skier on stilts

Each issue of has a picture to help test your skiing knowledge. The pictures are from collections in a variety of participating ski museums, which we encourage readers to visit.

This big time skier was hardly stilted when it came to skiing or to publicity stunts. He was ski school director of the ski school of a New England area which has since changed names. The New England Ski Museum submitted the image for Test Your Skiing Knowledge.

Be the first to identify both the stilted skier AND the name of the ski area (before its name change) and receive a one-year membership to Outside+ ($79.00 value) with access to this season’s Warren Miller film, Winter Starts Now, plus two annual print subscriptions to your choice of SKI magazine, Outside, Backpacker, BETA MTB & more; access to extended gear reviews and instructional video from SKI from bumps to backcountry courses; Gaia GPS Premium access to thousands of maps and backcountry navigation recommendations; member-only content on all 18 sites in the Outside network, and full access to OutsideTV premium adventure films & series. Only answers sent to [email protected] will qualify. Please do not submit your answer to Comments.

The correct answer and the name of the winner will appear in the next issue of

The winner of the last Test Your Skiing Knowledge  is Kay Geitner of Centennial, Colorado. She correctly identified the ski jumper as Alan Engen, past diector of  skiing at Alta and currently a member of’s Advisory Council. Kay taught at her home resort, Copper Mountain, for 28 years. She was the first American woman to graduate with the National Diplome from Ecole National de Ski and Alpinisme in Chamonix France. She represented the Pacific Northwest Ski Association at the US Junior Nationals and for five years represented Washington State at the Western States American Legion Championship in Sun Valley. Kay reports she’s been a subscriber since we started in 2014. She wins a free pair of EZFIT Universal Insoles from Masterfit (retail value: $44.95).



  1. No idea-can’t even guess, but I like the picture!
    Keep it up.

  2. Zimmerman at Belknap?

  3. My guess is Ruedi Wyrsch. Ruedi is the only one I remember skiing on stilts – while juggling. He left Jiminy Peak to work at Pleasant MT, Maine. I’m guessing this photo is at Pleasant MT.

  4. Shawnee Peak, Maine? Formerly Pleasant Mountain.

  5. It’s Rudi Wyrsch.
    Pleasant Valley, Maine became Shawnee Peak, Maine.

    I knew him before this when we both taught skiing at Bolton Valley, VT during the 1st 2 years in business with Art Furer as ski school director.

    I have a story about him… not a great one. I was modeling stretch ski pants for a company at the NY Ski Show at the Coleseum (way before Vegas). I ran into him there & we knew each other from working together at Bolton Valley. He invited me to dinner at The Playbook Club & I went. It was a Supper club & the entertainment was Professor Irwin Corey, a comedian. All was ok until the act started, & Rudi became the loud-mouthed heckler in the audience. It was so embarrassing… I was horrified. I took about 10 minutes of sitting there with him, while he made a complete fool of himself, before I excused myself to go to the ladies’ room, headed out the door, & never came back. It was too bad because back then The Playboy Club in NYC in the 60’s was a happening place & loads of fun.

  6. It is indeed Rudi Wyrsch, But the ski area is PLeasant Mountain the Bridgton,Maine ski area which became Shawnee Peak during the timeit was owneed by the Shawnee Grop in Pennsylvania. Rudi was ski school director an inspired a number of young freestylers who cam out of a very successful program in the seventies including Greg Stump. There is a chapter on it in my book Shawnee Peak at Pleasant Mountain whic is availableat the New England Ski Museum if you will forgive the shameless plug.
    Dave Irons

  7. It is indeed Rudi Wyrsch in the picture,,,,,,he was indeed affiliated with what was then known as Pleasant Mt. and I believe maybe Mt Snow prior to that….but it was Bruce “Bogi” Cole who was Greg Stump’s coach for many years. Bruce is still a regular skiing at now Shawnee Peak (recently just sold to Boyne)

  8. Rudi rush

  9. Robyn Kanter says:

    Ruedi Wyrsch
    Shawnee Peak

  10. Robyn Kanter says:

    And the name before was Pleasant Mountain

  11. Ruedi Wyrsch at Pleasant Mountain aka Shawnee Peak, Maine

  12. Rude Wyrsch was the director at Jiminey Peak in Mass before Shawnee Peak in the 60’s

  13. Bernie Weichsel says:

    Rudi also worked at MT Snow and, I beleive, Davos in Woodbridge NY!

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