Category Archives: Columns

Betsy Snite

On Saturday February 20, 1960 my family was huddled around our black-and-white TV to watch the women’s downhill at the Squaw Valley winter Olympics. I say huddled around because the reception for the CBS channel was pretty bad and made … Continue reading

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Mel Dalebout’s Daleboot

Mel Dalebout got hooked on skiing in the late 1940s while he was an engineering student at the University of Utah. He became proficient enough that he raced nationally within the United States. With the advent of plastic ski boots … Continue reading

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Die Hard Rear-Entry Boots

Last winter while Meg and I were in Utah, some Vermont friends came out to visit and ski. One of those friends was Ed Trottier who was skiing in 25 year old Salomon SX-91 boots! We had a laugh since … Continue reading

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How Many People in the U.S. Skied Last Season?

If you’re reading this column, then you’re probably one of the top 1%! I’ll explain more about that later. Snowsports Industries America (SIA) is a non-profit trade association representing suppliers of snowsports.  Snowsports in this case being alpine skiing, Nordic … Continue reading

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Tucker Sno-Cats

I skied Cliff Trail for the first time this season on Monday December 11th. It hadn’t been groomed yet, but conditions were still good. There were some small soft-snow bumps plus a few water bars so it was a little … Continue reading

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Lift Lines Succumb to High Speed Lifts!

I’ll start with a follow-up from last week’s column about the Mt. Mansfield Lift-Exchange Ticket Books. I received a note from Steve Berry after last week’s column was submitted to the Reporter. Steve had the correct answer that it took … Continue reading

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Mount Mansfield Lift-Exchange Ticket Books

Last week my wife and I were skiing the Quad on Mount Mansfield at what I’d term a moderate rate. That is, we were skiing at moderate speed and stopping briefly at the usual stopping spots. We were getting about … Continue reading

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Changes

Change. We humans are kind of ambivalent about change. We’re all for change until it affects us and then somehow it’s different. Actually this column is all about our reaction to change, well at least as it pertains to skiing. … Continue reading

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Welcome to the 2017-2018 RetroSki Season!

The ski season is underway and so is RetroSki! Columns (Posts) will begin on November 30th!

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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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