Friday Ski History Contest — Name that Mug (we have a winner)

Post by blogger | August 29, 2008      

I don’t know how Halsted won this contest so quickly; he must have a mind that snaps faster than those old Cubco bindings he still skis on. Yep, the photos below are of Dick Barrymore, who more than any single man started the modern “edgy” style of ski films now promulgated by dozens (if not hundreds) of film companies. Barrymore died a few weeks ago, so we just want to say goodbye to Dick and thank him for his lifemark film “Last of the Ski Bums.” Obit here.

I love Barrymore’s autobiography, “Breaking Even.” That’s where you’ll find the credo of the ski bum: “Forget becoming a millionaire–just live like one!”

Dick Barrymore
Photo from Barrymore’s bio, caption says “Dicks first homemade helmet camera made from a motorcycle helmet, sheet metal, a 16-millimeter wind-up camera and a Draino can filled with sand for a counter weight.” (Probably mid to late 1960s.)

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Original contest post below *******************************
Last Friday’s contest with the Scot Schmidt magazine spread may have been too easy. Perhaps this one is tougher. No hints yet, except to say this will be WildSnow’s way of honoring a man who had big influence on a segment of the ski industry we’ve all enjoyed for years. I’ll bring in more info and perhaps a different photo if we don’t get a winner within the first hour or so. Name the man below (leave a comment) and Backcountry Access will drop ship a free backpack to your door.

Name that man!
Name this guy and win a backpack.


9 Responses to “Friday Ski History Contest — Name that Mug (we have a winner)”

  1. Halsted August 29th, 2008 9:49 am

    Ski film maker Dick Barrymore

  2. Lou August 29th, 2008 9:50 am

    Dang, Halsted gets it first try! More info coming…

  3. Greg August 29th, 2008 9:52 am


  4. Halsted August 29th, 2008 10:01 am


    Dick Barrymore died recently in Sun Valley. His book Breaking Even is really a fun ski book to read.

  5. Njord August 29th, 2008 10:19 am

    Dang… I got up early for nothing!

  6. Lou August 29th, 2008 10:47 am

    Sorry Njord, you’ll have to give it another shot next Friday.

  7. Lynn August 29th, 2008 2:06 pm

    I like my helmet cam more than his. He looks like a Star Trek character. Lou what is the story of the name of Cardo’s Corner. I get the corner part, who is Cardo? Jim Cardamone? Nice route by the way, how did you protect it?

  8. Timothy August 29th, 2008 6:25 pm

    I’m guessing Chris Landry?

  9. Lou August 29th, 2008 7:59 pm

    Sorry Tim, I should have been more clear, we already have a winner. See all of above. But thanks for dropping by.

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