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Oscar Brand's 1961 collection of ribald ski songs are still funny today.

Super Skier: Skiing Songs of the Sixties

[Editor Note: Here’s an archive article that will bring back some memories.  Back in the Sixties, there was a host of songs devoted to the relatively new and growing sport of skiing.  This article from SeniorsSkiing.com August, 2014 highlights some of the songs and the singers.] Well, they called him Super Skier As he sat around the sun deck, For[Read More…]

by August 14, 2017 4 comments Remember When?
Blandford has 3 chairlifts. When I learned to ski, it had 7 rope tows but only 1 chairlift. 
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Fond Memories Of Blandford Ski Area

Memories Live On Even If The Area Closes. Nothing can replace this family-based ski area in southern Massachusetts. But Blandford is now on the brink of being closed or sold. It has offered what mega resorts cannot offer. If kids got tired of skiing, they’d go off trail with their friends and build snow caves and ski jumps. When my[Read More…]

by June 19, 2017 2 comments Remember When?
Favorite Memories Of Skiing New England In Spring

Favorite Memories Of Skiing New England In Spring

Back Road Scenery And Ski Slope Puddles Formed Indelible Pictures. I loved the scenic springtime drive to the slopes. Steam rose from little sugar shacks as the golden syrup was simmering inside. Horses stood motionless in frozen pastures and breathed clouds of fog into the frosty morning air. Christmas tree farms had fallen silent. Lichen-covered stone walls divided the winter-flattened[Read More…]

by April 10, 2017 1 comment Remember When?
Skiing Mt. Tremblant 1948

Skiing Mt. Tremblant 1948

Ski buses, single-seat lifts, bear trap bindings, racing wipe-outs, skinny trails. From SkiPresse/Cycle Presse.  Nostalgia.

by March 22, 2017 1 comment Remember When?
SKIING Magazine Folds: Goodbye, Old Friend.

SKIING Magazine Folds: Goodbye, Old Friend.

After 7o Years Of Chronicling The Sport, The Venerable Publication Closes. The rumors are true.  SKIING Magazine, like so many other classic magazines, has finally closed down after nearly 70 years of publishing.  This is especially sad for me because I worked for SKIING in the early 1970s as a junior editor.  It was there I found myself catapulted into[Read More…]

by February 20, 2017 6 comments Features, Remember When?
Flipping out at a 60s ski show.

Ski Show Retro Video Brings Back Memories

If You’ve Been Around The Ski Biz, You Will See Some Familiar Faces. Thanks to Cathie Judge for sending us this video commemorating the famous Harry Leonard Ski Shows, starting in the late 60s with lots of clips of several giants of the ski industry back in the day. Ski and Snow Board Show impresario and SeniorsSkiing.com advisory board member[Read More…]

by December 28, 2016 1 comment Remember When?
Goofy And Mickey On The Art Of Skiing

Goofy And Mickey On The Art Of Skiing

This Throw-Back Cartoon Reveals The Stereotypes Of Skiing In The 70s. Credit: Walt Disney Productions (Of Course!)

by December 28, 2016 0 comments Remember When?
Credit: Shot Photos

Skiing In Literature: Pete Seeger’s “Snow, Snow”

Haunting Song Evokes Winter Night Snow Fall. Everybody knows Pete Seeger and his folk songs from archival ballads to anthems of struggle, the peace and labor movement, and the rest.  What is not widely known is that Pete was a lyrical poet, and some of his lesser known works are rich with images and emotion.  One of those is “Snow,[Read More…]

by November 14, 2016 0 comments Remember When?
Leather, buckle boots. No helmet, skidding turns.  Snow was still snow, though.
Credit: Pathe

Fifty Years Of Ski Racing In Two Minutes

Check Out The Change In Equipment, Styles, Spectators Through The Years. Many thanks to the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance for posting this really interesting clip.  The CSIA got it from Skitourowe Zakopane.pl., a Polish ski travel group enticing visits to the Tatra Mountains, the highest mountains in Poland and part of the Carpathian chain in Eastern Europe.  In any case, it’s[Read More…]

by November 2, 2016 4 comments Remember When?
Fifty years ago, Portillo hosted the first FIS World Championship below the equator.  It changed a lot of minds.

Remembering Portillo’s FIS World Championships 1966

Fifty Years Ago, Portillo Changed Everyone’s Idea About Skiing Below The Equator. At the time, it was a wild idea.  Hold the FIS World Championships in Chile, at Portillo, at 3,300 meters, in the Northern hemisphere’s summer. Somehow, resort owner Henry Purcell convinced the FIS to award the 1966 event to the nascent resort.  Despite a 1965 hurricane that destroyed[Read More…]

by August 22, 2016 2 comments Remember When?
A touch of nostalgia for antique ski clothing.  Perhaps it's time to fetch a retro-look in ski fashion.  Wool hats anyone?
Credit: Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum.

100 Years Of Ski Fashion

Clever Video Shows The Evolution of Dressing For The Snow. Thanks to the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame for producing this trip through ski history. Click below for a six-minute video clip. Perhaps you might remember wearing some of these outfits?

by April 21, 2016 0 comments Remember When?
Madlern Haus in the Austrian Alps, circa 1930s

Skiing In Literature: Hemingway In The Voralberg, 1920-30s

Esquire Magazine Published “The Snows Of Kilimanjaro” 80 Years Ago. We Celebrate With An Excerpt. In Ernest Hemingway’s story, “The Snows Of Kilimanjaro”, the main character, Harry, a writer on safari with his rich wife, lies dying on a cot, his leg gangrenous from a thorn cut he neglected to treat. He reflects on his writing and his wasted talent, dissolute lifestyle[Read More…]

by March 25, 2016 2 comments Remember When?
Ski Ballet: Polka Anyone?

Ski Ballet: Polka Anyone?

Kinda Catchy. Anyone know where this was filmed and when?

by February 4, 2016 2 comments Remember When?
Those Blanket Days

Those Blanket Days

Long-Time Ski Patroller Remembers How Lift Blankets Made Mischief. Remember the good old days when we did not have high tech fabrics, boot heaters, hand warmers, and lots of layers to keep us warm as we rode up the single chair lift in our wooden skis with screwed on steel edges and Dovre safety bindings. The lift could be a very[Read More…]

by December 1, 2015 3 comments Remember When?
Rediscovering John Jerome: Looking Closely At Everyday Things

Rediscovering John Jerome: Looking Closely At Everyday Things

Leafing Through An Old Magazine Reminds Us Of A Great Writer Back in the early 70s, as assistant editor at SKIING Magazine, then located at One Park Avenue in New York, we would occasionally watch a typescript from John Jerome arrive in the mail and work its way through the editorial process. After reading a couple of paragraphs, it became[Read More…]

by August 3, 2015 1 comment Remember When?

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