By Heather Burke, Boston.com Correspondent
The title is bold – who could possibly be “The God of Skiing”? I will not spoil it for you, suffice it to say this is an extremely worthwhile read for any skier.
Author Peter Kay has created a living ski gallery in words, with gripping detail and inside stories of our greatest skiers, racers, the pioneers, and pushers of the sport of alpine skiing. From the brave 10th Mountain Division skiers who later shaped Vail near Camp Hale, to Bill Briggs’ first descent of The Grand Teton in 1971, this novel rolls out like white carpet at first tracks. Kray chronicles Spider Sabich’s murder in Aspen to Herman Maier’s gnarly downhill crash at the 1998 Nagano Games and his valiant return to racing on rebuilt legs after a horrific motorcycle crash.
Throughout Kray’s journal, published in 2014, he confronts many skiing greats like The Crazy Canucks Canadian Downhill team of the early 1980s. He also parties with larger- than-life Alberto Tomba and watches Bode Miller ski like he’s “riding a bull.”
I loved reading ”The God of Skiing” on a recent flight home from skiing out west. Kray’s delicious description of skiing, the addictive pull of gravity, and the fear we all face, is poetic and powerful. He takes you along on a ski journey to the stunning ski resorts of Kitzbühel and Solden Austria, Aspen and Vail, as well as skiing Corbet’s Couloir at Jackson Hole and racing 24 hours at Tremblant. He describes the winters it snowed too much and those it didn’t snow enough. If you call yourself a skier, you must read “The God of Skiing” — ideally on your way to or from a big ski trip.
“The God of Skiing” by Peter Kray can be purchased online and in paperback only at this time, at Mira Book Smart, under Kray’s own Shred White & Blue Media productions, for $13.95.