The happy cowboy at right was once Captain America, flashing down racecourses in his starred and striped crash helmet, the pride of the U.S. ski team and a gold medalist in the 1970 world championship. The pace was fast, but for all the glamour of world competition, it was a life restricted to running the gates on smooth-packed slopes while recreational skiers, snowplows notwithstanding, were having more fun. Now Mister Racer has returned to being Billy Kidd, a converted Coloradan and the resident celebrity at Steamboat Springs, free at last to pursue his passion—skiing mountainsides full of moguls. He finds it a lovely, if lumpy, way to relax, and among practitioners of this cold art he is without peer. Swinging along, independent suspension systems in full play, Kidd shows how he takes the bumps on the pages that follow and then, no kidding, gives some tips on how it's done.
Descending a moonscape of moguls pitched at a dizzying 45°, skiers coming off Holiday run at Sun Valley either make it, like the one above, or break it, like the victim below. The latter should have applied Billy Kidd's First Law of Skiing the Lumps, which he demonstrates (inset) on Sunset at Aspen. The law: stop bobbing up and down, get over your skis and let your legs take the shocks. And one more thing: if at all possible, relax.
With shoulder facing downhill and body plane level—as kid and a buddy demonstrate—you, too, can get a lift out of life along a bumpy mountain trail.