Volume 29, No. 5 September-October 2017

On the Cover: 

Skiing is a 1947 oil painting by folk artist Ladis W. Sabo (1870–1953). Born in Budapest, Sabo immigrated to the U.S. in 1910 and traveled the country, settling in New York City in 1942. A tailor by trade, he taught himself to paint at age 74. (Source: Image courtesy Beekley International Collection of Skiing Art and Literature. 


14 Bygone Gizmos
From Jet Stix to Tinkle Tabs, these crazy ski products faded, fizzled or failed to stand the test of time. BY JEFF BLUMENFELD
18 What They Laughed At
50 years ago, America’s two best-known cartoonists exchanged amusing letters—words and art—about the foibles of their beloved sport. BY BOB CRAM AND BOB BUGG
22 Sunny Days, Cold Nights
Before he found fame as a filmmaker, Warren Miller spent the winter of 1947 living the ski-bum life in a parking lot in Sun Valley. An excerpt from his autobiography, Freedom Found.



3 Readers Respond
How Bob Parker helped to build Beaver Creek; funding ideas and foreign athletes in U.S. collegiate racing.
6 Short Turns
Herman Gollner’s innovative slalom pole; the evolution of the wind-chill index; Lowell Thomas and two McConkeys in one vintage snapshot. Plus: Ski-poster artist Carl Moos.
8 Snapshots in Time
From male migration to gender revolution (1974); a 65- foot leap over a line of cars (1940); the degeneration of Davos (1882).
11 Nordic History
Volunteers are restoring the childhood home of Norwegian ski legend Thorleif Haug. BY EINAR SUNDE
13 Timeless Tips
To control speed on steep terrain, link short-radius turns down the fall line. BY RON LEMASTER
26 Media Reviews
New books on California ski jumping and the Laurentians of Quebec; plus a collection of lyrical essays and articles by Peter Shelton.
29 News from ISHA 
ISHA and NASTAR to host Skiing History Days in March 2018 at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows; Olympic and World Championship medalist Christin Cooper joins ISHA’s Presidential Circle as fall fundraising campaign chair.
31 Museum News
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2017 and April 2018 induction banquet.
32 Remembering
Farewell to ski pioneers Bob Cram, Armando Trovati, Clay Freeman and Jack Valentine.
36 Ads from the Past
In 1966, you could buy a head-to-toe ski outfit with S&H Green Stamps.



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