The gang takes some time out to watch a downhill skiing championship as their vacation is cut short by the ghost of a lumberjack who used to work for the lumber company that owned the mountain where the ski resort is now built. Ted is injured during his run while being chased by the ghost and can no longer race. But Fred has a plan to draw out the ghost and uses Shaggy to take Ted's place. Shaggy makes his run as Freddie springs his trap, capturing the ghost and exposing him as the track's owner, Triston Smith. Triston was using his course to smuggle out escaped convicts and dressing them up as a down hill contestent, Larry Hardwick. The two are turned over to the police as Shaggy breaks the speed record.
In "Skeleton Skare," Terrance Griep Jr. comes up with a serpentine scheme that's underplayed in front of the obvious suspect. The genius of the story comes from the fact that this time it's the land that's important not the actual swindle. As usual, Mr. Griep stretches the formula and uses it cleverly to persuade Shaggy's performance as ghost bait.
The lumberjack flaming skull haunter is a particularly inventive ghoul to pit against the gang, and Joe Staton has a lot of fun with the spook. Mr. Staton luckily for the reader portrays the gang vividly in both mysteries. His delectable Daphne is a wonder to watch, and Mystery Inc., he portrays with a usual attention to depth that goes beyond the limited animation of the original model. The irony is that Staton's characters are given a greater range of motion in static pencils than the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? cartoon. Dave Hunt's inks in the first mystery draw out Mr. Staton's soft, subtle pencils while Jeff Albrect gives a more stronger, pointed look to the characters. Nevertheless, fans of the series will appreciate all the artwork.