You can quickly determine if a topic of interest to you can be found here at skiinghistory.org. Move your cursor, and click on: http://www.skiinghistory.org/index.php/search/
(An alternative access mode is described at the end of this document.)
In the horizontal Search box, type in key words describing the place, person or topic of interest to you. Hit “Enter” or “Return,” and see a list of references. Be sure to scroll down below the Google ads to view information specific to this website.
ISHA’s official publication, Skiing Heritage from 1993-2009, as well as earlier versions of the magazine, are all viewable page-by-page, thanks to Google Books. (Skiing Heritage issues from 2010 and 2011 will be viewable later this summer). Simply click on “Back Issues of Skiing Heritage through 2009” on the right side navigation column (shaded light blue-gray) of most pages, or on the Google Books logo in the middle of the home page. Or, simply click here: http://books.google.com/books?id=WFgEAAAAMBAJ&dq=skiing%2Bheritage&source=gbs_navlinks_s
All of the back issues, identified by their covers, appear on a horizontal scroll bar. Type your key words into the “Search inside” box. Be sure to insert a checkmark inside the box labeled “Search All Issues.” Click on “Search inside.” You’ll get a list of all the articles mentioning your search term. Click through to the article and it will come up on your screen as it was actually published in the magazine.
If you know which issue you’d like to read, just click on the cover image of it. Researchers should be aware that corrections and elaborations often appear in later issues, or in this website.
Among the most powerful research tools is the ability to view actual pages of all of the back issues of Snow Country (published 1988-99), containing thousands of names, places and events in the history of skiing and snowboarding. Move your cursor, and click on this:
As with the Skiing Heritage archive, type key words or a search phrase or name into the text search box, check “Search All Issues,” and click “Search inside.” Follow the same procedure described above for viewing the pages of Skiing Heritage.
At “Indices of American Ski Magazines” in the right-hand navigation column, you will find a separate index to the contents of Snow Country, which allows you to search by author name and subject matter. There are also indices to SKI and Skiing magazines from the 1940s to the 1980s, the Eastern/American Ski Annuals from 1934-1961. Just click on which magazine you want to search. Or go straight here: http://www.skiinghistory.org/index.php/2012/02/indices-to-american-ski-magazines/
The indices are listed chronologically. Just scroll to the year-period where you suspect your subject is listed. Press the Control and F keys together, and you’ll get a text search box at the top of your screen. Enter key words describing the name, place or event that you’re looking for. The word(s) you want will be highlighted in the listing, and you can scroll down to see more mentions. To actually view an article, of course, you’ll have to visit a library or know someone who has the bound volumes containing back issues of the magazines. The New England Ski Museum library has back issues of SKI and Skiing, as does ISHA’s library in Manchester, Vermont.
The world’s most comprehensive bibliography, of more than 7,000 ski books, films, videos and monographs, was assembled by Henry Yaple. It can be viewed via the link “Ski Bibliography, 1890-2002” in the right-hand navigation column under ISHA Research Tools, or on the Resources page. Or go here: http://www.skiinghistory.org/index.php/2011/09/ski-bibliography-1890-2002/
Also at skiinghistory.org is the index to a thousand names and places in the authoritative Story of Modern Skiing, a book inexpensively available at Amazon. Find the link in the Resources section in the middle of the home page or go here:
The Resources and Histories tabs encompass every ski museum in the world, speed-skiing records since the mid-1800s to 2000, all past Olympic ski medal winners, plus a century-and-a-half Timeline of Important Ski History Dates.
As a work in progress, the list of ISHA historical resources is constantly growing, as our archive expands and updates. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, let us know by joining ISHA’s Facebook group, here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/skihistory/
GENERAL SEARCH: To use our site-wide Google search function, click on the word “Search” on the menu bar. On the home page it’s in both the black and white horizontal menu bars across the top of the page, and in the vertical navigation column on the right side (“Search this Site” under ISHA Research Tools). You’ll also see the “Search This Site” link in the Resources section in the middle of the home page. On most other pages within the site, find the “Search” link in the horizontal black menu bar across the top, and in the right-side navigation column under “ISHA Research Tools.”
SNOW COUNTRY: Just click on “Snow Country magazine now viewable on line” in the Resources section at the middle of the home page, or under the “Indices to American ski magazines” link in the right-hand navigation column, under ISHA Research Tools.”
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– Jonathan Robinson and Seth Masia