10th Mountain Division descendant and author to speak in Vail
VAIL – The heritage of the 10th Mountain Division is as important to Vail as its revered place among the world’s best ski resorts. Founded in the early 1960s by 10th Mountain Division veterans, Vail is located a short distance from Camp Hale, the training ground for thousands of young men entering World War II as part of the first American troops to specialize in winter combat.Author and 10th Mountain Division descendant Charles J. Sanders will discuss his recent publication, “The Boys of Winter: Life and Death in the U.S. Ski Troops During the Second World War” at Donovan Pavilion from 5:30-7 p.m. today, presented by the Vail Symposium, Vail Library and Verbatim Booksellers. Admission is free.The third book on the 10th Mountain Division in World War II to be published in the last five years, “The Boys of Winter” focuses on the true story of three young American ski champions and their transformation from athletes to infantrymen. None survived the war. By focusing on these three, Sanders makes more vivid the 10th’s relationship to America’s outdoor community, and also what it was like to be a skier just before the war. His fast-paced narrative draws on dozens of interviews and extensive research to trace these soldiers’ lives from childhood to championships and from training at Mount Rainier and in the Colorado Rockies to battles against the Nazis.
C-SPAN2’s Book TV will be on hand to record the presentation and its ensuing discussion for airing at a later date. Founded in 1979, C-SPAN, the political network of record, was created by America’s cable companies as a public service. C-SPAN is currently available in 89.8 million households, C-SPAN2 in 80 million households and C-SPAN3 in 13 million households nationwide.Avid skier and 10th Mountain Division descendant Sanders is a well-known music industry attorney and executive, as well as a professor at New York University. In addition to publication credits ranging from The Financial Times of London to Baseball Digest, Sanders has skied on more than one hundred major slopes in North America, South America, and Europe.For more information, call 476-0954 or visit vailsymposium.org.
Book talkAuthor Charles Sanders discusses “The Boys of Winter: Life and Death in the U.S. Ski Troops During the Second World War”5:30-7 p.m. today
Donovan Pavilion in West VailVail, Colorado