RetroSki 2019-2020


February 2012

Trivia Week 14

When did the Eisenhower tunnel first open?

“You’ll Love Vail!”

I’m accelerating down the in-run of a natural terrain jump – a “kicker” in today’s parlance.  It’s in the sparse trees, skier’s right of the cliffs above Mid-Vail.  I’m nervous because I’ve never taken this jump before – hell, I’ve… Continue Reading →

Trivia Week 13

When did the Vail ski area first open? There is a connection between Hannes Schneider coming to North Conway and the creation of the Vail ski resort.  You get many bonus points if you identify that connection.

Hannes Schneider and the Arlberg Technique

If you’re a regular reader of this column, chances are you learned to ski based on the Arlberg technique.  Even if you didn’t get specific instruction from a ski instructor, the way you learned was still influenced by the technique…. Continue Reading →

Trivia Week 12

Who developed the Arlberg Technique for ski instruction?

Popsicle Sticks and Duct Tape

Popsicle® sticks and duct tape!  If you were skiing in 1969 or 1970, you may have seen some skiers (usually teenage boys) with a crude extension attached to the back of their ski boots made of, you guessed it, Popsicle®… Continue Reading →

Trivia Week 11

What is avalement?

Hexcel Skis and Graves Skis

The archives of the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. contain a significant collection of Howard Head’s papers.  Part of that collection is the “Honeycomb Ski” journal which documents Head’s development work from May 1947 to March 1948. … Continue Reading →

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