Volume 31, No. 2 March-April 2019

SH Vol 31 Issue 2 Cover
On the Cover: 

Karl Bickel, Arosa, 1924. Sold at auction in February 2019 for $1,820; see story on page 9. Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries (


9 Sold! To the Highest Bidder
Annual vintage ski-poster auction at Swann Galleries showcases classic images and a few oddities. BY EVERETT POTTER

14 The End of the Single Pole
The sport underwent a transformation more than a century ago, when skiers gradually shifted from a single shaft to holding a pair of poles. BY LUZI HITZ WITH SETH MASIA

18 Skijoring’s Wild History
Getting dragged across the snow by plane, horse, reindeer and dog is a unique sport that’s at least 1,000 years old. BY JAY COWAN

22 The Hellions
A tribute to those all-time nonconformists of the ski world whose maverick antics are the material of legend. BY MORTEN LUND

Features Vo. 31 Issue 1

4 Readers Respond
Memories of Morten Lund; more debate on season pass sales and the future of the sport.

5 Short Turns
Austria’s first urban snow dome opened in 1927; blood doping is a persistent problem in FIS cross country competition; glaciers yield ancient skis.

6 Snapshots in Time
The Arctic’s shy cross country superstars (1967), snowboarding turns SIA into Bourbon Street (1991), Hodler exposes Olympic vote-buying (1998).

12 Classic Ski Towns
U.S. Ski and Snowboard builds a legacy in Park City, Utah. BY TOM KELLY

16 Nordic Skiing
Today’s Great Nordeen race commemorates Oregon’s first cross-country event, founded in 1927. BY TIM GIBBONS

27 Media Reviews
2018 ISHA Award winners: Histories of ski bindings and Aspen Highlands.

28 ISHA Honor Roll
Our annual financial report and donor listing.

32 Remembering
Farewell to Matti Nykänen, Michael Horn, Ayiken Jiashan, Dollie Armstrong, Werner Kuster, John Lindstrom and Dan Jenkins.

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