Jack Edwards is known around New England as the voice of the Bruins on their NESN television broadcasts.
He also might be one of New England’s most avid skiers. Edwards, 57, took some time from his perch on Level 9 of TD Garden to share some insight about his passion for snow sport.
What do you ride on these days?
Volkl RTM 81.
Favorite New England ski area?
Mad River Glen.
How did you get into skiing?
Climbing for our turns on a hill at a friend’s farm in Durham, N.H., with my dad at age 4. I was hooked for life.
Best trip ever?
1. 1988 Olympic Winter Games, Calgary (ABC’s last). Nakiska was cut specifically to host the Olympic races. We (I was working as on-mountain reporter for Alpine skiing) got there 10 days before the races began.
It wasn’t open to the public. The only people allowed on the hill were racers, coaches, course workers, mountain workers, and production crews setting up camera positions. It was a world-class racing camp.
Getting on the hill before sunrise to follow the likes of Zurbriggen and Tomba (until they would blow me away, disappearing over the horizon three turns into their runs) provided the opportunity to learn by mimicking their technique. What an education!
Skied 27 straight days, 22 of which were “work.” (Giggle)
2. 1991 Val d’Isere, France. Working for CBS Sports, we were supposed to cover two days of training, two downhills and a super G.
But it snowed. And snowed and snowed. Seven feet in three days, and they never raced a gate.
So we filed daily reports and didn’t get to cover a single run. But we did do 6,000-vertical-foot loops in neck-deep powder all day every day in Jean-Claude Killy’s hometown. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a snorkel.
Circles, squares or diamonds?
As long as we’re smiling at the end of the run, it really doesn’t matter. But my absolute favorite is ripping it through the trees. Makes me kind of sad that the tree runs we discovered in the 1980s now have names and everyone knows about them . . . but there are new secrets to discover every winter.
The next one. As Mammoth Mountain founder Dave McCoy (10th Mountain Division in WWII and now 99 years old) said, “The best place on Earth to be skiing is wherever you’re skiing today.”
Favorite person/people to ski with?
My family. The adventures and moments of discovery, fun, and uninterrupted quality time on the mountain are precious.
Do skiing and professional life ever intersect?
They did for 15 years while I was averaging 50-plus ski days per winter. Covering Alpine skiing for ESPN, ABC, and CBS was a riot. No one ever has had more fun doing research.
The perfect après-ski?
Tossing a birch log onto the glowing coals in the wood stove and watching it explode into flame, inhaling the brilliant ambiance of being in the mountains, and watching (Mainer) Greg Stump’s “Blizzard of Aahhh’s” for the 120,000th time.