Friday Ski Mug History Contest, Sisters, Oregon

Post by blogger | August 8, 2008      

Saturday update: We have a winner…The photo is indeed Terry Skjersaa, see comments below. Thanks all! I’ll dig another one out of the archive for next Friday.

Friday evening update: Full brochure cover now published. It’s indeed the Sisters in Oregon, and while I thought Clyde was right about that being Mark Bridges we’d better check it out and find out for sure.

Till the snow flies, Fridays we’re having a modest competition to see who can first come up with the person and sometimes location in a photo from the Wild Snow archives. PRIZES: We are giving away SIX Backcountry Access packs, various models (thanks BCA). If you win, I’ll leave a public comment identifying your comment as the winner, and I’ll contact you in private via the private email you leave on your blog comment. If we have no winner by 9:00 MST the Monday after I post the photo, there will be no winner and the prize will wrap to the next Friday. For extra karma, if you know the answer, please comment with some story as well. I’m taking a risk with this one but I have faith in you guys, as I’m pretty certain who the person in the photo is but I’m not 100%.

Backcountry skiing.
1995/96 Kazama Skis catalog cover, Terry Skjersaa skiing near the summit of Mt Bachelor, Oregon, The Sisters in background.

Today’s hint, the photo above is from a 1995 ski company brochure cover, location is a scrappy place where you’ll find two beautiful sisters who love to date backcountry skiers. Name the guy and the mountain. Bonus points for the ski company.

(Note, professional magazine editors and publishers are not allowed to compete. Likewise for photographers who created the images. Once the photo is guessed I’ll add a photo credit if available — all photos that are possibly copyrighted are excerpted from historical published material in my archive and my use falls under “fair use” in copyright law. To that end, if appropriate and possible the photo will be displayed in context after the guessing is done. For example, if it’s on a magazine page we’ll display part of the page with the image in situ.)


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19 Responses to “Friday Ski Mug History Contest, Sisters, Oregon”

  1. david scheefer August 8th, 2008 9:44 am

    art barrows, aspen mt, black diamond skis

  2. Lou August 8th, 2008 9:56 am

    Nope, you’re pretty far off. It’s in the lower 48… but way away from Aspen.

  3. Clyde August 8th, 2008 10:01 am

    Mark Bridges on Kazama Cornices in the PNW (don’t know where though)

  4. andy wellman August 8th, 2008 10:21 am

    well, no clue about the skier, but thats mt. baker in the background. Based on the angle, I’m pretty darn sure this shot was not taken from the ski resort, but rather from the south/west side somewhere. Maybe that’ll help someone else get the pack!

  5. andy wellman August 8th, 2008 10:26 am

    well, guess I’ll take a shot with clydes clues (if they’re right!) Mark Bridges skiing on Kazama Cornices, on the south side of mt baker. He’s probably just on some random ridge out there, but thats the Easton glacier coming down in the photo. I can definately guess what kind of goggles he’s wearing:) Not sure if such clue stealing is allowed. oh well.

  6. RobinB August 8th, 2008 12:08 pm

    No idea on the dude, but I he’s skiing Kazamas driven by Merrell SuperComps.

    Those are the Three Sisters in the background, putting the skier probably on Bachelor…

  7. Steve August 8th, 2008 12:09 pm

    The mountains are the Three Sisters in Oregon don’t know who the skier is and I’m guessing Kneissl skis

  8. Lou August 8th, 2008 12:14 pm

    Clyde has it! But RobinB gets honorable mention for knowing it’s the Sisters.

  9. Lou August 8th, 2008 12:19 pm

    Mark worked with Kazama for quite a while, and was one of those exceptional telemarkers that made the rest of us think we could do more on flimsy gear than we were genetically capable of. He was my contact while doing ski reviews for Couloir Magazine, and worked with just about everyone in the nascent backcountry skiing publishing industry.

    The Sisters in Oregon are of course a well known and beautiful backcountry skiing location.

  10. Cam August 8th, 2008 12:20 pm

    Looks baker in the background.

  11. RobinB August 8th, 2008 1:21 pm

    Skied a traverse of Middle Sister on June 22 a few years back. Great Spring touring, and amazing scenery.

    The day started silly-early hiking up through the pine forest to the glacier. Up up and up, then down the S side in the afternoon.

    Spending all day on snow and rock led to an amazing hit of pine forest scent when we got back to treeline.

  12. Sky August 8th, 2008 1:52 pm

    That area doesn’t really qualify as scrappy by North Cascades standards, Lou.

    That’s right, we’re taking it back. Now that scrappy is officially a compliment, they can’t have it that easily. Road and snowmo access is much too good (and high and dry) to be worthy of the sacred scrappy moniker.

  13. Clyde August 8th, 2008 2:30 pm

    Definitely one of the smoothest tele skiers I’ve seen to this day. Mark was World Tele Champ for several years in a row (mid 80s or so). When he was living here in CO, a bunch of us would set gates on St. Mary’s glacier…a missed turn would send you into the scree field next to the snow at a high rate of speed. Also skied on Mt. Evans with him a number of times. His former wife, Diane, was also an amazing tele skier. The Cornice was Mark’s design and easily one of the best tele skis of that time–fat in it’s day, most would consider it an unskiable toothpick now.

  14. Steve August 8th, 2008 2:52 pm

    Nope. That’s Terry Skjersaa (pronounced Sher-shaw). Terry worked for Mark and Kazama as a tech rep and then went on to rep for K2 Telemark and Voile. He’s still living in Bend and doing great from what I hear on occasion. Location is Mt. Bachelor, in bounds. Don’t need the pack! Steve

    : )

  15. dan August 8th, 2008 5:31 pm

    I found your hint somwhat misleading – two sisters sound more like the Twin Sisters near Baker, there are three sisters down in Oregon – way better odds.

  16. Mike Schubert August 8th, 2008 7:12 pm

    I’m with Steve, it is Terry Skjersaa, leaping off the corniced portion of the West Ridge near the summit of Mt Bachelor.
    You can call him at 541-382-8262, Duke Warner Realty, here in Bend if it’s a tie breaker.

  17. Lou August 8th, 2008 9:54 pm

    Hi Guys, Lou here, after a long day on my feet and away from the keyboard. After Clyde’s validation I could have sworn that was Mark as I had a note written to myself on the brochure, but perhaps it only was written when Mark sent me the brochure as a reminder to contact him or something (yada yada yada). When I have time tomorrow I’ll call Terry, but if someone can call him tomorrow morning and comment here I’d appreciate the help. Fun!

    P.S., apologies everyone for not being more on top of this and approving your comments immediatly, web connection here at OR was iffy and I was more busy than normal. Next Friday we’ll do better.

  18. Mike Schubert August 9th, 2008 11:22 am

    I just got off the phone with Terry, on his way out the door to do a mtn bike ride, and yes it is him. He said the photo was shot dropping into the “inner cone”, a fun hike-to feature within the Bachelor ski area boundary.
    Terry added Mark was featured in a number of Kazama brochures, and indeed, an impressive skier!

  19. Lou August 9th, 2008 11:58 am

    Thanks Mike, I was just about to try calling.

    Looks like Steve gets the pack. Steve, go ahead and email me using the contact link in menu to left. I’ll get you set up. Thanks for the comments all!

    Look for another contest photo next Friday.

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