Out Of Bounds: The Glen Mountain Ski Story
The story of the Glen Mountain ski resort starts with a mysterious stranger “who prowled the hills of Bolton Glen.” This was eastern skiing legend Herman “Jackrabbit” Johannsen, and he gave the thumbs-up to a visionary couple who foresaw a downhill ski operation on the top of the valley road. This was several years before the Autoroute opened and the area was definitely out in the country. The ski hill was launched in 1960, and has survived a number of near-disastrous years, as well as triumphing through the good years when the snow gods came through with enough of the white stuff to keep the customers happy, and the maintenance crew managed to keep the T-bars working.
Eddington has set out to write an informal history of Glen Mountain, and he succeeds in ushering in a cast of characters who would make a great TV sitcom. His respect for the “BC boys” is obvious, but so is his love of a good story.The Glen, run by several owners through the last forty years, has had enough idiosyncratic ski patrollers, bartenders, maintenance men, and financiers to make for a very entertaining read. mRb