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Ski Equipment 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

Grip and Glide: A Short History of Ski Wax

From pine pitch to perfluorocarbons, ski waxing has come a long way since the days of Scandinavian ski-sport and Sierra longboard racing. During the Vancouver Olympics in February, skiers contended...

100 Years of Rossignol

Rossignol, the oldest surviving brand name in skiing, can also claim to be the oldest surviving factory in skiing—for now. Ski production began in Voiron in 1907—but only the race department...

A Glance at Switzerland's Skiing History

Although the spiritual roots of “modern” skiing are found in the 19th century in Norway, it was the British, fascinated by the image of the naturally virtuous mountain folk and the alpine scenery—...

Origin of the Three-Piece Ski Boot

A letter from Sven Coomer Over the past couple of years, with the return to commercial success of “three-piece” or “open-throat” boot designs, popular magazines and newspapers have run a number of...

Buckle boot invention, 1955

At first a gimmicky convenience, the boot buckle took ten years to earn its place among the sport’s enduring inventions. In 1955 a former stunt pilot and Swiss inventor named Hans Martin sold the...

Rudolf Lettner and the Steel Edge

An obscure Austrian accountant invented the steel edge in order to save lives. Racers found it more valuable for winning gold medals. Rudolf Lettner, an office worker who liked to ski, invented a...

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