by Dick Dorworth, 240 pages, $15.95 softbound, plus shipping
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About Dick Dorworth
Dick Dorworth has skied and climbed in Europe, Asia, Alaska and South America; but he's spent most of his life in the mountains of the West. He ski raced extensively from 1950 through 1965 and set the world record for speed on skis in Portillo, Chile in 1963. Dick taught and coached skiing for years, served as coach of the U.S. Ski Men's Team. and later Director of the Aspen Mountain Ski School.
Dorworth's writing has appeared in Ski, Skiing, Powder, Snow Country, Mountain Gazette, Men's Journal, Climbing, New West, Mariah, Wild Duck Review, Summit, and Backpacker.
Dorworth worked for years as a reporter and regular columnist for the Idaho Mountain Express in Ketchum, his home base. Most winter days he skis, either on his favorite mountain, Baldy, or in the backcountry. In summer he climbs. He is a registered Democrat who thinks his party needs more calcium in its diet. Although a member of the Sierra Club, he thinks Deep Ecology is closer to the mark. Night Driving, Dorworth's first book was published in 2007 by First Ascent Press. and has just been reissued as a quality paperback by Western Eye Press (see the Non-Fiction section under Damn Good Writing).
In The Perfect Turn ski history meets ski adventure in stories of great ski races and great ski racers, of the pursuit of the World Speed Record on skis, in memoirs of colorful, important, and simply remarkable skiers, in tales of winter backcountry expeditions through the remotest of snowy ranges. Author Dick Dorworth blends action with reflection in the most thoughtful and literary ski writing to come along in ages. This is a book by a skier who has lived it all, skied it all, and then thought about his sport in fresh and surprising terms. This collection brings together 19 essays that probe and reveal the very soul of skiing, and ends with a poetic piece of short fiction that gives this collection its title.
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