Hosted by Riverfront Rock Gym in Wenatchee
Date/Time: Saturday March 12 at 7:30pm
Lowell Skoog is something of a NW backcountry skiing legend — both for his historical knowledge of regional backcountry skiing scene but also for some of the ambitious backcountry ski tours he has pioneered (e.g., The Isolation Traverse, the Picket Range Traverse) and was first to do during the snowy months on skis.
Legendary northwest skiing historian Lowell Skoog takes a deep dive into Northwest ski culture through
stories and photographs in his new book Written in the Snows-Across Time on Skis in the Pacific Northwest.
Written in the Snows is AVAILABLE NOW!
In Written in the Snows, renowned local ski historian Lowell Skoog presents a definitive and visually rich history of the past century of Northwest ski culture, from stirring and colorful stories of wilderness exploration to the evolution of gear and technique. He traces the development of skiing in Washington
from the late 1800s to the present, covering the beginning of ski resorts and competitions, the importance of wild places in the Cascades and Olympic mountains (with a side trip to Oregon’s Mt. Hood,), and the friluftsliv, or open-air living spirit, of backcountry skiing.
Skoog addresses how skiing has been shaped by larger social trends, including immigration, the Great Depression, war, economic growth, conservation, and the media. In turn, Northwest skiers have affected their regions in ways that transcend the sport, producing local legends like Milnor Roberts, Olga Bolstad, Hans Otto Giese, Bill Maxwell, and more. While weaving his own impressions and experiences into the larger history, Skoog shows that skiing is far more than mere sport or recreation.
• Century of Northwest wilderness skiing stories by noted expert
• 150 black-and-white and color photographs
• Celebrates the friluftsliv, or open-air living spirit, of backcountry skiing
As a skier, climber, writer, and photographer, Lowell Skoog has been a keen observer of
Northwest mountaineering since the 1970s. He is the creator of the Alpenglow Gallery and
founder of the Northwest Mountaineering Journal, websites that celebrate local mountain
culture, and he was a key member of the team that launched the Washington State Ski and
Snowboard Museum. Skoog is the chairman of the Mountaineers History and Library committee. He lives in Seattle.