Backcountry Media and Gifts

Post by blogger | December 3, 2005      

In current backcountry media, someone shared this link to an interview with California guidebook author Marcus Libkind. In the interview, Marcus talks about how he’d like to provide a digital version of his books. Interesting idea! As Marcus is quite prolific, he’s the person to watch with this sort of thing.

I’ve been hard at work placing new product on the Vintage Ski World online store. Recent additions I’d recommend for gifts are the book “Boys of Winter,” and Dick Barrymore’s movie, “Last of the Ski Bums.”

Backcountry skiing and war.
Boys of Winter, click image to shop.

Boys of Winter is about the Tenth Mountain Division soldiers of World War Two. Yeah I know, how many other books about the 10th have we been bombarded with over the years? Don’t worry, this one raises the bar. It takes a very detailed and personal point of view, and follows three young men as they make the “brutal, heroic and ultimately tragic transformation from athletes to infantrymen in with the fabled Tenth Mountain Division.” More, author Charles Sanders doesn’t mince words when it comes to philosophizing about war, and is so bold as to address the actual military need for the Tenth’s battles in Italy — Monday morning quarterbacking for sure, but interesting nonetheless.

Last of the Ski Bums is the highlight of all this. What a movie! Made in 1967 for only $12,000 and distributed as a feature film, this flick was to my generation what Blizzard of Ahhhs was to the current “freeride” crowd. Somewhat campy for sure (as Blizzard is fast becoming), Ski Bums nonetheless entertains. The story line is goofy and loose (Plake’s role models?), scenes of Ron Funk disco dancing are a total howler, but the skiing! You have to check these guys out, blasting face shot powder on skinny 210cm planks. Make no mistake, powder skiing in 1967 took exceptional athletic ability — knowing that, when you view the skiing in Ski Bums, your jaw will drop. The best sequence is in Jackson Hole (one of the skiers is double lens goggle inventor Bob Smith), with another incredible clip of the boys skiing powder in a wind storm, high above Chamonix. And, in keeping with last winter’s blog theme of reviewing every movie that’s ever shown an avalanche, Ski Bums delivers that as well (also available from Vintage Ski World.


Please Enjoy A Few Suggested WildSnow Posts


  Your Comments

  Recent Posts

Facebook Twitter Email Instagram Youtube


  • Blogroll & Links

  • Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

    All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

    We include "affiliate sales" links with most of our blog posts. This means we receive a percentage of a sale if you click over from our site (at no cost to you). None of our affiliate commission links are direct relationships with specific gear companies or shopping carts, instead we remain removed by using a third party who manages all our affiliate sales and relationships. We also sell display "banner" advertising, in this case our relationships are closer to the companies who advertise, but our display advertising income is carefully separated financially and editorially from our blog content, over which we always maintain 100% editorial control -- we make this clear during every advertising deal we work out. Please also notice we do the occasional "sponsored" post, these are under similar financial arrangements as our banner advertising, only the banner or other type of reference to a company are included in the blog post, simply to show they provided financial support to and provide them with advertising in return. Unlike most other "sponsored content" you find on the internet, our sponsored posts are entirely under our editorial control and created by WildSnow specific writers.See our full disclosures here.

    Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. Due to human error and passing time, the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use.

    Switch To Mobile Version