RetroSki 2019-2020

The Lookout on Big Spruce

Lots of action on last week’s trivia question! The warming hut near the top of Big Spruce was called the Lookout. Bill “Shakey” Hays was one of the first to answer. “It was variously known as “The Outlook” and “The… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 20

Back when Big Spruce at Stowe had an old sloooow double chair, there was a warming shelter near the top. What was it called?

Earl Miller

Last week’s trivia question asked who invented the first step-in ski binding. There are two primary contenders, Mitch Cubberley and Earl Miller. I’ve written about Cubberley and his Cubco binding in the past so this week’s column is about Earl… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 19

Who claims to have invented the first step-in binding? (Note: there are at least two competing claims for this achievement. Either answer will work!)

Downhill Racer

With all this at-home time I’ve been watching more movies, both old and new. One of those was “Downhill Racer” which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season. It actually came out in late 1969, but most of us didn’t… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 18

Who starred in the movie Downhill Racer? For a bonus, who did the skiing as the star’s double?

Evolution of Ski Retention Methods

So who invented the first release ski binding? A Norwegian immigrant living in Oregon, Hjalmar Hvam, was recovering from a broken leg as the result of a skiing accident. It wasn’t his first! Frustrated, he decided to design a binding… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 17

Who is credited with inventing the first release ski binding?

James Niehues

If we compare the skiing experience from the RetroSki days to today, one of the big differences is the amount of technology we see on the slopes. Tickets are scanned, runs are tracked, and then there are the ubiquitous cell… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 16

James Niehues will be inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame next week in Sun Valley. For what is James Niehues famous?

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