RetroSki 2019-2020


December 2010

Leather Ski Boots

It’s 10:30 on a clear mid-December morning with the outside temperature in the teens above zero.  I’m in the base lodge with my ski boots off sitting with my feet propped up as close to the blazing fire place as… Continue Reading →

Trivia Week 6

What boot manufacturer used the slogan “Are you still lacing while others are racing?”

The Skimobile

At about the same time the Belknap chairlift was being built, Harvey Dow Gibson, one of America’s leading financiers, had a vision of making his hometown, North Conway, New Hampshire, into a world-class ski resort.  He had consulted with his… Continue Reading →

New England’s First Chairlift

First Chairlift in New England at Belknap Mountain Recreation Area – photo courtesy of New England Ski Museum The first chairlift in New England was built in Gilford, New Hampshire, at what is now called the Gunstock ski area.  It… Continue Reading →

Trivia Week 5

What was a “moli”?

Aspen Lift 1

Aspen Lift 1 – Single Chairlift built in 1946 By the 1960’s the American West had emerged as the premier place to ski.  As we Easterners sharpened our edges or put on an extra layer, we heard rumors of blue… Continue Reading →

The First Chairlift

Ruud Mountain Charlift with Mount Baldy in background – Photo courtesy of Ed Pearson The first chairlift was installed at Sun Valley, Idaho, in 1936 and began operation in December.  Pete Davis was the first with the correct answer and… Continue Reading →

Trivia Week 4

Where was the first chairlift in New England and when did it begin operation?

Surface Lifts

Riding a T-bar The first T-bar in the U.S. was at Pico and began operation in January 1941.  At the time it was the highest capacity lift in North America!  Brad and Janet Mead, founders of Pico and parents of… Continue Reading →

Trivia Week 3

Where was the first chairlift in the world and when did it begin operation?

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