Wild Snow

A Historical Guide to North American Ski and Snowboard Mountaineering

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This is Louis Dawson's major work, a fastidiously researched book on the evolution of North American backcountry skiing and snowboarding. With more than 220 historic and contemporary photographs, as well as 10 crisp maps, the book doubles as a guide to 54 classic mountain ski and snowboard descents, from New Hampshire's Mount Washington to Alaska's Denali. Along the way, Dawson profiles such luminaries of wild snow as Bill Briggs, first to leave tracks down the Grand Teton, Jackrabbit Johannsen, who gracefully skied into his eleventh decade, and Chris Landry, the man who coined the definition of extreme skiing: "if you fall, you die."

Lou Dawson completed his epic ski descents of all fifty-four 14,000-foot Colorado peaks in 1991, thus becoming the first person to ski the Colorado Fourteeners. He is also the prize-winning author of Dawson's Guides to Colorado's Fourteeners, several other ski books, and writes magazine articles and web content.

In Wild Snow you'll find:

  • Dozens of rare historical photographs, including the first skiers on Denali, Katahdin, and the Grand Teton.
  • Backcountry ski history for the whole North American continent (including Canada).
  • Guidebook style information for 54 classic descents. Plan our own exciting trip!
  • Table of contents listing all 54 selected classic routes.
  • Foreword by Bela Vadasz of famed guide-service Alpine Skills International
  • Directory of important phone numbers.
  • The most extensive backcountry ski bibliography ever compiled.
  • Comprehensive index.
  • Available in soft cover, hard cover, or limited edition.
  • As well as being the only chronicle of North American glisse alpinism, the route selection is a hit list intended for all levels of free-heel skiers, snowboarders, or alpine skiers! This defines the sport of glisse alpinism!

    Soft cover, revised edition, 304 pp, $24.95 (signed by author) BUY

    1st edition hardcover, 289 pp, $39.95 (signed by author) BUY

    A special signed/numbered hard-cover first edition is available. This edition includes an embossed cover, parchment signature page, and marking ribbon. GREAT FOR AN ELEGANT GIFT! (signed by author) BUY









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