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History

Our Histories encompass speed-skiing records since the mid-1800s to 2000, plus a century-and-a-half Timeline of Important Ski History Dates. As a work in progress, the list of ISHA historical resources is constantly growing, as our archive expands and updates. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, let us know by joining ISHA’s Facebook page

Ski Helmets: How We Got Here

By Seth Masia At the 19th convention of the International Society for Skiing Safety, held at Keystone in May, 2011, researcher Jasper Shealy, Ph.D., professor emeritus of engineering at Rochester...

Slope Grooming: How it Started

Swiss reader Luzi Hitz recently sent us a collection of photos of snow rollers used to groom pistes in Switzerland and France during the 1950s and 1960s. The photo above, for instance, was...

A Short History of Alpine Skiing: From Telemark to Today

Until the 1920s, alpine skiing was a niche sport practiced by a few European guides and their wealthy clients. Here's how it grew to be a mass-participation sport with a spectacular competition...

The Splitkein Patent

Beginning in 1891, skimakers in Norway sought to replace heavy hickory with lighter woods, originally to create faster cross-country racing skis. Over 45, laminated skis evolved into the multi-...

Timeline of Modern U.S. Ski Periodicals

1948: Merger of three periodicals into a single SKI Magazine.           Launch of Rocky Mountain Skiing Magazine. 1959: Launch of Ski Life Magazine, New York City. 1962: Ski Life and SKI Magazine...

Historic Trails You Can Ski

Ruthie's Run, Aspen Ruthie’s Run on Aspen Mountain has been the venue for classic, hotly contested World Cup and Roch Cup races over sixty years. On the mild upper section, the whims of wind and...

Matti Nykänen: The greatest ski jumper, or the greatest tragedy?

HARRACHOV, Czech Republic (March 10, 2011) — A 47-year-old ski jumper stands atop a HS-40 ski jumping hill. His body isn’t what it used to be, abused by thousands of jumps and landings and a...

Women’s Ski Jumping Takes Aim at the Winter Olympics

A century-and-a-half after a Norwegian woman soared 20 feet in the world’s first recorded ski-jumping event, female flyers were still fighting for international recognition. At the first recorded...

USSA History

We, here at the national headquarters of the United States Ski Association and Hall of Fame officials, have long felt the need for a book which would contain an early history of our organization...

Snapshots

1928: WILDERNESS ADVENTURE. Our Assiniboine lodge in the Canadian Rockies was the first in North America to provide open above-timberline skiing such as only Europe could boast of at the time. In...

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