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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

A History of NASTAR

In the beginning, there was the vision of John Fry. He was the youthful editor-in-chief of SKI Magazine during the 1960s. The United States ski industry was young in the 1960s - and growing fast. Fry...

Steve Bradley and mechanical snow grooming

 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 picture at right, for instance, was...

FIS Timeline, 2007 draft

This list of historical events was compiled in 2005/7 by a working group of ski historians from several countries, under the direction of Elisabeth Hussey. It was subsequently corrected and expanded...

Dynastar MV2: A short history

The MV2, designed by Jean Liard and introduced in 1964, was a magnificent giant slalom ski, raced to a downhill win at Morzine that winter by Mariel Goitschel, and to World Championship gold medals...

History of FIS

From the FIS website: The International Ski Federation - Fédération Internationale de Ski, Internationaler Ski Verband - is abbreviated in all languages as FIS. FIS was founded on the 18th of...

How the World Cup Began

Translated from the French by D. Wright Pryce Published posthumously, with the kind permission of Patrick Lang Editor’s Note: Today’s World Cup of Alpine Skiing is so firmly in the grasp of the...

Racing for a Paycheck

A former competitor remembers the Women’s Pro Ski Tour.  I slid into the starting gate, defined by a low board in the snow four feet behind two “horse gates.” Though I exuded confidence, adrenaline...

Going Pro

From the 1960s through the 1990s, a series of U.S. entrepreneurs—including Friedl Pfeifer, Bob Beattie and Ed Rogers—took turns trying to make pro ski racing a success.  Counting only prize money,...

NASTAR: 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. The environment for people...

1970s NASTAR MEMORIES

NASTAR’s mid-1970s national coordinator fondly remembers the low-tech camaraderie of the racing program’s early days.  By 1973, under the direction of former U.S. Ski Team coach and director Bob...

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