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Billy Kidd

When Mark Anderson answered one of my trivia questions a couple of weeks back, he also shared some interesting statistics he had discovered. “In all, the USA has won 47 Olympic alpine ski medals – only behind Austria (121), Switzerland… Continue Reading →

Cowboys, Big Mountain Skiers, and Lawyers

“I spent a season there one week!” That’s always been my canned response when anyone asks me if I’ve skied Jackson Hole. On my first ski trip to Jackson in 1971, it was raining when we arrived which actually led… Continue Reading →

Spider Sabich – Claudine Longet

So far in this Retro-Ski season my Trivia questions haven’t generated many responses. So last week I chose a sure-fire question that I could count on for responses. “Who shot Spider Sabich?” And my readers didn’t disappoint! I heard from… Continue Reading →

Dutch Hill

“If you like to ski Vermont and want to save the hour it takes to drive north to the larger resorts, Dutch Hill in Heartwellville, Vt., 39 miles from Pittsfield, Mass., offers worthwhile terrain.” That’s an excerpt from the February… Continue Reading →

The Longer You Ski…

I received answers to last week’s trivia question on the first overall World Cup winners from Bill Shea and Lyndall Heyer. The men’s winner was Jean-Claude Killy and the women’s winner was Nancy Greene from Canada. Jean-Claude won that first… Continue Reading →

The Rosemount Ski Boot

Last week I wrote about the challenges of leather ski boots. That was triggered by people’s reaction to a collection of older ski boots the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum had on display at the Killington World Cup. That collection… Continue Reading →

Leather Ski Boots

At the Killington World Cup I volunteered at the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum’s tent in the Vendor Village. We had a small selection of old skis and old ski boots. The ski boots drew more attention than the skis!… Continue Reading →

Mount Ellen Celebrates 60th Anniversary!

Last week I wrote about Mad River celebrating its 75th anniversary. This week I’m writing about its immediate neighbor celebrating its 60th anniversary! That’s the Mt. Ellen portion of Sugarbush. In some respects this is the story of a lost… Continue Reading →

Mad River Glen Celebrates 75 Years!

I’ll start off by saying that I no longer put any faith in articles that claim Top 10 anything! They are usually click-bait plus I usually totally disagree with their results. This is particularly true for skiing-related topics. But I… Continue Reading →

Doug Pfeiffer

Whether it’s sports or business there are always influential people whose names become household words. However there are also other very influential individuals whose names for some reason aren’t as well known. Let’s take Doug Pfeiffer as an example. Doug… Continue Reading →

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