RetroSki 2019-2020


January 2015

Trivia 2015 Week 10

Who broke his back on the Wildcat trail in New Hampshire and then started the Eastern Slope Ski School to help others avoid such accidents? That ski school would later become the Hannes Schneider Ski School.

Charles Minot “Minnie” Dole

Organized skiing in the United States began in the 1930s. Here in Stowe that was driven by Roland Palmedo and the Amateur Ski Club of New York. As I wrote last week, falling in those days was an integral part… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2015 Week 9

Whose broken leg on the slopes of Mt. Mansfield led to the founding of the National Ski Patrol?

The Disappearing Sitzmark!

“Know the Code!” Around most ski areas today you’ll see signs that define a Code of Conduct for skiers and riders. But even before there was lift-served skiing there was a Code of Conduct for skiers. Some of the elements… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2015 Week 8

From the old Skiers Code of Etiquette complete the following phrase: “Please fill in your __________________”

Ski Cars: The Saab

Last week I talked about the challenges of winter driving in the RetroSki era and the merits of the much-maligned Corvair. I received more Corvair responses after the paper’s deadline last week as Larry Heath and Bill Kornrumpf joined the… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2015 Week 7

What car featured a three cylinder, two-cycle engine with only seven moving parts?

Ski Cars: The Chevy Corvair

Powder days and first tracks are a skier’s dream. Getting to the ski area on a powder day can be a skier’s nightmare! Generally the same weather that produces a good powder day also produces miserable driving conditions. Add into… Continue Reading →

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