Volume 34, No 2 March-April 2022

Featured Articles: 
By Edith Thys Morgan

Belatedly elected to the Hall of Fame, the charismatic skier drove the professionalization of Alpine ski racing.

By John W. Lundin

The Forgotten Era of Ski Jumping

Sun Valley opened in December 1936, and the next spring it hosted America’s first international Alpine competition, the combined event that became known as the Harriman Cup. Dartmouth’s Dick Durrance made national headlines by beating the top European racers.


In 2021, record donations and a generous bequest put ISHA on solid ground.

For the eighth year in a row, donors to the nonprofit International Skiing History Association (ISHA) set a record for charitable giving in support of our mission. Thanks to the ISHA membership, individual donations in 2021 rose 2 percent over our previous best year (2020).

By Seth Masia

Can Vail Resorts improve employee and customer relations? Efficient operations, and market share, may depend on it.

Overcrowding and staff shortages at ski resorts first attracted the attention of local and online media at the end of 2021, then in January spread to traditional outlets like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, statewide papers like the Denver Post and Seattle Times, and special interest magazines such as Outside

By Sven Coomer

Sven Coomer recalls the design process leading to Nordica’s groundbreaking boots.

As told to Seth Masia

By Greg DiTrinco

A new and improved bidding process might give Utah the edge.

Salt Lake City, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, has begun a bid process to bring back the Games as early as 2030, according to Susanne Lyons, chair of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC).

By E. John B. Allen

Adrian Allinson’s woodcut of a speeding skier first appeared in Der Winter, the publication of the German Ski Association, in 1928. Oddly, because he was a well-known mountaineer and skier, it is his only known image of skiing. The woodcut certainly impresses with its depiction of action and speed.

The Education of Lindsey Vonn

“What were you thinking in the starting gate?” If you’re annoyed every time you hear a reporter ask this of a skiing champion, read Lindsey Vonn’s memoir, Rise. It answers the question definitively.

By Connie Nelson

Three years in the making, museum unveils a dramatic facelift and new exhibits.

This past December, after three years of fundraising and design work, the Alf Engen Ski Museum completed its latest renovation, featuring ten brand-new or redesigned exhibits.

On display are interactive tributes to Utah’s most celebrated Norwegians, Alf Engen and Stein Eriksen. The Engen exhibit includes a vast trophy case containing around 100 of Engen’s trophies and plaques, plus innumerable medals.

By Warren Miller

The temperature rises, the snow corns up and you find yourself asking: How fast is too fast?

I love spring skiing. The toasty temperatures loosen up an old body (as much as that’s possible), the soft, easy-turning snow makes everyone feel like Killy and, let’s face it, a lot of pretty bodies come out from under layers of ski clothes to bask in the mountain sunshine.

Ties That Bind: The Origin Story of Sport Obermeyer

When I saw the photo of Friedl Pfeifer, Walter Paepcke, Herbert Bayer and Gary Cooper in the November-December issue all wearing my Koogie pom-pom ties (“Heavy Lifting: Aspen Under Construction,”) I thought I would tell the story.

Gorsuch Ltd. is a valued ISHA Corporate Sponsor. 

Aspen/Snowmass is a valued ISHA Corporate Sponsor.

On the Cover: 

This multi-use poster (artist unknown) originally promoted the Alta Lodge and the Alta Ski School under Dick Durrance, around 1940. The bottom of the poster was periodically updated with new promotions, including the Alta Ski School later run by Alf Engen.

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