Category Archives: Columns

The New Season!

RetroSki columns will begin Thanksgiving week for the 2018-19 season! It’s snowing as I write this so the ski season should be off to a good start! So dust off those 205’s, lace ski boots, and stretch pants for another … Continue reading

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Apres-Ski at the End of the Season

I begin with the sad news of Bob Beattie’s death on April 1st at age 85. Beattie was a Middlebury College graduate who was better known there for playing football than his skiing. However in 1956 as a post grad … Continue reading

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Freestyle Mogul Skiing

Alright, I’m going to say it. Today’s World Cup mogul competitions are boring! They’ve become formulaic with two pre-built jumps and machine-made moguls. The top competitors piston their way through the bumps and launch very similar complex jumps. Any slight … Continue reading

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La Proell

A couple weeks ago Mikaela Shiffrin broke the record for most FIS World Cup wins before the age of 23. A couple of years ago Lindsey Vonn broke the women’s record for most total FIS World Cup victories. In both … Continue reading

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Bill Briggs

Last week I wrote about Fritz Wiessner who was a skiing mountaineer best known for his ascents. This week I’m writing about a skiing mountaineer best known for his skiing descents – in particular, the first skiing descent of the … Continue reading

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Man For All Mountains

What does a wooded trail network on conserved land in Stowe have in common with a peak in British Columbia’s coastal range? Both Wiessner Woods and Mount Wiessner carry the name of one of the greatest mountain climbers of the … Continue reading

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Ski Boot Trees

There are two types of skiers in the world: those who put their ski boots on in the parking lot and those that put theirs on in the lodge. However there was a time when there was only one type … Continue reading

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Wet T-Shirt Contests

This week’s topic for my column has been on my list almost since I started writing eight years ago.  Cowardice and perhaps some hint of good taste have kept me from writing about it sooner. So what prompted me to … Continue reading

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RIP Warren Miller

Timing is everything. I used the same trivia question back in 2012 (Who is known for saying “If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be another year older when you do!”?) and received no answers! But with Warren Miller’s … Continue reading

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Supper G and Super Stenmark

So when did the Super G become an FIS event? Lyndall Heyer was the first with the correct answer and then used her impressive connections to research the details associated with the creation of Super G! So Lyndall should get … Continue reading

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