Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Fast & Furious

"The Fast & Furious" is a article written by Andrew McLean that was published in "Coulior" magazine a few years ago.
Its a cool little piece and was the first time I read about a ski mountaineering race (its probably the first article write by a non Euro about a ski mountaineering race?).
Its well worth a read-
"With Backcountry skiing being such a peaceful pursuit, you might wonder why anyone would want to ruin it by turning it into a competition. The answer, as with thoroughbred horses or hissing cockroaches, is that racing improves the breed. True, not everyone sees touring around in emasculating skin tight suits as an improvement, but there are many other aspects of Ski Mountaineering racing that can directly improve your smiles per hour ratio." READ MORE

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"The skier who forsakes the lifts to climb under his own power to a mountain summit is a very different person from the downhill only piste basher and is often regarded by the latter as something of a curiosity.
But he was the creator of the sport; and possibly with him lies the future"
-Robin Fedden, The book of Europen Skiing, 1966
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