Lowell Skoog, Northwest ski mountaineer and dedicated ski historian, has just published the first chapter in his ongoing Northwest skiing history project, Written in the Snows, on-line. Here is what he has to say about the project:
"The chapter is called The Ski Climbers. It will ultimately be Chapter 4 (or so) in the finished story. It describes an iconic period in Northwest skiing, the years between 1928 and 1948 when pioneering ski ascents and descents were made on Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan, Glacier Peak, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Hood.
The Ski Climbers shows the sort of coverage I hope to provide for the 100-year history of backcountry skiing in Washington. Publishing on-line will enable me to include more stories, more pictures, and more diverse media than a traditional book could do. The Ski Climbers contains movies, and future chapters may include other multi-media material."
The Ski Climbers is an impressive piece of an even more impressive project. The detail, imagery and historical information included in this chapter alone reflect Skoog's incredible dedication and passion for the sport of ski mountaineering. I highly recommend taking the time to explore this first installment. If it is any indication of what is to come, the Northwest ski community is in for a real treat.
The upcoming October issue of Off-Piste has a full article on Lowell Skoog and his work on Written in the Snows.