Volume 33 Number 2 March-April 2021

Featured Articles: 
By E. John B. Allen

Before Aspen, Ashcroft and Mount Hayden promised a cable car, ‘immense schusses,’ a village for 2,000. Then World War II intervened.

Photo above: A map drawn by Roch of his vision for a ski resort in the greater Aspen area. Courtesy Aspen Historical Society.

It is difficult now to realize that Aspen’s skiing development did not start in town but out on Castle Creek, where the Highland Bavarian Lodge housing two European guides was to offer ski touring for wealthy clients.

By Peggy Shinn

The first American to win a World Cup cross-country race, this pioneer has remained an advocate for women for five decades.

Photo above: Alison at the U.S. Nationals in 1977. Courtesy Alison Owen Bradley.

Trivia question: Who is the first U.S. racer to win a FIS cross-country World Cup?

By Ron Lemaster

Toni Seelos and Dick Durrance helped build the bridge to the modern carved turn by letting skis "do their magic."

Photo above: Dick Durrance at Oak Hill, Hanover, New Hampshire in 1939. Lane Memorial Library.

By Everett Potter

For the first time, Swann’s annual vintage ski poster auction featured only remote bidding. No matter. Prices and spirits were high. 

Above: “Zermatt,” by Swiss artist Emil Cardinaux, led off the 2021 Swann auction. The rare 1908 poster combines the majestic Matterhorn and the Art Nouveau style of its times. All images courtesy Swann Galleries.

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 unquestionably top of the heap for sliding. Not to get all Poindexter on you, but skis slide easily thanks to a very thin layer of meltwater between the skis and the snow.

So what happens if it doesn’t snow? Or what if it’s one of those three warmer seasons that shall remain nameless? That’s where history has proven skiers will ski on just about anything, especially sand.

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 skiing before 1980 remember bundling up in layers of nylon, wool and down. In dry weather we were warm. In wet weather we shivered and headed for the lodge, then waited overnight for the soggy insulation to dry out. Around 1970 a lot of ski parkas were made with synthetic fiberfills, which dried more quickly—but they still soaked up cold rain and wet snow, driving us indoors.

By Seth Masia

In 2020, donors dug deep to help ISHA weather trying times. Fundraising set a new record.

For the seventh year in a row, donors to the nonprofit International Skiing History Association set a record for unrestricted donations. Thanks to the generosity of ISHA members, individual donations in 2020 rose 15.6 percent over the previous best year (2019).

The 2020 Fundraising Campaign raised a total of $136,857 in gifts from 443 individuals. The ISHA Board of Directors thanks Christin Cooper and Penny Pitou for leading the annual drive.

The Winter Army, Les Peuples du Ski, Marcel Hirscher

Ullr Award: The Winter Army, by Maurice Isserman

By Peggy Shinn

Backcountry boon: Bolton Valley skiers head off-piste during the pandemic

Capitalizing on its backcountry roots from the 1920s, Bolton Valley, Vermont, is enjoying a business bump during the pandemic, as skiers are looking to continue to ski, just with more personal space.

Bolton offers 4,000 acres of mapped
backcountry terrain. Bolton Valley photo.

By E. John B. Allen

Learning to paint while recovering from tuberculosis, Paul Sample painted what he knew best: rural ski scenes.

By Greg DiTrinco

Photo above: John Jay at Camp Hale

1958 What a Life!
In the ski film business, the work sometimes resembles an iceberg—seven-eighths of it lies hidden and never appears to the gay crowds who come so see the shows. They see a two-hour finished product, enjoy the laughs and the excitement, and go home chattering, “What a life! Why don’t we get into it?” Why not indeed. —John Jay, “The Glamorous Life” (SKI Magazine, October 1958)

On the Cover: 

"Canadian Rockies," by artist Peter Ewart, turned up 17 years after its last sale at the annual Swann auction. With a speeding skier, the 1950s poster promoted the thrill of the sport, in an age when ads typically pitched glamor. Image courtesy Swann Galleries.

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