Peter Shelton

High Lunacy in Savage Basin

Posted in Uncategorized by pshelton on June 14, 2012

Apparently the craziness at this year’s Lunar Cup ski race got so crazy that one of the revelers was bucked off his bike and now lies in a coma at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

It’s a shame it happened, and it has generated word on the street to the effect that now is the time, maybe, finally, for the Lunar Cup to be permanently retired. (more…)

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The Man on the Medal

Posted in Ski history, Watch columns by pshelton on November 12, 2009

In Aspen last week for a pre-season blowout sale, we got the goodies we’d come for (two pairs of lightly-used carving skis—cheap), and we got a serendipitous shot of living ski history.

Cecily’s assignment was to score some p-tex candles. Her husband Mike has been up high already making thin turns on Trico Peak. His board has paid a price, and thus the need for base repair.

Cecily looked around at downtown Aspen with almost new eyes. “Where did the Chamberlains live?” she asked. It had been at least two decades since we’d visited friends on W. Francis Street with our little girls. The Chamberlain house had, Cecily remembered, a steep, carpeted stairway, down which both girls plunged head-first on their bellies again and again. It was more memorable than the skiing we must also have done.

Now we wandered quiet streets and pedestrian malls crunchy with leaves, but none of the ski shops we visited had any p-tex. Or they hadn’t yet brought out the ski-tuning stuff. Or in one instance, we’re pretty sure, the twenty-something salesperson didn’t actually know what we were talking about.

Then we spied Durrance Sports, (more…)