Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sun Valley skier tells tales

Dorworth to share his love of skiing

Express Staff Writer

Dick Dorworth carves turns on Bald Mountain, at Sun Valley Resort. Photo by Willy Cook

Valley resident Dick Dorworth's love of Bald Mountain is only part of his new book, "The Perfect Turn." The book is a compilation of stories about Dorworth's experiences skiing at resorts and in the backcountry. It's an insight into Sun Valley's skiing history and the people who have made it a legendary ski destination.

Dorworth, 72, set a world record for speed on skis in Portillo, Chile, in 1963. He taught and coached skiing for years, including serving as a coach of the U.S. Men's Ski Team. Besides skiing every day on Baldy, writing and working for the Idaho Mountain Express, Dorworth has been practicing Soto Zen for more than 20 years in the lineage of Suzuki-Roshi.

The book is divided into four parts with 20 chapters that all tell stories about skiers and skiing from Dorworth's perspective, including hanging out with ski filmmaker Dick Barrymore, an epic ski trip in 1975 in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains and skiing with Ted Kennedy. "The Perfect Turn" is the last chapter in the book. Written in the 1970s, it's a story about a skier's quest to make the perfect turn, which is also a metaphor for life.

Dorworth will give a free lecture at the Community Library in Ketchum on "The Perfect Turn" on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m.

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