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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

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 Ski Boots

Early boot design was dictated by binding design. The modern era introduced new materials, fit and height that led to a revolution in alpine technique. BY SETH MASIA In the beginning, Norwegian...

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 years, 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

Painting: Håkon Håkonsson, the two-year-old future king of Norway, being taken from Lillehammer to Østerdalen in 1206. Ultimate safety for the prince lay further on, in Nidaros (now Trondheim). The...

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...

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