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Local author to discuss ski industry

Friday, April 27 at 1:30 p.m.-Author and ski historian Karen Lorentz will discuss the "Ups and Downs" of the ski industry in a presentation for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on Friday, April 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Godnick Adult Center in Rutland.

She will focus on how the ski scene has evolved from the enthusiasm of early ski pioneers to the vision of entrepreneurial individuals to the current corporate business model, relating the trends and challenges of an up-and-down industry to Vermont's number-three ranking as a ski state.

A discussion period will follow the presentation, which will include a slide show.

A freelance writer since 1979 when she began her journalism career with The Mountain Times, Lorentz has penned more than 4,000 articles and columns for magazines, newspapers, and business journals, ranging from legal and business issues to ski and travel features. She has written seven books, including the histories of the Killington and Okemo Ski Resorts as well as a guide to Vermont skiing.

Lorentz received a Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in ski journalism from the International Skiing History Association in 2006 for her books and articles; she remains the only woman to have received this honor.

In 2007 her book The Great Vermont Ski Chase was awarded a Harold Hirsch award in the North American Snowsports Journalists Association book competition.

She is a member of several writers' and ski-history related organizations, including the Vermont and New England Ski Museums, ISHA, and NASJA among others.

The Osher program is free to members with a $5 fee for non-members. For more information or directions, call 446-2041 or 492-2300.

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