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Endorsements for Longboards to Olympics


"For anyone interested in the history of the Sierra Nevada, this book is an absolute must! These fascinating stories of the Sierra's winter sports are wonderfully researched, entertainingly presented and supplemented with many interesting historic photographs. Longboards to Olympics is a truly terrific volume that deserves a place on every bookshelf."
— Gary Noy, Director, Center for Sierra Nevada Studies, Sierra College

"I really like this book! It's an easy read and each chapter showcases important ski and winter sports pioneers and events. I teach and live an empowering 'no limits' philosophy and I really identify with the positive, can-do spirit Mark reveals in this entertaining book."
— Mark Wellman, Nationally acclaimed author, filmmaker and motivational

"This is a great book! I can't believe how much work and research it took to tell these fantastic ski stories in such an entertaining style. You did a heck of a job!"
— Bill Klein, Sugar Bowl Ski School Director and Sierra ski pioneer

"Any book by this noted Sierra weather historian is a good read. Mark's newest book, Longboards to Olympics: A Century of Tahoe Winter Sports is another must read for all Tahoe aficionados."
— Carol Van Etten, Author and Lake Tahoe maritime historian

"Mark has vividly captured the spirit and dedication of the pioneers who worked to promote and develop Tahoe winter sports over the last 150 years. A unique book and wonderful contribution to California ski history!"
— Ingrid P. Wicken, Author, scholar and Director of the California Ski Library

"In my view, this book is very, very good and a fine addition to the historical and cultural record. I very much like and will recommend this book and wish you the best success with it."
— Dick Dorworth, Author and world-class skier and mountaineer

"Spent all weekend reading and rereading your book. This is a book that had to be written and you did it in spades. A great book. You accomplished what Bill Berry never lived long enough to write."
— Frank Titus, Author and California Railroad historian

"I received your book a few days ago and I must say that you have done a great job. It is entertaining while at the same time educating and interesting."
— Scott Lawson, Director Plumas County Museum

"Mark, your new book is awesome. It's a good fast read, packed with details. It fills a huge void in Sierra and winter sports history. Congratulations!"
— Gordon Richards, Truckee History Researcher

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