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When Ernest Hemingway Skied Sun Valley
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It’s believed that Ernest Hemingway skied the glaciers of the Alps, dodging avalanches and crevasses, as a way of dealing with the troubled memories of his traumatic war years. COURTESY: The Community Library
   
Tuesday, March 26, 2024
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

Ernest Hemingway developed a love for skiing in the Alps during the 1920s, even though he was dealing with gruesome injuries suffered during World War I.

From 1922 to 1926 he spent the winters in the Alps while living as an expatriate in Paris as a member of the so-called Lost Generation. And, true to his machismo, he was a bit of a daredevil on skis.

Ketchum historian-lawyer John Lundin will explore how skiing was a key to Hemingway’s coming of age and how it provided themes he incorporated into his later writings, during a free presentation at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Ketchum’s Community Library.

Lundin will talk about how Hemingway did ski Bald Mountain after accepting an invitation to stay at Sun Valley Resort in the late 1930s in exchange for its right to use his image for publicity. In fact, his fourth wife Mary Welsh learned to ski in Sun Valley.

To see the presentation in person, RSVP at https://thecommunitylibrary.libcal.com/event/11807422. The program also will be livestreamed and available to watch at https://vimeo.com/event/4172572.

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