Category Columns

Toll House Double

First, some comments I received on my “guest column” by the late Bill McCollom. In that column, Bill described participating in one of the last hike-to-ski downhill races in the Northeast which was held on New Hampshire’s Mt. Tecumseh in… Continue Reading →

Aspen and Vail 1970

A few weeks back I wrote about how some friends shared digitized images from 40-50 years ago and that triggered so many memories. It also motivated me to have the movie I took of our 1970 ski trip to Aspen… Continue Reading →

Sun Valley Serenade

I guess it was inevitable that one of my trivia questions would stir up a controversy! But I’ll get to that a little later in the column. Averell Harriman was a railroad magnate in the 1930s. He had seen the… Continue Reading →

Lange-flo and the Lange Girls

Ski boots have always been a common complaint by skiers. That was certainly true in the Retro-Ski days of leather boots! The 1960s saw several companies experimenting with plastic ski boots, but Bob Lange emerged from the group with the… Continue Reading →

Tips to the Rear!

I’ve noticed an increase in popularity of the old-style ski rack on cars. That is, the kind that clamp skis either in a single layer or in pairs. In recent years ski boxes seemed to have taken over that market… Continue Reading →

The Last Ascent

Bill McCollom was a Vermonter, a Retro-Skier, a ski racer, a coach, a teacher, a writer, and a friend. He passed away unexpectedly in June. COVID, while it didn’t cause his death, robbed the rest of us of the opportunity… Continue Reading →

A Perfect Christmas Gift

So what company was the first to offer a down parka? Tim “Griff” Griffin knew that it was Eddie Bauer! Eddie Bauer, the person, started Eddie Bauer’s Tennis Shop in Seattle in 1920. Gradually he expanded what the shop carried… Continue Reading →

Powderhorn Mountaineering

It’s amazing how looking at old photos can bring back so many memories. Pat and Mike Weisel who are longtime friends of mine used COVID time to go through their old photos and have some digitized. Since some of those… Continue Reading →

POWDER Magazine

During the Retro-Ski days we relied on our ski magazines. There was no Internet so we looked to the magazines for what skis to buy, for what ski resorts to visit, and for tips on how to ski better. In… Continue Reading →

Ken Strong and The Shed

It was his laugh that I remember best. It was loud, raucous, raw, and unique. Whether in a busy bar or a crowded room, when you heard that laugh you knew Ken Strong was there. Ken passed away on April… Continue Reading →

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