Volume 23, No. 5 September-October 2011


14 Made in Switzerland
How innovative Swiss ski manufacturers changed the ski world, beginning in the village of Glarus in 1893. by Luzi Hitz

18 Always Alps
After several decades, these classic European mountain scenes have lost none of their rugged beauty.
Photographs by Fletcher Manley / Text by John Fry

22 The End of the Affair
From the 1950s to the 1980s, American skiers flocked to the Alps—a travel trend that’s gone the way of stretch pants and affordable airfare. by Abby Rand


3 Readers Respond

5 Short Turns
Floods damage Killington lodge; U.S. Hall of Fame acquires Sonja Henie ski-film costume from Sun Valley Serenade.

12 Web News
Revamped ISHA Website ( has new features and a fresh design.

26 Collectibles
ISHA founding member Natalie Leduc has created a ski-research library with 500-plus volumes.

29 Where Are They Now?
Matti Nykänen of Finland: the greatest ski jumper, or the greatest tragedy?

31 Technique
Expert skiers have been using the oblique pole plant since the turn of the century.

33 Resorts Then and Now
Snow King: Jackson Hole’s original ski resort is still a center of community life.

36 Remembering
Louis Cochand, Kathy Harriman Mortimer, Jack Fisher.

38 News from ISHA
A report to our members and donors.

40 Last Run
The parachute stop, an alternative to the snowplow.

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