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History

Our Histories encompass speed-skiing records since the mid-1800s to 2000, 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 page

A History of NASTAR

In the beginning, there was the vision of John Fry. He was the youthful editor-in-chief of SKI Magazine during the 1960s. The United States ski industry was young in the 1960s - and growing fast. Fry...

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...

Video Retrospective of Harry Leonard Ski Shows

On the occasion of Harry Leonard's 90th birthday, his son Adam offers a charming retrospective video, full of great old photos and clips. 

Park City Dispute -- Resolved

Introduction: Vail Resorts and Powdr Corp. on Sept.10 announced the immediate sale of Park City's base and lift facilities to VR, for $182.5 million, resolving the multi-year dispute over which...

Snapshots in Time

1917: LENIN RECOMMENDS SKIING. “Do you ski? Do it without fail! Learn how and set off for the mountains – you must. In the mountains winter is wonderful! It’s sheer delight.” Advice from Vladimir...

Snapshots in Time -- Skiing History, July/August 2014

130 Years Ago NANSEN’S FIRST LONG JOURNEY In the winter of 1884, when Norway's Fridtjof Nansen was 22 years old, he got a foretaste of treks to come. He decided to enter the annual Huseby Hill ski...

Snapshots in Time -- Skiing History, May/June 2014

75 Years Ago ARISTOCRAT DEVELOPER WAS SEARCHING. In Reno, Nevada, a Pan American pilot by the name of Wayne Poulsen showed me a nearby place called Squaw Valley, which was up for sale at the time,...

Snapshots in Time -- Skiing History, March/April 2014

65 Years Ago   SKIERS WANT UPGRADE FROM ROPE TOW. The average skier skis only seven times per winter, according to a Colorado poll. He would rather get the most possible downhill skiing than...

Snapshots from Skiing History, January/February 2014

65 YEARS AGO   PROPOSAL TO SEGREGATE SKIERS BY SKILL. Keep the experts off the novice trails, or make them ski at the pace of a novice, enabling genuine novices to relax and enjoy themselves. Make...

Park City Disputes

The historic battle over who owns the rights to the land under the lifts at Utah resort. The era of pioneering entrepreneurs bootstrapping their labor-of-love ski areas into existence through grit,...

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