RetroSki 2020-2021

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Trivia 2021 Week 10

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

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 →

Trivia 2021 Week 9

What year did the Eisenhower tunnel in Colorado first open?

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 →

Trivia 2021 Week 8

2021 will mark the 80th anniversary of the film “Sun Valley Serenade.” The movie starred Olympic gold medalist skater Sonja Henie, but what American gold medalist skier was her skiing double?

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 →

Trivia 2021 Week 7

Who invented Lange-flo?

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 →

Trivia 2021 Week 6

In an old-style, car-roof ski rack, which is the correct way to load skis, ski tips to the front or to the rear?

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 →

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