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
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