Hit the slopes with us as we explore the history of downhill skiing in the United States. We will look at the introduction of modern skiing by Norwegian immigrants, the evolution of Alpine skiing disciplines and equipment, and the explosion of the sport’s popularity after World War II, thanks to veterans of the famed 10th Mountain Division. We will also look at local connections – though New Yorkers routinely flock to northern resorts, multiple New York City parks once hosted ski hills (including Prospect Park), and today you can ski indoors at the nearby Meadowlands. We will even have guests joining live from slopes at Vermont’s Smugglers Notch and Quechee Ski Area, near where the country’s first ski lift started spinning in 1934.
- International Skiing History Association
- New England Ski Museum
- John B. Allen, From Skisport to Skiing (1993)
- Federal Writers Project, Skiing in the East (1939)
- “One Ton of Ice & Clowns on Skis: The 1936 Winter Sports Show”
- “Snow Train Parade”
- WATCH “US Army Skis, Boots, and Bindings” (1941)