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How Has TV Treated Skiing? Not Well.

Skiing was a handy punching bag when television searched for laughs. By Jeff Blumenfeld It was one of the most famous broken legs in modern American history.  When comedian Lucille Ball suffered a...

How Many U.S. Skiers and Snowboarders Are There?

Just how many of us are there? That’s a controversial question. By John fry How many people ski in the USA? Or ski and snowboard? Neither of the industry estimates that are typically and most...

A Sport Once White

Photo above: The Rivers Triplets of Long Island are U12 racers who train at Windham Mountain, New York. Left to right: Helaina D. Rivers, Henri D.L. Rivers IV, and Henniyah D. Rivers. By Jay Cowan In...

How Ski Trails Got Their Names

When it comes to trail monikers, no lions and tigers, but plenty of bears—not to mention resort founders, historic events and death threats.   By Jeff Blumenfeld I remember December 1973 like it was...

NORTH AMERICA’S FIRST ALL-FEMALE SKI CLUB

Penguin Power! One of North America’s first and most successful ski clubs was created in Quebec entirely by, and for, women.   By Cara Armstrong and Lori Knowles Ski clubs have played an important...

WHAT U.S. SKIING NEEDS TO LEARN

U.S. Skiing could learn a lot from the success formula within its own women’s cross-country team. By Edith Thys Morgan The FIRST, EVER, cross country gold medal for the U.S.!” Those words, screamed...

BROADWAY’S CONTRIBUTION TO CATSKILLS SKIING

Broadway lensman Werner J. Kuhn ran the patrol, taught first aid and shot PR photos at a popular Catskills ski area. By Jeff Blumenfeld   The image was typical of ski area publicity photos of the...

BRIDGING THE SKI-SNOWBOARD DIVIDE

The man who wrote the manual recalls early efforts to bridge the cultural divide between skiers and snowboarders. By Roger Lohr In the early 1990s, snowboarding was booming at mountain resorts across...

Ross Rebagliati: Lost and Found

At the Nagano Olympics, he was stripped of snowboarding's first gold medal. The next day, he had the medal back. Today, Ross Rebagliati is a successful marijuana entrepreneur in British Columbia. By...

Skiing to the Poles

The critical role of skis in 130 years of Arctic exploration and adventure. By Jeff Blumenfeld Throughout the modern era of polar exploration, skis have played an invaluable role in propelling...

Best Ski Poster Sales in 10 Years

Record prices and active bidding at annual Swann auction By Everett Potter There were rarities, blue-chip images and even a few outliers at the annual Vintage Posters auction at Swann Galleries in...

Ester Ledecka: Queen of the 2018 Olympics

Ester Ledecka broke a training barrier and crossed a cultural divide. By Seth Masia When Ester Ledecka astonished the world, and herself, by winning Olympic gold in both Super G and parallel...

ISHA makes headlines in China

单兆鉴被国际滑雪历史协会(ISHA)授予"滑雪历史研究终身成就奖”项 The following article was published in the Chinese “Altay News” on March 28, 2018: The International Skiing History Association held its 2018 ISHA Week in Squaw...

#MeToo Hits Ski Sport

Charges of sexual abuse come to light in Austria, Canada. By John Fry The #MeToo movement has come to skiing in a swirl of proof and denial.  Nicola Werdenigg—Austria’s women’s national downhill...

Skiing’s Central Asian Origins

At a recent conference in China, historians explored the ancient birth of skiing and how it spread across the continents. By SETH MASIA As host of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, China seeks a major...

Setting a New Standard

NASTAR, the world’s largest recreational racing program, began 50 years ago when this editor wanted to introduce the equivalent of golf’s par to the sport of skiing.   By John Fry The environment for...

2018 Winter Olympics: The Giants of GS

Who’s the greatest men’s giant slalom racer of all time? With each passing generation, racing fans renew the ongoing debate. By Peter Oliver It’s a pot that sports fans of all stripes love to stir....

2018 Winter Olympics: Norse Gods and Goddesses

Cross-country racers and jumpers who have dominated the Winter Games. By Bob Woodward To be a dominant cross-country skier come the Olympics is to be a sprinter, a middle-distance ace and a...

2018 Winter Olympics: Golden Men and Women of the Sport

Who’s the greatest? For skiers able to win under pressure, look to their single-Olympics record. By John Fry Mention the greatest alpine ski racers of all time, and you usually hear a recitation of...

2018 Winter Olympics: Ross Rebagliati, 20 Years Later

At the Nagano Olympics, he was stripped of snowboarding’s first gold medal. The next day, he had the medal back. Today, Ross Rebagliati is a successful marijuana entrepreneur in British Columbia. By...

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