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By Hal Clifford

During this impassioned expos?, lifelong skier Hal Clifford unearths how publicly traded businesses won regulate of America's most well-liked iciness recreation throughout the Nineties, and the way they're gutting ski cities, the ordinary atmosphere, and snowboarding itself in a mostly futile look for non permanent profits.Chronicling the collision among Wall Street's call for for unceasing profit development and the delicate usual and social environments of small mountain groups, Clifford exhibits how the fashionable ski promotes its product as environmentally friendly--even invoking the phrases and symbols of such environmental icons as Ansel Adams and John Muir--while even as growing urban-style difficulties for mountain villages. He additionally uncovers the ways that inns are rigorously engineered to split viewers from their cash, very similar to topic parks.Clifford indicates an alternative choice to this bleak photo within the return-to-the-roots flow that's now commencing to locate its voice in American ski cities from significant Lakes, California, to Stowe, Vermont. He relates the tales of artistic enterprise people who find themselves moving keep an eye on of the ski company again to the groups that host it.Hard-hitting and thoroughly researched, Downhill Slide is necessary studying for somebody who lives in, visits, or cares approximately what's occurring to America's alpine groups.

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With Milken’s help, Gillett put together a billion-dollar empire and bought Vail Associates in 1985. Six years later, unable to service bonds that had interest rates as high as 17 percent, he declared bankruptcy. His friends at Drexel Burnham Lambert, however, did not abandon him. 5 million dollars to run the resort, and gave him stock options that eventually yielded 32 million dollars. With that nest egg, Gillett was back in business. 5 Gillett snapped up second-tier properties. These included Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley, and Mt.

The first chairlift was constructed in 1939 from salvaged mine cables and towers at the nowdefunct Pioneer Ski Area near Gunnison, Colorado. 29 The fixed-grip double chair (it seated two skiers) soon became the standard for uphill transportation. In 1985, Vail upped the ante with the installation of the first detachable quad chairlift, the Vistabahn, capable of carrying four skiers at a time at much greater uphill speeds,30 because the cable on such a lift travels much faster than on older, fixed-grip lifts.

In early 2000 he had just settled in as the general manager at the fiercely independent Mad River Glen ski area a few miles up the road. Of medium height, Ackland is a little heavy around the middle, and when I meet him he’s hobbling around with a broken leg he received the first day of the ski season. He’s dressed in Vermont casual: corduroy trousers, rumpled shirt. I sit next to his desk in a seat constructed out of varnished Skiing’s Self-Defeating Arms Race 29 rawhide and bent wood. A few photographs of racing yachts are propped beneath the windows that look out over Mad River Glen’s base area.

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