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Title:
Alpine circus : a skier's exotic adventures at the snowy edge of the world
Author:
Finkel, Michael.
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Edition:
First Lyons Press edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Lyons Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xi, 210 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781558219243
Format :
Book

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Summary

This book is a collection of 17 of Finkel's skiing adventures, many of which were previously published in Skiing magazine. He finds adventure, humour, and insight at every turn. Give this book to any ski buff or armchair traveller. They'll get a great lesson in geography, world cultures, and human nature.


Author Notes

Michael Finkel is a contributing editor to Skiing, Bicycling, Snowboard Life, and P.O.V. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Sports Illustrated, Outside, Audubon, and Men's Journal. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.


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Library Journal Review

Finkel has been a contributing editor to Skiing magazine (as well as other sports and general publications) for the last ten years and an avid skier since the age of five. For this book, he has compiled stories about his adventures. Ranging from humorous to exciting to death-defying, these stories span five continents and 12 winters. Finkel takes the reader places not normally associated with skiing, like Iran (where even women ski), Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Mount Kilimanjaro, Greenland, New York City, and even an interstate truck ramp. His stories are filled with the varied, fascinating people he meets along the way; and he shows insight into the different cultures, histories, geologies, and geographies of the places he visits. Lots of fun for the armchair traveler and world adventurer alike.√ĄMelinda Stivers Leach, Precision Editorial Svcs., Wondervu, CO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

YA-"Skiing ruined my life." This simple, forthright statement will hook readers. This book is a collection of 17 of Finkel's skiing adventures, many of which were previously published in Skiing magazine. The author skied on the slopes of Iran where women ski on separate slopes and only if they wear a black skirt over their ski pants and not a wisp of hair is visible. He skied with Mongolian herdsmen who taught themselves the sport when the government sent them used equipment. He jumped out of helicopters to snowboard on Alaska's Chugach Mountain. He even skied "The Toothbrush," a plastic surface of white PVC bristles, when he entered the British Dry Ski Slopes Championship. He finds adventure, humor, and insight at every turn. Give this book to any ski buff or armchair traveler. They'll get a great lesson in geography, world cultures, and human nature.-Jane S. Drabkin, Potomac Community Library, Woodbridge, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
In the Land of the Ayatollahsp. 1
High Times at Chacaltayap. 23
Birth of a Ski Nationp. 31
Have Gun, Will Telemarkp. 51
The Ahab of Kilimanjarop. 63
Runaway Feverp. 85
The Other Side of Crazyp. 93
Carving the Toothbrushp. 109
Small and Smallerp. 117
Sarajevo Risingp. 125
City Sliderp. 143
A Saga of Icelandp. 151
Leap of Faithp. 167
Vision at Yellowknifep. 175
The Mad River Cultp. 183
Six Feet Underp. 199
The Run of a Lifetimep. 205