RetroSki 2020-2021


Greg Morrill

Trivia 2021 Week 8

2021 will mark the 80th anniversary of the film “Sun Valley Serenade.” The movie starred Olympic gold medalist skater Sonja Henie, but what American gold medalist skier was her skiing double?

Lange-flo and the Lange Girls

Ski boots have always been a common complaint by skiers. That was certainly true in the Retro-Ski days of leather boots! The 1960s saw several companies experimenting with plastic ski boots, but Bob Lange emerged from the group with the… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2021 Week 7

Who invented Lange-flo?

Tips to the Rear!

I’ve noticed an increase in popularity of the old-style ski rack on cars. That is, the kind that clamp skis either in a single layer or in pairs. In recent years ski boxes seemed to have taken over that market… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2021 Week 6

In an old-style, car-roof ski rack, which is the correct way to load skis, ski tips to the front or to the rear?

The Last Ascent

Bill McCollom was a Vermonter, a Retro-Skier, a ski racer, a coach, a teacher, a writer, and a friend. He passed away unexpectedly in June. COVID, while it didn’t cause his death, robbed the rest of us of the opportunity… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2021 Week 5

The first U.S. downhill national championships were held in 1934. Where were they held? (Hint: It wasn’t in Vermont!)

A Perfect Christmas Gift

So what company was the first to offer a down parka? Tim “Griff” Griffin knew that it was Eddie Bauer! Eddie Bauer, the person, started Eddie Bauer’s Tennis Shop in Seattle in 1920. Gradually he expanded what the shop carried… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2021 Week 4

What company introduced the first down parka?

Powderhorn Mountaineering

It’s amazing how looking at old photos can bring back so many memories. Pat and Mike Weisel who are longtime friends of mine used COVID time to go through their old photos and have some digitized. Since some of those… Continue Reading →

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