What is so comforting about a chairlift? Beyond the dividends paid off in vertical feet, the lift offers something like life miniaturized.
Sometimes you ride in a pair, other times with friends and family. But the most interesting trips always seem to come when you ride on your own.
Like a confessional booth with a view, the chairlift brings a temporary and near-total privacy. Protective clothing and gear provide anonymity and in a ten-minute span, you may learn the life story of a complete stranger. What is said here, quietly rising over the action and comedy playing out below, stays here.
The chairlift is a reliable fixture in our winters. But who hasn’t experienced a malfunction? You might be stranded, dangling in a storm and caught up on your chairmate’s third marriage, when you begin to wonder when things will start moving again.
Change they say, is life’s one constant. In this issue of theSun Valley Guide, we snap a shot of a world zooming by. Our photographers and writers duck into burned backcountry, define the Western sheriff’s changing definition and even take a sip of long-forgotten cocktails. In a changing destination, the Guide works to keep you up to speed.
Karl Weatherly has published with Sports Illustrated, Outside, Men’s Journal, Newsweek, The New York Times, Powder, Ski, Skiing and many others. He is a two-time winner of national photojournalism awards and lives in Ketchum’s Board Ranch.
Van Gordon Sauter was the least successful anchorman in the history of commercial broadcasting. His ratings for the early news in Chicago were so abysmal, the company sent him to France to run the CBS News Paris Bureau, a decidedly off-air position. He later became the executive vice president of the CBS Broadcast Group. He lives in Gimlet.
(Jennifer Tuohy is on maternity leave)
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