Vail Mountain School's ongoing 50th anniversary celebration continues Wednesday with the film "Passion for Skiing."
The film, based on the book of the same name by Stephen Waterhouse, traces the evolution of skiing from a mode of basic transportation through its boom as a lifestyle.
"Before 1900, skis were mainly a means to get around in snowy conditions," Waterhouse said.
The film, also presented by the Dartmouth Club-Vail Region, began as a book to spotlight contributions to skiing by Dartmouth alumni. For example, Dartmouth's hometown was the site of the first overhead cable ski lift in the United States.
When the book was complete, it read like an encyclopedia and Who's Who of modern skiing. The film features firsthand accounts from ski pioneers, veterans of the 10th Mountain Division, Olympians, and top ski industry executives. Vintage footage includes the first alpine races in the U.S., stories from Riva Ridge where the skiing troops defeated Nazis in World War II, and an introduction featuring Dartmouth Alum Dr. Seuss' Grinch.
"If you wanted a college education, and to be a ski racer at the same time, Dartmouth was the only place to go," Warren Miller writes in the book's forward.