RetroSki 2020-2021

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Trivia 2020 Week 19

Who claims to have invented the first step-in binding? (Note: there are at least two competing claims for this achievement. Either answer will work!)

Downhill Racer

With all this at-home time I’ve been watching more movies, both old and new. One of those was “Downhill Racer” which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season. It actually came out in late 1969, but most of us didn’t… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 18

Who starred in the movie Downhill Racer? For a bonus, who did the skiing as the star’s double?

Evolution of Ski Retention Methods

So who invented the first release ski binding? A Norwegian immigrant living in Oregon, Hjalmar Hvam, was recovering from a broken leg as the result of a skiing accident. It wasn’t his first! Frustrated, he decided to design a binding… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 17

Who is credited with inventing the first release ski binding?

James Niehues

If we compare the skiing experience from the RetroSki days to today, one of the big differences is the amount of technology we see on the slopes. Tickets are scanned, runs are tracked, and then there are the ubiquitous cell… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 16

James Niehues will be inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame next week in Sun Valley. For what is James Niehues famous?

Thank You, McCarthys!

What are you doing this Saint Patrick’s Day? For 45 years here in Stowe the answer to that question usually was “we’re going to McCarthy’s!” This will be the first Saint Patrick’s Day since McCarthy’s closed last fall so this… Continue Reading →

Trivia 2020 Week 15

What former Stowe restaurateur still has trophies for her championship baton twirling?

Stu Campbell

Stu Campbell was born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York. We’ll still claim Stu as a Vermonter since the family moved to Bennington when Stu was three years old. He learned to ski at nearby areas such as Bromley, Snow… Continue Reading →

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