ISHA’s mission is to preserve skiing history and to increase awareness of the sport’s heritage.
ISHA programs which support this mission include the journal SKIING HERITAGE, the world’s largest periodical devoted to ski history, published six times each year.
The International Skiing History Association (ISHA) works to preserve and increase awareness of the sport’s rich legacy through our skills and long experience in editing, research and publishing. We don’t house a physical collection of antique ski gear and clothing. We aren’t a museum; rather, we support the work of all ski museums.
Our role in preserving ski history is unique. We publish a magazine enthusiastically read six times a year by subscribers, researchers, Hall of Fame members and skiers around the world.
We make ski history accessible to thousands of enthusiasts on the Internet. We recognize the accomplishments of ski history writers and filmmakers.
Thanks to income from subscriptions and the generosity of hundreds of donors, ISHA has made notable recent progress.
SKIING HERITAGE is also the official publication of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum, Ishpeming, Michigan; The Canadian Ski Museum, Ottawa, Canada; and the Alf Engen Ski Museum at Olympic Park, Park City, Utah.
The 48-page journal is 100% supported by ISHA membership fees.
SKIING HERITAGE contains carefully researched articles on great racers and pioneers who have shaped the sport. Regular departments in HERITAGE tell about early techniques and equipment, resorts and old inns. There are book reviews and news of museum shows and openings.
SKIING HERITAGE is created by the former chief editors and writers for national ski magazines, and is overseen by an Editorial Review Board of knowledgeable ski historians.
The Editor is Kathleen James, and the online editor is Seth Masia.
The Editorial Board includes John Fry, Allen H. Adler, John Allen, John Henry Auran, Jeff Leich, Morten Lund, Hank McKee, Seth Masia, Doug Pfeiffer and Dinah Witchel.
The ISHA SKIING HERITAGE board-level Editorial committee is chaired by John Fry
Articles in HERITAGE over the past year have been authored by noted writers including Mort Lund, John Allen, John Fry, Seth Masia, Doug Pfeiffer, Bob Parker, John Caldwell, Valerie Smith, Roland Palmedo, Dinah Witchel, Hank McKee, and Dean Ericson.
The full-color SKIING HERITAGE runs 36 to 40 pages, printed on high quality paper, with the cover of each issue featuring some of the very best historical ski posters. SKIING HERITAGE is an instant collector’s item, treasured by subscribers who value the highly entertaining and informative contents and the great cover art.
Skiinghistory.org is the most extensive online resource in the world with content dedicated to the sport’s colorful past.
At this site, you can find a rich body of historical information, including:
- A guide to ski museums of the world with web site links.
- An index to past articles in Skiing Heritage
- Memorial tributes and bios for individuals who have passed away.
- Information on upcoming events of an historical nature.
- A searchable index of over 7,000 books and films on skiing history.
- A 50-year index to articles in national ski magazines.
- A history of Olympic and World Championship skiing competition records.
- Timelines of important dates in skiing history.
- Guides to special collections of art and letters, including the Beekley collections located at the Mammoth Ski Museum.
In addition, site visitors can join an on-line forum, ask questions about skiing history and receive answers, and join in commentary on specific skiing history topics.
Skinghistory.org is the world’s leading “go-to web resource” for researchers, writers, educators, historians, students, librarians, and the general public looking for information on skiing history.
SKIING HERITAGE DIGITAL/WEB ARCHIVES
at GOOGLE BOOKS
Since 1989 (first as The Blizzard and then as Snow News in 1989 and 1990), more than seventy issues of the quarterly SKIING HERITAGE journal have been published.
Under an arrangement with Google, these 70+ issues of SKIING HERITAGE have been scanned and placed in a searchable digital archive that is available on Google Books.
Starting on skiinghistory.org, a click on “Google Books” takes the visitor to this site where every issue of SKIING HERITAGE can be read on line.
A visitor can go to an individual issue where the cover is displayed, go to the index, and view every page of the journal or an individual article of interest.
The Google search engine can be used to look for articles on a particular subject of interest.
SKIING HERITAGE on Google Books enables the International Skiing History Association to provide worldwide visitor access to the incredible array of articles and features that touch on virtually every important skiing history subject. Click here to get to this amazing historical digital resource.