RetroSki 2022-2023

Trivia 2023 Week 10

What ski area had the first ski gondola in the United States?

Cranmore and Hannes Schneider

Last week I began the story of how Harvey Dow Gibson built the Cranmore Ski Resort in his native North Conway. I’ll continue the story where I left off last week, the Skimobile. The Lower Skimobile was finished for Cranmore’s… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2023 Week 9

In the Arlberg ski teaching method, what came after the Stem Turn?

Cranmore at 85!

Last year Stowe Mountain Resort celebrated its 85th anniversary of lift-served skiing. The list of ski areas with 85 years or more is very short. Joining that list this year is an area from my old stomping grounds in New… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2023 Week 8

What ski area was known for the Skimobile?

Fix Your Bathtub!

Like many other sports, skiing has always had a vocabulary associated with it. That vocabulary has changed with the times so I was intrigued when I came across a document entitled “American Ski Language” copyrighted in 1939. Let’s start with… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2023 Week 7

This summer I came across a list of 1939 skiing terms. So in 1939 what was a “bathtub”?

Bob Penniman

I was saddened to learn of the passing of one of my old skiing buddies, Bob Penniman. Bob introduced me to Stowe skiing and the Shed. We took memorable ski trips together to Europe and the American west. He kept… Continue Reading →

United States Slalom Success!

Thursday  December 29th was an historic day for U.S. women’s alpine skiing. It occurred at a World Cup slalom held in Semmering Austria. First, Mikaela Shiffrin won the slalom for her 80th World Cup victory, second only to Lindsey Vonn’s… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2023 Week 6

This past week Mikaela Shiffrin and Paula Moltzan finished first and second in a World Cup slalom. Who were the last two American women to finish first and second in a World Cup slalom?

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