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Snowsports Notebook

As we await snow, a flurry of skiing media arrives

Matt Pepin/Globe Staff

A skiing book at the beach?

Yes, I’m that guy who was reading a book about skiing on the beach this summer.

Now, as ski season approaches, I find myself diving in to more and more ski media since more and more ski media hits the market this time of year.

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Here’s a review of some recent finds that interested me.

Books

Well, this is really only about one book. I had high hopes for “The God of Skiing” by Peter Kray following some of the early reviews after it was released late in 2014, and saved this one for my summer vacation. But I came away a bit disappointed.

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Kray uses an interesting convention – a fictional tale woven into a memoir – but there was something about the narrative style that put me off. We are introduced to “legendary” skier Tack Strau, who goes from a racing prodigy to an elusive, free-spirited, hardcore ski bum, in a series of vignettes set in mountain locales around the world. Some of the tales, and certainly many of the observations about the true appeal of skiing, are clever and insightful.

But others left me feeling not entirely sure what I just read, as though it were an inside joke. Maybe it’s a personal preference thing, or maybe it was because the title and the cover photo and the early reviews set such a high level of expectation.

I’d encourage skiers to decide for themselves. It was interesting, but certainly not skiing’s version of “Once A Runner.” It’s available from Mira Digital Publishing for $13.95.

Audio

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I’ve been scouting podcasts lately as we work on adding some to our lineup on BostonGlobe.com, and came across Wintry Mix.

Produced by Alex Kaufman in conjunction with Vermont Public Radio, it features interviews with snowsports industry experts such as Brian Heon, the general manager at Wildcat, and Jeff Alexander, Killington’s events and sponsorships manager.

Kaufman said he wants the podcast, which he started this fall, to find the right balance of content so it appeals to both avid skiers as well as those with a more casual interest. He added that he has a background in the ski industry himself, but tries to ensure his podcast does not become too insider-ish.

The latest one achieves that with Heon providing some fascinating insight about how a ski area is run, and why those darn snow guns always seem to be pointed at a chairlift.

Listen to the latest one here:

 Also on the audio front, Dan Egan, who has been a snowsports correspondent for the Globe and Boston.com, will be launching a two-hour show about action sports on Radio BDC. The show have a healthy dose of snowsports considering Egan’s longtime involvement in the industry as a competitor, through jobs at various resorts, and as a ski media personality. It is planned for Fridays and Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m.

Video

One of my favorite follows for ski reports from all over snow country, Halley O’Brien, has teamed up with Ski Magazine to do The Snow Report this season. It’s a fun and insightful look at a range of topics.

#TheSnowReport Episode 1: Boston Blizzard Challenge and the People's Almanac from Halley O'Brien on Vimeo.

 Egan will be the host when New England Ski Journal returns to Comcast SportsNet New England on Dec. 8. Here’s the preview.

New England Ski Journal 2015-16 preview from Seamans Media, Inc. on Vimeo.

 The trailer for an upcoming short film about New Hampshire skiing legend Joe Lahout has been released. We’ll have more on Lahout next week.

Joe Lahout - The Official Trailer from lahouts on Vimeo.

 Ski Vermont produced a humorous little short in the manner of the popular Drunk History channel on YouTube. It’s called “The Drunk History of Skiing in Vermont.”

 A group of fathers from Burlington, Vt., have launched a film project on Kickstarter called “The Way Up.” I admit to not having watched the entire thing yet, but it’s on the list, the description and first segment of the video is intriguing, and it’s worth sharing now as something to consider watching and/or helping with.

Events

 The big Boston ski expo is Nov. 12-15. at the Seaport World Trade Center.

 Teton Gravity Research’s big new film, “Paradise Waits,” will have its Boston premiere Nov. 12 at House of Blues.

Follow Matt Pepin on Twitter at @mattpep15.
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