Featuring original cover artwork by Eric Pollard and Chris Benchetler and chock full of in-depth stories from the wide world of skiing, the 2019 Book of Ski Stories is a 176-page hardbound collection tailor-made for the reading enjoyment of the passionate skier on his or her down days, now and in seasons to come.
The 2019 Book of Ski Stories includes ten featured articles from across the spectrum of freeski culture, encapsulating the moments, people, stories and images that define the sport today, while an additional 24-page photo gallery brings you even closer to the action.
From in-depth profiles on leading athletes to thoughtful takes on hot-button issues, and stories and photos from the grungy streets to the lofty steeps, the 2019 Book of Ski Stories contains a little something for everyone.
Artist Showcase: Eric Pollard & Chris Benchetler
The creators of our stunning front and back covers, these two iconic ski artists present a special gallery of their work.
Henrik Harlaut: The Dao of Dollo
Follow in the footsteps of one of skiing’s modern icons on his long path from the first backflip to the apex of the international scene.
Fabian Lentsch Interview
Why is Fabian Lentsch living in Iran? Find out in this insightful interview with one of the scene’s more unconventional freeride talents.
Six of freeskiing’s leading female competitors sound off on the state of women’s skiing from a private session at Seiser Alm.
Panoptic: being or presenting a comprehensive or panoramic view. A unique collection of ski imagery featuring Oskar Enander, Ethan Stone, Peter Morning, Klaus Polzer, Alric Ljunghager and Christian Pondella.
And much more!
At some point everyone gets tired of the same old, same old. For the past decade, Downdays has served as the pan-European freeski magazine of record, slanging magazines across the Continent to entertain readers from Rome to Rovaniemi and unite the European freeski scene under one banner.
This year, after 10 years of the Downdays magazine, we decided to switch things up and make a full-on book instead. It’s no secret that print publishing as a whole has struggled to adjust to the new normal of digital media consumption, but one thing has remained clear: the need for high-quality print products has only grown, and in fact is enjoying something of a resurgence.
You, fair reader, may no longer need a monthly magazine to keep you up-to-date on the happenings. You have them now near-instantaneously via social media. What you do need, however, is a place for those stories and images that will stand the test of time: a chronicle of the times for the things that deserve more than the short-lived glory of the social feed. In short, something you can hold on to. Thus, we offer this book.
With this initial hardcover offering, the Downdays team seeks—as with our magazine before—to make your down days more enjoyable in the seasons and off-seasons to come. A beautiful addition to your bookshelf, coffee table or bathroom reading stash, the 2019 Book of Ski Stories represents an exciting new journey for us, one on which we hope you’ll join us.
A big thanks to the brand partners who helped make this book possible: Armada, Atomic, Line, Mammut, Monster Energy, Scott, Smith, Völkl and The North Face.