Volume 27, No. 6 November-December 2015

November-December 2015 Issue Cover
On the Cover: 

 This painting is from Ollie’s Ski Trip  by Swedish children’s book author and illustrator Elsa Beskow (1874–1953). Reproduced with permission from Floris Books, Edinburgh, © 2007 Bonnier Carlsen Bokforlag.


12 Wartime Allies
75 years ago, the Anchorage Ski Club and the U.S. Army teamed up to build the Arctic Valley ski area in Alaska. BY KIRBY GILBERT

15 The Life and Times of Beconta
A sporting goods company founded in Berlin found a second life in postwar America—as the most influential importer of its era. BY SETH MASIA

19 Lost and Found
Hundreds of rare and valuable ski posters, long forgotten in a Scottish attic, are now restored and for sale. BY EVERETT POTTER

23 The New Reality 
Climate change, water use, summer recreation expansion, terrain limits and interconnects: Past disputes between ski areas and environmentalists give way to future ones. Plus: How resorts are going green. BY KEN CASTLE


3 Readers Respond
Blind skiers in Slovenia in the 1950s; a vintage record album with an interesting ski map of America.

5 Short Turns
Race-training terrain at Mittersill in New Hampshire; Norquay marks 90 years; little-known ski art by Edvard Munch; new museum in Washington.

6 Snapshots in Time
What ski instructors hate (1947), ski training for space travel (1978).

9 Where Are They Now?
Swedish cross-country superstar Gunde Svan is now a TV celebrity. BY M. MICHAEL BRADY

11 Timeless Tips
Make a platform with your skis to get started in deep powder. BY RON LEMASTER

30 Where Are They Now?
Fifty years after setting the world speed-skiing record and 44 years after founding CB Sports, CB Vaughan, Jr., is still in business. BY PEGGY SHINN

32 News from ISHA
Upcoming 2016 events: Skiing History Day at Whistler (February 21), ISHA Awards and Skiing History Week in Aspen (April 5-10). Plus: Meet founding ISHA member Gretchen Rous Besser.

34 Remembering
Farewell to ski pioneers Alain Lazard, Rhoda Blake, Henry Bendinelli, Dawn Hazelett

36 Museum News
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame announces Class of 2015 and a new executive director.

37 Where Seniors Ski Free

40 Ads from the Past

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