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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 4 comments Ski History
Mystery Glimpse: Who, Where, And What?

Mystery Glimpse: Who, Where, And What?

Here’s A Classic-Looking Skier In A Classic Pose. Looks like an instructor demonstrating to a kids’ class. Check the straps around his boots, and you will get a hint about the era depicted here. Don’t you love that turtleneck? No, parka, hmmm. Looks a little like California-stylin’.  That’s enough of a hint for this one. Who is he, where did[Read More…]

by March 29, 2018 7 comments Ski Heroes
Mystery Glimpse: What’s The Story?

Mystery Glimpse: What’s The Story?

Dire Straits Require Heroic Acts. This week, a historic event for Mystery Glimpse.  Can you identify the characters involved in the above picture? What’s going on? Where are they headed? Why? And yes, they are skiing. Thanks to the New England Ski Museum, Franconia, NH, for hosting this jewel. Congratulations to NESM for opening its new branch in North Conway![Read More…]

by March 15, 2018 4 comments Ski History
Billy Kidd, first American to medal in Alpine skiing, has lived in SBS since 1970. Here he is at 20.
Credit: TOP

Tread Of Pioneers: A Blast From the Past

Quaint Museum Reveals Steamboat Spring’s Rich History. In 1947 an AP dispatch to 1,000 daily papers dubbed Steamboat Springs, Colo., “Ski Town, USA” with the declaration that of its 1,700 residents, 1,685 were skiers. The others were children under the age of one. Enthusiasm for skiing run deeps in this town. And you can learn all about it at The[Read More…]

by January 30, 2018 2 comments Ski History
Alf circa 1933
Credit: Alan Engen

How Wheaties Affected The 1936 Olympics

The Breakfast of Champions Kept Champion Ski Jumper Alf Engen From Competing. Legendary extreme athlete Alf Engen, known as the greatest all-around skier ever, was a champion soccer player, skier and ski jumper. During the 1930s, he set ski jumping world records. He helped design and establish more than 30 ski areas in the western United States. And he’s fondly[Read More…]

by January 11, 2018 1 comment Ski Heroes
The University of Utah’s ski team won the NCAA Championship, and the ski team members have high GPAs.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Coveted Honors Awarded At Ski History Gala

Rossignol’s Top Executive And The University Of Utah Ski Team Earned Top Honors. The country’s largest ski history and research organization, Ski Archives, held its annual gala and fundraiser to help support its mission. In addition, the event honors individuals and organizations that set a high mark for their influence on the ski industry. This year, Ron Steele, philanthropist and[Read More…]

by November 16, 2017 1 comment Snow Sports Leaders
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?
Ski train unloads in North Conway, NH, circa 1946.
Credit: Dick Smith

The Ski Trains Return!

Car Free Means Care Free for Seniors. Remember ski trains? Back in the day, trains were the way to get away from the city and into the mountains. Denver skiers were thrilled last March when the ski train resumed service from Denver to Winter Park, CO, to help celebrate the ski area’s 75th birthday. Officials had ended the service in 2009[Read More…]

by December 19, 2016 0 comments Destinations
New England Ski Museum Tells 3,000 Years Of Ski History

New England Ski Museum Tells 3,000 Years Of Ski History

From The Stone Age To Today. The tiny museum in Franconia, New Hampshire is located next to Cannon Mountain’s gondola base, and it’s a wonderland. Even before you enter, you’re intrigued by what you see just outside the door and you ask yourself: “What’s that thing?” The big red boxy thing is one of Cannon’s original tram cars from 1938.[Read More…]

by November 28, 2016 2 comments East, Ski History
Early One Pole Skiers

From One Ski Pole to Two

A Personal Experience As Told To Alan K. Engen. The late Ruth Rogers Altmann, a good friend and longtime Alta skier, was born in Vienna in 1917. She learned to ski in the Austrian Alps. Ruth’s earliest ski lessons involved the transition from Mathias Zdarsky’s (1874-1946) turning technique using one ski pole and leaning into the mountain to Hannes Schneider’s[Read More…]

by September 15, 2016 0 comments Ski History
Bang and everyone charges off across the hay field.  The Washington's Birthday Race circa 1971 or so.
Credit: Spencer Grant

Remembering The Great Big Washington’s Birthday Touring Race

 Such Fun. Should We Do It Again? What a celebration of winter it was. Imagine several hundred cross-country skiers, some serious racers—even Olympians—, college kids, couples and families, office people (like us) up from the Big City, all in a long line, awaiting the gun in a big, snow-covered Vermont hayfield. Bang, and everyone charges off, either fast skating or[Read More…]

by February 23, 2016 3 comments Ski History
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?
The Original Lift at Mt. Snow.
Credit: Mt. Snow

Breaking News: Mount Snow to Celebrate 60th Anniversary on Founders Day, December 12

Walt Schoenknecht’s Vision Was Far and Creative When Mount Snow’s visionary founder, Walter Schoenknecht, stood atop Mount Pisgah in over a foot of freshly fallen snow back in autumn of 1949, he knew he had found the perfect place to build his dream ski resort.  Only a few years later, Walt had purchased the land around the base of the[Read More…]

by December 8, 2014 2 comments Nostalgia, Ski History
When Skiing Was New: Early Scenes From 30s To 50s

When Skiing Was New: Early Scenes From 30s To 50s

Skiing was once considered a fad like Mah-Jong.  That was a long time ago. Here’s a seven-minute series of clips from John Jay’s “Ski Down The Years”, a visual history of skiing from the early days of rope tows in the mid-30s in New England to the FIS championships at Aspen in 1950.  From our current perspective, those initial attempts appear[Read More…]

by August 18, 2014 1 comment Home Top Box 2, Ski History
It's quite the hat.

This Old Moriarty Hat

Who owns a hat for 50 years?  Well, if it’s a Moriarty hat, perhaps you understand why. Getting ready to shovel the driveway one cold morning last winter, I reached to the top shelf of the hall closet for a hat.  My fingers felt the double-thick headband of my old Moriarty hat tucked up out of sight.  I pulled it[Read More…]

by July 14, 2014 7 comments Accessories, Remember When?

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