scattered around central CO makes for incredible summer or winter touring and provides a fitting and lasting legacy to those who served.

 

I just finished reading a book about this bit of history I highly recommend "The Boys of Winter" by Charles J. Sanders. 

 

Anyone who is a skier owes a debt to these men, just as all of us who live free must thank those who fought on our behalf.

 

 

jl

There are quite a few of the old WWII training and promo films on the Internet to see what it was like to ski back then.  GOOGLE "1941 Ski" or "1942 Ski" and a bunch will pop up.  Critical Past has quite a few from Camp Hale like this: http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675064972_mountain-troops_Camp-Hale_mountain-training-center_ski-test_come-down-slope

 

These guys lived through tough environmental and mental conditions during their training (it wasn't like you could get the USO up there in the winter) and in battle.  Most people today will ski Riva Ridge at Vail and have no idea behind the name:  http://10thmtndivassoc.org/Hampton.pdf     , with some thinking the trail is named for a horse.  When they sleep comfortably in their hotel rooms with the temperature outside at 20 below, they have no idea at what the real heroes of the war--the common fighting man--had to endure.

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Knowing Redford's love of skiing and the Rockies this could be pretty good...

 

Robert Redford to Adapt WWII Book ‘Climb to Conquer’

 

Robert Redford plans to produce a film based on Peter Shelton’s book “Climb to Conquer: The Untold Story of WWII’s 10th Mountain Division Ski Troop.”

 

Kurt Johnstad (“Act of Valor,” “300: Rise of an Empire”) is in discussions to adapt the story about the U.S. Army division’s little-known victory in the mountains of Italy that had soldiers scale the treacherous rock walls of Riva Ridge and conquer a German position that was previously considered untouchable. It enabled the Allied forces to finally break the stalemate in Italy.

post #34 of 34

I hope he can put it together -- I'd skip the reviews, not pass Go, and head straight to the theaters when it premiered.

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