Legends of American Skiing
A film by Rick Moulton
© 1982 Keystone Productions. All rights reserved.
Documentary, 78 Minutes
Legends of American Skiing follows the evolution of Alpine skiing from its rough-and-tumble days in the High Sierras in the mid-1800s to the 1936 winter Games when skiing first became an Olympic sport.. Witness Toni Matt, the only man ever to ski straight down the near-vertical headwall on Mount Washington—visit Sun Valley when it was only a dream—Stowe's first trails—Aspen when it was still a mining town. Thrilling authentic footage and accounts by those who were there.
Here's a writeup on Legends.
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Deluxe 2 DVD Edition includes:
Disc 1: The uncut version of Legends of American Skiing plus an additional audio track available with the filmmaker's commentary; interactive guide to over 50 of America's Skiing Pioneers
Disc 2: The PBS version of Legends of American Skiing with added narration, revised scenes, and additional footage; Photo Gallery of stunning ski scenes from the period; The Filmmaker's Corner featuring production photographs and an interview with director Rick Moulton offering anecdotes and insight from the years of making Legends.
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Legends of American Skiing Poster:
Featuring "The Birkebeinerne"...the birch-leg soldiers carry 2 year old Norwegian King Haakan to safety around 1200 AD. Painting by Knud Larsen Bergslien, courtesy of the Norwegian Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Large 18x24 inch full color poster on glossy paper, suitable for framing. Ships rolled in a tube.