8-Volume Beautiful Boxed Set. Relive the Golden Age of Alpine Skiing-from 1940s Hollywood coming to Sun Valley, Idaho for lessons, to the birth of hotdogging in 1970s Aspen-with Classic Ski Films on DVD. Whether it was the first WWII training film for U.S. mountain troops, or the pageantry and power of the 1960 Winter Olympics, three extraordinary pioneering filmmakers captured it through the lens of history. John Jay Considered the grand-daddy of the modern ski-film road show, John Jay was a Rhodes Scholar whose prolific output and inveterate showmanship were the inspirations to an entire generation of newly minted skiers. His books and magazine articles aside, Jay's annual ski films-featuring his trademarked brand of wittily inspired commentary-have played to tens of thousands of alpine enthusiasts. John Jay died in 2000, four days before his 85th birthday. Otto Lang Entrepreneur, ski instructor to the stars, Academy Award-nominated documentarian: Otto long ranks among the greats of ski-film production. Opening America's first ski school in the mid-1930s, Lang was invited to head the Sun Valley (Idaho) Ski School, offering instruction to the likes of Gary cooper, Groucho Marx, and Twentieth Century Fox studio head, Darryl Zanuck. At Zanuck's invitation Land embarked on an illustrious Hollywood career as producer/director Otto Lang resides in Seattle. Dick Barrymore He took a short vacation from the Los Angeles Fire Department to make a documentary film about skiing. Thirty years and thousands of feet of film later, Dick Barrymore enjoys a global reputation as an itinerant artist whose motion pictures highlight every aspect of the sheer joy of skiing, from innovations in early equipment to the thrill of adventure and competition. Hanging up his camera in 1990, he decisively retired from ski-filmmaking while at the top of his game. Dick Barrymore resides in a thatched-roof bungalow at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. The Films of John Jay DVD1 Olympic Holiday A stunning chronicle of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, California. Filmed events include: Opening &Closing Ceremonies Women's &Men's Downhill Women's And Men's Giant Slalom Women's Men's &Paies Figure Skating 90 Metre Ski jump Hockey: USA vs. USSR DVD2 Winter Magic Around the World Part global travelogue, part thrilling ski spectacle, with a narrative tone as light as a dusting of fresh powder. Locations include: Bugaboo Mountains, British Columbia Vail, Colorado Tasman Glacier, New Zealand Switzerland Japan Australia Russia DVD3 Ski Down the Years A light-hearted celebration of the golden Age of American skiing 1940-1970, an era pre-dating release bindings, fiberglass skis, aluminum poles, snowmaking, and efficient ski lifts. DVD4 The Best of John Jay A Vail-to-Zermatt greatest-hits compilation from this prolific ski-cinema patriarch, serving up a pioneering pan-global ski safari of yesteryear's most daring action. Locations include: Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico Atlas Mountains, Africa Aspen, Colorado Sun Valley, Idaho Klosters, Switzerland Japan New Zealand The Films of Otto Lang DVD 5 The Basic Principles of Skiing The quintessential B&W instructional film from 1941, instrumental in the training regimen of United states mountain troops. A unique cinematic record of ski techniques and equipment of the period, and featuring actor Alan Ladd as a 10th Mountain Division recruit! Documentary highlights include: Ski Design, Selection &Care Bindings &Toe Plates Climbing Skins Lacquer &Wax Schussing &Traversing The Herringbone &sidestep The side Slip &Lunge Stem &Jump Turns DVD6 Ski Flight The first theatrical ski film, produced for Warner Brothers and premiering at Radio City Music Hall in 1938. Skifully Yours An insightful retrospective on the Sun Valley, Idaho ski scene circa 1939. The Films of Dick Barrymore DVD7 The Performers The gonzo short film from 1970 that ushered in the freestyle revolution. Five members of the K2 demonstration team travel the United states, putting 10,000 clicks on a 26-foot motor home painted red, white, and blue. DVD8 The Last of the Ski Bums Made for a mere $12,000 and released as a feature film in New York and Chicago, Ski Bums follows the European exploits-nightclubbing in France, winning at roulette in Monte Carlo, hitting the slopes at Chamonix, reliving the days of skiing the Tasman glacier-of three footloose Americans in 1967.