Volume 31, No. 1 January-February 2019

SH Vol 31 Issue 1 Cover
On the Cover: 

This 1931 poster by artist André Lecomte celebrates ski racing in the historic Swiss resort of Mürren.
Artwork courtesy Vintage Ski World (


14 Ski Genius Marks 100th Birthday
Kitzbühel’s Karl Koller systematized short-ski instruction for beginners, revolutionized children’s learning, fostered terrain-based teaching, and was a dominant force in Interski. BY JOHN FRY WITH BARBARA THALER

18 Skiing & Surfing: Separated at Birth
Two of the world’s most popular adventure sports have inspired and influenced each other for more than half a century. BY JAY COWAN

22 (Non) Conversations with the President
There I was with 8-foot skis to present to President Ford, and I’d forgotten my speech. BY MORTEN LUND

26 Los Alamos Ski Club Celebrates 75 Years
In 1943, Manhattan Project scientists took to the snow. They’ve never quit. BY SETH MASIA

Features Vo. 31 Issue 1

4 Readers Respond
In letters and online, ISHA members take a hard look at how steep day-ticket prices—and mega-passes like Ikon and Epic—are impacting the sport.

7 Short Turns
Ski celebs gather in Aspen to celebrate the late Bob Beattie, James Niehues raises $600,000 for trail-map book, Wurteles win Order of Canada, first laceless ski boots. Plus: Vonn or Stenmark—who was the best?

10 Snapshots in Time
Fatal avalanche in Klosters for Prince Charles’ royal equerry (1988), Scottish-French Canadian is world’s best racer (1953), ski patrol heroes of the Sierra (1943).

13 Why Is It Called That?
Logging lingo is reflected in the trail names at Sugarloaf, Maine.

30 News from ISHA
Connie Nelson, director of the Alf Engen Ski Museum, wins ISHA Lifetime Achievement Award. Plus: The best ski-history books of 2018; ISHA member Heino Nowak has been collecting vintage gear since the 1970s.

33 Remembering
Farewell to ski pioneers Morten Lund, Fred Smith, Kim Massie and Robert Launey.

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