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Here's a website for anyone interested in the roots of skiing - going back 7,000+ years - or learning about what's been happening in the last decade, or even 50 years.


Here’s a website for anyone interested in the roots of skiing – going back 7,000+ years – or learning about what’s been happening in the last decade, or even 50 years. With articles that range from Walt Disney’s unsuccessful effort to open a ski resort, to an explanation of how Giant Slalom was invented, to untold volumes of race results, the Skiing History website looks like an awesome resource for those who have skiing in their blood. Here is the word:

The International Skiing History Association (ISHA) recently launched a newly redesigned website. On the new site you can read articles, conduct research, watch videos, view vintage ski art and obtain or renew membership in ISHA.

The most visited website of information about the sport’s past has been dramatically improved and now offers access from mobile phones and tablets. Enhanced search capabilities make it much easier to navigate this content-rich site, which starts with a timeline of events going back to 5,000 BC.

The site  provides access to resources such as Henry Yaple’s Ski Bibliography which lists more than 7,000 books, articles and videos about skiing from 1890 to 2002. You can also read sample articles from the latest issue ofSkiing History magazine and find past issues of the publication.  Skiing History magazine is published bi-monthly by ISHA and is recognized as the world’s best periodical of ski history published in any language.  It is full of articles and photography featuring the places and people who have shaped skiing.

Other interesting discoveries on the site are histories of ski shapes, waxing, plastic boots, the invention of the steel edge, an extensive database of race results and much more.  Here also is the gateway, via Google Books, to viewing the pages of past issues of Skiing History and other ski publications such as Snow Country and SKImagazines.

The International Skiing History Association is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to preserve and advance the knowledge of ski history and to increase public awareness of the sport’s heritage.  Members include interested skiers along with skiing legends such as Jean-Claude Killy, Stein Eriksen and Billy Kidd.  For further information, check out the website at the link above, or call 906.486.4570