Everyone knows most things have a beginning, a middle and an end. Books do. Stories do. Ski lifts do. Ski runs do. Movies do. This book doesn't. It definitely has no end. Rather, it is full of short stories you might tell or listen to during a chairlift ride. But, some ski lift rides take a couple of minutes, others take a lifetime. So, too, do some of these stories. They are, for the most part, my own true experiences. A few, of course, have been clouded with age. Others are my best recollections of something told to me by someone on a ski lift ride somewhere. Or did I hear it in that restaurant at the bottom of a lift in Zermatt? Perhaps it was Portillo? Maybe it was in Shiga Heights, Japan? Just like on television, though, the characters and locations in the stories have been altered to protect anyone who might need protection. This book can't teach you how to make better turns on a pair of skis because that is measured by the width of your smile. It won't tell you where to go skiing, either. It is a collection of stories, anecdotes, ideas, written by a guy, a person, a man, a skier, a filmmaker, who has spent most of his life in the fall line. This book I have written and the almost four hundred movies I have produced show this different, lurching side of life. Sure, I show the "Isn't life great side," but I interrupt my story telling with a lot of life's lurches. The ski school director falling in front of the class, your new Christmas skis blowing off the roof of the car in the middle of the night. I guess I'm one of the vast army of lurchers with an optimistic attitude because I believe every day is a little better than the day before.Read In Search of Skiing and you can lurch with me through the many pages. That is unless the printer left some out. Which he probably did, which is why we sell the book so cheap.