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Ski Business: Better Than Wool

By Seth Masia In the early ’80s, skiers finally learned to stay dry and warm. Photo above: In the 1980s, Patagonia's fleece top helped launch the technical skiwear category. Those of us who began...

Skiers Will Ski on Anything -- Especially Sand

By Jeff Blumenfeld Lack of snow deters not the true believer. Photo above: German sand-skiing speed record holder (nearly 60 mph) Henrik May shows his form on the sands of Namibia. Snow is...

Alison Owen Bradley

By Peggy Shinn The first American to win a World Cup cross-country race, this pioneer has remained an advocate for women for five decades. Photo above: Alison at the U.S. Nationals in 1977. Courtesy...

A blizzard in Israel: Skiing in the Middle East

This winter, Israel’s Ski Hermon (skihermon.co.il) centre celebrated 50 years since opening its first ski lift, on land captured from Syria during the 1967 war. Of course, this was a freaky winter....

ISHA Awards, 2021: Honoring the best histories published in 2020

INTERNATIONAL SKIING HISTORY ASSOC. HONORS 14 OF THE BEST HISTORICAL BOOKS AND FILMS OF 2020 MANCHESTER CENTER, VT (Feb. 8, 2021) – The International Skiing History Association (ISHA), the nonprofit...

99 years of timed slalom racing

1921 was an important year in the history of ski racing. In 1920 the British ski racing pioneer Arnold Lunn, then age 32, became chairman of the Federal Council of British Ski Clubs and thus...

HOW’S YOUR AIM?

Bota bags could be having a moment. These holdovers from skiing’s golden age laugh at today’s need for social distancing. What will skiing, riding and cross-county look like in 2020-2021? Will...

WEST MOUNTAIN

For six decades, West Mountain in upstate New York has been bringing skiers—and racers—into the sport.  By Paul Post Spencer and Sara Montgomery moved east to West Mountain, where they’re pursuing...

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

From her home base in Monaco, Pernilla Wiberg, Sweden’s all-time top female alpine racer, is a TV commentator, advocate for World Cup racer safety, entrepreneur, and homeschooling mom. When you’re a...

RESORTS THEN AND NOW

Just a few miles from glitzy St. Moritz, the cultural heart of this Swiss ski region beats quietly in Pontresina.  The history of the Swiss resort town of Pontresina is inextricably linked to its...

The Man Who Skied on Rocks

When snow is unavailable, skiers will glide on anything: grass, pine needles, sawdust, sand dunes, volcanic ash, carpet, plastic mat, soap flakes, powdered mica and soda crystals. In 1958, German...

Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story now on Prime

"Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story," is now showing on Amazon Prime. The 90-minute film, produced by Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley, is based largely on archival footage provided by Warren...

Pandemic takes French resort back to the future

(photo: Architects Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Facheux and Jean Prouve at Les Arcs, fifty years ago.) When Les Arcs closed down last spring, senior managers reflected on the very purpose of ski...

Animators Go Looney Over Skiing

When cartoons take a run at skiing, mayhem ensues. By Jeff Blumenfeld What is quickly learned from total immersion into the golden age of animation, roughly the 1930s through the 1970s, is that when...

Canada’s Forgotten Ski Center

When it opened in 1930, the Seigniory Club was the largest ski resort in Canada...and possibly in North America. By Joseph Graham and Pierre Dumas The historic Le Château Montebello, 50 miles east...

The Cross-Country Caldwells

From Olympic racing to elite coaching, this once-and-future family has had a powerful impact on the sport. By Peter Oliver The Caldwells are America’s first family of cross-country skiers. As elite...

Winter Park Ski Train on Covid-19 Hold

The Winter Park Express ski train, which has hauled Denver skiers through the Moffat Tunnel on and off since 1940, takes another hiatus for the 2020-21 winter season. According to a Winter Park press...
Goshiki Onsen today

Japan's Lost Ski Areas

Japan’s skiing history is rich and varied. People had long used simple homemade skis to get around, but then in the 1930s the great pioneer Hannes Schneider arrived from the Arlberg to introduce his...

Peter Dodge and the Rebirth of NCAA Racing

A former World Cup and pro racer, Dartmouth’s men’s alpine coach has led the return to relevance of U.S. college racing. By Edith Thys Morgan Although few ski racers have been able to take to the...

Big Air

Alpine ski jumpers—sticking Geländesprungs, cliff hucks and gap-jumps—have been sending it for more than a hundred years. By Jay Cowan Jesper Tjader explains what he wants to try on a practice run...

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