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Bill Hazelett: Innovator, heli-skier

Bill Hazelett of Vermont was an inventor, early heli-skier, friend of Howard Head. In this video interview with filmmaker Rick Moulton of the International Skiing History Association, Hazelett, a brilliant engineer,  reminisces about his remarkable life.  In Stowe in 1945, he devised the first electric-eye race timing system. He invented one of the first high-elasticity ski bindings. He advised Howard Head on a way to affect ski performance by softening tail flex. Beginning in 1968, the year Hans Gmoser opened the Bugaboo Lodge, Hazelett heli-skied for 21 consecutive winters in British Columbia. He joined his friend IBM chairman Tom Watson in sailing adventures, and was an advisor to C.V. Starr, whose AIG Insurance Co. owned the Mount Mansfield Company. Hazelett died in 2010, age 91.    

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