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White planet : a mad dash through modern global ski culture

Author: Leslie Anthony
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Greystone Books, 2011, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Writer, adventurer, and ski hound Leslie Anthonyhas spent his life on two planks, racing down hills, searching for the next perfect ride. His own discovery of skiing occurred just as Alaska was becoming the ski world's Next Big Thing. In the late eighties and early nineties, ski enthusiasts, powder snow, and vast tracts of steep terrain came together, captured on film and beamed to audiences around the world. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leslie Anthony
ISBN: 9781553654797 155365479X
OCLC Number: 670419092
Description: x, 293 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Legend --
A gathering storm. Smoke and mirrors ; A bum's rush ; Into the deep ; The Big Empty --
The revolution will not be televised. The Motherland ; A scattering in a cold wind ; A scattering in a warm wind ; Last salami, last pilgrim --
The revolution may be televised after all. Icecapades ; Just say cheese ; X marks the spot ; Just shoot me --
Another gathering storm. A death in the family ; Invasion of the powder snatchers ; Space, the final frontier --
Legend.
Responsibility: Leslie Anthony.

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Writer, adventurer, and ski hound Leslie Anthonyhas spent his life on two planks, racing down hills, searching for the next perfect ride. His own discovery of skiing occurred just as Alaska was becoming the ski world's Next Big Thing. In the late eighties and early nineties, ski enthusiasts, powder snow, and vast tracts of steep terrain came together, captured on film and beamed to audiences around the world. The result was a freeskiing revolution. In White Planet, Anthony traces an arc through much of skiing's global diaspora over the past thirty years, observing its metamorphoses, its ever-new destinations, and the forces that continue to push the sport in more extreme directions. He's skied volcanoes in Mexico and vertical faces in Alaska, he's raced historic telemark courses in Italy, and he's swum through powder in Japan and avalanches in India, always chasing a new experience, a fresh line, and a bluebird day of skiing with someone who shares the passion. Along the way, he introduces many of the daredevils who have succeeded-and sometimes failed-at spectacular feats, the visionaries who have changed the whole concept of boots and boards and what can be done on them, and the entrepreneurs who are bringing the sport to nontraditional markets such as China, Bulgaria, and India.

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"Anthony is the modern-day Dolores LaCha-pelle, spreading the often-garbled stoke of skiing with wit, intellect and passion. ... With a floating, easy tone, Anthony shares the dense histories, Read more...

 
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