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Ski Equipment 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...

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-...

Back to the Future for GS Skis?

GIANT SLALOM RACING SKI DESIGN CONTROVERSY Despite protests by many racers, the International Ski Federation (FIS) is on track to require longer, straighter giant slalom skis in World Cup and Olympic...

A Short History of Skis

Prehistory: Rock paintings and skis preserved in bogs show that hunters and trappers used skis at least 5000 years ago. Classic Norwegian painting of 2-year old prince Häkon being taken to safety in...

Evolution of Ski Shape

When the first “shaped” skis arrived at ski shops in 1993, they were a revelation. Deep sidecuts to help skis carve short, clean turns had been sneaking up on us for a century – so slowly that only a...

Release! History of Safety Bindings

The first “safety” bindings, by Portland skier Hjalmar Hvam, weren’t all that safe. But 50 years ago, Cubco, Miller, Look and Marker began to change skiing’s broken leg image. By Seth Masia By the...

Grip and Glide: A Short History of Ski Wax

From pine pitch to perfluorocarbons, ski waxing has come a long way since the days of Scandinavian ski-sport and Sierra longboard racing. During the Vancouver Olympics in February, skiers contended...

100 Years of Rossignol

The factory made its first skis in 1907—and has been an industry leader ever since. Now the future is murky. Rossignol, the oldest surviving brand name in skiing, can also claim to be the oldest...

History of Swiss Ski Technology and Instruction

By Luzi Hitz, Switzerland Although the spiritual roots of “modern” skiing are found in the 19th century in Norway, it was the British, fascinated by the image of the naturally virtuous mountain folk...

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