Peter Shelton

Brand Loyalty: Alta at 75

Posted in Ski history, Watch columns by pshelton on December 13, 2012

The Telluride ski area turns 40 this winter. I’m sure there will be celebrations. And how lucky to have a few of the founders still around to celebrate. Resort progenitor Joe Zoline is no longer with us, and Emile Allais, who consulted on the initial layout, died at age 100 this October. But Senior Mahoney is still kicking, along with relative youngster Johnny Stevens and a small but significant cadre of original ski patrollers from 1972-73, some of whom have not yet reached their sell-by date.

As a ski resort, Telluride is, of course, a relative youngster. (more…)

August, and a boy’s fancy turns to…

Posted in At the Movies, Ski history, Watch columns by pshelton on August 26, 2010

All this talk about Bear Creek and skiing has got my snow jones going.

It’s mid winter in Chile right now. Specifically, in Portillo where I visited once as the presenter for Mountainfilm On Tour. (more…)

Jimmie Heuga, Little Big Man

Posted in Olympic Games, Ski history, Watch columns by pshelton on February 17, 2010

It’s Monday, Presidents’ Day. Bode Miller just won bronze in the Olympic downhill. (I predicted he’d lay down a brilliant run or two over the fortnight. With the pressure all on Lindsey Vonn and with Bode happy, finally, with his skis and with himself, I thought the genius might shine again.)

Today is also the public memorial for Jimmie Heuga, who died at age 66 on February 8th, 46 years to the day after his bronze medal in slalom at the Innsbruck Olympics. (more…)