A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 25, 1972

FOR Correspondent Karsten Prager, the trip to the Colorado Rockies in search of Peter Seibert, creator of the Vail skiing complex, reached new heights in participatory journalism. Like other TIME correspondents round the globe, Prager had gone to the mountain to gather material for this week's cover story. Unexpectedly, he found himself an active participant—at 11,250 ft.—in one of the world's fastest-growing sports. Though first put on skis at the age of three, Prager had not set boot to binding for 26 years. His talks with Seibert provided all the inspiration he needed. After a few hours at the...

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