Reade Bailey brought a little family history to his compelling profile of Salt Lake City Olympic president Mitt Romney, the man working to resuscitate the scandal-ridden 2002 Games ("Saving Grace," page 76). Reade's father, a writer and editor with the then-weekly LIFE magazine, interviewed Mitt's dad back in 1962 when he was running for governor of Michigan. "In many ways," Reade says, "we are both following in our father's footsteps, and I think Mitt enjoyed the symmetry of it all." Reade started skiing as a 12-year-old at Scotch Valley in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains, and not long after became a stringer for the local weekly newspaper, covering high school sports. He skipped a week of high school and hopped on a Greyhound bus to watch the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid. His decade and a half spent as a journalist includes a stint as editor of the Vail Daily and three years as an editor with SKI. He now lives in a suburb of Minneapolis with his wife, two young sons and a chocolate lab.
After earning an undergraduate degree at the University of California at Berkeley, Marty Forstenzer ended up living near Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in California-though he'd never before skied. He quickly took to the sport-and to writing about it. Marty's first piece for SKI appeared in 1988. He is also a freelancer for The New York Times and his work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Condé Nast Traveler and The Washington Post. Marty is currently working on a book that chronicles how his Polish ancestors aided Holocaust victims. For this issue, he traveled to three unusual ski resorts for "Turkish Delight," which begins on page 83. "It was a lot of fun," Forstenzer says. "The people of Turkey are really hospitable and friendly. And the country is working hard at becoming a true ski destination, and who knows, maybe they'll succeed. I'd definitely like to go back."