“The world’s highest-quality ski publication” brags The Ski Journal. Let them keep boasting, especially if they continue producing issues like the most recent “Photobook.”
Photos that draw you in, cause you to linger, lure you to dream about being there. Well crafted writing that makes you want to sit by the fire and read. Crisp print, luxuriously heavy paper, manufactured with green power. Everything is over the top.
Each page is a stunner, that is, after you get past Hell Bent on the inside cover (sorry K2, that ad campaign is the only thing I dislike about you).
Five iconic photographers are featured: Scott Markewitz, Fletcher Manley, Tero Repo, Dave Mossop and David Reddick. Equally entertaining are the profiles written by Leslie Anthony, Warren Miller, Jack Shaw, Mitchell Scott and Bob Story.
My favorite of the mix is Fletcher Manley’s caption for his magnificent, double page, black and white image, “Some of Europe’s classic mountaineering objectives – the Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau, and Wetterhorn – are clustered together in Switzerland’s Grindelwald region. I was eager to glimpse, and perhaps even document, these great mountains during my first visit there in 1967, but for five days, winter storms denied any such hope. Finally, while skiing back to the village on my last day there, clearing skies brought me to a halt when first this tree and then the Wetterhorn revealed themselves. “Being there” is the first rule of photography, and, to my surprise, there I was.”
Subscribe if you haven’t already. You’ll be as happy as the three smiling LD’s on page 96. (And yes, this sub is priced like a fine wine, but every sip will be savored.)