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Written in the Snows - Errata
Written in the Snows, by Lowell Skoog

The following errors were found after the book was released in Autumn 2021:

Chapter 2: The Big Snow

Page 32: The caption for the photo that opens this chapter says, "Photo by Ingrid P. Wicken, courtesy California Ski Library." The caption should read, "Photo courtesy Ingrid P. Wicken, California Ski Library." The photo in was taken in 1922, long before Ingrid was born. Ingrid is the founder and director of the California Ski Library in Norco, California, and the photo is part of the library's collections.

Page 36: There is a typo in the account of the 1917 ski tournament at Scenic Hot Springs. The sentence which begins, "They included Thor Bisgaard of Tacoma and the winner of two previous winter's competition in Seattle, Reidar Gjolme ..." should instead say "... winner of the previous winter's competition in Seattle, Reidar Gjolme ..."

Chapter 4: A Movement Without Parallel

Page 78: Regarding the Beaver Lake ski jump (second paragraph under "Snoqualmie Summit"), the location of the jump is currently described as "on a north-facing slope just west of the lake." This should be reworded as "on a north-facing slope above the lake." While I believe the jump out-run ended near the west edge of the lake, the current wording expresses that poorly.

Chapter 5: The Ski Climbers

Page 83: On this page, the text refers to the Resources section of the book for information about the Charles Perryman newsreel film of the 1922 winter climb of Mt Rainier. Unfortunately, the Resources section does not mention the film explicitly, and instead refers to other films (from Bob and Ira Spring, Charles and Marion Hessey, and Dwight Watson) that were donated to the University of Washington with The Mountaineers Film Collection. The web link provided in the book does not lead to the Perryman film, even though it is part of the Mountaineers collection. A digitized copy of the film can be viewed online here.

Chapter 6: A Winter Paradise

Page 103: In the story from Hugh Bauer on this page, we need to clarify that the encounter with the bear took place in one of the housekeeping cabins, not the Paradise Inn or Lodge.

Page 112: In the sidebar on this page, I wrote that the 1935 event on Mt Rainier was the first US National Alpine Championships. Rick Moulton sent a correction, noting that the first national championships took place on the carriage road of New Hampshire's Mount Moosilauke in 1934. The event was staged by Dartmouth.

Page 118: In the third paragraph on this page, I wrote "...the world's best-known ski instructor in the early 1930s was Hannes Schneider of Austria, who came to America in December 1935 to teach skiing in New Hampshire." The second part of this sentence (beginning with "who came to America") should be deleted. Schneider came to America in 1939 to flee persecution by the Nazis. Though he did teach skiing in New Hampshire, it's not really relevant at this point in the story. An accurate account of this story is found on page 158 of the book.

Page 122: The reference to the Mount Hood ski patrol should perhaps refer to it as "one of the earliest volunteer patrols in the country." Rick Moulton notes that the honor of "first" may belong to the Stowe, VT, volunteer patrol that worked on the "Nose Dive" ski trail cut in 1934-35. Written records of the Stowe patrol do not appear until 1937, however. There were other early patrols at Cannon Mountain, NH, Pico Peak, VT, and Sun Valley, ID.

Chapter 8: Into the Range of Glaciers

Page 140: In the third paragraph, the sentence that begins, "The pair spent two days at the cabin" should be reworded "The trio spent two days at the cabin."

Page 155: The introduction to the song, "The Orchard Blooms at Hoel" got scrambled during last-minute editing. Referring to Judy Earle, the text now reads: "She passed out lyrics of a song, ‘Nar det blomster I Hardanger’ in Norwegian, that she had written for the occasion; it was sung to the tune of ‘Springtime in the Rockies.’"

A correct statement would be this: "She passed out lyrics written for the occasion to the melody of the American song ‘Springtime in the Rockies’ or the Norwegian song, ‘Nar det blomster I Hardanger.’" In other words, the lyrics Judy provided were written for a tune that is sung both in Norway and America under different names (and with different words). Judy's lyrics created a new song she called "The Orchard Blooms at Hoel." She chose the tune in the hope that both her Norwegian and American family members might know it.

Chapter 9: Mountain Soldiers

Page 166: In the first full paragraph, the phrase "pretty swimsuit-clad woman" should be "pretty swimsuit-clad women."

Chapter 10: Wilderness Alps

Page 176: The caption on this page, "Opposite: Skiing above Paradise in 1948," applies to page 177. But unfortunately, page 177 is not the page opposite the caption. Instead, it is the first page of the color insert. So the caption is misleading. I expect that few readers will figure out that the caption on page 176 applies to the photo on page 177, following eight color insert pages. It's not clear to me how this should have been handled. Probably "Opposite" in the caption should have been replaced with "Page 177" or something like that.

Page 181: This page refers to the "Sky Hook," "a steel-tower contraption on which forty-passenger gasoline-powered cars ran back and forth on cables from Government Camp to Timberline" on Mt Hood. The name "Sky Hook" was used in the 1950 American Ski Annual (my source for this section) which was published before the tram was actually completed. It turns out that after the tram was actually built, it's name was changed to the "Skiway." (Source: Skiing History, May/June 2022, p. 21)

Page 198: This page describes pilot Bill Fairchild's use of skis on his Aeronca Champion airplane to land Ed LaChapelle and other glaciologists on the Blue Glacier of Mt Olympus during the International Geophysical Year (IGY) in 1957-58. I described this as the "first glacier landing ever recorded in Washington State." In January 2024, Mickey Schurr wrote in an email that an earlier glacier landing was made by Lieutenant John Hodgkin of the Army Air Force near the summit of Mt Rainier in April 12, 1951. This event is documented in Dee Molenaar's Challenge of Rainier, 4th Edition on pp. 193-194. Hodgkin spent the night on the mountain in his airplane when the engine would not re-start. The next day, he was able to push the airplane toward the upper Tahoma Glacier, from which he made a gliding, powerless takeoff, eventually landing on ice-covered Mowich Lake.

Chapter 14: The Backcountry Boom

Page 265: Typo in the last sentence on this page: "I entered this race out of curiosity after a completing a scouting trip..." Should be "after completing" not "after a completing."

Chapter 15: Beyond Boundaries

Page 279: The photo on this page should be captioned: "Mount Hood and its Sandy Glacier Headwall (Mike Kirby)". It is instead captioned as the summit pyramid of Mount Shuksan. This error was introduced after my last opportunity for review, when it was necessary to replace a low-resolution photo with a different one.


In the Kindle version of the book (but not the print editions), the definitions of "free-heel skiing" and "freeriding" are merged with the definition of "four-way skier" without any indication that these are separate definitions.


Page 328: The Index entry for Howard Hansen should include a reference to page 39, which notes that when Hansen arrived in Seattle as a boy in 1889, his father induced him to give away his skis (page 15).

—Lowell Skoog

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