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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

Eldora Mountain, Colorado, history

Boulder’s backyard playground  Boulder County has long restricted growth in the mountains at its western end. For instance, in 1996 the county commissioners capped Eldora's traffic at 180,000 skier...

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

 

Sugarloaf Mt., Maine, history

 

Milwaukee Ski Bowl, 1938-1950: Snoqualmie, Washington

This story was published by HistoryLink.org, a free online encyclopedia of Washington state history. Milwaukee Ski Train (image courtesy of MOHAI) The opening of the on January 8, 1938,...

A Glance at Switzerland's Skiing History

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 and the alpine scenery—...

Origin of the Three-Piece Ski Boot

A letter from Sven Coomer Over the past couple of years, with the return to commercial success of “three-piece” or “open-throat” boot designs, popular magazines and newspapers have run a number of...

Buckle boot invention, 1955

At first a gimmicky convenience, the boot buckle took ten years to earn its place among the sport’s enduring inventions. In 1955 a former stunt pilot and Swiss inventor named Hans Martin sold the...

When Sun Valley Celebrated Celebrities

Photo: Gary Cooper (center) with Clark Gable (right) on Dollar Mountain, with their instructor, Sun Valley’s Sigi Engl. Sun Valley photo. Imagine a small-size ski area with a 200-room hotel and a...

Rudolf Lettner and the Steel Edge

An obscure Austrian accountant invented the steel edge in order to save lives. Racers found it more valuable for winning gold medals. Rudolf Lettner, an office worker who liked to ski, invented a...

The Sheik From Up North

In 1977, a fake sheik fooled the crowds — and the press — at Winter Park. In the winter of 1977, a pro-am charity race atWinter Park,Colorado, made international headlines for its unexpected...

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