Review of Downhill Slide by Hal Clifford

January 23, 2003

This is a review of the book  “Downhill Slide” about the North American ski industry.  The author, Hal Clifford, basically chronicles the development of skiing in North America, and how the activity changed from being a pasttime of a small group of enthusiasts (like the defunct Moosilauke ski area), to initial resort-style developments (starting with Sun Valley, through the 1960s and 1970s boom), to a diversifying industry where the pace is set by three large companies that own numerous resorts (two of which are traded on Wall Street) – American Ski Co, IntraWest, and Vail Co. Read the rest of this entry »