Lost Ski Areas of Southern California

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The snow-laden slopes of the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains have beckoned Southland skiers since the 1930s. Many once-cherished ski areas have disappeared, yet their history remains. A short drive from the sun and sand, places like Rebel Ridge and Kratka Ridge offered snowy escapes. Thrilling races were held at the First International Pine Needle Ski Tournament in North Hollywood, while the San Diego Ski Club boasted Dorothy McClung Wullich, the first female member of the National Ski Patrol. Ingrid Wicken, ski historian and founder of the California Ski Library, chronicles Southern California's lost mountain getaways and the vanished ski areas that introduced everything from rope tows to artificial snow.
ISBN: 9781609493875
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: Lost
Images: 67
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Ingrid P. Wicken is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Moreno Valley College. She founded the California Ski Library and authored Pray for Snow: The History of Skiing in Southern California (2002) and Skiing in Southern California (2007). She was awarded the Far West Ski Association's Western Ski Heritage Award (2002 and 2005), and the International Ski History Association's Skade Award (2003 and 2008). Doug Pfeiffer is an Honored Member of the Canadian and USA Ski Halls of Fame and a Vice President Emeritus of the International Skiing Heritage Association. He emigrated from Quebec in 1950, eventually making his way to Southern California to run ski schools first at Kratka Ridge, then Moonridge and Snow Summit. In 1976, after a few years away, he returned to Snow Summit where he still hangs his skis.
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