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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...
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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...

Member Directory

  To help ISHA members find one another, we’ve compiled a directory, organized by state/province/country and city. For member privacy reasons, we didn’t include addresses, phone numbers or e-mail...

Skiing Blind

After losing his sight, Jean Eymere became an advocate for outdoor sports for blind people…and an icon on the Aspen slopes. By John Sabella   When the glitterati of contemporary Aspen drive north on...

Machine-Made Games

China and the future of the Winter Olympics. By John Fry The transformation of the Olympic Winter Games within the lifetime of most Skiing History readers has been shocking.    The first Winter...

All American

Bob Beattie speaks out on the “alarming” state of collegiate ski racing in the United States—and how it can be fixed. By Edith Thys Morgan Above photo: Courtesy David Bayer Photography This past May...

The King of Klosters

Above: Adam and Irwin Shaw in 1953, walking into the village of Klosters. Irwin Shaw (1913–1984) was an American writer. He’s best known for his novels The Young Lions, whose film version starred...

Rise and Fall of Racing Nations

Click the image above to view a larger version The rise and fall of the top alpine ski racing nations is visible in this unique new chart, created by former French coach and resort analyst Alain...

Skiing: Forever Reborn

By John Fry A skiing friend of many years recently died, and I found myself traveling to talk at his memorial service. It was not, and he was not, religious. The afternoon memorial took place in an...

Breaking the World Cup Record

After a stunning comeback this past winter, Lindsey Vonn surpassed Austrian racer Annemarie Moser-Proell’s record number of alpine World Cup wins. Who’s the greatest? The new record ignites a debate...

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