Volume 32 Number 5 September-October 2020

Featured Articles: 
By Peter Oliver

From Olympic racing to elite coaching, this once-and-future family has had a powerful impact on the sport. 

Above: John Caldwell at home in Putney, Vermont, where he first started competing as a high-school student in the late 1940s. By 1951 (right), he was training with the U.S. nordic team for the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo.

By Joseph Graham and Pierre Dumas

When it opened in 1930, the Seigniory Club was the largest ski resort in Canada...and possibly in North America. 

By Greg DiTrinco; Photos by Paul Ryan

After a career covering skiing, photographer Paul Ryan has seen it all.

By Jeff Blumenfeld

When cartoons take a run at skiing, mayhem ensues.

Goofy does not live up to his name in what might be the most realistic instructional cartoon on skiing (above). Part of Goofy’s “How To” oeuvre, The Art of Skiing shows viewers how to dress, load a chairlift and kick-turn, and even features an authentic yodeler on the soundtrack.


Big Air

In the Hans Truöl photo shown in the July-August issue (“Big Air”), the caption says it was taken in Lech, Australia. That would be Lech, Austria! The location is actually nearer to Zürs than to Lech.

The Lighter Side of Ski Movies

Hall of Famer Sverre Engen influenced many aspects of the sport. Perhaps none as enduring as lightening the load for ski movie production. 

By Mike Korologos

By John Fry

Toni Sailer raced to seven World Championship medals in an improbable 24 months—helping him become skiing’s first leading man.

Above: The Blitz from Kitz: Combining three gold medals with his matinee-idol appearance, 21-year-old Toni Sailer was the breakout star at the 1956 Cortina Winter Olympic Games.

By Seth Masia

This month ISHA launches its annual year-end fundraising campaign. Like any nonprofit, we’ll send out notices to our longtime supporters and new members alike, asking for holiday-season gifts—tax-deductible in the United States—to defray the costs of publishing our bimonthly Skiing History magazine, our website, the annual ISHA Awards, and outreach programs to recruit new members.

Remembering Joe Fischer, Jean-Pierre Chatellard, Pierre Dumas, Maxine Bounous and Mack Miller.


Looking back nearly 60 years, this Sohler Ski ad, featuring thick-rimmed white sunglasses, hoody ski parka and a glamorous wind-blown milieu, could be selling today’s hip outdoor fashion, as well as “the ski for those who want the best.” The ad, from the December 1961 issue of SKI magazine, touts the German ski manufacturer’s “Spyder-Downhill” as the “fastest metal ski in the world.” No exaggeration, there. Sohler was the ski supplier for Luigi DiMarco’s speed-skiing world record set in Cervinia, Italy, in August 1960, at more than 101 mph.

On the Cover: 

German-born designer Sascha Maurer created this poster in 1935 to promote Flexible Flyer/Splitkein skis and Smuggler's Notch in Vermont. It sold for $3,000 at auction last year at Swann Auction Galleries in New York. Image courtesy Swann (

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