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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 →

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 →

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 →

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