RetroSki 2019-2020

Trivia 2020 Week 9

In 1935 a new event was added to the Stowe Winter Carnival, a slalom ski race. Who won that first slalom? (Hint: He was also the first American to win a major European ski race. That was at Sestriere in… Continue Reading →

Stowe Winter Carnival

Today, January 23rd, marks the start of this year’s Stowe Winter Carnival. So when was the first Stowe Winter Carnival? In all the ads for the 2020 Stowe Winter Carnival you’ll see that it’s the 46th Carnival. That would mean… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 8

When was the first Stowe (Vermont) Winter Carnival held?

Rear Entry Ski Boots – They’re Back!

What new addition to their ski boot lines have both Nordica and Atomic announced this season? I could have also asked “which of my posts have received the most comments?” The answer to both is Rear Entry Ski Boots! So… Continue Reading →

Bud Kassel

We lost a true Retro-Skier on Christmas day: Bud Kassel passed away at age 91. Bud and I were Stowe Hosts together and I had the pleasure of getting to know Bud over the past 24 years. I say I… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 6

What new addition to their ski boot lines have both Nordica and Atomic announced this season?

Beconta

Most ski equipment is made outside the United States. That was true during the Retro-Ski days and it’s still true today. Independent companies actually import the gear and distribute it to ski shops in the United States.  In general we… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 5

What Italian ski boot company built a ski boot manufacturing facility in Essex, Vermont?

Nordica’s “Banana” Boot

The “yellow banana” was actually the Astral Slalom model which was introduced in 1972. Its bright yellow color caught people’s eye and, of course, generated the nickname that people still recall. Nordica smartly picked up on the nickname and used… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 4

What company made the “yellow banana” ski boot?

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