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Olson’s Chairlift Trivia

Did you know that:   • K2 was once owned by Cummins Diesel. And later by Rubbermaid. • Beatrice Foods owned Hart skis. • Kingsford Charcoal owned Scott. • Ski competitions were started by the British. • A patent for a T-bar ski lift was filed two years before the first rope tow appeared. • Bob … More »

Seemed Like a Good Idea – Scott boots

As leather succumbed to the superiority of plastic in the 1960s, there was a period of experimentation and innovation that saw many new, now memorable, ski boot designs, such as the Scott boot from the 1970s. (Scott USA was registered in 1958 but is now a Swiss company.) The visually small ski boot was also … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – 50 Years of Equipment Evolution

Former Ski Canada technical editor Martin Olson of Golden, B.C., takes a nostalgic look back at some of the gear that made us ski better and safer. I cringe when I routinely see people kicking their bindings to clear snow off their boots. People would give bindings more respect if they thought about how far … More »

The Height of Boots

Seemed Like a Good Idea 50th Anniversary looking back About 40 years ago a strange boot design appeared on the slopes. Today they would be invisible under a pant cuff and nobody would know you were wearing “high-top” ski boots, but back when ski pants were tight this new boot design was hard to hide—or … More »

Jet Stix – Seemed Like a Good Idea

An exciting photo of Jean-Claude Killy making a recovery during a race back in the sixties is sometimes credited with launching a technical dead-end. Sitting way back on the edge of disaster soon became a legitimized technique. Toepieces and ligaments were torn out in wholesale lots before “Jet Turns” were finally phased out. New high-back … More »

Remembering Mike

For good reason, most people remember Mike Wiegele for his renowned heli-ski operation in Blue River, B.C. I remember him as my coach, mentor and inspiration during the years I worked at the Lake Louise Ski school. I was at the Lake Louise Ski Club meeting the day Mike was introduced as the new ski … More »

Parablacks: Seemed Like a Good Idea

50th Anniversary looking back Back in the day, when the epitome of style was skiing with feet and legs glued together as one on skinny, unshaped 207s, there was an increased risk of crossing one’s ski tips. The solution, we were told and sold, was a clever little accessory called Parablack, which consisted of a … More »

In Defence of Narrow Skis

  ‘‘I’d noticed a direct relationship between pain, snow hardness and ski width… ’’ Repeated visits to an orthopaedic surgeon revealed exactly how my knees had worn with time. This got me to wondering how much my life of skiing had to do with my knee problems. I’d noticed a direct relationship between pain, snow hardness … More »

Perfect in Powder 4 – Don’t Sit Back

In this photo Todd demonstrates well a key trick of the best powder pros—don’t sit back! Notice how his hips are well up over his feet. He could be skiing slalom. You can coach yourself by paying attention to where you feel pressure in the boot. Move your bum and hips forward and avoid heel … More »

Perfect in Powder 3 – Speed Will Set You Free

Have you noticed how fast many of the powder pros ski? It’s not just because they are pros, it’s also because turns are more effortless with speed. Increasing speed is the easiest non-technical way to get the turns flowing. Choose a slope free of obstacles and crank it up. by MARTIN OLSEN in the Winter … More »

Olson’s Chairlift Trivia

Did you know that:   • K2 was once owned by Cummins Diesel. And later by Rubbermaid. • Beatrice Foods owned Hart skis. • Kingsford Charcoal owned Scott. • Ski competitions were started by the British. • A patent for a T-bar ski lift was filed two years before the first rope tow appeared. • Bob … More »

Seemed Like a Good Idea – Scott boots

As leather succumbed to the superiority of plastic in the 1960s, there was a period of experimentation and innovation that saw many new, now memorable, ski boot designs, such as the Scott boot from the 1970s. (Scott USA was registered in 1958 but is now a Swiss company.) The visually small ski boot was also … More »

Ski Canada @ 50 – 50 Years of Equipment Evolution

Former Ski Canada technical editor Martin Olson of Golden, B.C., takes a nostalgic look back at some of the gear that made us ski better and safer. I cringe when I routinely see people kicking their bindings to clear snow off their boots. People would give bindings more respect if they thought about how far … More »

The Height of Boots

Seemed Like a Good Idea 50th Anniversary looking back About 40 years ago a strange boot design appeared on the slopes. Today they would be invisible under a pant cuff and nobody would know you were wearing “high-top” ski boots, but back when ski pants were tight this new boot design was hard to hide—or … More »

Jet Stix – Seemed Like a Good Idea

An exciting photo of Jean-Claude Killy making a recovery during a race back in the sixties is sometimes credited with launching a technical dead-end. Sitting way back on the edge of disaster soon became a legitimized technique. Toepieces and ligaments were torn out in wholesale lots before “Jet Turns” were finally phased out. New high-back … More »

Remembering Mike

For good reason, most people remember Mike Wiegele for his renowned heli-ski operation in Blue River, B.C. I remember him as my coach, mentor and inspiration during the years I worked at the Lake Louise Ski school. I was at the Lake Louise Ski Club meeting the day Mike was introduced as the new ski … More »

Parablacks: Seemed Like a Good Idea

50th Anniversary looking back Back in the day, when the epitome of style was skiing with feet and legs glued together as one on skinny, unshaped 207s, there was an increased risk of crossing one’s ski tips. The solution, we were told and sold, was a clever little accessory called Parablack, which consisted of a … More »

In Defence of Narrow Skis

  ‘‘I’d noticed a direct relationship between pain, snow hardness and ski width… ’’ Repeated visits to an orthopaedic surgeon revealed exactly how my knees had worn with time. This got me to wondering how much my life of skiing had to do with my knee problems. I’d noticed a direct relationship between pain, snow hardness … More »

Perfect in Powder 4 – Don’t Sit Back

In this photo Todd demonstrates well a key trick of the best powder pros—don’t sit back! Notice how his hips are well up over his feet. He could be skiing slalom. You can coach yourself by paying attention to where you feel pressure in the boot. Move your bum and hips forward and avoid heel … More »

Perfect in Powder 3 – Speed Will Set You Free

Have you noticed how fast many of the powder pros ski? It’s not just because they are pros, it’s also because turns are more effortless with speed. Increasing speed is the easiest non-technical way to get the turns flowing. Choose a slope free of obstacles and crank it up. by MARTIN OLSEN in the Winter … More »

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