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Tomorrow the World

Vail’s purchase of Whistler/Blackcomb is historic: it makes the company twice as large, financially, as the number two ski resort operator. Vail is now poised to leap oceans. By Seth Masia When, in...

ISHA Marks 25th Anniversary

Mason Beekley’s lifelong passion led to the founding of ISHA during the winter of 1990–91. Skiing History Week 2017 will mark the 25th annual awards banquet. By Seth Masia Mason Beekley’s great...

A Short, Colorful History of Ski Boots

Early boot design was dictated by binding design. The modern era introduced new materials, fit and height that led to a revolution in alpine technique. BY SETH MASIA In the beginning, Norwegian...
Nick Paumgarten Sr on race course

Featured Member: Nick Paumgarten Sr

A Family Matter Nick Paumgarten, whose father and uncle skied in the Winter Olympics, has been a passionate ISHA supporter since 2004. Nick Paumgarten Sr. joined ISHA in 2004 and has been a...
Winter Park Ski Train

Amtrak revives Winter Park ski train

Last March, in celebration of Winter Park’s 75th anniversary, the resort revived the Denver ski train as a one-weekend experiment with Amtrak (see the March-April 2015 issue of Skiing History, page 7...

Featured Member: Paul Mathews

Many ISHA members have led adventurous lives on snow, but no one has skied and hiked more mountains than Paul Mathews, founder of the Ecosign resort-planning firm in Whistler, British Columbia. Since...

Wild Ride

For a dozen years, Denver billionaire and Hollywood heavyweight Marvin Davis owned the Aspen Skiing Company, to the dismay of many locals. By Jay Cowan Some said that no one in Aspen had entertained...

Craftsbury Outdoor Center

In northern Vermont, a “crazy idea” has become a world-class, award-winning cross-country and outdoor center. By Peggy Shinn In February 2014, as the Olympic torch was lit in Sochi, Russia, the...

Featured ISHA Member: George Hovland

George Hovland Celebrates 90 Years George is still still skiing in NASTAR races and still crackles with wit and good humor. We recently checked in with George (and his tolerant wife, Jane). Hovland...

Jean Vuarnet

His Olympic gold was only the beginning. The triumphant, sometimes tumultuous professional and personal life of the 1960 Olympic downhill gold medalist, technique analyst, resort developer, and...

Examining The EGG

Radical racing invention, or a variation of a long-established technique? By John Fry Was the Egg (oeuf in French, Ei in German) a radical ski racing invention? Or merely a stage in the steady...

Debbie Armstrong

After a storybook racing career, an Olympic champion finds a new calling in coaching—and liberation through a recent TBI diagnosis. BY EDITH THYS MORGAN I know the small box it’s in, but right now,...

Stein Memorial

Hundreds gathered in February at Deer Valley to honor the memory of the late Stein Eriksen.STORY AND PHOTOS BY JOHN FRY He was our hero. In his beautiful style of skiing and his charismatic persona,...

Whistler Hosts First ISHA Skiing History Day

ISHA event at Whistler/Blackcomb was a success, the stage for more regional gatherings next season. ISHA held its first-ever Skiing History Day on February 21 at Whistler/Blackcomb in British...

Singular Focus

The Alpine Sport Shop in Saratoga Springs has been selling skis for 75 years.  By Phil Johnson On Friday, February 5, the bus leaving the Alpine Sport Shop in Saratoga Springs, New York, will be...

ISHA Announces its Annual Awards for Outstanding Works of Ski History

Ski filmmakers, authors and historians from North America and Europe will gather in Aspen, Colorado, on April 7, 2016, for the 24th annual ISHA Awards. Presented every year by the International...

Whistler's Big Birthday

Five locals tell the story of five decades of progress at Whistler Mountain in British Columbia.  By Michel Beaudry It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. All the ski experts agreed: The place was...

Bob Beattie on the State of U.S. Ski Racing

Bob Beattie recently shared some thoughts about the state of ski racing in the United States. Here's what Coach has to say: Alpine ski racing is too expensive. When a parent calls to tell me she paid...
ISHA Partners

Retail Partners

The following businesses actively support ISHA through outreach efforts to broaden our membership and raise awareness of our mission. We encourage ISHA members to patronize these generous retail and...

Wartime Allies

75 years ago, the Anchorage Ski Club and the U.S. Army teamed up to build the Arctic Valley ski area in Alaska. By Kirby Gilbert Winter is coming! That’s the motto at Arctic Valley, a nonprofit ski...

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