The Mountain Film by Arnold Fanck

Ski Mad World is developing into a real resource. It fills a niche I didn’t know existed: “the History of Skiing Geography.” MadPatSki’s recent post on the history of ski movies motivated me to investigate some of the story lines he alludes to in the piece.

Arnold Fanck was a pioneer in ski films. He began making documentary and action films after the end of World War I, shooting in remote mountain locations.

His movies were popular with German audiences and led to what are known as “mountain films,” a style that some see as the German equivalent of the US Western: a genre unique to the country.

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Jason’s Weather: 11/21/10

Thanksgiving Week: The Bad, The Good and The Ugly

Monday and Tuesday will feature a low moving straight through Lake Michigan. This will keep us on the warm side. Unfrozen precip will be associated with the trailing cold front. Temps will zoom into the 50s all the way to Montreal. A cold front passing Tuesday afternoon or evening will usher in seasonably cold air and snow showers. Temps could dip into the low teens and possible single digits in the higher elevations.

The Ugly: Starting Thursday, as an upper-level ridge builds over the East Coast, a powerful 500 mb low will move through the Great Lakes. This will bring in unseasonably warm air and the chance of heavy wet Thursday night and Friday morning. A strong cold front will pass through the region Friday bringing in much colder air and the possibility of high winds. There should be a significant lake-effect event for areas that favor a northwest flow. After that, the models are all over the place.

It looks like a slow start to the eastern ski season.