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White Heat: The Extreme Skiing Life
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Publisher Atria Books
Publication date December 4, 2007
Pages 338
Binding Hardcover
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780743287333
ISBN-10 0743287339
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $26.00
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Summary
An evaluation of the practice of extreme skiing by the National Ski Patrol emergency worker and author of Don't Think Twice describes the sport's competitions and death-defying challenges while citing the achievements of such athletes as Jerry Martin, Vinko Bogata, and Shake McConkey.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: "White Heat" is pure adrenaline -- a thrilling exploration of extreme skiing that pushes the reader over the edge with heart-pounding accounts of people who risk their lives on the fastest, steepest slopes.Often obsessed and possibly crazy, extreme skiers and snowboarders are having the time of their lives facing death-defying challenges. But the extreme skiing life isn't just about the quest to finish first; it's a lifestyle made up of insane jumps, bone-breaking speeds, and world records -- not to mention the wild off-mountain social world, the flamboyant gear and slang completely unique to it, and, of course, the remarkable history of the racing champions and events that is its backdrop.Wayne Johnson, former competitive skier and acclaimed novelist, takes us into the cult of extreme skiing populated by stars such as one-eyed jumping champion Jerry Martin, who held the North American distance record for more than a decade, and Vinko Bogataj, whose world-famous wipeout on ABC's Wide World of Sports gave rise to the expression "pulling a Vinko." Here are real-life adventures, everything from Shane McConkey ski BASE jumping the Eiger in Switzerland to Shawn White, the Flying Tomato, throwing 1260s in the halfpipe. Johnson, who has spent a lifetime on the mountains, also puts you in his boots when recounting goose-bump- inducing tales of high-speed downhill racing, Nordic jumping competitions, avalanche control, and the hip, ripping world of snowboarding. If you've ever wondered what kind of nut would willingly choose to fly off a twenty-story ski jump, or have ever dreamed of living outside the usual boundaries, or just like to read about people having life-expanding adventures, then "White Heat" is an exhilarating thrill ride that will leave you breathless.

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