Signing for ski book author at Neighbors |

Signing for ski book author at Neighbors

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Jimmy Petterson sings for some children in Ladakh, India, during one of his treks to far-flung destinations.

Jimmy Petterson, in conjunction with the Zetterqvist Publishing Company, has produced an exciting and unique new book titled “Skiing Around the World.” A book of this kind has never before been attempted on this scale. It is a hard-cover, high-end book with close to 600 color photos produced on high-quality paper.

The book is a ski odyssey through 48 countries, depicting the skiing and atmosphere of those lands. While there are sidebars to rate areas in various categories, the book is very much experiential and impressionistic in nature and not a guide book. The photos are not entirely ski photos, but include shots of local people, scenery and whatever else helps create a total picture of what a skier might experience on a visit to that country. The book is an inspiration to all skiers and snowboarders with an adventurous spirit to widen their vistas and hit the road to exotic and interesting destinations all around the globe. It will also help them choose the snowsports locations most suited to their skills and dreams.

Petterson graduated from University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in history and a teaching credential. He could have spent his life as a teacher. Instead, to his father’s great disappointment, he has spent most of the past 30 years as a ski bum. His obsessive pursuit of the ultimate ski run and the perfect powder dump has led him to take jobs including ski instructor, travel guide, slope-side singer-entertainer, bar owner, hotelkeeper, ski travel arranger and most recently, ski writer and photographer. He has skied in 48 countries during his search for ski nirvana, and his work has been published in 15 of those nations.

Petterson grew up in Los Angeles and began coming to Lake Tahoe as a 7 year old in the summer of 1957.

In addition, his family came to ski in Squaw Valley in the winter of 1958-59 and bought a vacation home in Truckee in the mid-1980s. He took over ownership of the home in 1998.

For the past 18 years he has lived most of each year in Gothenburg, Sweden, but has continued to visit Lake Tahoe every summer.

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Since August, Petterson and his 16-year-old son, Eric, have been full-time residents of Truckee, where Erik attends Truckee High School.

Who: Journalist, photographer and ski aficiando Jimmy Petterson.

What: Booksigning for “Skiing Around the World.”

When: Saturday, March 4 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Where: Neighbors Bookstore, 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Village Center.