Author Archives: Ken Read

About Ken Read

"You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!" - Oh, the Places You'll Go (1990) Dr. Seuss

The limitless love of parents

A fast track, changing conditions and in a moment, a life changed forever. On February 24, 1978, while competing in the Canadian Alpine Ski Championships, Scott Finlay crashed. A fall in downhill racing is rare, particularly for experienced athletes. Sadly, … Continue reading

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The Power of sport, to help, to inspire

I’ve been following Jeff Bell for fifteen years, ever since his dad, Don, asked me what to do with his rambunctious youngster who was crazy about skiing. My advice at the time, was to join a ski club and channel … Continue reading

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Summer Sessions: A day on the glacier

The days start early. Training is always at high altitude. You hydrate and eat constantly. A day on the glacier is always tough both mentally and physically. But the snow conditions are typically excellent, making for high volume and an … Continue reading

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Summer Sessions: Mornings at 3,883m

You can feel the altitude at 3,883 metres. The air is dry. Temperatures in the early morning hours hover around -10c. Visibility on good days is unlimited. It’s hard, mid-winter snow, often a dusting of powder over groomed corduroy. Iconic … Continue reading

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The Summer Sessions: The Fischer Family

After three years competing as an NCAA athlete, Erik Read is now able to sign formally with Alpine Canada Pool ski suppliers. This past Thursday, it was made official. Continuing for another two seasons with the Fischer Family who have … Continue reading

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The Summer Sessions – Day 1

Sometimes the weather just doesn’t want to cooperate. The jagged tooth of the Matterhorn that towers over this Swiss mountain resort was not to be found this morning, with high winds closing the glacier. Zermatt has a great reputation for … Continue reading

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Today, we are all Lobos.

Who are the Lobos? You may ask yourself as a fan of sport, as a ski racer or a skier why do I care? On Thursday, April 13 the Athletic Director of the University of New Mexico cut a 47-year … Continue reading

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