Editor Seth Masia
Managing Editor Greg Ditrinco
Consulting Editor Cindy Hirschfeld
Art Director Edna Baker
Seth Masia, Chairman
John Allen, Andy Bigford, John Caldwell, Jeremy Davis, Kirby Gilbert, Paul Hooge, Jeff Leich, Bob Soden
Morten Lund, Glenn Parkinson
To preserve skiing history and to increase awareness of the sport’s heritage
Mason Beekley, 1927–2001
ISHA Board of Directors
Rick Moulton, Chairman
Seth Masia, President
Wini Jones, Vice President
Jeff Blumenfeld, Vice President
John McMurtry, Vice President
Bob Soden (Canada), Treasurer
Richard Allen, Skip Beitzel, Michael Calderone, Dick Cutler, Wendolyn Holland, Ken Hugessen (Canada), David Ingemie, Joe Jay Jalbert, Henri Rivers, Charles Sanders, Einar Sunde, Christof Thöny (Austria), Ivan Wagner (Switzerland)
Christin Cooper, Billy Kidd, Jean-Claude Killy, Bode Miller, Doug Pfeiffer, Penny Pitou, Nancy Greene Raine, Lindsey Vonn
Bimonthly journal and official publication of the International Skiing History Association (ISHA)
Partners: U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame | Canadian Ski Museum and Hall of Fame
Alf Engen Ski Museum | North American Snowsports Journalists Association | Swiss Academic Ski Club
Skiing History (USPS No. 16-201, ISSN: 23293659) is published bimonthly by the International Skiing History Association, P.O. Box 1064, Manchester Center, VT 05255.
Periodicals postage paid at Manchester Center, VT and at additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to ISHA, P.O. Box 1064, Manchester Center, VT 05255
ISHA is a 501(c)(3) public charity. EIN: 06-1347398
Written permission from the editor is required to reproduce, in any manner, the contents of Skiing History, either in full or in part.
ISHA Awards Banquet Comes to Big Sky Resort, March 22
Because the September-October issue went to press before a scheduling change was announced, that issue reported an inaccurate date for Skiing History Week 2023. The actual dates will be March 21 to March 25—a week earlier than originally scheduled, with better snow.
If you haven’t skied at Big Sky Resort, it should be on your bucket list. It’s the second largest ski area in the United States (after Park City); ISHA dedicates each day to skiing together with old friends and new colleagues. Big Sky Resort is easy to reach: It’s just an hour from Bozeman, with direct flights from both coasts and major mid-continent airports.
Skiing History Week is held annually in partnership with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. ISHA’s events are as follows:
- March 21, après ski: ISHA Welcome Reception and Vintage Fashion Show
- March 22, après ski: 31st Annual ISHA Awards Banquet
- March 23: Historians’ Colloquium Breakfast (by invitation)
- March 24: Après Ski John Fry Memorial Lecture (special superstar speaker!)
- Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, Class of 2021
- March 25: ISHA Board of Directors Breakfast and Meeting
- Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, Class of 2022
For details and booking information, see skiinghistory.org/events.
Welcome to the Website
With this issue we welcome a new class of readers: senior passholders at a select group of resorts. If you’re one of our new print-edition recipients, you may not know about our entertaining, informative and newly updated website, skiinghistory.org. The site contains a vast archive of articles and art about skiing from prehistoric times through the modern era, including all back issues of this magazine and hundreds of additional features. When you visit the website, please sign up for ISHA’s newsletter, emailed monthly, with news of ISHA events and new website content. We also use the newsletter to notify subscribers when a new print issue mails.
Jeff Blumenfeld, a regular contributor to this magazine and since 2017 our vice-president for communication, needs a kidney from a healthy live donor.
Jeff has worked in the ski business since 1972, began writing for SKI magazine in 1980 and over the last five years has written dozens of articles for Skiing History. He serves as president of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA) and chairs the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Explorers Club. Jeff has been to Nepal on two cataract missions, volunteered in Antarctica with Students on Ice and written two books—one on voluntourism, the other on expedition funding. For 28 years he’s supported exploration through a free newsletter and website, expeditionnews.com.
Now he needs our help. After a 13-year battle, he learned recently that he’s going to need a kidney transplant from a living donor, otherwise the wait from a deceased donor is five years at least. He passed a battery of tests at University of Colorado Health and has also been registered with Porter Adventist in Denver and the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medicine Transplant Center. He’s also been accepted by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the nation’s nonprofit transplant system.
If you or someone you know might be able to help, please email R25585@Renewal.org or call 718-431-9831 x 209.
Table of Contents
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WORLD CUP ($1,000)
Aspen Skiing Company
Bogner of America
Dale of Norway
Darn Tough Vermont
Gordini USA Inc/Kombi LTD
National Ski Areas Association
North Carolina Ski Areas Association
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
Ski Area Management
Ski Country Sports
Sports Specialists Ltd
Sugar Mountain Resort
Sun Valley Resort
Vintage Ski World
World Cup Supply
GOLD MEDAL ($700)
SILVER MEDAL ($500)
Alta Ski Area
Boden Architecture PLLC
EcoSign Mountain Resort Planners
Holiday Valley Resort
Metropolitan New York Ski Council
New Jersey Ski & Snowboard Council
Russell Mace Vacation Homes
Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp
Sundance Mountain Resort
Swiss Academic Ski Club
Tecnica Group USA
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Trapp Family Lodge
Western Winter Sports Reps Association
World Pro Ski Tour