Profiles and photographs of the true pioneers of Sierra Nevada skiing, those men and women who have influenced the growth of the sport and created the great ski resorts along with special profiles of inspirational instructors and ski racers. Most of these pioneers started with a rope tow or two, little money and big dreams, which they realized with years of hard work and a continued faith in the lure of the mountains they loved so dearly. Read about Nic Fiore of Badger Pass in Yosemite National Park, Dave McCoy of Mammoth Mountain, Alex Cushing and Wayne Poulsen of Squaw Valley, Peter Klaussen and Werner Schuster of Alpine Meadows and many more. Vignettes of three special people, racers Jill Kinmont, Jimmie Heuga and Tamara McKinney, chronicle how their racing training helped them overcome obstacles in their lives with uncommon courage. Present day portraits of the mountain dreamers and more than 80 historic photographs make this a very special book.