Let the Stoke Begin — Ski Journal Volume 4

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | October 11, 2010      
Ski Journal includes backcountry skiing and Warren Miller.

Warren Miller on ski resort booty call, circa 1950.

We deserve it. A magazine about skiing that goes for the spirit and the art. But can such a publication sustain? Apparently, yes.

The Ski Journal begins its fourth season with Vol 4, No 2, and look who’s on the cover: Warren Miller on follow cam behind three ripping skier chicks, around 1955 from the looks of things.

Lead story in this issue is a feature length (17 pages) autobiographical article by Mr. Miller himself. The icon is working on his autobiography, and this reads like a sampler of things to come.

The tale begins with Warren and his friend Ward Baker living for two seasons in an 8-foot teardrop camp trailer they parked near Sun Valley (yeah, that’s become a well known legend, but always fun to read about). The mountain manager liked the boys in their funky cabin (local color!), so he arranged it so they could ride the lifts for free. Imagine that happening these days. You show up fully dirtbag qualified with your van, and the powers think your so cool they give you a season pass. Could happen, I guess, but you’d have to be at least a 12 on the bro index.

The writing then ranges from how Miller grew his business (basically, lots of hard work), to his take on the ski celebrities of his era such as Scot Schmidt. Lot’s of compelling photos round things out. Truly interesting.

Other articles in this issue: Backcountry skiing at Fairy Meadows hut; beta about secret skiing paradise Vernon, B.C.; profile of Verbier based photographer Yves Garneau with tons of mouth watering images he captioned with info about how they came to be. Sidebars and lots of large format stoke photos yield value added.

Three WildSnow thumbs up. Check ’em out here.

Oh, also, check out an interesting masthead change in this issue of Ski Journal — at least interesting for those of you who track publishing. Mike Berard is on board as Editor, and he sounds like quite the guy.

According to Swedish photographer Mattias Fredriksson: “Mike Berard is, hands down, one of the funniest characters in the ski industry. Funny doesn’t always mean sharp, but with Mike it does. He has the pulse on what´s hot and what’s not. Berard has lots of strings on his violin; he can write, shoot photos, make magazines, work at ad agencies etc. Very few people have such a broad base for their creative talent…”


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11 Responses to “Let the Stoke Begin — Ski Journal Volume 4”

  1. Tuck October 11th, 2010 8:39 am

    Just subscribed. Can’t wait to read the WM piece.

    BTW, regarding yoru anti-spam quiz, I ski in the East, so the answer is clearly ICE. Your quiz seems to insist the right answer is snow…. 😉

  2. Lou October 11th, 2010 8:54 am

    Tuck, I thought we had ice in there! I’ll take a look… that quiz must have a zillion answers by now, but the spambots don’t ski so it’s still working.

  3. Lou October 11th, 2010 8:58 am

    Tuck, once you get your issue of Ski Journal, it would be great if you could leave a comment here with your impressions. Thanks, Lou

  4. Tuck October 11th, 2010 12:26 pm

    “Tuck, I thought we had ice in there!” I was joking actually, I never tried entering “ice”… I’ll give it a shot now using “ice”.

  5. Tuck October 11th, 2010 12:27 pm

    “Ice” works! Thanks for not discriminating against us Eastern skiiers! 😉

  6. Lou October 11th, 2010 7:20 pm

    If anyone has an idea for another spam question, feel free. We got two comment spams today from people who were smart enough to know people ski on you-know-what.


  7. Halsted October 11th, 2010 9:49 pm

    Once in New Zealand I commented to a ski patroller that it was kind of icy…

    He replied, “Mate this isn’t icy, icy is when you can see a dead sparow from the summer six inches down.” To which I replied, “Oh, I guess then this is just loud powder.”

    😯 :mrgreen:

  8. snoman October 12th, 2010 11:38 am

    love it – very cool indeed

    the trailerpark skiers story is always nice to hear
    we shipped a vintage 1966 Airstream over to London and visited 30+ ski resorts across the Swiss and French alps last year – great fun but I doubt we’d be a welcomed if we turned up in a plastic-fantastic!

  9. reggie crist October 13th, 2010 8:56 pm

    Excellent article on Warren Miller. I appreciate Jeff Galbraith’s interpretation, ‘ultimately my questions only got in the way of his stories… it seemed only appropriate to present them straight with no chaser.’ Good stuff!!!

  10. Paul October 15th, 2010 7:56 pm

    Re. the anti-spam quiz… I tried “pollen” and “algae”. Both failed. I got “dirt” to work though”. Ya gotta add algae. I love leaving bright orange tracks!

    Which brings up a random observation. When I skied on red algae many years ago in Colorado it smelled like watermelon. Here in the PNW it has no smell that I’ve ever been able to detect. Anyone else notice this? Am I losing my sense of smell?!

  11. Lou October 16th, 2010 8:01 am

    Paul, the question is “what substance” not “what life form” (grin).

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