Nostalgia

Jan Brunvand, age 3

Growing Up Norwegian-American on Skis

A classic ski poster shows a blonde baby in a quaint wooden cradle, one outstretched hand holding ski poles, with a pair of skis protruding from the other side. The caption is “Norway. The Cradle of  Ski-ing.” This poster reminds me of my roots. I was on skis from before I can remember. An undated snapshot in the family album proves this.[Read More…]

by January 12, 2021 4 comments Nostalgia, Ski History
Mystery Glimpse: Multiverse of Santas

Mystery Glimpse: Multiverse of Santas

Santa Santa Santa Where are we? What’s special about what’s going on? Last Week Clearly, there are some fantastic ski history buffs in among our readership. We had some spot-on descriptions of this old hotel last week. This is the Poland Springs House in Poland Springs, ME. Here’s a bit of this famous landmark’s story from Glenn Parkinson, the historian[Read More…]

by December 14, 2020 2 comments Mystery Glimpse
Mystery Glimpse: The Old Hotel

Mystery Glimpse: The Old Hotel

Where? When? What? This week’s Mystery Glimpse is a challenge. Major hint: The identity of the magnificent hotel can be found on the website of the Maine Ski and Snowboard Museum. Spend some time there browsing around and consider supporting the Museum and its mission. If you know where, when and what this is a picture of—or when you find[Read More…]

by December 7, 2020 4 comments Mystery Glimpse
Mystery Glimpse: Where And When?

Mystery Glimpse: Where And When?

This Is An Oldie. Can you identify where this rope tow was and when? If you can, write your comment in Leave A Reply below. Many thanks to Ski History magazine for this picture. Ski History magazine is the publication of the International Ski History Association. Find out more about ISHA by clicking here. Last Week In keeping with last[Read More…]

by December 1, 2020 5 comments Mystery Glimpse
Mystery Glimpse: XC Dominator

Mystery Glimpse: XC Dominator

Perhaps The Greatest XC Competitor Of All Time? This week’s challenge might be very difficult for some, easy for others.  Why? Because not as many people follow the fortunes of cross-country competitors compared to their Alpine counterparts. Everyone knows Karli Schranz, Jean-Claude Killy, Bode Miller, and the rest.  But how about Sverre Stenersen, who consistently won medals in the Olympics[Read More…]

by November 17, 2020 1 comment Mystery Glimpse
Mystery Glimpse: Flashy Coat

Mystery Glimpse: Flashy Coat

What The Heck Is He Wearing? Who is this person? There must be a story behind that coat. Something to do with the Olympics?  This might be a tough one. Please reply in Leave A Comment below. Thanks to the Colorado SnowSports Museum for contributing this picture.  Did you realize there snow sports museums all across North America? Many are[Read More…]

by November 11, 2020 5 comments Mystery Glimpse
Mystery Glimpse: Instructor Comma

Mystery Glimpse: Instructor Comma

Famous Instructor And Ski Celebrity. Here’s a picture of one of skiing’s most famous instructors, demonstrating the equally famous comma position.  This might be an easy one for many readers who have been around skiing for a while, like since the early 60s. Heavy hint: He just had a birthday. Last Week Yes, it’s the famous Air Car, a sui[Read More…]

by November 2, 2020 6 comments Mystery Glimpse
Mystery Glimpse: Air Ride

Mystery Glimpse: Air Ride

Not A Flying Saucer. Close, though. It certainly looks like it might be from…um…elsewhere. And that’s a giveaway to what was going on in that particular era. Is it an amusement park ride? Prop from a space movie? No, but at what stylish resort did this car-ish “gondola” appear? How about when? Does anyone know the history? We thank Jamie[Read More…]

by October 27, 2020 6 comments Mystery Glimpse
Mystery Glimpse: Home Movies

Mystery Glimpse: Home Movies

Vintage Scenes Of Skiing. Here’s a different Mystery Glimpse challenge.  Correspondent Don Burch has uncovered some old home movies from an online video archive.  Can you spot where this footage might have been taken? Are there clues in these different videos that might reveal when these were taken? Even if you can’t identify the locations, check out that equipment and[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 5 comments Mystery Glimpse
Credit: Ski History Magazine

Mystery Glimpse: Those Eyes

The Face Of Intensity. Here’s the first of our Mystery Glimpse feature for this new season. We post a picture from snowsport’s past and you guess who the person, place, or thing is. Write your response in the Leave A Reply box below.  If you know any details about the photo or the situation, let us know. Here’s a racer[Read More…]

by October 13, 2020 5 comments Mystery Glimpse
Those sweaters, that hair, those baggy pants. Stein was a one-of-a-kind.

Stein Shows The Way

Remember Classic Skiing? Here’s a really great tribute video from Outside TV on Stein Eriksen’s role in creating the world of modern skiing. From extreme skiing to blue cruising, Stein has had a deep and lasting impact on the sport.  Who hasn’t tried to ski with knees locked together in a comma position just like him? Click below to watch[Read More…]

by May 20, 2020 1 comment Ski Heroes
Mystery Glimpse: Yes, It Was Buddy

Mystery Glimpse: Yes, It Was Buddy

Buddy Werner, Movie Star Many readers identified this Bogner-clad high-flyer as Buddy Werner, the celebrated ski racer. And yes, there is a strong resemblance to Jean-Claude Killy in this pic. Many thanks to Steamboat’s Tread Of Pioneers Museum for contributing this photo. Just three weeks after the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics, Buddy Werner was in Switzerland to film a movie produced[Read More…]

by April 7, 2020 3 comments Mystery Glimpse
Mystery Glimpse: Movie Star

Mystery Glimpse: Movie Star

Who’s This? This is a still from a movie this celebrity ski racer was in. Many thanks to the Tread Of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs, CO, for this photo. Last Week From the Journal Of The New England Ski Museum: “Pete Seibert worked as a ski patroller in Aspen just after the war, then in 1950 attended L’Ecole Hoteliere[Read More…]

by April 2, 2020 10 comments Mystery Glimpse
Credit: Journal New England Ski Museum

Mystery Glimpse: Cool Sun Glasses

A Founder Another easy one.  Let’s hear from you. Do you have any stories about this person? Last Week Nancy Greene-Raine, skiing’s girl next door. Not only was she a successful ski racer for Canada, she became a senator for British Columbia in 2009 until her mandatory retirement in 2018. She has a long list of ski industry related accomplishments,[Read More…]

by March 26, 2020 4 comments Mystery Glimpse
Credit: Dorothy Crossley, New England Ski Museum

Mystery Glimpse: Young Racer

Who Is This Racer? Major hint: O, Canada! This one should be easy. This week, we all need an easy one. Can you tell us about her history? Her extraordinary career? Thanks to the New England Ski Museum for this picture. Last Week This photo was taken at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in 1963, showing off the installation of their[Read More…]

by March 19, 2020 7 comments Mystery Glimpse
Mystery Glimpse: Bumpin’ Gonds

Mystery Glimpse: Bumpin’ Gonds

What Ski Area Is This? And what’s the story behind these yellow and blue gondolas? Special thanks to Dana Mathios, curator of the Colorado Snowsports Museum, for providing this week’s photo. Last Week This is a photo of Cannon Mountain, Franconia, NH, home of America’s first aerial tramway which began operation in 1938 and was renovated in the 80s. Taken[Read More…]

by March 11, 2020 4 comments Mystery Glimpse
Mystery Glimpse: From The Air

Mystery Glimpse: From The Air

What Are We Looking At? Thanks to a friendly aviator, we have this magnificent, recent (last week) view of a most formidable mountain resort.  How’s your pattern recognition?  Can tell us where it is? Major hint: That wide trail to the right is used for racing team practice. Last Week Yes, Lucille Ball visiting the Mittersill Alpine Resort in Franconia,[Read More…]

by March 4, 2020 10 comments Mystery Glimpse
Was she a skier?

Mystery Glimpse: Celeb In NH

[Editor Note: SeniorsSkiing.com is asking our readers to contribute to support our online magazine. Yes, we have grown in the number of subscribers and advertisers. But our expenses have also grown. You can help us defray some of these expenses by helping us out with a donation.] Support SeniorsSkiing.com by clicking here. ______________________________________________________ All The Way From Television Land. Here’s[Read More…]

by February 26, 2020 5 comments Mystery Glimpse
Skiing With a 103-Year-Old Legend

Skiing With a 103-Year-Old Legend

[Editor Note: SeniorsSkiing.com is asking our readers to contribute to support our online magazine. Yes, we have grown in the number of subscribers and advertisers. But our expenses have also grown. You can help us defray some of these expenses by helping us out with a donation.] Support SeniorsSkiing.com by clicking here. ______________________________________________________ This week, I had the privilege of[Read More…]

by February 26, 2020 3 comments Ski Heroes
Mystery Glimpse: Water Color With Snow

Mystery Glimpse: Water Color With Snow

[Editor Note: SeniorsSkiing.com is asking our readers to contribute to support our online magazine. Yes, we have grown in the number of subscribers and advertisers. But our expenses have also grown. You can help us defray some of these expenses by helping us out with a donation.] Support SeniorsSkiing.com by clicking here. ______________________________________________________ You Can Probably Guess Where, But Who’s[Read More…]

by February 12, 2020 6 comments Mystery Glimpse
Madlern Haus in the Austrian Alps, circa 1930s

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

[Editor Note: SeniorsSkiing.com is asking our readers to contribute to support our online magazine. Yes, we have grown in the number of subscribers and advertisers. But our expenses have also grown. You can help us defray some of these expenses by helping us out with a donation.] Support SeniorsSkiing.com by clicking here. ______________________________________________________ Esquire Magazine Published “The Snows Of Kilimanjaro” 84[Read More…]

by February 5, 2020 4 comments Remember When?
Credit: Thad Quimby, Peak Resorts

Mystery Glimpse: Fast Lady

[Editor Note: SeniorsSkiing.com is asking our readers to contribute to support our online magazine. Yes, we have grown in the number of subscribers and advertisers. But our expenses have also grown. You can help us defray some of these expenses by helping us out with a donation.] Support SeniorsSkiing.com by clicking here. ______________________________________________________ Nice Sweater, But Who Is She? Looks[Read More…]

by February 5, 2020 11 comments Mystery Glimpse
John Fry. Credit: SKI Magazine

John Fry (1930-2020)

Journalist, Historian, Innovator, Hall of Fame Member Passes On. [This article first appeared in Ski History Magazine. We thank the International Ski History Association for permission to reprint this memory of a ski industry legend.) John Fry, the dean of North American ski journalists, died suddenly but peacefully on January 24, two days after celebrating his 90th birthday Fry was[Read More…]

by January 28, 2020 4 comments Ski Heroes
Mystery Glimpse: Name That Team

Mystery Glimpse: Name That Team

Here’s A Ski Team From The Past. Can you name when? Who’s who? Thanks to the Colorado Snowsports Museum for this one. Last Week Well, last week’s photo was a challenge.  Not one guess. Thanks again to Dana Mathios of the Colorado Snowsports Museum for this description. This photo was taken at The Hotel Jerome in Aspen. The photo is[Read More…]

by January 27, 2020 3 comments Mystery Glimpse
Mystery Glimpse: Crash Pad

Mystery Glimpse: Crash Pad

CORRECTION! We received several comments and emails about the identification of the woman in this recent Mystery Glimpse. The photo was provided by the Tread of Pioneers Museum, Steamboat Springs, was mis-labelled as Barb Ferries. Our observant readers saw the error and correctly identified her as Linda Meyers who also skied with Buddy Werner on the 1964 US Ski Team. [Read More…]

by January 22, 2020 1 comment Mystery Glimpse