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Franz Klammer, flying down the Innsbruck course in 1976

Olympic Memories

A veteran journalist on the world alpine racing circuit recalls moments of high drama—and humor—from the Winter Games. STORY BY PATRICK LANG   INNSBRUCK 1976 FRANZ KLAMMER’S RECKLESS GOLD-MEDAL RUN...
Lake Placid, 1932

Lake Placid, 1932

How the Olympics came to a sleepy Adirondack village By Morten Lund The fact that in 1932 an Olympics came to America at all is a story with a bit of a strangeness about it, not least of all, the...
Karl Schranz

Schranz vs. Brundage: The Olympic controversy for all time

An outraged IOC czar, an impenitent ski racer. Their loathing was mutual. BY JOHN FRY Prize money in a single World Cup race is now in six figures. Competitors openly negotiate contracts to promote...
Toni Sailer in 1956

Greatest Racers: Olympics sort out the best

Who are the greatest racers? Look to the Olympics for the skiers able to    conquer pressure.    By John Fry   With 48 homers and 130 runs batted in, New York Yankees third    baseman Alex Rodriguez...
Bode Miller explodes out of the starting gate

Bode Miller at the 2006 Olympics, and After

BODE: LOOKING BACK TO THE 2006 OLYMPICS By John Fry Even before they turned off the gas to the Olympic Winter Games flame at Turin, the celebration of the world’s most famous skier had become a roast...
Bode Miller in a modern ski helmet

Brain Trauma: Does the Sport Need to Change?

By John Fry The recent horrifying injury suffered by Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher -- not in a speeding race car, but when he was skiing between pistes on ungroomed snow in the...

Blakes Sell Taos

After 60 years in the Valley, the founding family moves on. The Blake family has sold Taos Ski Valley to hedge fund billionaire Louis Moore Bacon.  Bacon has already acquired the three acres of land...

Legend of Aahhh's

A new ski film by Greg Stump attempts to tell the history of the ski film. Seldom has a new ski movie been awaited as impatiently as Greg Stump’s Legend of Aahhh’s…at least not since skiers stood...
Andreas and Hanni Wenzel

Still Driven

Former World Cup superstars and siblings Andreas and Hanni Wenzel have found post-racing success in the business world. By Edith Thys Morgan Weg vom Computer raus in den Schnee.” That motto, which...

Ski Racing on TV - A History

More skiing is on TV than ever before, so why do most people think there’s less? Look to history for the answer. By John Fry (September 2008 issue of Skiing Heritage) While television viewing and the...

The 2011 Women’s World Cup Final: Justice Thwarted?

By John Fry The overall World Cup championship was to have been determined by a single giant slalom race, to be held on Saturday, March 19th, 2011 in the 4,921-foot high Swiss ski resort of...

Historic Year for Ski Jumping

2011 an historic year for ski jumping. By Seth Masia Ski Flying Record On Feb. 11, 2011 Johan Remen Evensen took advantage of the newly-enlarged Vikersund 225-meter ski-flying hill in Norway, to...

Stamp honors 150 years of Australian skiing

in 2011 the Australian post office issued three skiing and snowboarding stamps honoring the 150th anniversary of skiing in the Snowy Mountains. The 1859 Australian gold rush drew thousands of miners...

Breckenridge, Colorado ski resort

BY JANICE KURBJUN Trygve Berg recalls SUMMIT DAILY NEWS, Skiing pioneer Trygve Berge noticed quite a few changes. As he skied the fresh corduroy he’s come to enjoy, he pointed out that the soft,...

Sun Peaks, British Columbia

The 2011-12 ski season marked a half century for Sun Peaks Resort (formerly Tod Mountain), offering some of British Columbia’s most challenging inbounds skiing. The 3,678-acre ski area is 30 miles...

Didier Cuche: Farewell run in historic style

Didier Cuche, 37, who retired in 2012 after 17 years on the World Cup circuit, made a farewell run in 1930s-era gear, including leather boots and wooden skis with pre-Kandahar bindings. View: ...

ISHA Awards: Best snowsport history books and films of 2011

Bob Cram: Lifetime Achievement Award for Illustrated Ski Humor Bob Cram’s genius in portraying the comical side of the American ski experience started when, at age 8, he was smitten by an...

How Giant Slalom was Invented

Giant slalom was invented in Italy in 1935 —  the result of an accident of weather, according to a recent article in the magazineSciare.  It happened when a downhill race, scheduled to take place on...

Long Liftlines: Relic of the Past?

They spent almost an hour in line, yet more and more skiers came, bonding as they waited  . . .  and waited. Beginning after World War II and for the next 40 years, weekend skiers waited in lift...

VAIL RESORTS PULLS OUT OF NASTAR

FOUNDER CALLS IT A DISSERVICE TO GUESTS  The National Standard Race, NASTAR –designed in 1968 – brought the equivalent of golf’s par to skiing. Now, one of the eight original NASTAR ski areas, Vail,...

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