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Northland Skis: Fire and Feud in St. Paul

By Greg Fangel and Paul Hooge How Christian Lund mopped up rivals while making the world’s best-known hickory skis. Illustration above: Henry Hall (1893-1986), of Ishpeming, Michigan, was just one of...

Catching up with Kari Traa

By Aimee Berg The Norwegian mogul champ is back home in Voss, raising kids and running a $70 million company. But she still flies through the air.  At 14, Kari Traa started skiing moguls in oversized...

Sunshine on my Shoulders: A history of ski music and song

By Charlie Sanders Photo by Robert Doisneau/Getty Images As a professor of entertainment law at New York University, I’ve taught courses on the relationship of music to history. I’ve also been skiing...

The European Origin of Skiing

By Maurice Woehrlé Archaeology and DNA evidence support the theory that skiing arose east of the Baltic, at the end of the last Ice Age. Translated by Seth Masia Where and when was skiing invented?...

Kiki Cutter Densmore

By Edith Thys Morgan Where are they now? The first American to win a World Cup race starts a new life. Photo above: Kiki at the World Cup GS in Val d'Isere, December 11, 1969. Popperfoto/Getty Images...

Why Racers Marry Their Ski Boots

By Peter Oliver Ski racers take extreme measures to get—and keep—a winning boot.  Ingemar Stenmark spent almost his entire World Cup career in Caber’s blue Alfa boot (top of page). He ran his first...

Faster, Easier, Better: Evolution of XC Track Setting

By Rick Eliot with John Caldwell For any sport, the condition of the playing surface is vital to success. For that reason, ski-touring centers strive to provide guests with well-designed trails...

A Century of Ski Films

Movies have had a special place in the history of skiing, of course. Because motion picture cameras were invented just about the time skiing emerged as a sport in the Alps, snippets of footage exist...

Ski Business: Better Than Wool

By Seth Masia In the early ’80s, skiers finally learned to stay dry and warm. Photo above: In the 1980s, Patagonia's fleece top helped launch the technical skiwear category. Those of us who began...

Skiers Will Ski on Anything -- Especially Sand

By Jeff Blumenfeld Lack of snow deters not the true believer. Photo above: German sand-skiing speed record holder (nearly 60 mph) Henrik May shows his form on the sands of Namibia. Snow is...

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