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Entry from June 28, 2012
“Skiing: the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great risk”

"Skiing: the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great personal risk” is usually credited to “anonymous” or “author unknown” or “unknown author” or “unknown source.” The saying appears on many lists of skiing quotations.

Henry Beard and Roy McKie published a book in 1989 (reprinted in 2002) with exactly this saying on its front cover. There is no evidence that anyone else had ever said the line before Beard and McKie’s book.


The Quote Garden
Quotations about Skiing
Skiing:  the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great personal risk.  ~Author Unknown

Proverbia.net
Skiing: the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great personal risk.
Unknown Source

QuotationVault.com
Skiing: the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great personal risk.
- Unknown Author

OCLC WorldCat record
Skiing : a skier’s dictionary
Author: Henry Beard; Roy McKie
Publisher: New York : Workman Pub., ©1989.
Edition/Format:  Book : English
Front cover, also on a Google Books cover from the 2002 publishing:
ski-ing (ske ing), L.n. the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great personal risk

Google Books
January 1990, Ski magazine, pg. 20:
SKIER’S DICTIONARY
Adapted from the forthcoming book, Skiing: The Art of Catching Cold and Going Broke While Rapidly Heading Nowhere at Great Personal Risk, copyright 1989 by Henry Beard and Roy McKie, all rights reserved, Workman Publishing, New York, N. Y.

OCLC WorldCat record
Ski.ing : a snowslider’s dictionary
Author: Henry Beard; Roy McKie
Publisher: New York : Workman Pub., ©2002.
Edition/Format:  Book : English
Summary: This humorous gift for skiiers contains 200 definitions applicable to skiiers, including the definition of skiing itself: “the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great personal risk”.

Google Books
The Best Things Anybody Ever Said About Sports, Management, & Marketing
By Louis E. Boone and David L. Kurtz
Australia; United States: Thomson South-Western
2006
Pg. ?:
“Skiing: the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great personal risk.”
Anonymous

EpicSki
Famous Ski Quotes
Philpug
8/24/08 at 7:09pm
(...)
Skiing: the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great personal risk. ~Author Unknown

The Ski Channel
Great all time ski quotes
Posted By: Glenn Steinbaum on October 13, 2009 5:11 pm
(...)
Skiing:  the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great personal risk.  ~Author Unknown

TheSkiDiva.com
Whats your favorite ski quote?
Here is one “serious” and one funny one that I like:
‘We do these things not to escape life, but so life does not escape us’
Skiing: the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great personal risk. ~Author Unknown
Seattle Gal, Apr 10, 2011

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