RetroSki 2021-2022

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Rear-entry Ski Boots Revisited

“I am still skiing with my Salomon rear entry boots! Started skiing young in 1969 and after years of Nordica, Lange, Fischer (I think) and pain, my Salomons are the most comfortable boots I’ve ever had. If I could drive… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2021 Week 17

Marc Girardelli won 5 overall FIS World Cups. What was unique about his ski boots?

Skiing Can Be Spiritual

It’s 4:30 in the morning as I load my skis and get in the gondola. I join a group of non-skiers already in the car. I ask them where they’re from and they tell me they’re from Fairfax, Vermont. That… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2021 Week 16

Who is credited with the quote “It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of skiing.”?

Celebrating Freestyle’s 50th!

Humans enjoy competition, particularly in sports. So it’s not surprising that from the time people started strapping boards to their feet, they also found ways to compete on snow. In its earliest form, it was what we now call cross… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2021 Week 15

We’re coming up on the 50th anniversary of what is generally considered to be the first freestyle competition in the United States although they actually called it a “Freestyle Exhibition.” Where was that first Freestyle Exhibition held?

Alberto Tomba

So last week’s trivia question asked what alpine skier holds the record for most consecutive seasons with at least one FIS World Cup win? George Lengvari had the answer I was looking for: Alberto Tomba! I do have to say… Continue Reading →

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 →

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