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White Planet: A Mad Dash Through Modern Global Ski Culture

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"Leslie (Snakebit) skis the world in a lifelong search for athletic challenge, natural beauty, and the special community of like-minded adventurers. From Chile in the 1980s to Alaska in the 1990s and beyond, Leslie's tales of pink snow in Spain's Sierra Nevada, interactions with ski photographers, and remote, pristine landscapes captivate with their innocence and ingenuity. At the same time, with his insider's perspective and spirited blend of daring, Zen, and observation (parts of the book appeared in such ski magazines as Powder), Leslie passionately tracks the evolution of modern ski culture. Along the way, information about alpine and Nordic ski history, equipment specifications, skiing styles, and snowboarding accumulates. There are profiles of ski personalities, glimpses of business mavens, and insights into melding skiing's traditional disciplines with its youth-oriented X-Game persona. Engaging and funny (one trip to Denver was 'filled with more animal prints and expensive pelts than a Siegfried & Roy pageant'), this is a welcome meditation on soft powder and the not-so-soft sell. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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Writer and adventurer Leslie Anthony has spent his life on two planks, racing down hills, searching for the next perfect ride. His real baptism, however, began in the early nineties when Alaska emerged as the ski worlds Next Big Thing. Steep faces and vast tracks of powder snow, were captured on film and beamed to audiences around the world. The result was a freeskiing revolution.

With insight and humor, White Planet, traces an arc through the new ski culture, in a rock ‘n roll adventure that follows a diaspora to far-flung corners of the globe. Along the way, Anthony introduces many of the daredevils, visionaries and entrepreneurs who are bringing the sport to such unexpected places as Mexico, China, Lebanon and India.

About the Author

Leslie Anthony was bitten by the ski bug at the age of ten and has never looked back. Although he holds a PhD in zoology from the University of Toronto, was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill Universitys Redpath Museum, and wrote Snakebit: Confessions of a Herpetologist, skiing has remained his first love. An avid adventurer, Anthony has won awards for both his poetry and is acclaimed for his work in outdoor, action sport, and general-interest magazines such as Skier, explore, and Powder, on whose masthead hes appeared for 18 years. His ski writing has been published in seven languages in twelve countries. He lives in Whistler, B.C.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Prologue: Legend 1

A Gathering Storm

1 | Smoke and Mirrors 7

2 | A Bums Rush 24

3 | Into the Deep 41

4 | The Big Empty 51

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

5 | The Motherland 73

6 | A Scattering in a Cold Wind 96

7 | A Scattering in a Warm Wind 120

8 | Last Salami, Last Pilgrim 145

The Revolution May Be Televised After All

9 | Icecapades 163

10 | Just Say Cheese 176

11 | X Marks the Spot 192

12 | Just Shoot Me 211

Another Gathering Storm

13 | A Death in the Family 227

14 | Invasion of the Powder Snatchers 238

15 | Space, the Final Frontier 253

Epilogue: Legend 287

Product Details

ISBN:
9781553654797
Author:
Anthony, Leslie
Publisher:
Greystone Books
Subject:
Skiing
Subject:
Skiing - General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Product details 304 pages Greystone Books - English 9781553654797 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Leslie (Snakebit) skis the world in a lifelong search for athletic challenge, natural beauty, and the special community of like-minded adventurers. From Chile in the 1980s to Alaska in the 1990s and beyond, Leslie's tales of pink snow in Spain's Sierra Nevada, interactions with ski photographers, and remote, pristine landscapes captivate with their innocence and ingenuity. At the same time, with his insider's perspective and spirited blend of daring, Zen, and observation (parts of the book appeared in such ski magazines as Powder), Leslie passionately tracks the evolution of modern ski culture. Along the way, information about alpine and Nordic ski history, equipment specifications, skiing styles, and snowboarding accumulates. There are profiles of ski personalities, glimpses of business mavens, and insights into melding skiing's traditional disciplines with its youth-oriented X-Game persona. Engaging and funny (one trip to Denver was 'filled with more animal prints and expensive pelts than a Siegfried & Roy pageant'), this is a welcome meditation on soft powder and the not-so-soft sell. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by ,
Writer and adventurer Leslie Anthony has spent his life on two planks, racing down hills, searching for the next perfect ride. His real baptism, however, began in the early nineties when Alaska emerged as the ski worlds Next Big Thing. Steep faces and vast tracks of powder snow, were captured on film and beamed to audiences around the world. The result was a freeskiing revolution.

With insight and humor, White Planet, traces an arc through the new ski culture, in a rock ‘n roll adventure that follows a diaspora to far-flung corners of the globe. Along the way, Anthony introduces many of the daredevils, visionaries and entrepreneurs who are bringing the sport to such unexpected places as Mexico, China, Lebanon and India.

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