Sunday Reading: The Wild World of Winter Sports

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Winter sports, to me, are an indoor affair: an unhealthy obsession with the NBA and a lifelong hoax by, and indifference to the slippery world of the NHL. Obviously, there are those who think more broadly and actually participate, even on the outside. Maybe after such a long 40s these enthusiasts – the skiers, climbers and the rest – are right.

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This week we bring you a selection of pieces on skiing, snowboarding and other perilous winter pastimes. In “Wild Carnival in the Heart of Skiing’s Most Dangerous Race”, Nick Paumgarten visits a small town in the Austrian Alps known for its extraordinarily formidable slopes. In “Learn to Ski in a Beginner’s Land,” Peter Hessler travels across China to see how its athletes are preparing to compete in next year’s Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. In “Dude, where’s the snow? Sheila Yasmin Marikar talks about snowboarder Jeremy Jones and his campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of climate change. In “Kílian Jornet, Sky Runner”, Stephen Kurczy follows the ski mountaineering champion as he tries to conquer heights that should defy conquest. Finally, in “The Adventure of a Skier”, Italo Calvino works his magic by describing a group of young boys who embark on a winter adventure in northern Italy. “The air and the snow were now the same color, an opaque white, but on scrutinizing this whiteness, so that it became almost less dense, the boys could make out the sky blue shadow hanging in the middle. , flying this way and like on a violin string. Enjoy. And wear a hat.

David remnick


The wild carnival at the heart of the most dangerous race in skiing

The grueling descent of the Hahnenkamm brings street fun to a medieval town in the Tyrolean Alps.

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Snow-capped mountains, a ski slope and a white rabbit

The adventure of a skier

“One by one they fell, backwards or forwards, and he alone was cutting through the air, leaning in two on his skis, until he saw her.”

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An illustration of a skier in China

Learn to ski in the land of beginners

As China prepares to host the Winter Olympics, its people put on skis.

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Man, where’s the snow?

Pro-snowboarder turned activist Jeremy Jones uses Instagram to raise awareness about climate change.

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Kilian Jornet on the Aconcagua.

Kilian Jornet, Sky Runner

Jornet is widely regarded as the world’s fastest mountain runner and one of the most exciting endurance athletes today.

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