RetroSki 2019-2020

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Trivia 2020 Week 8

When was the first Stowe (Vermont) Winter Carnival held?

Rear Entry Ski Boots – They’re Back!

What new addition to their ski boot lines have both Nordica and Atomic announced this season? I could have also asked “which of my posts have received the most comments?” The answer to both is Rear Entry Ski Boots! So… Continue Reading →

Bud Kassel

We lost a true Retro-Skier on Christmas day: Bud Kassel passed away at age 91. Bud and I were Stowe Hosts together and I had the pleasure of getting to know Bud over the past 24 years. I say I… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 6

What new addition to their ski boot lines have both Nordica and Atomic announced this season?

Beconta

Most ski equipment is made outside the United States. That was true during the Retro-Ski days and it’s still true today. Independent companies actually import the gear and distribute it to ski shops in the United States.  In general we… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 5

What Italian ski boot company built a ski boot manufacturing facility in Essex, Vermont?

Nordica’s “Banana” Boot

The “yellow banana” was actually the Astral Slalom model which was introduced in 1972. Its bright yellow color caught people’s eye and, of course, generated the nickname that people still recall. Nordica smartly picked up on the nickname and used… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 4

What company made the “yellow banana” ski boot?

Dick Buek

We’ve all been there. You’re skiing along in control and then something happens. Maybe it’s an icy spot; maybe it’s a bump; maybe you’re leaning too far inside; or leaning too far back; or maybe a snow snake bit you…. Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 3

The 1952 National Alpine Championships were held in Stowe. Who was the United States National Downhill Champion? (Note: That means the top finishing U.S. racer in the downhill.)

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