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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

NASTAR Championships: Leaders and Statistics Through 2012

Overview of Leading Racers at the NASTAR Championships This page contains an overview of leading racers in three categories:  (1)  number of first-place medals;  (2)  number of podium appearances; ...

When was first downhill race?

Crans-Montana, Kitzbühel dispute first downhill race In early April 2011, a commemorative race was held on the ski slopes of Crans-Montana, Switzerland, to mark the 100th anniversary of the first...

Timeline of Important Ski History Dates

  About 10,000 years ago: With the retreat of glaciers after the last Ice Age, elk and reindeer begin migrating northward from Central Asia. Stone Age hunters follow the herds. They use snowshoes and...

Evolution of Ski Shape

When the first “shaped” skis arrived at ski shops in 1993, they were a revelation. Deep sidecuts to help skis carve short, clean turns had been sneaking up on us for a century – so slowly that only a...

Release! History of Safety Bindings

The first “safety” bindings, by Portland skier Hjalmar Hvam, weren’t all that safe. But 50 years ago, Cubco, Miller, Look and Marker began to change skiing’s broken leg image. By Seth Masia By the...

Ski Trains: A History

Caption: North end of Gotthard Tunnel; train to Andermatt climbs away to the right. Skiers have been following rails into the snowy mountains for 140 years now. 1868 was the year the Mt. Washington...

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...

Ruthie’s Run, Aspen

Skied for 55 or more years, Ruthie’s Run on Aspen Mountain has been the venue for classic, hotly contested World Cup and Roch Cup races. On the mild upper section, the whims of wind and waxing have...

Triple, Quad, 6-seat chairs: A mini-history

Boyne Mountain, the Midwest’s largest ski resort, has a further distinction: it is virtually a museum of lifts. The collection started in 1948, according to lift historian Kirby Gilbert, when Boyne’s...

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