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Junior Bounous

When Snowbird opened in 1971, Junior Bounous was named as head of the ski school. It was a natural choice. Bounous was a native Utahn and he had learned to be a ski instructor under Alf Engen at Alta, eventually … Continue reading

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Sugar Slalom

According to Charlie Lord, the first Sugar Slalom was held on April 30, 1939. It had been a good season and the general feeling was that there should be a special event to mark the season’s end. If it was … Continue reading

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Knee-High Ski Boots

Can a ski boot with a novel new design influence other ski boot manufacturers even if that novel boot never made it to market? Based on the story of the Kastinger Porsche, apparently the answer is “yes!” Daniel Post was … Continue reading

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Snowsports History Week in Stowe

Snowsports History Week comes to Stowe next week with events starting Wednesday, April 5th! So what is Snowsports History Week? I heard you ask. Mason Beekley founded the International Skiing History Association (ISHA) in 1991 with a goal of furthering … Continue reading

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Tamara McKinney

This past weekend Mikaela Shiffrin became the third American woman to win the overall FIS World Cup. Much has been made of Mikaela’s youth since she just turned 22 last week. However the first American woman to win the overall … Continue reading

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Alf Engen

Alf Engen – The Old Man Of The Mountain – Powder segment from Howie Arnstad on Vimeo. “I have always loved skiing and never had a bad day. Some may not have been as good as others, but nonetheless, I … Continue reading

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Grant Reynolds

How many seasons have you been skiing? Grant Reynolds is celebrating his seventy eighth consecutive ski season making him a true RetroSkier! Grant’s skiing started as a child on Christmas day 1938 in Saint Albans. By the time he was … Continue reading

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Hermann Goellner

Stein Eriksen was the first to popularize doing a flip on skis. Wherever Stein was the Director of Skiing, part of his contract was a weekly event for people to see him perform his flip. However Stein never advanced his … Continue reading

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Gelandesprung

What is a gelandesprung? Both Nancy Twitty and Willie White had the correct answer. It is a jump initiated by using your ski poles, usually off some natural terrain feature. In fact I’ve always heard that gelandesprung was German for … Continue reading

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Nansen Ski Club

Have you ever skied off an actual ski jump? No, not the features that are now common in terrain parks at most ski areas, but a real ski jump. The closest ski jump to where I grew up was a … Continue reading

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