Volume 34 No 1 January-February 2022

Featured Articles: 
By John Korobanik

In 1964, the Kokanee Glacier gave birth to Canada’s national ski team.

Canadians fared poorly at the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck. Only Nancy Greene had a top-10 finish (seventh in downhill). In May 1964, former Canadian downhill champion Dave Jacobs, who had retired with a broken leg in 1961, wrote a letter to Bill Tindale, then president of the Canadian Amateur Ski Association (CASA), concluding: “We have some tough problems to solve which require some slightly revolutionary solutions.”

By Halsted "Hacksaw" Morris

Before Hans Gmoser and Mike Wiegele made it a success, heliskiing had unsung pioneers.

The helicopter has been called the God Machine for its ability to hover and land on almost any kind of terrain. One has even summited Mount Everest: On May 14, 2005, test pilot Didier Delsalle braved high winds to perch a Eurocopter AS350 B3 on the summit for 3 minutes, 50 seconds, repeating the landing the next day. No one has done it since.

Photo above: Hans Gmoser (right) with five guests and a pilot, with a Bell 47B1, at Valemount in 1969. Courtesy CMH.

By Kirby Gilbert

A teenager came to America, embodying the greatest ski jumping tradition of all.

North American skiing owes a lot to Kongsberg, Norway. This silver-mining town, 55 miles southwest of Oslo, dominated ski jumping in the first half of the 20th century. Between 1928 and 1948, of the 12 Olympic medals awarded in ski jumping, Norwegians won 10 (all gold and silver), and six went to Kongsberg boys. Often, three members of a four-man ski jumping team representing Norway were from Kongsberg.

By Edith Thys Morgan

What to Expect When You're Inspecting

By Edith Thys Morgan

By Seth Masia

By Seth Masia 

The VR17, engineered for French ski racers, was imitated by ski factories around the world.

From the January-February 2022 issue

By Sepp Scanlin

The U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Museum will reopen in March.

After a 2020 cancellation, Skiing History Week returns in late March to Sun Valley, Idaho. Join us for some spring skiing and to reconnect with ISHA members and ski-industry friends.

Please join us for Skiing History Week in Sun Valley, March 23-26!

Since 1993, Skiing History Week has been the high point of ISHA’s year—a chance for members to ski together and celebrate the traditions and culture of our sport. For the past decade the History Week events have been held in partnership with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.

By Phil Johnson

Dating back to 1928, the biennial Winter University Games will return to Lake Placid in 2023.

The 2021 World University Winter Games, scheduled for Lucerne, Switzerland, last December, were canceled due to pandemic-related travel restrictions. Lake Placid, New York, is set to host the next edition of the biennial winter games in January 2023.

In Brattleboro, Vermont, ski jumping remains a popular tradition.

In 1909, Dartmouth junior Fred Harris, of Brattleboro, Vermont, founded the Dartmouth Outing Club. That same winter he leaped from a primitive ski jump for the first time, according to the new book Harris Hill Ski Jump, the First 100 years.

Photo above: Some 10,000 spectators encouraged 160 athletes at the 1951 National Championships.

By E. John B. Allen

Otto Barth was a sickly child. To gain strength, he was taken to the mountains at age 16. The same year, he was admitted to the Viennese Academy of Fine Arts. Two years later, he teamed up with his artist friend Gustav Jahn for serious mountaineering. He died, probably of lead poisoning from his paints, at age 39.

By John Fry

Did a foggy slalom course on a French mountainside tarnish the coronation of skiing’s king?

By Seth Masia

To Heaven's Heights: An Anthology of Skiing in Literature, by Ingrid Christophersen

What a wonderful compliation of history and music made available through the web site (“History of Ski Music and Song,” September-October 2021). Appreciation to the author, Charlie Sanders. I was especially impressed by his wide ranging and through knowledge of ski related songsters from the 1950s and 1960s. Mr. Sanders really blew my mind as he described the contribution of Mike Cohen’s collection of ski songs, To Hell With Skiing! published in 1967 and his description of the contributions made by Mr. Cohen’s ski lodge Trailside, near Killington, Vermont. Mr.

We bid adieu to Ron LeMaster, Aaron Feuerstein, Barry Hollister and Harry Kaiser.

See Obituaries.

Polartec is a proud corporate sponsor of ISHA.

Catamount/Berkshire East is proud to support ISHA as a corporate sponsor.

On the Cover: 

Dwight Clark Shepler designed Sun Valley/Union Pacific in 1940. Praised as "graphic and painterly at the same time," the poster is one of several that Shepler completed for the resort. He also created posters for the annual Dartmouth Winter Carnival.

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