Nostalgia

70s Ski Testing: Defining How Skis Work

70s Ski Testing: Defining How Skis Work

Step 1: Inventing The Right Metrics [Editor Note: In this new series, former SKI editor Marc Liebman recounts how serious ski testing began as a way to provide consumers with objective information about ski performance.] In the early seventies, ski design was in the midst of a revolution that is still going on today.  It started in 1959 when Art[Read More…]

by January 17, 2019 4 comments Ski History
Memoir Of A Telemark Skier

Memoir Of A Telemark Skier

“Telemarketers” Found Each Other To Practice Their Distinctive Style. [Editor Note:This remembrance of Telemark skiing by Roger Lohr first appeared in his publication XCSkiresorts.com.] In the 1970s, telemark skiers were called the free heelers, telemarketers, and the Lunatic Fringe. But these skiers performing the historical telemark turn down the slopes at alpine ski areas were seen as “the vanguard of the slopes” by many for their ability and skill descending the[Read More…]

by January 8, 2019 7 comments Ski History
70s Ski Testing: A New Series

70s Ski Testing: A New Series

This is the first in a series about Ski Magazine’s 1970s ski testing program called Ski Performance Prediction or SKIpp.  Its methodology combined engineering analysis as well as a structured series of on the snow maneuvers designed to bring out the best and worst of a ski under a variety of conditions. Part one of the series Determining How Skis[Read More…]

by January 2, 2019 0 comments Ski History
In Praise Of Ski-ing

In Praise Of Ski-ing

When this passage (below) from The Mountains of Youth (1925) by Arnold Lunn was published, “skiing” still had a hyphen and “ski” was both the singular and plural form. Lunn (1888-1974) invented downhill and slalom racing, introducing them when the sport was mostly jumping and nordic racing. Lunn was knighted in 1952 “. . . for services to British skiing.”[Read More…]

by December 31, 2018 2 comments Ski Heroes
Gene Hackman and Robert Redford in "Downhill Racer" (1969). This heart throb loved to ski.

Guest Ski Tester

SKI Magazine Ski Testers Meet The Sundance Kid. Back in the early ‘70s, SKI Magazine (remember it?) developed a program called SKIpp that stood for “ski performance prediction” developed by the late John Perryman. He was a talented engineer who spent years in aerospace and worked with Howard Head at Head Ski Company. SKIpp had two parts, the laboratory analysis[Read More…]

by December 10, 2018 3 comments Remember When?
Alta. Credit: SkiUtah

Snow In Literature: Lesson #1

Utah Poet Offers Instruction And Advice For Beginners In Sonnet. The following loosely-rhymed sonnet is by Utah skier and writer Emma Lou Thayne (1924-2014). It appeared in her 1971 book Spaces in the Sage and was once printed on a ski poster sent nationwide to advertise Utah’s “Greatest Snow on Earth.” Thayne earned a master’s degree in creative writing from[Read More…]

by December 5, 2018 1 comment Nostalgia
How did a ski silly ski song to the tune of a classic melody wind up on a Folkways record which became a classroom classic?

My Career As A Folk Singer

An Undergraduate’s Parody Ski Song Led To An Academic Achievement.     As an undergraduate at Michigan State University in the early 1950s I joined the ski club, and I learned, among other things (like how to kick turn), a bunch of ski songs. We sang them driving up to Caberfae resort near Cadillac and apres ski in a local[Read More…]

by November 26, 2018 4 comments Remember When?
Mystery Glimpse: Who’s Skiing In Skirts?

Mystery Glimpse: Who’s Skiing In Skirts?

It Looks Royally Uncomfortable. Here’s a picture from long ago. The woman on the right is the mystery lady. Who is she? You can probably guess the era from the skiing “costumes”. Probably foreign. Last hint: Think Scandinavia. This week’s picture was contributed by Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center, in Decorah, IA.  The center has over 33,000 artifacts,[Read More…]

by November 19, 2018 3 comments Ski History
Who, where, what? Credit: Colorado Snowsports Museum & Hall of Fame

Mystery Glimpse Returns: What’s Happening?

Guess What’s Going On, Submit Under Comments Below. Our popular Mystery Glimpse feature is returning after a summer respite. The basic idea is that we publish a photo of a person, place, or thing, and you guess who, where, or what. Most of these photos have been submitted to SeniorsSkiing.com by some very excellent ski museums around the country. We[Read More…]

by October 30, 2018 1 comment Ski History
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

World War II produced many heroes. One of Norway’s best known died earlier this week. Joachim Ronneberg led the ski-assisted raid that destroyed the facility where Nazis were producing “heavy water,” a component they would have used to produce an atomic bomb. He was 23 when, according to his obituary in the The New York Times, he and eight other[Read More…]

by October 26, 2018 1 comment Nostalgia, Short Swings!
The Kircher Studebaker dealership in Detroit in the early 1950s. The car on the left is clearly a ’50 or ’51 bullet nose model, even though only the back of the car shows here. Those are the only years this model was made.

My Search For Stein’s Studebaker

Having A Studebaker In Common With A Legend Prompts A Sherlockian Pursuit. Stein Eriksen bought a new Studebaker in April 1953. That much is certain. I’d like to know which model Stein bought, what happened to it, and if there is a photo of Stein with the car. Why? Because my father-in-law bought a Studebaker that same spring, and my[Read More…]

by October 24, 2018 6 comments Nostalgia, Ski Heroes
“Ultimate” Quiz Of Ski Terms

“Ultimate” Quiz Of Ski Terms

You Think You’ve Been Around Snow Sports For A While, Eh? See How Many You Get Right. Milk Run a. Ski trail with lots of slush b. Off-season mountain bike race on ski trails c. Trail full of slow skiers d. First run of the day   2. Chatter a. Noisy lodge b. Excessive talking on chairlift c. Squeaky noises[Read More…]

by October 23, 2018 16 comments Nostalgia
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

Most people who love skiing take an interest in its history. Preserving and promoting that history is the mission of the International Skiing History Association (ISHA), a volunteer and membership organization that deserves our collective support. Among other things, ISHA publishes Skiing History, a delightful bi-monthly magazine available in digital and print versions. SeniorsSkiing.com subscribers are eligible to receive a free[Read More…]

by October 19, 2018 0 comments Short Swings!, Ski History
John Henry Auran, journalist, raconteur, skier, sailor, innovator, enthusiast.

John Henry Auran: Ski Journalist Extraordinaire, Dies At 90

The Creative, Intense, Funny, Unique Journalist Will Be Remembered As One-Of-A-Kind. Ski journalist John Henry Auran was the kind of person you could never forget. I worked for John Henry, or JHA, as he was known to some, in the early 70s at SKIING Magazine, then located at One Park Avenue in New York City. Despite different life paths since[Read More…]

by April 30, 2018 9 comments Ski Heroes
Mystery Glimpse: He Was The First

Mystery Glimpse: He Was The First

This Well-Dressed Athlete Was The First Of Many. Thanks to the Colorado Ski And Snowboard Museum for sending this picture along. We’re reaching deep here, dear readers, and if you can get this one, we will be really impressed.  Who is he and what did he do that gave him a place in ski history? Last Week This is a[Read More…]

by April 12, 2018 5 comments Ski History