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Mountain Culture

Film Hero Louis Zamperini’s Mammoth Connection

Film Hero Louis Zamperini’s Mammoth Connection
Louis Zamperini
The World War II vet, and subject of the movie “Unbroken,” brought hundreds of boys to Mammoth Mountain to ski, fish, and keep out of trouble.

Louis Zamperini, the subject of the upcoming film “Unbroken,” wasn’t just a weekend warrior skier. He came to Mammoth Mountain with a bigger purpose: to help underprivileged boys stay out of trouble. 

Zamperini established the Victory Boys Camp around 1953, according to an oral history document by the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles, and skiing was one of the many activities he introduced to those boys.

Partially Sighted, Wicked Fast

Partially Sighted, Wicked Fast
Staci Mannella
What it’s like to be a visually impaired Paralympic ski racer.

Meet Staci Mannella, a partially sighted ski racer. The subject of a new TV show airing on the East Coast this season, the New Jersey native fought—with the help of her guide, Kim Seevers—onto the U.S. Paralympics National Alpine Team. This is her story. Stay tuned for more segments and the full length documentary on our site.

Tip Sheet: Pali Face, Arapahoe Basin

Test yourself on Summit County, Colorado’s steepest slope.

»LocationArapahoe Basin, Colo.

»Getting There: The Pali double chair, looker’s right in the base area.

Getting to Know: Chris Waddell

We chat with pro skier Chris Waddell about his inspiration, his plans for winter, and what its like living in Utah.

Driving Force

Driving Force
Driving Force main
Living the ski lifestyle isn’t exactly easy for most busy parents. But where there’s a will, there’s a way.

It’s 9:30 on a midwinter Friday night, and a river of red taillights winds its way east along I-80 up and over the High Sierra. Many of the cars are heading to old family cabins and rental properties around Lake Tahoe—places that are dark and empty most weekdays. But late on Fridays they come to life with the warmth of wood stoves and soft lights and the comforting smells of home-cooked lasagna and chili and hot chocolate.

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