Editor Seth Masia
Managing Editor Greg Ditrinco
Consulting Editor Cindy Hirschfeld
Art Director Edna Baker
Seth Masia, Chairman
John Allen, Andy Bigford, John Caldwell, Jeremy Davis, Kirby Gilbert, Paul Hooge, Jeff Leich, Ron LeMaster, Bob Soden, Ingrid Wicken
Morten Lund, Glenn Parkinson
To preserve skiing history and to increase awareness of the sport’s heritage
Mason Beekley, 1927–2001
ISHA Board of Directors
Rick Moulton, Chairman
Seth Masia, President
Wini Jones, Vice President
Jeff Blumenfeld, Vice President
John McMurtry, Vice President
Bob Soden (Canada), Treasurer
Einar Sunde, Secretary
Richard Allen, Skip Beitzel, Michael Calderone, Dick Cutler, Ken Hugessen (Canada), David Ingemie, Joe Jay Jalbert, Henri Rivers, Charles Sanders, Christof Thöny (Austria), Ivan Wagner (Switzerland)
Christin Cooper, Billy Kidd, Jean-Claude Killy, Bode Miller, Doug Pfeiffer, Penny Pitou, Nancy Greene Raine
Bimonthly journal and official publication of the International Skiing History Association (ISHA)
Partners: U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame | Canadian Ski Museum and Hall of Fame
Alf Engen Ski Museum | North American Snowsports Journalists Association | Swiss Academic Ski Club
Skiing History (USPS No. 16-201, ISSN: 23293659) is published bimonthly by the International Skiing History Association, P.O. Box 1064, Manchester Center, VT 05255.
Periodicals postage paid at Manchester Center, VT and at additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to ISHA, P.O. Box 1064, Manchester Center, VT 05255
ISHA is a 501(c)(3) public charity. EIN: 06-1347398
Written permission from the editor is required to reproduce, in any manner, the contents of Skiing History, either in full or in part.
Ads from the Past: Wayne Wong's Dodge
Wayne Wong, of Vancouver, British Columbia, at age 19, took third place in the very first International Championships of Exhibition Skiing, held in March 1971 at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire (grand prize was a Corvette). In 1976, Wong endorsed the new 230-horsepower Dodge Aspen R/T—the performance version of the “compact” Aspen introduced that year. The code-name for the development program had been Aspen-Vail, and the Plymouth version was named Volaré (without the accent it means “to fly” in Italian). Wong flew on to stardom, but the Aspen/ Volaré was a lemon. By 1978, quality problems nearly bankrupted Chrysler, and incoming boss Lee Iacocca axed the Aspen in favor of the front-wheel-drive K-Car series,
introduced in 1980. —Seth Masia
In future issues:
Whatever Happened To Down/UP? Remember when instructors told us to get tall to start the turn? Is up-unweighting still a teaching tool? Ron LeMaster explains.
Where Are They Now? American racer Marco Sullivan retired after 15 years on the World Cup circuit—and a record 105 downhills. Edith Thys Morgan catches up with the speed specialist.
True Northland Fires and feuds in St. Paul: The real story behind the world’s best hickory skis.
Listen Up! Remember singing “Super Skier” around the ski lodge fireplace? From yodeling odes to “90 Pounds of Rucksack” to the latest streaming jams, music has always been a key part of ski culture. Listen to the classics through ISHA’s multi-media reconstruction of ski-music history.
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