Publications

Books and articles by Library Director,
Ingrid P. Wicken.

Pray for Snow:

Pray for Snow:The History of Skiing in Southern California (2002)

The definitive book on the birth and development of skiing from Los Angeles to San Diego.
Illustrated with many never-before published photographs. Pray for Snow was awarded
the Far West Ski Association's Western Ski Heritage Award in 2002 and the International Ski Association's Skade Award in 2003.


To purchase this book, please email us for buying info.

 





Skiing in Southern California (Images of America: California):

Skiing in Southern California (Images of America: California) (Paperback 2007)

Known for its sunshine and sandy beaches filled with bathing beauties and musclemen,
Southern California is a Mediterranean-climate haven for winter-weary Americans from
Michigan to Maine. But for those with a hankering for winter sports, one could scarcely
ignore the snowcapped peaks of Mount Baldy and San Gorgonio shimmering in the bright
California sunshine. By the 1930s, skiing was all the rage, with the towns of Big Pines,
Lake Arrowhead, and Big Bear Lake evolving into popular snow-sport locales.
Southern California was also home to many who made their mark in the world of American skiing:
Walter Mosauer, the father of skiing in Southern California; Tyler Van Degrift, owner of
Los Angeles's first ski shop; Clarita Heath Bright, talented member of the first U.S. Women's
Olympic ski team; Dorothy McClung Wullich, first woman member of the National Ski Patrol;
and Sepp Benedikter and Tommi Tyndall, both leading the way with ski schools and instruction.
These and many others are documented here in this collection of rare and vintage images of
Southern California skiing. This book available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble booksellers.



Walter Mosauer: Father of Skiing in Southern California:

 

"Walter Mosauer: Father of Skiing in Southern California,” presented at The 2nd FIS Ski Historical
Conference at Helsinki/Lahti, Finland , February 16-18, 2001.

 












 

Ethel Severson Van Degrift: Southern California’s Ski Ambassador:

 

“Ethel Severson Van Degrift: Southern California’s Ski Ambassador,” presented at the 2002
International Ski History Congress at Park City , Utah , January 20-24, 2002.


 



 



Scandifornia: Ski Jumping in California in the 1930s:

 

“Scandifornia: Ski Jumping in California in the 1930s,” presented at the 2009 International
Ski History Congress at Mammoth Lakes, California, March 29-April 3, 2009.



 



 



Milana Jank: A Woman Ski Mountaineer in the United States in the 1930s:

 

 

“Milana Jank: A Woman Ski Mountaineer in the United States in the 1930s,” presented at the
Winter Sport and Outdoor Life Conference at Bø , Norway , February 23-26, 2011.

 


 


 


Milana Jank: A Woman Ski Mountaineer in the United States in the 1930s:

 

“Milana Jank: A Woman Ski Mountaineer in the United States in the 1930s” published in the
Journal of the New England Ski Museum , Summer 2011.