Category Columns

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

2023 Echoes 1960 Winter Olympics

It’s interesting how something that happens today echoes an occurrence in the past which in turn triggers many memories! I’m sure historians experience this often. This season FIS alpine skiing has offered a couple of examples. Earlier in the season… Continue Reading →

Val d’Isere Follow-Up

Barry Stone shared a story of his first visit to Val d’Isere that was so good that I asked if I could share it in my column. He gave me permission so here is the story in Barry’s own words:… Continue Reading →

Chamonix 1973

Last week I described how we had some great skiing in Val d’Isere on my first European ski trip in 1973 with friends John Dawson, John Fox, Jerry Gates, Ken Hildick, and Bob Penniman. Before I move on to our… Continue Reading →

Val d’Isere 50 Years Ago!

In the early 1970s I was part of a group of skiing friends that took annual ski trips. I’ve shared some of these with you in the past so consider this a here-he-goes-again warning! We had started out with trips… Continue Reading →

Wildcat Celebrates 65 Years!

On a spring day in the early 1950s four friends were skiing Tuckerman Ravine. Mack Beal, Brooks Dodge, George Macomber, and Malcolm McLane had connected through skiing and ski racing. Dodge and Macomber had been on the U.S. Ski Team… Continue Reading →

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