RetroSki 2020-2021

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Trivia 2021 Week 14

What alpine skier holds the record for most consecutive seasons with at least one FIS World Cup win? (There are actually two possible correct answers to this question.)

Barrecrafters Part II

Just to review where I left off last week. Founded in 1946, Barrecrafters became one of the leading producers of ski racks, ski poles, and ski boot trees. The Brooklyn-based company was acquired by Richard Snelling to add to his… Continue Reading →


I moved to Vermont in 1968 and one of the few possessions I brought with me was my Barrecrafters ski rack. By the way, I did not bring any skis with me. My old Northlands with missing edge segments and… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2021 Week 13

What Vermont Governor was in the ski rack business?

Earl Eaton and Beaver Creek

Earl Eaton was born December 10, 1922 in Eagle, Colorado. Like most families in the Eagle River valley, the Eatons scratched out a living through farming, ranching, and logging. In the early 1900s the valley was actually one of the… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2021 Week 12

In 1972 before the Denver Olympic Organizing Committee had to give up its hopes for the Olympics, what ski area did the DOOC decide would host the Alpine ski events?

Denver 1976

Forty five years ago from February 4-15 the 1976 Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck, Austria. Highlights included Dorothy Hamill winning the gold in figure skating and starting a worldwide hairstyle craze; Alpine skier Rosi Mittermaier coming oh-so-close to winning… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2021 Week 11

The 1976 Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck, Austria, but where were they supposed to be held?

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 →

Trivia 2021 Week 10

What year did the Stowe Toll House double chairlift begin operation?

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