• Alan EngenAlan Engen

    Alan Engen was named one of the “Legends of Utah skiing” in 1988. He has also been inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 1991, the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 2004, and the University of Utah Crimson Club Athletes Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2007, Alan was given Utah “Best of State” honors as a professional athlete in sports and recreation and in 2009 he was inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame. His competitive ski career is extensive at the national and international level. He competed in all skiing disciplines (Alpine and Nordic), winning numerous championships in Junior, Senior, and Masters competition. He was an All-American skier in college for the University of Utah and was a member of the United States CISM Ski Team during the middle 1960s. He was also a six-time winner of the United States Ski Association-Intermountain Masters series title in the 1980s. Alan is a recognized Utah ski historian and the author of the award winning book, For the Love of Skiing – A Visual History (1998) and co-author of the book First Tracks – A Century of Skiing in Utah (2001). He is Chairman Emeritus of the Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation; Chairman of the Alta Historical Society; a former member of the board of directors for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum; and a charter advisory member of the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library, Utah Ski Archives. Alan has called Alta his skiing home since 1948 and retired as Alta’s Director of Skiing in 2011. He has been affiliated with the Professional Ski Instructors of America for over 50 years and was Alta’s ski school director during the years 1992 through 1998.

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  • Bernie WeichselBernie Weichsel

    Bernie first strapped on skis at the age of four, barreling down the slopes of Belleayre Mountain in the Catskills of New York. The son of immigrant parents, Weichsel was born, raised, and educated in New York City. Although Bernie’s first love is skiing, his second has always been organizing and producing activities, events, and promotions. While attending college, he started working ski shows on weekends – selling T-shirts and posters at the nationwide International Ski and Winter Sports Shows, produced by the Godfather of Ski Promotion, Harry Leonard. Such experience has proved invaluable, as Bernie’s company, BEWI Productions, Inc., currently owns and produces nationally renowned Ski & Snowboard Expos held in Denver, Boston each fall. Aside from organizing BEWI's successful Ski & Snowboard Expos, Bernie has involved himself in all aspects of winter sports marketing, including fundraising activities for the U.S. Ski Team, The International Skiing History Association, Youth Enrichment Services and organizing urban winter Festivals, cross-country ski and snowshoe events in New York's Central Park and on the Boston Common. Bernie is also the founder and president of SKIUSA. Created in 1979, SKIUSA’s goal was to bring the American mountain experience to skiers and snowboarders around the world, representing the United States’ premier ski resorts in more than eighteen foreign countries. The success of SKIUSA is evident, yearly, as more and more visitors from overseas take their Ski & Snowboard Holidays at a U.S. Mountain Resort, which now accounts for over 20% of some resort business. Bernie’s passion for outdoor sports and folk music also saw him create the Active Sports and Adventure Travel Expos, the New England Festival of Folk Music, and the New England Youth Sports Festival all events that BEWI has produced in years past. More recently he has found himself immersed in his passion – Ski History, this has included sitting on the Boards of the New England. Ski Museum along with the International Ski History Association and most important, serving as Chairman from 2009 to 2014, of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. In that role Bernie oversaw the expansion of Skiing History Week and the celebration of its annual Induction Ceremony to an event that now attracts over 500 people each year. A talented skier, but also an avid “rail trail” biker, Bernie gets on his bike most summer weekends exploring the area around his home in Wayland, Massachusetts. But the accomplishment of which he is most proud is annually getting on the slopes, minimally, the same number of days as his age—a goal he encourages all to emulate!

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  • Cathie JudgeCathie Judge

    For many years, Cathie Judge was Fashion and Travel Editor of Skiing Magazine. When she left Skiing she formed a consulting business, working on ski-related projects with DuPont, Celanese and Goretex and produced advertorial inserts for Vogue, L'Officiel, Town & Country, Playboy, and other magazines. In the 90's, Cathie started Springs Publishing and launched the monthly magazine, eye on Saratoga. She now provides a variety of design, marketing, and communications services. She started on wood hand-me-downs and oversized Army surplus boots at the age of five. She went on to report on and influence the world of ski fashion, travel and culture. Cathie currently is editing and designing a series of children's books when not exploring and enjoying the landscape around Saratoga Springs.

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  • Harriet WallisHarriet Wallis

    Harriet Wallis has been a ski writer, editor and photographer forever. She learned to ski on a dare when she was in her mid 30s and has been blabbing about it ever since. Her work appears in regional and national print and online publications. Ski Utah named her Journalist of the Year. She's a senior-age skier based in Salt Lake City and she enjoys nearly a gazillion ski days each winter. She also enjoys two stainless steel knees. Harriet loves to be outdoors, so during other seasons she swims, bicycles and kayaks. She also single handedly rips up her yard, converting it to an arid and low water landscape with indigenous plants that she propagates. Skiing is a lot easier!

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  • Heather BurkeHeather Burke

    Heather Burke is passionate about skiing, has been since 3. For two decades, she’s been editor of two ski resort review sites, www.luxuryskitrips.com and www.familyskitrips.com , and is a regular contributor to Boston.com, various magazines and travel sites. Heather travels the globe with her photographer husband Greg, and when snow melts she enjoy her seaside home of Kennebunkport, Maine. Follow Heather’s ski travels and reviews on social media.

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  • Jackson HogenJackson Hogen

    Jackson, aka Pontiff of Powder, has played more roles in the ski trade than Eskimos have words for snow. They include ski designer, binding and boot product manager, freestyle competitor, boot-fitter, ski instructor, marketing director, writer, and ski and boot tester. He contributes to a variety of ski magazines, including SeniorsSkiing.com.

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  • Jan BrunvandJan Brunvand

    Jan Brunvand, born in 1933, was taught to ski by his Norwegian parents in Michigan. As an undergraduate at Michigan State University he skied Aspen and A-basin during spring breaks. After earning a PhD in Folklore at Indiana University he taught at the University of Idaho four years, skiing in local areas. After a skiless year at Southern Illinois University, he moved his family to Salt Lake City, teaching at the University of Utah for thirty years during which he published a textbook in American Folklore and a series of books about urban legends. He and his wife Judy have skied most of the resorts in Colorado and others in Idaho, Wyoming, California, and even Vermont. They have also skied in Norway, Chamonix, Zermatt, and for one memorable week in Portillo, Chile. In retirement, they ski mostly Alta, but also all the other fine resorts of Utah. They are active members of the International Skiing History Association.

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  • Janet Franz

    Janet Franz is a freelance writer living and working in Vermont. She is a long-time member of the North American Ski Journalists Association.

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  • Jennifer Carlson

    Jen Carlson is a marathoner, trail runner, and road cyclist. A recent newcomer to alpine skiing, she fearlessly explores Alta’s steeper nooks and crannies.

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  • Joan WallenJoan Wallen

    Joan Wallen is a freelance writer who lives in Andover, NH. She began skiing at age 12 but became completely absorbed in the sport when she was a ski bum in North Conway during a year long break from college. After graduation and a couple of years of teaching she was made Patrol Director at King Ridge in New Hampshire. For the following 25 years she held positions in operations, marketing and management at a number of New England ski areas. She continues her involvement with the sport by writing about all aspects of it and skiing as much as possible. Joan is past President of the East region of North American Snowsports Journalists Association. Her writing assignments have included magazines, newsletters, trade journals and websites. The off-season finds her sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, biking, hiking and attempting to become a good golfer.

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  • John BrownJohn Brown

    John Brown is a long time ski patroller at Ragged Mountain, NH. His patrol history began in 1979 at Boston Hills in North Andover Massachusetts, then in New Hampshire at Ragged Mountain, King Pine and a year at Bretton Woods. Today he's patrolling 1-2 days per week at Ragged Mountain. He retired in 2014 after 46 years as a firefighter.

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  • John NelsonJohn Nelson

    John Nelson is a refugee of the journalism world, having worked as a designer, art director, editor and writer at newspapers in Seattle, Memphis, Spokane and Colorado. He has been hooked on skiing since he saw a film of Stein Eriksen when he was 6 years old. Now nearing age 60, he’s trying rack up as much vertical as possible and documents his ski days on the blog SkiZer.Wordpress.com. He skis primarily in Washington, Idaho and Montana.

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  • Justin ThulinJustin Thulin

    Dr. Thulin has been practicing dermatology for over 20 years in Salt Lake City, Utah, and skate skis 80-100 days a year.

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  • Karen LorentzKaren Lorentz

    Karen Lorentz 'earned her turns' when she learned to herringbone on a Connecticut golf course using her father’s 1930s hickory boards (1958). She progressed to skis with edges and areas with lifts, taught high school English (NJ) and advised the ski club, taking teenagers to Europe and Colorado before moving to a Vermont mountaintop (1978). She’s written 5000 articles, 8 books, including histories of Killington and Okemo, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for ski writing, and is still trying to master “the carve."

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  • Marc LiebmanMarc Liebman

    Marc Liebman is a retired business executive and naval officer/Naval Aviator who in his deep dark past was an Associate Editor of SKI Magazine and a certified ski instructor. He is also is the author of four novels.

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  • Pat McCloskeyPat McCloskey

    Pat McCloskey is a Level III PSIA Full Certified Ski Instructor. He has skied in 108 different areas around the world and has worked with blind skiers for over 34 years. He is an avid mountain biker, trail runner and road cyclist, racing in those disciplines for 25 years. His blog chroniclesofmccloskey covers all his outdoor adventures.

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  • Paul Foy

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  • Roger LohrRoger Lohr

    Roger Lohr, founder and editor of XCSkiResorts.com is a writer and marketer, who lives in Lebanon, NH. He’s also been published as a Nordic skiing and snowshoeing expert on SnoCountry.com, MSNBC.com, SnowshoeMag.com, WhitebookSki.com, NSAA Journal, CCSAA Nordic Network, Cross Country Skier, SkiTrax, Ski Area Management, NASJA, Green Energy Times, and others. Lohr also wrote the Board Report snowboard column in SnowEast Magazine. He. conducted the CCSAA Skier Visit Study and created the Best XC Ski Area Poll and worked for industry trade organization SIA. He loves skiing on xc ski trails, telemarking in the backcountry, and snowboarding in powder. On Twitter @XCSkiTravel

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  • Rose Marie CleeseRose Marie Cleese

    Rose Marie Cleese first made ski journalism tracks in the 70s as an assistant editor at SKIING magazine in Manhattan and then back on the West Coast as the magazine's western regional editor. A two-term president of the Northern California/Nevada Ski Media Association, the "starter dough" of today's NASJA (the North American Snowsports Journalists Association), she was the San Francisco Examiner sports department's first female writer, filing a weekly winter sports column, and covering the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. In recent years, her articles have appeared in metropolitan newspapers, monthly magazines, and national wintersports and travel websites. After taming some high-performance skis on boiler-plate a couple of seasons ago at Sun Valley, she knows she's nowhere near hanging up her skis or ceasing to write about this most sublime of sports! She lives in San Francisco, CA

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  • Steve HinesSteve Hines

    Steve Hines is a sales associate at Outdoor Outfitter, REI, Inc. (Steve’s views do not necessarily reflect REI’s views). He has been a wilderness guide, a Wilderness First Responder and a volunteer trip leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club.

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  • Susan Winthrop

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  • Tamsin VennTamsin Venn

    Tamsin Venn is a freelance ski writer based in Ipswich, Mass. In the off-season, she trades in slopes for waves and publishes Atlantic Coastal Kayaker Magazine.

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  • Val E

    Val E. has an interesting background in the ski industry. Val used to work as a ski slalom course supervisor, snowboard technician, ski/snowboard clothing consultant, ski engineer, ski/snowboard writer and photographer in the U.S. and in Europe. He traveled to 25 countries, found snow in 11 of them, and he is still searching. Val currently lives in Washington DC Metropolitan Area.

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  • Yvette CardozoYvette Cardozo

    Yvette didn’t even see snow until she was 25. That’s because she grew up in snow free, frost free South Miami Beach. In fact, she says, “When I finally got to see frost for the first time at age 13, I thought it was mold all over the cars. (Some of us were more sheltered than others).” She finally got into skiing at age 30 and claims she has “probably the world’s most exhaustive collection of ‘dumb Florida gal discovers snow’ stories” in the world. That includes her first heli-ski trip when someone gently pointed out to her that maybe it was time to retire the novice ski angle. Yvette now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Bill Hirsch, 30 minutes from the nearest slopes and she skis at least once a week during the season. Her ski stories have taken her around the world, including India and several trips to South America.

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