The journal was started in 1989 by Glenn Parkinson as a six page newsletter under the name Blizzard. In the third issue, the name was changed to Snow News. In 1991, the journal was acquired by I.S.H.A. and in 1993 the name was changed to Skiing Heritage. In 1994 Morten Lund became editor, and it became a 40 page quarterly journal. Today it’s a 36- to 40-page four-color magazine, published six time a year, edited by Kathleen James.
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Snow News, Journal of I.S.H.A.
Fall 1991 Vol 3 #4
Jackrabbit Johannsen bio
A History of Lifts: mine buckets; Truckee; Sun Valley chair;
Whitney’s shovel handle lift; ropeways; Magic Mt. Idaho;
boat lift; Silver King mine trains; Gilbert’s Hill, Woodstock;
Roland Peabody rope tow at Cannon Mountain; Belknap
rope tow; Dopplemeyer; Brevent; tribute to Sel Hannah
Spring 1993 Vol 5 #1
The Films of Hannes Schneider
(Arnold Fanck, Leni Riefenstahl)
I.S.H.A. Lifetime Achievement Awards: John Auran in Ski Journalism; Arnold Lunn in Ski History
Two New Ski Museums: Vermont Ski Museum and The Ropeway Studies Information Center at the Colorado School of Mines
I.S.H.A. First Eastern Gathering at Sugarbush, Vermont
I.S.H.A. Second Annual Gathering at Sun Valley, Idaho
Fall 1993 Vol 5 #2
Cover story: Lieni Fopp, Ernest Constam, box on Paul and Paula (Kann) Valar, who supplied the picures and research
Ed Scott: NY ski train, working at Alex Taylor, Scott poles
Salute to the Royal Ruel Christie
Book Review: From Skisport to Skiing by John Allen
Winter 1994 Vol 6 #1
Cover story: First U.S. Ski Book,The Winter Sport of Skeeing
Book Review: Ski Pioneers by Rick Richards—a bio of Ernie Blake, Taos, New Mexico
I.S.H.A. Second Eastern Gathering at Sugarbush, Vermont
Announcement of Third Annual Gathering at Park City, Utah
Fall 1994 Vol 6 #2
Cover story: Gretchen Fraser
The Coming of Charlie Lord, Stowe, Vermont; Mt. Mansfield, CCC
Friedl Pfeifer bio Nice Goin’
Editorial: Making a World Class Journal:
Letters: Ted Borch (posed shots in Skeeing), Charles Dwyer (Constam T-bar), Ben Rinaldo (meeting of Blake Mittleberger, Bill Keil ( Stevens Pass T-bar), Ed Scott (aluminum poles)
Tips and Tales: Lillehammer 1939 University Games, Roby Albouy; Boat Tow; Sunday River Ski Train
Celebrations: AT&T Awards, Richard Steadman; 1994 Crested Butte Film Festival Jerry Award to Otto Lang; Legends of Freestyle: Salerno, Wong, Theobold, Brooksbank; Hall of Fame: O’Leary, Branch, Earl Miller; Aspen Historic Downhill
Lifetime Achievement Awards: Peter Miller, William Banks Berry, James Laughlin—all in Ski Journalism
Ullr Awards: Dave Goodman, Backcountry Skiing; John Allen, From Skisport to Skiing; and Rick Richards, Ski Pioneers
Skiers Bookshelf: Universal Ski Techniques, George Twardokens; The Athletic Skier, Warren Witherell; Green Cognac, William Putnam, A Bird of Passage, Otto Lang; Leni Riefenstahl, by Leni Riefenstahl; Don’t Look Back, Patrick O’Connor; Peak Ski Guide, Peak Productions;Lost Sierra, Bill Berry
Finish Line: Jakob Vaage: Norway’s ski historian
Winter 1995 Vol 7 #1
Cover story: Dick Durrance
Legend of Ullr: John Allen
Passion for the Past: Mason Beekley bio
Otto Lang bio A Bird of Passage
Last Run: Obit of Otto Steiner by Wolfang Lert
Finish Line: Obit of Katy Rodolph by Nick Howe
Editorial: Mounting Operation Rescue, saving ski history
Reponse: Tom Kelly (praise for Heritage); Duane Vanderbusche (praise for Fraser); Leif Torgerson (correction on Fraser); Mrs. David Emerson (praise for Fraser); Arthur Weyhe (praise for Charlie Lord)
Celebrations: 1994 SIA 40th anniversary show: Des Roches, Durrance, Fraser, Hagemeister, Heron, Hvam, Jay, Knowlton, Lange, Leonasrd, Lert, Nordhaus, Roffe, Rowan, Simon;
1995 Jerry Award to Dick Durrance; USSA Blegen Award: DesRoches. Slattery. Goetzman. Thomson,. Anderson, Raaum, Chadwick, Boyum,.West, Sosman, Johnstone;
U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame reunion: Maurin, Jay, Knudesen, Branch, Dercum, Chadwick, Burr, O”Leary, Perrault, DesRoches, Miller, Anderson, Johnstone, Boyum, Raaum, Hill, Maki, Bietila
Veteran Ski Instuctors: Founding of PSIA—Lash, Valar, Johnston
Tips and Tales: Ansel Adams’ photo of Tom Suvulewski, Badger Pass Yosemite; poem by John Armstrong; Cliff Banta, Flying Mile, Carson Peak Sierra; robot ski tuner; Jackrabbits pants; snowflake drawings; old time skis; Allen Adler bio
Fall 1995 Vol 7 #2
Cover story: Salute to the 10th Mountain
Response: John Benson, Edward Murray, Jay Samoff, Bob Woody, John Turnbull, Jon Lund, Bradley Benedict,
I.S.H.A Fourth Annual Gathering at Aspen, Colorado
I.S.H.A. Lifetime Achievement Awards: Bil Dunaway in Ski Journalism and Jakob Vaage in Ski History
I.S.H.A. Ullr Awards: Martie Sterling, Days of Stein and Roses; James Sloan Allen, The Romance of Culture and Commerce; Dolores LaChapelle, Deep Powder Snow; Friedl Pfeifer, Nice Goin‘
Finish Line: Wayne Poulsen
Tips and Tales: Horace Quick, Saturday Evening Post, 10th Mountain cover painting, John Fry, Hall of Fame; Pepi Teichner, Sun Valley, Otto Lang, Pfeiffer, Sinclair Lang, Willie Wyler, Shearer, Hauser, Virginia Hill, Colbert; Wilmot, Helmut Teichner, Eddie the Eagle; Bradley bunch, David Bradley, Steve Bradley, Charles Bradley; Ethelred the Unsteady
Editorial: 10th Mountain Miracle
Winter 1996 Vol 8 #1
Cover Story: A Short History of Alpine Skiing
Column: Half Century as An Instructor
Feature: Hollywood Ski Movies by Gary Schwartz
Editorial: Dole Patrol; the National Patrol, started by Minot Dole
Column: First Slalom Under FIS rules: Baumrucker
Tips and Tales: Ski Dek, Lebanon chair, Andre Roch, A.J. Kitt, Roch Cup, Norheim binding, AT&T Skiing Award to Phil Mahre
Bookshelf: First Tracks by Glenn Parkinson (references to Frederick Jorgensen and Theodore Johnsen); Skiing Literature by Gary Schwartz;Birth of a Division by George Earle, Winter Sports by Norman Dibelius, Hill Echoes by Erling Omland, Ski Fever by Warren Miller
Videos: Tales of the Mountain by Walter Schoenknecht, Winter Wonderland, Michigan skiing, Fire on the Mountain, George and Beth Gage
Finish Line: Christian Pravda by Nick Howe:
Spring/Summer 1996 Vol 8 #2
Cover Story: John Jay
Feature: Broken Ski: the Howard Head story
Response: Ted Heck, Jimmy Johnston, Michael Berry, Robert Rock, David Rothman, Roger Brown, Helmut Teichner, Sewall Williams, Edwin Lang on Stowe history, Dick Kohnsamm on Timberline on Mt. Hood, reprise of earliest U.S. chairlifts
Editorial: History to the Rescue—the small rope tow ski areas breed skiers
Franzl – biography- Franz Gabl biogaphy, story file 118, 1948 Olympics
I.S.H.A. Fifth Annual Gathering at Stowe, Vermont; Sandy Heath, Vintage Visions Fashion Show; screening of Fire on the Mountain
I.S.H.A. Ullr Awards: Ullrs to Allen Adler for New England and Thereabouts; Otto Lang for Bird of Passage; Glenn Parkinson for First Tracks; Dick Durrance for Man on the Medal; Ullr Award to George and Beth Gage for the documentary Fire on the Mountain
I.S.H.A. Lifetime Achievement Awards: Roland Palmedo and John Fry in Ski Journalism
Tips and Tales: Snowboarding takes over; Claudette Colbert obit; Less Otten and Conglomeration; Humiliating Dilbert; Pulling Wires in the Ski Troops; Helping Stem the lawsuit tide; Heavenly Trail map; Wnite Pine Ski Area; Cross Country in the Park; Salute to Steve Knowlton; famous Ski Dek
Fall 1996 Vol 8 #3
Cover Story: Otto Schniebs
Schneibs [common misspellng], instructor, Dartmouth, Lake Placid
Barney McLean bio: The Nice Guy Who Finished First, Hot Sulphur Springs, 1948 Olympics
Response: Erling Omland, Don Traynor,Wolfgang Lert, Martha Head John Hitchcock, Minot Dole, Sewall Williams, Ben Rinaldo, Debbie Bankhart, Dave Rowan
Editorial: To Rescue History: Errors in ski history published in ski magazine
Tips and Tales: Ski Trooper Mermorial and Don Traynor, U.S. Hall of Fame: Junior Boundous, Jimmy Johnson, Dave Rowan; the Broken Bone Club, Gretchen Besser
Bookshelf: The Aspen Story by Mary Hayes, Gretchen’s Gold by Luanne Pfeifer, The Games of ’36 by Stan Cohen, See Naples and Die by Robert Ellis
Finish Line: Hans Hagemeister by Wolfgang Lert
First Issue 1997 Vol 9 # 1
Cover Story: Anderl Molterer the Blitz from Kitz part I by Nick Howe
I.S.H.A. History: An I.S.H.A. timeline
Haug, Haugen, first Olympic medal by John Auran; the myth that Anders Haugen was officially given Thorleif Haug’s bronze medal in the Special Jumpin the 1924 Olympics
The Meister Cup: Mt. Cranmore, New England Ski Museum, Hannes Schneider, Andy Mead, Bogner Vintage Visions: Fashion Show by Sandy Heath
Humor: The Beginner’s Guide to Skiing
I.S.H.A. Sixth Annual Gathering at Aspen, Colorado
I.S.H.A. Ullr Awards: Gretchen Besser for National Ski Patrol, Samaritans of the Snow; Luanne Pfeifer, Gretchen’s Gold; Mary Eschbaugh Hayes, The Story of Aspen
I.S.H.A. Lifetime Achievement Award: John Jay in Ski Journalism
Response: Gretchen Fraser, first medalist, Luanne Pfeifer; Franz Gabl, Gary Schwartz. Paul McMorris on small areas; Don Traynor on his 10th Mountain scout; Phil Clark on Lnton Ski, George Lyons on old techniques, Ekkehart Ulmrich on Perry Oliver Smith; Rigomar Thurmer on fact finding; Sewall Willaims on Dured Townsend; Dick Movitz on Barney McLean; Nathan Turfs on Yale ski team in the 1947-48 championship; Betty Wbitney on Schniebs and Sise; Rom Rogers; Jim Ellertson on 1950s racing; Reimar Frank on Florian Haemmerle; Erling Omland on 1947 preOlympic racing, Been There, Done That
Editorial: Building a ski history record
Tips and Tales: Howelsen lift in Ski Area Management; Betty Woolsey in the 1936 Olympics; Dick Barrymore gets the Jerry; Arnold Schwartzenegger ; Susie Wirth, the Little Skier’s Big Day; new publishing schedule; 1997 list of subscribers, I.S.H.A. memebers
Second Issue 1997 Volume 9 #2
Cover Story: Skiing Comes to Aspen: Visonaries and Teachers—by Mary Hayes; Friedl Pfeifer; Jerome Hotel, Aspen Crud, Andre Roch., Percy Rideout, John Litchfield, Georgette Thioliere, first Aspen single chair in 1947, Herbert Bayer, Leonards Woods, Chick Webb, Diock Wright, Andy Ransom, Marshall Fitzgerald, Lib Fitzgerald, Walter Haug, Curt Chase, Fred Iselin, Bill Janns
Response: John Auran on Molterer’s Revenge’ Erling Omland on a visit to the Holmenkollen Ski Museum; Wolfgang Lert on a racer’s point of view; Allen Adler on Susie Wirth and Little Skier’s Big Day; Judy Gray, praise; Gus Raaum on Birger Ruud; Margaret McLean on Barney McLean, Karl Molitor
1997 Annual Giving: Ullr and Skade illustration
Licia Beekley, in memoriam
Editorial: Why Ski History?
Walter Amstutz by Mason Beekley; Amstutz Spring
Tips and Tales: Burt Bidwell and 10th Mountain statue; 10th folk at Aspen’s 50th: Bob Parker, Whip Jones; In the Gripe of the Olympics, environmental objections; New York funk and ski fashion; Aspen Hall of Fame adds Knowlton; Glenn Parkinson becomes president of New England Ski Museum; Conglomeration with George Gillett, holdings of Vail, Booth Creek, Intrawest, Boyne, American Skiing Company and Powder Corp; 1997 Ski Hall of Fame roster: Obermeyer, Golden, Judson, Lund; Pioneer ski teachers at Hanover; 10th Veterans Erling Omland, Sewall Williams, William Wright
The Blitz From Kitz—Anderl Molterer: Part II by Nick Howe
Obit of Alf Engen: One of a Kind by Allen Adler; jumping record, first pro circuit, Iron Mountain, Alta deep powder, 1948 Olympic team coach
The World of American Ski Museums: a column by Glenn Parkinson; New England Ski Museum, Colorado Ski Museum; Western Skisport Museum; U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum; Alf Engen Ski Museum; Utah Ski Archives; Vermont Ski Museum; Grand Country Historical Society; Sun Valley Ski Museum; Beekley International Collection of Ski Art and Literature; Schwartz Historical Collection of Sking; Parkinsion’s Ski Museum
Third Issue 1997 Vol 9 #3
Cover Story: Tamara McKinney by Nick Howe Part I; the McKinney family; Bill Marolt, Bob Beattie
Response: Amstutz Springs, Doug Pfeiffer; praise, Beck; John Paul schuss, Frank Brown; Iron, Nick Howe; Wolfgang Lert; praise Tom Rogers; Rudi Mattesich, Sewall Williams; American films; Peter Picard; sidecuts, Rod Aller; nostalgia, Yosemite, Foeger, Prager, Libby Fitzgerald; small ski areas, Charles Skinner; small ski areas, big ski corps, conglomerates, Jerry Groswold; Aspen’s first year, Elmar Baxter; early Aspen, Charles Peet; ski films, Frederick Martinson, Alf Engen, John Auran; Linton skis, Phil Clark, Joern Gerdts; praise, Rigo Thurmer; Meister Cup, Cal Coniff
Editorial: The Shrine of Skiing
Been There Done That by Erling Omland on Skiing with Stein
Tips and Tales: Big Tupper, Tupper Lake, prisons; Leadville, Colorado; Snowboard brakes; the ski train to Hunter; Fickle Olympic snows, Nagano; down the tubes, tubing;
The Time Machine: 1887 Fridtjof Nansen; Mathias Zdarsky; 1947 American ski annual , Lennie Woods; Invitation to Skiing, Fred Iselin and A.C. Spectorsky; 1972; Peter Miller, 30,000 Mile Ski Race, Palmer; How the Racers Ski, Warren Witherell; Wilderness Skiing, Lito Tejada-flores; Japanese Olympics at Sapporo, Yurko Kasaya, Morten Lund, Pleasures of Cross Country Skiing
Mountain Dreaming in California by Wolfgang Lert; Mountain Dreamers by Robert Frohlich, Jo Marillac, Babette Haueisen, Hannes Schroll, Charley Proctor, Don and Mary Tressider, Yosemite, Silver Belt,.Stan Tomlinson, Otto Steiner, Orland Bartholomew
A Most Dangerous Journey by Gene Rose; Orland Bartholomew, the Sierra, Mt. Whitney, Muir Trail
A History of the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming by Allen Adler; Bill Berry, Red Carruthers, etc.
The Hall of Fame is Where It Should Be by Morten Lund, acceptance address, Class of 1997: Dave Judson, (Hooker Judson), Klaus Obermeyer, Diana Golden, 1996: Junior Bounous
The First Dual Slalom Duel by Chris Lizza, June Lake, California; Slim Maberry
I.S.H.A. Bulletin: executive committee meeting, Wolfgang Lert on editorial board
1998 I.S.H.A. Gathering Annoucement: Plump Jacks, Squaw Valley
First Issue 1998 Vol 10 #1
Cover Story: Roots of an Olympic Sport: Freestyle by Morten Lund and Peter Miller
Response: Down Ski Memory Lane, William Harris; New Is Not All Bad, Ted Lund; A Mountain Culture, Dolores LaChappelle; More Story Ideas, Albert Pierce; Dissent From Olympus, Bill Berry; An Olympic Memoir, John Jay; A Unique, Forgotten “Ski School” of the 1930′s, Bob Parker; Intimate Revelations, Barbara Wrenn; Support Skiing, Not Jailing, John Auran; Getting History Straight, Nick Howe; Filling in the California Ski History Record, Gene Rose; Errors in “Dreamers,” Chris Lizza; Reaction on the Haug-Haugen Medal Confusion, Alan Baker; Corrections on Colorado, Bill Mason; Another Tale of Amstutz, Steve Knowlton
Editorial: A Question of Calculation: Lethal Accidents
Tips and Tales: The President meets ski business; Steve Knowlton meets Arnold Schwarzenegger; the giant dwarf Mammoth earthquake; deer hunting on skis
Tamara McKinney Part II: by Nick Howe
Stein Eriksen’s Birthday Party by Morten Lund; Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
The US Ski Team 1981-1984: Four Incredible Years: Phil and Steve Mahre, Tamara McKinney, Debby Armstrong, Bill Johnson, Christin Cooper
Second Issue 1998 Vol 10 #2
Cover Story: Winston Pote Pioneer Photographer by Tom Eastman
Response: A Fall Guy’s Correction, Steve Knowlton; Is That John or Fergie? Eric Stiegemeier; Not John, It’s Fergie, Airborne Eddie; Wong Weighs In, Wayne Wong; A Medal Mix-Up, Allen Adler; A Lifetime in the Sport, LaVern O. Trepp; A Picture Mix-Up, Suzy Harris Rytting; A King’s Mountain Kid, Alan Baker; Kudos for the Hall Story, Burton H. Boyum; Creative Contribution, Laura Mulcrevy; All About Ancient Skiers, Irv Pratt; Reporting on an Error and an Early Lift, Kirby Gilbert; Back in the Saddle at Obergurgl, Bill Stark
Editorial: OK, What Are We Doing Here?
Sayonara, Sapporo by John Henry Auran
Tamara: Reel Three by Morten Lund
Tamara Part III: 1985 A Fall From Grace by Nick Howe
The Big Bear Sling Lift by Doug Pfeiffer
Seventh and Best Annual I.S.H.A. Gathering: Plump Jacks, Squaw Valley
The 1998 I.S.H.A. Lifetime Achievement Awards: Bill Tanler in Ski Journalism and Roger Brown in Ski Film-making
The 1998 I.S.H.A. Ullr Awards: Robert Frohlich for Mountain Dreamers, Louis Dawson for Wild Snow
The 1998 Skade Awards: Joy Lucas for It Started in the Mountains, Franz Gabl for Franzl, Jean Arthur for Hell Roaring
Third Issue 1998 Vol 10 #3
Cover Story: Forgotten Photographer Helene Fischer
Response: What Did It Say? Carol Price; Snowboard-Ski Accidents, Will Lund; Brookie Heard From, Brooks Dodge; A Franconia Ski Family, Mrs. L.C. Ahlgren; On Films, Museums and McKinneys, Alan Mundt; Remembering Goon Skis, Peter Miller; Searching for Peppi, Helmut Teichner; Let’s Hear It for Clif, Marty Keller; Nice Sign, Needs Work, Sewall Williams; Missing Diversity, Jim Ellertson; A Dartmouth Racer, Bill Chapin; Norse History Specialist Corrects Heritage, Roger Olson; Early Skier at Sky Tavern, Anna Schmidt Parker; Haug and Haugen: Explaining it Again- Evelyn J. Valente- Heikkila, Henry J. Pflieger, William Banks Berry; 10th Mountain Historian Needs Information, W. Michel Myers; Skiing in the Golden Age, John C. Calhoun; A Sun Valley Idol Ages, Libby Fitzgerald; A Swiss Ambassador to American Skiing, Rich Nelson; New Addition Added to the Beekley Collection, Allen Adler; Hail and Farewell to Good Old Schimmerldorf! David Binger; A Wiard Party, Barbara Wiard; Clif Taylor Speaks, Clif Taylor; What About Ludic? David Rowan; The Adventures of Wolfie, Wolfgang Lert; Correction on Sapporo, Gus Raaum; Looking for 10th Mtn. Tapes, Roger Dickensen
Editorial: Errare Humanum Est
Roots of an Olympic Sport: Freestyle- Part II Freestyle Comes of Age by Morten Lund and Peter Miller
Tips and Tales: The Old Headwall, The 1960 Jay Olympics Video, An Apple for the Teachers (Pfeiffer, Charette, Wheeler, McConkey), Laila Schou-Nilsen, Four Worthy Skiers Enter Hall of Fame in 1998 (John Woodward, Anna McIntyre, William Tanler, Warren Witherell), Golden Fliers, An Aspen-Beekley Collection Connection
The Seer of Skiing- Lloyd Lambert by Cheryl Thomas
[70+ ski club, seventy plus]
First of All: Otto Lang and His Pioneer Steel Pole
Fourth Issue 1998 Vol 10 #4
Cover Story: The Snow Train’s A-Comin’ Snow Trains and the Growing World of Ski Posters by W. Mason Beekley, The Train Only Stops Here Once by Barbara Wrenn [ski trains],
A Gallery of Snow Train Art
Response: Pote the Friend, Sewall Williams; Pote the Film Maker, Rick Moulton; More on Peppi, Helmut Teichner; Wrong Wall Cited, Nick Howe; A Tale of Traveling Gloves, Barbara Wrenn; Ski Championships, David Rowan; California’s First Overhead Cable Lift, 1936, Chris Lizza; Revised Closing Date, Paul B. McMorris; John Glenn, Astronaut, Meets Jules Eberhard, Jules Eberhard; John Fry: Clif Taylor, Karl Pfeiffer and the True Story of GLM, John Fry; About Barry Corbet, Roger Brown; Wrong Blatt, Boots Blatt; Wrong Declension, Frederick K. Martinson; The Scooter Writes, Scooter Lacouter; The Goon Ski Lives! Vintage Skiing Thrives! Cal Conniff; Skiers Identified, Curt Chase; Old Friends Found, Dick Wilson; Old Films Archived, Burton Boyum; Senior Skiing Honored, Dick Lambert; Babette’s Feast, Babette Haueisen; Hall of Fame Class, Allen Adler
Editorial: The Ski Cartoons of Charles Addams
The Strange and Wonderful Postage Stamps of Skiing by Morten Lund
Long thongs and short snorts: Tales from mid-century by H. Seawall Williams
First Issue 1999 Vol 11 #1
Cover Story: Mont Tremblant: The Enduring Legacy by Dorothy Crossley and Morten Lund
Response: The First Ski Club, Paul McMorris; More On Snow Valley, Nicholas Hock; A New Reader, Edith Luray; Likes the Journal, Chuck Quinn; Otto’s Steel Pole, Bob Weaver; The Clif Taylor Version: The True History of GLM, Clif Taylor; Luanne Pfeifer: A Ski Stamp for Gretchen, Luanne Pfeifer; Stamps and Shorties, Elizabeth Hussie; James Riddell Writes, James Riddell; First Day Covers, John Allen; History in Stamps, John Auran; Posters and Menus, Wolfgang Lert; Pine Boards, Yo Ho? Jon Lund; New Boot Concept Breakthrough by Ski Sage, Cal Conniff; The Ski Pentathlon? Nick Howe; On the Rocks at Pico, Peter Seibert; Lew Witcher, Karl, El and Songs After Skiing, Erling Omland; Slalom Anyone? Tom Jacobs; Safer Silver Skis, Kirby Gilbert; Fellow Sufferer, Jack Moe; Boston Still a Ski Hive, Dave Arnold; Wool, Not Rails, David Rowan;
Editorial: Big Step Forward for the Hall of Fame
Long thongs and short tales: The day the timing clocks went crazy by Matt Broze
Second Issue 1999 Vol 11 #2
Cover Story: Bill Klein in Donner Pass by Wolfgang Lert and Morten Lund
Response: Joe Ryan’s Daughter, Lillie R. DeBevoise; Growing Up GLM, Will Lund; Skiing, a Gift for Life, Karen Fulco; Sig and Otto and Benno, Nicholas Howe; Joanne Hewson: Skiing with Franzl and Ernie; Lucile Wheeler on Gray Rocks, Lucile Wheeler; Frankie O’Rear Writes Again, Frankie O’Rear; How GLM Went Abroad, Helmut Teichner; Good Old GLM, George Riordan; The Oldest Continuous Ski Club, Murren, and Other Matters, Allen Adler; Skiing’s Ten Commandments, Gene Rose; Correction Noted, John Fry; The One and Only Ulla Lodge, Sewall Williams; The Good Old Dumbsprung, Lou Lockwood; The Good Old Toadstabber, Joe Powers; Of Pine Skis and Double Poles, Roger Olson, Ski Trains and Snowflake Bentley, Duncan C. Blanchard; How Wolfie Beat Jack Rabbit, Wolfgang Lert; Cooking with Wolfie, Luanne Pfeifer; Gratitude in the Right Way, Reimar F. Frank; Fellow Publisher Weighs in With Praise, Jack Moe; The Good Life, Lex H. Kunau; One More Member, John Jay
My Life with the Continuously Circulating Wire Rope by Max Dercum
An Editorial Postscript by Morten Lund- Early Lifts
The Compleat Skier – Excerpt from NY Times
The 1999 I.S.H.A. Eighth Annual Gathering: Mont Tremblant
International Skiing History Association Awards Honor Roll 1993-1999
Mont Tremblant Revisited by Allen Adler
The 1999 I.S.H.A. Lifetime Achievement Awards: Doug Pfeiffer and David Rowan in Ski Journalism
The 1999 I.S.H.A. Ullr Awards: Frankie O’Rear for The Aspen Story, The Mont Tremblant Story, Chateau Bon Vivant; Wendolyn Holland for Sun Valley, An Extraordinary History
The 1999 I.S.H.A. Skade Awards: Louise Arbique and Marc Blais for Mont Tremblant: Following the Dream, and Danielle Soucy for La Valle de la Diable
Long thongs and short tales: The North Creek Mountain Horror
Third Issue 1999 Vol 11 #3
Cover Story: How Fast Can You Go? by Peter Miller, Speed Skiing
Response: Peter Picard on Early Donner Days (and Georg Gartner), Peter Picard; Joe Ryan Jr. Writes; Reproducing Ernie’s Picture, Tricia Finley; McCulloch on Water, Ernest Bosselman; McCulluch at Aspen, Jim Ellertson; Catskill Pioneer Praises Tremblant, Blanche H. Davenport; A Different Slant on Jack Rabbit, John Allen; Letter From Benno, 1950; Last Tango on the Sundeck, Ruth Whyte; A History of One Pole Versus Two, John Allen; Harry Leonard and the First-Ever Ski Shows; John Hitchcock Records the First-Ever Man-made Snow
Steve McKinney 1953-1990 by Dick Dorworth
Foster Place by Peter Miller
Ned Gillette 1945-1990 by Peter Miller
The Mansfield Patrol by Brian Lindner and Morten Lund
Moriarty and His Mother’s Hat by Peter Miller
Long thongs and short tales: The Virtual Run of the Resolute Reporter by Morten Lund
Fourth Issue 1999 Vol 11 #4
Cover Story: Skiing History in Ski Cartooning by Morten Lund
Response: Rodegard, praise; Bernard, Max and the CCWR; Picard, bio; Omland, Interservice races of 1944; Robert Rock, It Was 1942 in Stowe; Fred Pearce, sketches of Aspen, poem; Whitney, the Whitney lift; Lert, the first (Zdarsky) slalom; Gilbert, transition to two poles; Lambert, footnote on Polar skiing; Olson, Carl Howelson; Stark, Hans Falkner in Obergurgl; Shawn Emery, Utah ski film; editor’s critique of bindngs, brakes, powder, technique, avalanche science; Gilbert, Utah ski film; glamor in spor; Chase, PSIA founders
Preview of Ninth Annual Gathering at Banff Springs Hotel
Long thongs and short tales: Notes from Tuckerman Ravine by Kim Massie
First Issue 2000 Vol 12 #1
Cover Story: An American Skier for All Seasons: Charley Proctor
Response: Rowan, cartoon cover; Steve Lathrop, kids safety devices; Paul Hauk, Verald Easterly, Monty Atwater at Squaw; Jimmie Nunn, Squaw Patrol, 1960; Wolfgang lert, Cartoonist Mumelter; readers’ selection of ski cartoons; Sewall Williams Camp Hale cartoons, stealing in ski shop; Sanford, western ski history group; Hirvonen, Finnish celebration; Chessman, help for book Mt. Bachelor— Bill Healy’s Dream;Paul McMorris, first snow train, eastern ski clubs and early patrol; John Allen, glamor, Zdarsky slalom; Rowan poem on manmade snow; Cutler, ski poems; Dave Braun, pine skis; Frankie O’Rear, Mt. Tremblant sketches by Steig; Alan Crane, Gorilla Turn
Skiers’ Bookshelf: Sun Valley, An Extraordinary History by Wendolyn Holland, reviewed by Morten Lund; Yosemite: Magic Winters by Gene Rose and Sugar Bowl 60 Years by Robert Frohlich, reviewed by Morten Lund and Chris Lizza; For the Love of Skiing by Alan Engen, reviwed by Gretchen Besser; A Short History of Skiing in Turckerman Ravine by Jeff Leich, reviewed by John Auran
Long thongs and short tales: Decline and Fall of the Wild T-bar by Morten Lund
Second Issue 2000 Vol 12 #2
Cover Story: The French Connection: to the First Winter Olympics 1924 by John Allen
Response: David Welz, young and eager; Elisabeth Hussey, news of Sir Arnold; John Connell, kudos to short skis; Jeff Leich, overlooked books; Franz Gabl, Franzl II; Jan Holland, cartoons; Kirby Gilbert, response to Sun Valley book review; Sewall Williams, poem for Minnie Dole; Cal Conniff, video history of thunderbolt; Will Lund, Sugarloaf; Dolores La Chapelle, Utah ski film; Bill Lash, first ski lift
The I.S.H.A. Ninth Annual Gathering: Banff in Canada’s Rockies
The 2000 I.S.H.A. Lifetime Achievement Awards: Morten Lund in ski journalism and William Oscar Johnson in ski journalism
The 2000 I.S.H.A. Ullr Awards: Gene Rose, Yosemite: Magic Winters; Stan Cohen, The Games of ’36 and Downhill Skiing; Alan Engen,For the Love of Skiing: A Visual History
The 2000 I.S.H.A. Skade Award: Rodney Touche, Brown Cows, Sacred Cows
Banff Memoir: Long Ago But Not Far Away- Part 1 by Doug Pfeiifer Banff in the Candaian Rockies
Long thongs and short tales: Back When Boots Lasted Awhile- by Morten Lund
Third Issue 2000 Vol 12 #3
Cover Story: The Mahre Miracle by Morten Lund – Phil and Steve Mahre
Response: Mary Proctor, from the late M.P.; Peggy Dean, a daughter remembers; John C.Proctor, a brother appplauds; John Allen, thinking of Charley; Peggy Lucas, history writer comments; Peggy Austin, error in Proctor story; Pete Seibert, father knew Charley; John Hitchcock, thinking of Wendy; Chuck Roberts, thinking of writing; George Twardokens, in praise of Universal Ski Technique book; Doug Pfeiffer, cartoons; Bob Soden, Foeger book; Nelson Bennett, Hall of Fame deserves support; William Levin, Mayor of Alta, Utah, renewing subscription; Jimmie Nunn, Squaw stamp; Alan Crane, praise; Sewall Williams, red and white pants; Kim Massie, fiendish threat to I.S.H.A.; Glenn Parkinson, thrills and spills; Sears Winslow, newspaper clip “old man winter”; Bill Stark, Midwest ski lift
Charley Proctor-The Young Renaissance Man by Morten Lund and Eddy Ancinas
Banff Memoir: Part II by Doug Pfeiffer Banff in the Canadian Rockies
Humor Classic: Intro. to A Winter Sport Book, with illustrations
Preview of Tenth Annual I.S.H.A. Gathering at Sun Valley: information and reservations
Long thongs and short tales: Back When Men Were Men…by Morten Lund
Fourth Issue 2000 Vol 12 #4
Cover Story: The Humor Boom of the 1960′s by Mort Lund
Response: MM Jay, on the late John Jay; AllenAdler, remembering Steve and Phil Mahre; Charles Davis, praise from Maine; Rigomar Thurmer, on the French connection; Ben Rinaldo, B.R. calls it a day; Allen Adler, pioneer kinships and passion; Helmut Teichner, praise from Chicago; Franz Gabl, pictures of Arlberg Kandahar’s past; Paul McMorris, first chairs/snowmaking; Joanne Hewson Rees, back and ready to ski; Pat Crosby, way out in Aspen; Jim Schaefer, New York ski pioneer family
Die Tiefdecke Technick by Rink Earle- absurdity of emphasizing technique and fashion
Borscht, Bagels and Bindings by Michael Strauss- skiing in Catskills
Freeze Now, Play Later by Burt Sims- emergencies
The Conquest of Thrombosis Slope by Philip Rankin- skiing in Scotland
Tea for Du by George Cochran- bachelor’s guide to tea dance
Everybody Out of the Car Pool by Burt Sims- characters
An Aye for an Aye by Burt Sims- ski clubs
Then Was Then by Rink Earle- the good old days of skiing
My Room was a Bath by Don Page- tight housing
Long thongs and short tales: The Remembrance of Suits Past by Barbara Wrenn
First Issue 2001 Vol #1
Cover Story: The Passion of Florian Haemmerle
Response: John Jay Tribute, Mason Beekley, Otto Lang, Roger Brown, Warren Miller, Erling Omland, David Barrell, John Hitchcock (Williamstown Advocate obit), Elaine Woo (Los Angeles Times obit)
Alan Baker, Sandy Heath, maintaining a sense of hunor; Terry Palmerl, sustaining a sense of history; John Hitchcock, cool coment; Wayne Frerichs,quersprung question; Cal Conniff, worthy hall offame candidate; Pres Smith, new hall of famer; Paul McMorris, first ski patrol inquiry; Bob Bogner, recalling pink snow; Gina Sheldrake, wedel or wedeln; Rich Nelson, teaching years of Martin Fopp; Sewall Williams, Vermont Ski Museum trustee; Vi White, career of Carson White; Walter Kangas, oldest continuous club name
The Rise and Fall of an Icon,the Lodge at Smuggler’s Notch by Abby Rand; Stowe, Neil Starr, Sepp Ruschp, Roland Palmedo
A Humor Class: O! Pioneer! by Abby Rand
Skiers’ Bookshelf: Vail, Triumph of a Dream by Peter Seibert and The Inventors of Vail by Dick Hauserman, review by Allen Best; Skiing Legends, The Laurentian Lodge Club by Neil and Catharine McKenty, review by Doug Pfeiffer; Around the World In Ninety Years by Otto Lang, review by Wolfgang Lert
1950 Was a Very Good Year by Bill Lash: equipment, instruction, resorts
Longthongs and short tales: Skiing and the Single Girl by Morten Lund
Third Issue 2001, September, Vol 136 #3
Cover: Bob Lange with the 1972 Lange trophy: the Lange trophy was a premier professional ski racing event back in the days when former U.S. Ski Coach revived the dormant circuit in 1970. The $50.000 Lange Trophy, which was held for the first three years in Vail, was by far its most prestigious trophy, and the largest purse as a typically magnificent gesture by Bob Lange
A Mason Beekley Tribute: Mason Beekley, ISHA’s Founding President and constant benefactor during its first decade of existence died on August 20, occasioning an outpouring of letters to the journal from Associates, family and friends. The letters are gathered here in tribute, including letters from his sister Frannie, his four daughters, Liza-Lee, Sayre, Lauri and Francie, and from John Fry, the acting president of ISHA, and members of the ISGHA board of directors, and the Heritage editorial board.
Readers’ Response: The lead letter from a perplexed reader asks if this the future of the sport, referring to two pictures submitted with the letter taken from Vanity Fair, one of extreme skier Glenn Plake with his two-foot high hairdo, and another of two snowboard pioneers— Sherman Poppen, inventor of the Snurfer, and Jake Burton Carpenter, designer of the breakthrough Burton Board. On the grounds that Vanity Fair celebrates the falling of Aspen into the arms of snowboarding forwarding the notion that snowboarders and extreme skiers are now ruling the roost.
Other letters: John Fry, Internationalism vs. Americanism on the lack of success ISHA has had abroad; John Clendenin: Ski Dek is Alive and Well, on the use of the Ski Dek as a learning aid for the Aspen Ski School; Allen Adler: A Ski Patrol is A Ski Patrol Is a Ski Patrol, on the very different modes in which pioneer ski patrols took on their first duties; Wolfie Lert, The So-So Patrol, on an early hairy ride down the mountain as tail gunner on a patrol toboggan carrying an injured skier.
Further letters—Barry ZeVann: A Man Named Zdarsky, on his trip to Lilienfeld, home of the stem turn and its inventor, Mathias Zdarsky; J. Vernon Lamb: an aluminum ski pole inventor in early Lake Placid days; Wolfgang Lert: A Girl Named Katy, submitting an early picture of Bogner stretch pants in action, displayed by U.S. Team Member Katy Rudolph; Kirby Gilbert: A Coach Named Wolfie, submitting a clipping of Wolfgang Lert’s early career as a UCLA ski coach;
Other letters—Luanne Pfeifer corrects the sequence of her book, Gretchen’s Gold and Dick Durrance’s Man on a Medal; an Illusionary Cup, showing two graphics, one photo with a chairlift rider waving, the other a coffee ad with a cup inserted in the rider’s hand;
On the final page: a series of letters praising the ISHA website, and Joyce Harringtton’s memento of her father’s career in organized skiing.
Cover Story: The Empire That Exploded: Bob Lange and the Plastic Boot—original research by the Editor who authored the piece, about his discovery that Bob Lange more or less faked his way through four years when he was first designing the plastic boot. His engineering was inspired but the manufacturing did not get underway until five years after he had first had reps scouring the field for orders. The name of the boot got out alright, but not the boots.
In 1965, Success came in a rush, propelled by skiers riding to victory on Lange boots, and Bob made up for lost time, building a ski, ski boot and skate empire that expanded at an astounding rate. Then came the fatal technical flow in Lange-flo, the liner that made the boot bearable. It broke through the lining and over 100,000 boots had to be replaced. This sent Lange Co. into a financial tailspin from which it never recovered, and the empire disintegrated, and the future evaporated.
Movers and Shakers: Where They Are Now: A new feature, in this case rounding up the “Lange Alumni,” fellow workers with Bob Lange in his ascent to the top, namely Morrie Shepard, Nick Hock, Peter Kennedy, Dave Jacobs and Ian Ferguson.
The Skiers’ Bookshelf: the lead review by ISHA president John Fry gives top marks to The Trail Breakers, a story of the pioneer Red Birds of Montreal, a ski club of the alumni of McGill University ski teams. The Red Birds were, by a year, the first downhill ski club in North America. They were the first on the continent to hold an official Kandahar. As a lifetime Red Bird himself, Fry notes that old Red Birds penetrated the sport in Canada and the U.S. in their day.
The Story of Aspen, reviewed by the Editor, is a re-issue somewhat enlarged of Mary Hayes’ earlier boo, of the same name, who has added a touching thumbnail history of the social underpinnings of the town.
Ski and Snow Country, the Editor says, is a book of stunning black and white photographs of the late great mountain photographer Ray Atkeson, annotated by pioneer ski cinematographer Warren Miller.
The Big Jump at Dartmouth: a memoir by early Dartmouth ski team member Dave Bradley, a noted American author. He writes of the life and times of the big jump at Dartmouth—once the biggest in the East&Mac226;making the case for college jumping though it was dropped long ago now. Bradley takes the reader on the psychological thriller that is a jump on a big hill. He leaves every reader, even one who have never jumped, an understanding why men hurl themselves into the void in an ultimate test of nerve.
The American Museums—The First U.S. Ski Congress: the backstory of the coming of a great history writers’ gathering in the United States by Academic ski historian John Allen, chairman of the academic committee of the congress and Skiing Heritage’s columnist. The initiative for the event was taken by the Editor. John Allen took charge from there with much help from skisport promoter Bernie Weichsel, who had the ear of the proper parties at Park City, where the Congress will be held right before the Utah Olympics in February 2002.
Three outstanding European historians are scheduled to present papers: Max Triet, Director of the Swiss Sports Museum at Basl, Dr. Bernard Morgen, Professor of American Studies at George Washington University, author of the recent Snow in America, and Dr. Matti Goksøyr, professor at the Norwegian Sports University in Oslo. Some forty papers will be given—and be bound in a book that will be published by ISHA.
Remembering—a new feature, looking back at the lives of notable skiers who, as of recent date, are no longer with us: Skeeter Werner, onetime U.S. team member in the 1950s (along with her famous brother Buddy Werner). Sverre Engen, of the celebrated Engen brothers, jumpers all—two of them, Sverre and Alf, took up residence in the Utah mountains outside Salt Lake City to make this area (the next Olympic venue) the U.S. hotbed of jumping, powder skiing and avalanche control. Hal Codding, a superb racer and instructor who drifted west from Woodstock, Vermont, to settle at Reno, Nevada, and open a notable ski shop, became, as writer Dick Dorworth records, his mentor and hero, the man around whom the Reno ski world centered. Kay Reed, wife and indispensable partner of Carroll Reed, who founded the first official Arlberg Ski School in the East and the first elite ski shop in the country, a branch of Saks Fifth Avenue at North Conway, New Hampshire. Later, the couple’s Carroll Reed Shops became an outstanding chain for skiwear and outerwear, and the name Carroll Reed an emblem of quality and distinction.
Longthongs and Short Tales: What Men Are Good For: another Abby Rand classic humor column, this one on the battle of the sexes on near the slopes circa 1960.
Fourth Issue 2001 (December) Vol 13 #4
Cover: AGerman poster for the 1936 Olympic Games at Garmisch-Partenkirschen; The artist cleverly served his masters and avoided controversy over the athlete’s salute on the poster. The Olympic salute was with the arm stretched to the side, palm down, while German salute, mandated after the Nazi Party came to power, was with the arm high and in front and palm facing forward The artist split the difference in arm position and kept the hand out of the picture, impossible to determine whether it was facing front or facing down.
The President’s Letter: John Fry, the new ISHA president, announces the joining of two efforts: Skiing Heritage is to become the official publication of the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum, of Ishpeming,, Michigan as well as the official publication of ISHA. The letter also announces ISHA’s participation in the International Ski History Congress at Park City, Utah three weeks before the 2002 Olympic Games are held there.
Readers’ Response: Skiing Heritage’s letters column is headed by a portrait of the founding president, the late Mason Beekley, taken from the cover of a memorial service program given out at the event, held October 14 at his home in New Hartford. There are three pages of letters recalling memories of Mason; the first is by John Moore of the Aspen Historical Society. The others were signed by Alan Engen, of the Alf Engen Ski Museum; Bob Fisher, an old acquaintance, and Sandra Heath of the New England Ski Museum. The next few pages are devoted to those responding to the article on the late Bob Lange, inventor of the plastic ski boot, in the Third Issue 2001. There are letters from Lange’s wife Vidie, from David Luennsman, who was his first employee in the boot business; Peter Kennedy who was an ally in marketing Lange boots; Dave Jacobs, a board member at Lange boots; by John Auran, onetime editor at Skiing, who disputed some of the statements in the article; Nick Hock, onetime sales manager for Lange boots, Will Lund, who wore Lange’s first boot with the inner flo material that broke down, Allen Adler, USSA Historian and Hall of Fame board member, who writes he was unable to wear Langes when they came out; Bunny Bass, a pioneer U. S. bootmaker Other letters on a variety of subjects came from Cindy Murin, daughter of Hall Codding whose obituary ran in the previous issue; Michael Brady, ISHA’s man in Oslo, on the various spellings of akvavitt, Norway’s national drink; Paul McMorris notes that New Hampshire is claiming Black Mountain as the oldest ski area in the state in spite of the fact that two other New Hampshire resorts had lifts before Black Mountain and two had lifts at the same time.
Feature: The Historic First Four Games, 1924-36 The introduction notes that the early Olympics were nothing like the modern spectacles and that before a Winter Olympics could be held, there had to be facilities for ski racing and ski jumping as a start. And the resistance of the Scandinavian countries to international ski events held at resorts had to be overcome.
The first section, Birth Pangs of the Olympics tells how France became the first nation with resort facilities for jumping and touring, that the first Olympics was held in Chamonix only after Chamonix had hosted a series of national and international ski events. The second section describes the First Winter Olympics at Chamonix, and the fact that it was not at the time considered an official winter Olympics. The Norwegians took eleven of the twelve medals offered, all in jumping and cross country, having gotten a hundred-year head start in the sport, having invented jumping competitions and cross country racing during the 1800s. There is a discussion of the later movement to transfer the bronze medal in the special jump to U.S. jumper Anders Haugen, who had been victim of a mathematical error in the scoring that gave the bronze to the Norwegian, Thorleif Haug. The third section describes the Second Winter Games, held at St. Moritz in 1928 after the Norwegians narrowly voted to join after feeling betrayed because the 1924 meet had been declared by the International Olympic Committee as the first official Winter Olympics after the meet was over. The American team was woefully unprepared with slapdash arrangements for transportation and uniforms. But they nevertheless Rolf Monson came in sixth in the jump and Charley Proctor 14th, as the sole native born American in the Olympics. The newly-founded sport of alpine skiing was excluded, but in the same year, the first popular international alpine combined meet was held at St. Anton, foretelling the end of the dominance at the Games of cross country and jumping. The fourth section is on the first-ever U.S. Winter Olympics, held at Lake Placid, New York, run essentially by the Lake Placid Club, which had been holding winter sports events for nearly a generation, notably the annual college circuit championships it had held since 1921. But it was still essentially a private club and only the modest number of contests were being held a series of contests well within the club’s capacity to hold. The fifth section details the events of the Fourth Winter Olympics, held at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in 1936. This was the first Winter Games in which international and national politics had a strong hand. Germany aimed to use the Games as a platform to advertise its progress under the banner of the Nazi Party and Adolph Hitler. The English speaking countries resisted to some extent. It was the first Games to have a huge opening ceremony. For the first time, the Americans had an outside chance of winning a medal in skiing. Our top contender, Dick Durrance , who had been raised in Garmisch, did not better than 10th in the combined, after a questionable official penalty. The combined medals were the only medals awarded in alpine skiing. The U.S. women’s alpine team was the brainchild of Alice Kiaer, who raised the funds, picked the team, hired a coach and supervised the training. The best women’s result was Betsy Woolsey’s 19th. Norway’s Birger Ruud was the hero of the Games, coming in first in the jumping and first in the downhill, the only Olympian ever to score in both Olympic nordic and alpine events.
Mover and Shaker: Gretl Uhl, famous in Aspen for her gourmet deli-on-the-mountain for a dozen years. Gretl was born in Garmisch, and emigrated to the U.S. with the help of Dick Durrance.
Classic Skis: Skis have a Soul Rigo Thurmer writes of his first skis, which he bought in 1924 from Sporthaus Schuster in Munich. He goes on to tell of the succession of skis that he owned, including the Splitkeins that he had to give to the German war effort in World War II, and a counterfeit pair of Dynamics he bought on the black market after the war that turned out to be pine rather than hickory.
Man on a White Charger: Ed Scott by Dick Dorworth. A longtime resident of Sun Valley, Dick Dorworth profiles the man who brought the modern aluminum ski pole into the world, a cantankerous, scrupulously honest citizen of Sun Valley whose contribution to the sport arose from his uncompromising search for the best in materials and construction.. Scott was also a leading activist in community affairs, among other things the most frequent and acerbic appearances in the local Ketchum newspaper letters columns.
Condo Mania by Paul Hochman. a brief and humorous description of the coming of the condominiums to the sport, triggered by visionary Sun Valley and Snowmass developer Bill Janns. A government appraiser is quoted as summing the condo up, “T-111 plywood, board and batten siding, electric heat, multi-colored shag carpeting and avocado trim.”
Skiers’ Bookshelf: First Tracks, a Century of Skiing in Utah by Alan Engen and Gregory Thompson, reviewed by Mike Korologos; a coffee table book with running text of the state whose early fascination with ski jumping and heavy support from Salt Lake citizens resulted in a ring of resorts in the Wasatch mountains including Alta and Park City, where the 2002 Olympics were held. Co-author Alan Engen is the son of Alf Engen, who as director of skiing came to personify the Alta ski school, the deep powder university for the nation’s skiers. Midwest Skiing, A Glance Back by John Pontti and Kenneth Luostari. A pictorial history of the heartland where skiing was born, had its first national headquarters and hall of fame reviewed by John Allen, the most well-known ski historian in the U.S., who faults some of the book’s priorities but enjoys the nostalgia. Snow In America by Bernard Mergen This is a different kind of ski history dealing with the social history of snow, the changing attitudes toward winter, and winter recreation and the part played by skiing n the changes. The author is a professor of American studies at George Washington University in D.C. Reviewed by the editor. The U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum by John Allen One of a series about the ski museums of this country by John Allen. The best-looking ski museum in the U.S. is also the oldest, thanks to a new building erected in 1992 in Ishpeming, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, replacing the former building erected in 1956. The library hold the records of the meetings to the National Ski Association, founded in the first years of the century as well as photographs of the more than four hundred members of the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame.
The Ski Hall of Fame, Class of 2001 Biographies of the most recently elected Honorable Members of the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame: Michael Strauss, ski journalist; Bill Kirschner, founder of K2 ski company; Pepi Stiegler, triple Olympic medalist, longtime director of skiing at Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Jim Curran, inventor of the chairlift; Dodie Post, U.S. Ski Team Member; Charles Gibson, one of skiing’s top organization men
Remembering: Obits of Diana Golden, medallist in the Paraolympics; Paula Kann Valar, U.S. Ski Team member, and ski school director;Douglas Firth, founder of Canada’s Ski Patrol.
Annual Gathering at Vail, April 1-7: Rundown of the coming 11th Annual get together of ISHA members
Longthongs and Short Tales: Amusing memoir by Abby Rand, on the differences between advertising in the magazines and reality at the resort.
First Issue 2002, March, Vol. 14 #1
The first issue with new graphics, designed by Fionn Reilly, Heritage’s graphic designer.
Cover: Clif Taylor in the photograph used on the cover of his 1964 book Ski In a Day, written by Morten Lund, the editor of Skiing Heritage then a contributing editor of Ski and photographed by Kim Massie, an outstanding ski photographer at the time. This was the first book in which the concept of graduating from short short skis to longer and longer skis was proposed, in side by side sequence photos showing a similar turn on three-foot, four-foot and five-foot skis.
Letter From The President: History, A Way to Revive the Sport: President John Fry suggests that the ski industry use the history of the sport as a marketing tool. He also listed the ways in which ISHA supports the spread and preservation of ski history and referred to the support of the International Ski History Congress held in Park City in February by ISHA’s undertaking to publish the papers delivered at the Congress.
Readers Respond: Kandahar Kapers on the origin of Kandahar as the name of the British Kandahar Challenge Cup; Remembering Greta Uhl: “the strudle lady” ran a mid-mountain Aspen restaurant for years; A letter about Alain Stump, the cover figure speed racer for the Third Issue 1999, saying he has a grandfather named Jacques who started the first independent Swiss ski school, The not so ancient Olympic flame turns out to be a concoction by Leni Riefestahl expressly acted out for her Olympiad film made at Hiltler’s behest, contributed by Luanne Pfeifer; Norwegian memories by Erling Omland about childhood memories of the 1924 Olympic heroes, Thorleif Haug and Tullen Thams who won four golds and one bronze between them. From Iran to Utah, an Iranian alpine skier makes it to the 2002 Olympics, contributed by Kim Massie, Gluck in ungluck, by Peter Picard, about escaping by boat from the Germans via the trans-Siberian railroad and embarking at Vladivostock. “Are you still racing while other are racing?” was a Henke slogan referred to by Jimmy Davidson, in his thoughts on the vintage Henke ad for its buckle boots. Buchmayr’s Querstprung, Heritage finds the famous picture of Siggi Buchmayr in a pole jump on the Tuckerman headwall. Ian Ferguson comments on the Lange story in his letter Wild Man Lange. Another memoir by 10th Mountain veteran Bob Carson on his life in skiing; triggered by the recollection that his kids went to school with Bob’s in Boulder; A criticism of Lange boots by Robie Albouy recalled by Allen Mundt; Another letter on Lange by Bob Parker says that in the before-Lange era, there was lots of good skiing done on leather boots. The First North American Rope Tow, a letter from Peggy Johnson on the claims made on behalf of Moose Parquet to having built the first rope tow in North America, and countering claims by Betty Whitney to having seen a rope two in the Laurentians in 1928.
The Strange Long History of the Short Ski by Morten Lund. The lead story goes from his first assignment to cover Taylor back to the research he has done on the pre-Taylor history of the short ski, beginning with the five foot Zdarsky ski in Austria at the turn of the 1900s, and the first short short ski, which was the firngleiter, or spring snow ski of the mountaineering skiers, including one patented by Emo Henrich, the head of the Stratton Mountain ski school. Then the text covers the kurzki of the Kitzbuhel ski school in a program that began in the 1950s under Karl Kolller, after it had been explored by older Kitzbuhelers. The next short ski of note was the goon ski, invented by an Olympic figure skater Jimmy Madden, who designed it and used it around Mt. Cranmore in North Conway. Then enters the last and most influential short ski teacher, Clif Taykir if Brattleboro Vermont who with the aid of Ski Magazine started a movement that brought short ski director parallel teaching, known now as GLM or Graduated Length Method, to a dozen American resorts before it faded away, but its influence is still felt in the adoption of short “ski blades” for learning at a number of American ski school currently.
Technique and Teaching: Surviving Schrittbogen A memoir by Stu Campbell, longtime head of the Stowe Ski School and Ski Magazine technical editor on his days as a college racer in the turmoil of the “reverse revolution” of which schrittbogen was a part., a step turn that put racers in a reverse position.. The story goes on to say that the Kruckenhauser books exaggerated the racers’ reverse position, and his description of wedel in the 1957 Austrian Ski Teaching Plan, translated into English in 1958, influential in rethinking American technique and teaching.
Ski Industry: Decline and Fall by Seth Masia. A story on the U.S. ski manufacturing industry showing how the early American ski factories making hickory skis were replaced in the U.S. by Howard Head and his successors making aluminum skis, and then by the fiberglass skis. And although there were a dozen American ski makers who had come on the scene since the beginning, by the 1980s, all the existing ski makers were in trouble partly from overproduction and partly from the effects of globalization which sent the factories to third world countries both in the U.S and in Europe. The last attempt at U.S. ski making was set in motion by the Volant company, launched by Bucky Kashiwa. But eventually, Volant folded too under the pressure of third world competition. Currently there are no skis mass-produced in the U.S., and the few manufacturers are all boutique operations, like Steve Denker’s Evolution Skis in Salt Lake and former Head Ski chief designer John Howe’s Claw ski made in Maine.
Classic Gear: Binding Revolution by Wolfgang Lert. An appreciation by veteran skier Wolfgang Lert of the revolutionary Huitfeldt binding invented in Norway in 1894, including the first-ever toe irons screwed to the ski itself, which set the concept later extended to a toe iron mortised directly through the ski. The binding was so sturdy that Amundsen chose it as the binding with which he became the first to ski to the North Pole. Combined with the Hoyer-Ellefsen lever heel strap buckle, its popularity lasted well through the 1920s and the principles of the toe iron fixed directly to the ski and lever tension for the heel strap was adapted by the most popular and universal binding in history, the Kandahar type binding in which the toe iron became a toe plate screwed directly to the top of the ski and the Ellefsen buckle became the front throw heel cable tensioning device.
Where Are They Now? by Seth Masia. Sketches of seven Vail pioneers. Earl Eaton, initial discoverer or the Vail terrain; Dick Hauserman, first permanent resident and first ski shop owner; Pete Seibert, the organizer of the first board and first Vail president; Bill Brown, the longtime mountain manager of Vail during its formative years; Dale and Renee Gorsuch, the owners of the second ski shop owners and currently the longest continuously operating merchant management in Vail;’ Pepo Gramshammer, first innkeeper and restaurant owner, founder of Gasthof Grammshammer; Bob Parker, Vail’s first publicity director and longtime marketing vice president.
Second Feature: An Avalanche of Ski History by Morten Lund. An account of the first International Ski History Congress in the U.S. held in February 2002 at Park City, Utah under academic organizer John Allen, retired professor of history at Plymouth College in New Hampshire and hosted by Ski Utah, the Mariot Library Ski Archives, and the Alf Engen Ski Museum.. It was declared an unqualified success after forty-two papers were delivered in four days of double-sessions. Papers were presented by thirty-two U.S. journalists, veteran skiers and historians, and ten presented by historians from abroad.
Looking Back: 30 years ago: Karl Schranz expelled by IOC head Avery Brundage 40 years ago: an anecdote of Webb Moffet, owner of Snoqualmie; the 1962 FIS World Championsbip men’s slalom at Chamonix won by Charles Bozon with Guy Perillat second 50 years ago: Andy Mead Lawrence’s double gold at the 1952 Olympics in Oslo; an anecdote by Doug Pfeiffer concerning a 1952 trip on Athabaska Glacier with Dick Holden and ISHA president John Fry.
Historic Lodges :Colorado’s Ski Tip Lodge by Seth Masia. The founding by Max and Edna Dercum of Ski Tip Ranch in Dillon, the first classic ski lodge between Denver and Aspen, founded in 1949. The Dercums were foremost promoters of the sport in eastern Colorado for fifty years, helping to found both Arapahoe Basin and Keystone within a few miles east and west, respectively, of Ski Tip Ranch.
Skier’s Bookshelf: How the English Made the Alps by John Ring. The story of the English on skis and on foot making the Western Alp Europe’s prime mid-continent summer and winter recreation region. Winter Tales and Trails by Ron Watters. Stories from the early ski history of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. Alta, Utah, A People’s Story by Duane Shrontz. The personalities behind the first Wasatch resort, the seed ski area for the current ski complex in the Salt Lake City region of Utah. Last Breath by Peter Stark. True tales of the extreme perils of exploration including two cautionary narratives pertinent to snowsport- surviving avalanche on a snowboarding expedition and recovering from hypothermia after a backcountry skiing accident.
At The Museums: The Park City International Ski History Congress by John Allen. The meeting of the heads of the leading U.S. ski museums to discuss ways of cooperating for the greater goal of preserving ski history.
Remembering: Paulie Hannah-Wife of trail designer Sel Hannah, Paulie was an early standout women racer; the two of them ran the ski Hearth Inn at Franconia, New Hamoshire until Sel Hannah founded Snow Engineering, the earliest U.S. ski resort development consultants in Franconia.. Helmut Teichner-the ski school director at Wilmot, Wisconsin during the fifty years that followed his founding of the school in 1939, a major force in establishing skiing in the Midwest and the Midwest ski instructor organizations. Otto Frei and Hans “Rudi” Kuersteiner - Frei was director of the Snow Ridge ski school in the Catskills, Whiteface Mt. Race coach; Kuersteiner was an outstandkng instructor in organized ski school training in New York state. Warren Lowry-a dedicated stalwart of FIS officialdom who worked out the finer points of the international racer ranking system, former president of the U.S. Eastern Amateur Ski Association
Longthongs and Short Tales: Mighty Strange MacTaggart by Morten Lund. The incredible tale of a ski resort developer of Bear Mountain and Aspen Wildcat who fled with embezzled funds and then became the leading international hero of the environmental movement as head of Greenpeace for many years
Second Issue, June 2002: Walter Foeger & Natur Teknik
Also: Jimmie Heuga; American Ski Boots history; Carl Tellefsen; ISHA Gathering 2002; Gasthof Gramshammer; Colorado Ski Museum; Nordica Grand Prix
Third Issue, September 2002: Jerry Nunn & The Avalauncher
Also: Avalement; Release bindings; Maria Bogner; Vermont Ski Museum; Pete Seibert
Fourth Issue, December 2002: Andrea Mead Lawrence
Also: Wedeln, 10th Mountain Division hikes to Aspen; Beekley Collection goes to Mammoth; Kastle Slalom; Alex Cushing and Tom Corcoran; History of warmth; Peckett’s Inn
First Issue, March 2003: Stein Eriksen
Also: Indoor winter sports shows, the Trade Show, Rossignol Ski Museum, The Ahwahnee, Portillo, New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame, Flatland Ski News, Alf Engen Museum in Park City, Plate Bindings, Hanson brothers, Darcy Brown
Second Issue, June 2003: Dartmouth Outing Club
Also: Franz Gabl’s boyhood in St. Anton, Knee-High Boots, Stowe’s Ranch Camp lodge; 18th Century Russian Skiers in Alaska; History of Ski Injuries; Deer Valley Gathering; 2002 Award Winners; Everett Kircher; New Directors, New Projects, and Ski Museum Collaboration.
Third Issue, September 2003: Emile Allais
Also: American ski lifts, How the Brits Invented Skiing, Taos’ Hotel St. Bernard, Birth of the Waxless Ski, the Great ISHA Raffle.
Fourth Issue, December 2003: First Olympic medals for US men
Also: Splitkein patent; Nordic Bows to Alpine; US National Ski Hall of Fame; Don Thomas; Leni Riefenstahl; Ski house design evolution; Ski industry needs a history lesson.
First Issue, March 2004: Warren Miller
Also: Milestones in ski design; Dave McCoy; Ma Russell; Musee Dauphinois; Collectible posters; donor list; president’s annual report.
Second Issue, June 2004: Buddy Werner
Also: Fred Pabst, history of the carved turn, America’s first World Championships, Collectible skis, Betty Whitney’s Legendary Inn, new directors, annual awards.
Third Issue, September 2004: Dick Buek, Harvey Gibson, Silver Skis on Mt. Rainier, Pioneer women, Ketchum/Sun Valley Museum, Rigo Thurmer’s gift.
Fourth Issue, December 2004: Walt Schoenknecht, Tony Wise, Moosilauke downhill, Trapp Family Lodge, history of ski edges, Wow!: a history of extreme moves.
First Issue, March 2005: Stephan Kruckenhauser, Sepp Ruschp, Bob Cram & Bob Bugg, Harriman Cup, marketing disasters.
Second Issue, June 2005: Bode Miller, Art Furrer, Sixties Skiwear, Tuckerman Inferno, Gathering, Heatherbed, celebrating Schneider.
Third Issue, September 2005: Brooks Dodge, Schneider’s disciples, How many skiers?, WACs of Camp Hale, Hall of Fame, Greylock’s Thunderbolt, ski shape evolution.
Fourth Issue, December 2005: 75th Anniversary of Alpine Racing: The Legacy of Arnold Lunn, the Trail Map Artists, Ernst Constam and the T-bar, Sun Valley Lodge.
First Issue, March 2006: Toni Sailer, Freestyle joins the Olympics, US Ski Jumping, Resort Ads, Highland-Bavarian Lodge, Vintage Ski World.
Second Issue, June 2006: Billy Kidd, Okemo & Killington, Alice Kiaer, Moriarity Hats, ISHA’s 2006 Award winners, Osborn & Ulland, Timberline Lodge.
Third Issue, September 2006: Hans Gmoser, Penny Pitou, Wayne Wong, Spider Sabich, Downhill in Dixie, Sun Valley Memories, Hotel Jerome, Ski Films, Liftlines.
Fourth Issue, December 2006: Ernie Blake, the Ski Magazines, Mad River Glen, Marc Hodler, History of Ski Bums, Merrill Hastings, Joan Hannah, Pete Lane’s, Ski-Binding systems.
First Issue, March 2007: Nancy Greene, Skiing’s Inner Game, Pioneering Shops, Apres Ski Through the Ages, Gray Rocks, Othmar Schneider, a Bob Parker tale.
Second Issue, June 2007: Nicholas Morant’s photos, Less Otten, Stone-Age skis, Nelson Bennett, The Silver Belt race, ISHA’s Chamonix adventure, Jackson Hole’s Alpenhof Lodge, Campgaw Mountain, Rear Entry Boots, Martinis for Lunch.
Third Issue, September 2007: Last Reunion of the 10th, Norway: How It All Started, Chick Igaya, Aspen’s Roch Cup, Sandia Peak, John Allen’s latest book, humor from Burt Sims.
Fourth Issue, December 2007: Growing Up Cochran, Sun Valley ’64, Holmenkollen history, Rossignol turns 100, Stein turns 80,North Conway’s Eastern Slope Inn, New England Ski Museum.
First Issue, March 2008: Mathias Zdarsky, Aspen, Bill Hazelett, XC Should Return to its Roots, Where Seniors Ski Free, Christie Hill, Andy Mill, Hall of Fame Selection Process.
Second Issue, June 2008: Jean-Claude Killy, Arlberg Ski Club, Ruth Altmann, History of the rope tow, Sherman Poppen, Tap Tapley, Squaw’s Chinese downhill, 2008 ISHA Awards.
Third Issue, September 2008: World Cup origins, John Woodward, Dave Jacobs, Ray Atkeson, History of the Rope Tow, Gasoline Shortages, Private Ski Areas, Ski Testing, Ski Racing on TV.
Fourth Issue, December 2008: Lowell Thomas, The Boom of the ’50s and ’60s, California’s Longboard Ladies, Leaving Las Vegas, Colorado Ski Train, Adrien Duvillard, Aspen’s Limelite Lodge, Where Seniors Ski Free.
First Issue, March 2009: Norwegians Invade America, Women’s Ski Jumping, Kids in Ski Art, Snowboarding is Older Than You Think, Boom of the ’60s part II, New Hampshire’s Mittersill Resort, Tom Jacobs.
Second Issue, June 2009: Ralph Miller, Dick Barrymore, Dartmouth’s Legacy, Plumas Ski Club Revives Longboard Racing, Skiing the Ancient Way in the Altai, Russia’s Long Dominance of Biathlon, How Ski Racers Have Changed.
Third Issue, September 2009: Roland Palmedo, 1935 Olympic Trials, Ernest Hemingway, By Train to North Conway, First Overhead Cable Lift, Harry Vallin, Ingemar Stenmark, Don Lemos, Stowe’s Foster Place.
Fourth Issue, December 2009: Hannes Schroll, Yuichiro Miura, Jim and Shane McConkey, Hans Kraus, Emile Cochand, Chuck Ferries
First Issue, March 2010: Chalet Cochand, Rustler Lodge, Ian Fleming, Cross-country skating, Jim Gaddis, Hans Kraus, Resort architecture
Second Issue, June 2010: The Marolts of Aspen, Vancouver Miracle, Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance, Corky Fowler, Sky Tavern, Kingsbury Pitcher, history of ski wax, books about Canucks
Third Issue, September 2010: McGill vs. Dartmouth, Hunter Thompson, Daron Rahlves, Hart Skis, Fred Iselin, Erich Sailer, Alta images, Bradley Packer.
Fourth Issue, December 2010: Crested Butte and PSIA at 50, Pitcher Inn, Vintage Ski Races, Trail Names, Cindy Nelson memoir, photo feature on Stars at Sun Valley, history of season passes, Ann Heggtveit, Downhill Racer, Denny Hanson, the Stivot, Biathlon Boom.
First Issue, January/February 2011: Birger Ruud, Georges Joubert, Ski Pins, Dartmouth Carnival Posters, Waterville Valley, Stowehof, Carl Ettlinger, Dick Goetzman.
Second Issue, March/April 2011: Ski Flying, Charley Proctor, Johnny Fripp, Playboy Club, Caberfae, Gstaad Palace, Sun Valley Stars, Ski posters
Third Issue, May/June 2011: Sun Valley 75th Anniversary Reunions, Pro Freestyle Reunion, World Cup Final Controversy, Parsenn Derby, Aspen Meadows Resort, Norquay, Tyler Palmer, Hans Georg, Eriksen Skis, World Ski Summit, Pete Heuga, Cecile Johnson
Fourth Issue, July/August 2011: Crazy Canucks, Ski Clubs, Alpine Nippon, Ann Bonfey Taylor, Buzz Bainbridge, Lodge at Vail, Garland, John Litchfield, Lloyd Severud
Fifth Issue, September/October 2011: Made in Switzerland, Special Section on the Alps, Snow King, Matti Nykanen, Leduc Library, Pole Plant, Louis Cochand, Kathy Harriman Mortimer, Jack Fisher
Sixth Issue, November/December 2011: Swiss Gear II, Speed Skiing, Stratton at 50, Arlberg Hospiz, Alan Schonberger, Konrad Staudinger, Yvan Tache
First Issue, January/February 2012: Emile Allais at 100, Ray Atkeson photos, Ski areas in national parks, Sugarloaf, Phil and Steve Mahre, John Lovett, FIS changes rules on GS
Second Issue, March/April 2012: Glamorous skibirds, history of helmets, turning on the inside ski, Ski Heil, Pirmin Zurbriggen, Breckenridge at 50, Waitsfield Inn, Hans Geier