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Colorado Ski!

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Colorado Ski!

David Lissy Photography

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An eruption of snow crystals fills the air behind a bump masher on Mary Jane's Golden Spike. Two silhouetted powder hounds go about their day's business on Aspen's Little Annie. A Vail downhiller finds plenty of airtime on the North Rim's cliffs and rocks. A backcountry traveler climbs a steep rock face near Silverton to reach some of Colorado's steepest and deepest.

In Colorado Ski! David Lissy takes us on an insider's tour of Colorado's ski country. From Aspen to Vail, Purgatory to Steamboat, join this acclaimed ski photographer as he schusses from one end of the state to the other. With a finely tuned eye and finely tuned skis, Lissy explores the groomed trails of the state's most famous ski areas, then switches to cross-country gear and penetrates the spectacular winter wilderness landscape. From Mount Wilson glowing in soft morning light above Telluride to frost-coated aspen trees on Buttermilk Mountain, you witness a pristine alpine landscape like none other.

But there's more to the story than bright blue skies and waist-deep powder. Back in 1942, the U.S. Army recognized Colorado's ideal ski conditions and decided to build an alpine training center at Camp Hale near Leadville. For three winters, thousands of soldiers learned and refined their ski and outdoor survival skills in the mountains surrounding the camp. Now, for the first time, personal accounts from these men have been paired with full-color photography of the backcountry, where they trained, and Colorado's ski areas, many of which they helped develop after the war.

One of these men, Harris Dusenbery, recounts an episode during the 1944 "D" Series training maneuvers conducted in the backcountry above Camp Hale: "One after another the men in the column ahead of me disappeared down that first sharp drop from the cornice. I felt that universal nerve tingling that the skier always has before a run down into the unknown. I took a few steps forward and gravity took hold of me with its giant hand. It pulled me down in that first breathtaking drop."

The importance of this singular pairing of words and images has not gone unnoticed. Olympic medalist Billy Kidd, who won a silver in the slalom at Innsbruck in 1964, has added his stamp of approval in a foreword to the book. Now a Steamboat Springs resident, Kidd writes: "Regardless of your age or ability or personality, I think the Rocky Mountains offer you the best skiing in the World. When you ski Colorado, whether it's your first time or your fiftieth, you'll probably want to take back more than just great memories. i recommend a cowboy hat and this book."

Kidd is not the only ski professional who has contributed to this volume. Bill Grout, editor-in-chief of SKIING magazine has prefaced the book with insights gathered during more than two decades of skiing Colorado's powder. Remembering his first trip to these slopes, Grout writes: "At the top, without stopping to look at the view, I plunged into untracked powder. It was perfect-deep enough to swirl around my legs with each turn, light enough to leave roostertails of sparkling crystals behind. I managed only two or three turns in succession before I fell, but the smile on my face was still wide enough to leave stretch marks."

With 35mm cameras in his backpack and skis strapped to his boots, David Lissy searched Colorado's ski country from border to border to document the sport as never before. Colorado Ski! is striking proof of his success.

David Lissy was born east of the Mississippi River in a suburb of Chicago. He was lured west by the Rocky Mountains,where he decided to make his home in 1974. Settling in Aspen, he spent his first year driving a ski bus. By the end of the winter he was photographing pro ski races in his free time. For the next decade he refined his technique, eventually working his photography into a full-time occupation that spans a wide range of outdoor recreation including skiing, running, tennis, and bicycling. Lissy now operates a commercial assignment and stock photography business from Golden, where he lives with his wife, their three children, and a dog.

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