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MUST-SKI TV

Skiing was a handy punching bag when television searched for laughs. By Jeff Blumenfeld It was one of the most famous broken legs in modern American history.  When comedian Lucille Ball suffered a...

Statistical Smorgasbord

Just how many of us are there? That’s a controversial question. By John fry How many people ski in the USA? Or ski and snowboard? Neither of the industry estimates that are typically and most...

A Sport Once White

Photo above: The Rivers Triplets of Long Island are U12 racers who train at Windham Mountain, New York. Left to right: Helaina D. Rivers, Henri D.L. Rivers IV, and Henniyah D. Rivers. By Jay Cowan In...

How Ski Trails Got Their Names

When it comes to trail monikers, no lions and tigers, but plenty of bears—not to mention resort founders, historic events and death threats.   By Jeff Blumenfeld I remember December 1973 like it was...

NORTH AMERICA’S FIRST ALL-FEMALE SKI CLUB

Penguin Power! One of North America’s first and most successful ski clubs was created in Quebec entirely by, and for, women.   By Cara Armstrong and Lori Knowles Ski clubs have played an important...

WHAT U.S. SKIING NEEDS TO LEARN

U.S. Skiing could learn a lot from the success formula within its own women’s cross-country team. By Edith Thys Morgan The FIRST, EVER, cross country gold medal for the U.S.!” Those words, screamed...

BROADWAY’S CONTRIBUTION TO CATSKILLS SKIING

Broadway lensman Werner J. Kuhn ran the patrol, taught first aid and shot PR photos at a popular Catskills ski area. By Jeff Blumenfeld   The image was typical of ski area publicity photos of the...

BRIDGING THE SKI-SNOWBOARD DIVIDE

The man who wrote the manual recalls early efforts to bridge the cultural divide between skiers and snowboarders. By Roger Lohr In the early 1990s, snowboarding was booming at mountain resorts across...

Ross Rebagliati: Lost and Found

At the Nagano Olympics, he was stripped of snowboarding's first gold medal. The next day, he had the medal back. Today, Ross Rebagliati is a successful marijuana entrepreneur in British Columbia. By...

Skiing to the Poles

The critical role of skis in 130 years of Arctic exploration and adventure. By Jeff Blumenfeld Throughout the modern era of polar exploration, skis have played an invaluable role in propelling...

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