RetroSki 2023-2024

Trivia 2024 Week 2

Who did Wayne Wong refer to as “the Founding Father of Freestyle Skiing?”

First Ski Tow in the United States

The village of Woodstock, Vermont, is nestled among rolling hills along the Ottauquechee River. In the 1920s as skiing became more popular, those hills drew skiers. There were several reasons for this: Woodstock had become a summer tourist destination so… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2024 Week 1

The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum’s ( new exhibit is on the Lost Ski Areas of Vermont! I plan to include trivia about some of these lost Vermont areas during this Retro-Ski season starting with this week: Where was the… Continue Reading →

White Ribbon of Death

It’s been awhile since I made it to Opening Day on the Mountain, but I was there last Friday! The WROD (White Ribbon of Death) was in pretty good shape and the crowd was not overwhelming. The temperatures were spring-like… Continue Reading →

The 2023-24 Season Begins!

The new ski season has begun! In the west, early snow has allowed several areas to open early. In the east, the Beast of the East, Killington, has opened and looks like it will be in good shape for the… Continue Reading →

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 →

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