Monthly Archives: February 2012

Trivia Week 14

When did the Eisenhower tunnel first open?

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“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

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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.

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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

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Trivia Week 12

Who developed the Arlberg Technique for ski instruction?

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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

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Trivia Week 11

What is avalement?

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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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