RetroSki 2019-2020

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Trivia 2020 Week 13

When was the International trail at Stowe renamed Starr?

Sun Valley Trip 1974

Back in January I showed a home movie of a ski trip I took with a group of friends in 1974. It reminded me of what was happening here in the United States independent of skiing which did affect the… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 12

What ski area has an on-mountain restaurant named “The Roundhouse?”

It Was The Best of Times It Was The Worst of Times

A few weeks back, a video made the rounds on social media and was even included in the video edits of the weekly Chairlift Chat put out by Ski Essentials. The title of the video was “Why Ski Resorts Are… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 11

Which of the following age groups comprise the largest percentage of skier visits in the United States: Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964); Gen X (born 1965-1980); Millennials (born 1981- 1996); or Gen Z (born after 1996)?

Polar Fleece Warmth

I love my helmet! No, it hasn’t saved me from any traumatic brain injuries, but it’s the warmest headwear for skiing I’ve ever found. Like many Retro-Skiers I was late making the move to helmets for skiing. However when I… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 10

What company invented polar fleece?

Dick Durrance

You may be surprised to learn that the first American alpine skier to be successful competing against the Europeans was born in Florida! Granted, the fact that his family moved to Garmisch, Germany, when he was thirteen played an important… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 9

In 1935 a new event was added to the Stowe Winter Carnival, a slalom ski race. Who won that first slalom? (Hint: He was also the first American to win a major European ski race. That was at Sestriere in… Continue Reading →

Stowe Winter Carnival

Today, January 23rd, marks the start of this year’s Stowe Winter Carnival. So when was the first Stowe Winter Carnival? In all the ads for the 2020 Stowe Winter Carnival you’ll see that it’s the 46th Carnival. That would mean… Continue Reading →

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