RetroSki 2022-2023

Rear Entry or Hands Free Ski Boots?

A couple weeks back I wrote a column about Lena Gale Allen. This week I received a nice note from her son, Dana Allen. He included a copy of a letter from Lena that appeared in the Stowe Reporter in… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2023 Week 19

When was the Salomon SX 91 ski boot introduced?

Ski Tests

How do you know which ski is right for you? While that was a problem back in the Retro-Ski days, there were relatively few ski brands, each with relatively few models. In the 1950s Head was the ski of choice… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2023 Week 18

Who was the ski instructor that wrote the book “Skiing Simplified” in 1970? (He was also the commentator on the 1970 “The Killy Challenge” TV series.)

Lena Gale

Last season I wrote a column on Stowe hosting the 1952 U.S. National Championships. C. V. Starr arranged to have top International skiers come to the U.S. such as Stein Eriksen to make the event even bigger. The races were… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2023 Week 17

When was the first Sugar Slalom held on Mount Mansfield in Stowe?

Hilary Engisch-Klein

She was the overall World Cup winner for women’s moguls four times. She won a total of 21 World Cup mogul events. She is in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Hall of… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2023 Week 16

Who was the women’s U.S. National Mogul Champion in 1984? Also that year she was named the U.S. Ski Team Athlete of the Year!

Limmer Hiking Boots Among Other Things

Where were you when you heard that Mikaela Shiffrin won her 87th World Cup race? OK. Maybe it isn’t an historic moment of that order, but as a part-time skiing historian I feel I should make note of it. I’m… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2023 Week 15

Who was awarded the first United States ski boot patent?

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