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By Peter Miller

There was more to Willy Schaeffler than stern disciplinarian.


During the 1970-71 World Cup season, the men of the U.S. Alpine squad clashed with their coach, Willy Schaeffler. After Billy Kidd’s departure in February 1970, Spider Sabich was the team’s most successful skier. When he quit in January 1971 to join World Pro Skiing, the proximate cause was money—U.S. Ski Team racers earned none. But Sabich also butted heads with Schaeffler. In his book The 30,000-Mile Ski Race (1972), Peter Miller told both sides of the story.

By Edith Thys Morgan

Hemingway's hideaway still makes a fine escape.

In November 1924, a relatively unknown writer named Ernest Hemingway came to Austria’s Montafon Valley at the suggestion of a friend. Hemingway was living in Paris at the time, on a shoestring, and the friend assured him that this cozy, snowy Alpine valley near the Swiss border was an affordable paradise. Hemingway clearly agreed. With his wife and young son, he stayed the entire winter, and then the next.

By Jeff Blumenfeld

Ski lift evolution is dotted with failed experiments.

(Photo above: The Mount Hood Skiway launched in 1951. The enormous weight of the buses meant the lift hauled 72 skiers per hour—when a chairlift of that era transported 1,000.)

The new high-speed Jordan 8 bubble chairlift at Sunday River, Maine, will be the fastest eight-pack in North America once it’s installed for the 2022–23 ski season. Thirty-two hundred skiers per hour will ascend at 20 feet per second, cradled in heated seats with head and foot rests.

By Aimee Berg

The Vail-based entrepreneur revisits his World Cup and pro racing careers. 

World Cup and pro ski racer Mark Taché has known Marco Tonazzi for 44 years. Nothing surprises him about the Italian’s achievements. “Nothing at all,” says Taché.

(Photo above: Tonazzi winning the 1985 Italian slalom championship)

By Everett Potter

The highest price paid for a vintage find: $17,500.

Manhattan’s Swann Galleries offered a mix of classic and unusual American posters at its February 2022 vintage sale, along with a handful of blue-chip European ski posters that commanded high prices. The 45 posters, from countries as diverse as France, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, the former Czechoslovakia and the United States, were the amalgam of artistic rarities, masterpieces and oddities that collectors have come to expect from this well-regarded auction house.

Ruade Redux

The November–December 2021 issue’s “Whatever Happened To” explored the ruade technique, developed in France in the 1940s and introduced to the U.S. by Emile Allais. There is an interesting story about Allais, ruade and Sun Valley.

(Photo above: Emile Allais (second from left) at Squaw Valley, 1949, with instructors Dodie Post, Warren Miller, Charlie Cole and Alfred Hauser. Courtesy Palisades Tahoe.)

By Jay Cowan

The celebrity artist visited Aspen for more than 20 years.

By E. John B. Allen

It is unusual to choose a medalist as the subject for this art column. In this case, I’m not talking about an Olympic or World Championship medalist but about an artist who creates medals: Helmut Zobl, the Austrian who designed the 100-schilling coin, illustrated here, in commemoration of the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck.

By John Fry

They spent almost an hour in line, yet more and more skiers came, bonding as they waited ... and waited.

Lift lines have been part of the ski experience as long as there have been lifts. Is there such a thing as a line that’s too short?

Celebrate Winter
An Olympian’s Stories of a Life in Nordic Skiing
By John Morton

A Middlebury College graduate and Vietnam War veteran, John Morton participated in seven Olympics, twice as an athlete for the U.S. Biathlon Team. He served as chief of course for Biathlon events at the Salt Lake City Olympics, and for 11 years was head coach for the Dartmouth College Ski Team. In 1989 he founded Morton Trails, designing cross-country trail systems.

News from the New England Ski Museum, U.S. Hall of Fame and Bob Beattie Foundation.

25th Running of the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup Race

International Attendance at ISHA Awards Banquet

ISHA’s 30th Annual Awards Banquet, held March 23 at the Sun Valley Inn, welcomed ski historians from Canada, the United Kingdom and Austria, plus New England, Colorado, Wyoming, Seattle and California. Photos by David Moulton.

Jeff Leich with Rick

By Seth Masia

In 1929 one of the best-known climbers in Europe emigrated to New York and began putting up first ascents in New England and then across the country. Before World War II, Fritz Wiessner (1900-1988) led major expeditions to Nanga Parbat and K2 in the Himalaya. A trained chemist, on first arriving in New York he set up a factory to manufacture paint and waxes. With the growing popularity of Alpine skiing, his Wonder Wax sold widely, Wonder Cream was a pioneering sunblock, and Leath-R-Seal waterproofed boots.

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The hit of Swann's semi-annual auction (see page 9), Martin Peikert's 1955 depiction of a mountain as a reclining skier, earned the highest price for a ski poster. The ad for Champery, Switzerland, helped the artist develop a cult following among collectors.

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