Bennington Banner Newspaper Archives Feb 15 1966, Page 31

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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - February 15, 1966, Bennington, Vermont Skiing is no recent innovation Herbert Schneider is an internationally known Skint Cinter. By Iii Obi r i sch Lith k North Conway n. H. Up a in America we think of skiing As a fairly recent innovation possibly because it has been known Here Only for a Little More than too years. But in Norway and other scandinavian countries skiing first got underway thousands of years ago. Skis believed to be More than 2,Hoo years old a Ere dug up recently by archaeologists. Of course there is no Way of telling if those people centuries ago used skiing As a sport or strictly As Cross country or for rapid downhill transportation. Long skis one thing we do know is that hundreds of years ago the norwegians did use skis that were Over to feet Long. And it does no to seem that they could have been used for sport since skis that Long could have permitted Only straight runs Down a Hill. In All probability they were used for travelling Cross country. Scandinavians to this Day Are the masters of this form of skiing. Fibreglass is big mews the big news in skis this year is fibreglass. After several seasons of constant improvement and increasing popularity fibreglass skis have suddenly boomed with a multiplicity of models. Most exciting Are the dynamic or 7 and the Dyn astar compound Rio. The big winners on the european racing scene last season these skis sister models from the same designer have established fiber Galss As a rival to Wood for slalom one thing that Metal has still not succeeded in doing. Ingeniously designed by Claude Joseph a Frenchman who fought in Britain s . During world War ii the men s special slalom models come 207 pm Long. This length and the accompanying Side camber have been carefully calculated to give optimum performance on the average radius turn of a slalom course. Construction of both models is of the wrap around Type with a Wood Core completely encircled by fibreglass. The Wood performs a relatively minor function As far As stress is concerned and unlike earlier fibreglass skis flex life depends pre dominantly on the fibreglass. This in itself is a huge step Forward for Wood fatigues far too quickly for the High Price of most Wood skis. Another interesting ski is the new Toni Sailer made in Canada by . Sports. It has Little in common with previous Toni Sailer skis except the name a somewhat confused relationship to the now defunct ton Sailer ski company and the fact that it is again a fibreglass ski. This in fact is the most fibreglass of fibreglass skis for the Core is simply a Multi Channel Section of air. It is too Early to say How the ski will prove in practice for last season Only a few test models were available. However All indications Are that it should be excellent. Bench testing of the ski indicates a considerable improvement in the stress Factor Over conventional methods of construction and Ernie Mccullom and others associated with testing the ski last season were most enthusiastic. So too were the few Independent skiers we have met who tried them. Knessi fibreglass skis which have been the leaders for some years now have added Metal protective strips to their top edges. The strips Are of one piece aluminium and Are of course inset. Red Star last season seemed to be gaining distinct Ascendancy Over White Star As a result of performance More than Price. Instructors and racers both tended to favor it and it seems to be one of the few cases where the lower priced Model outperforms its Leader. Skiing first appeared in the United states in the 1850s, not As a sport but to deliver mail and supplies to men in the mining Camps and off the beaten paths in the West. Little by Little and it makes sense that skiing in this country was introduced by the scandinavians who had migrated from Norway and Sweden. Sporting aspects of skiing first began Little by Little in the Alpine regions of Europe about 1900. Even then the skis generally were not Maneu Merable. They were straight heavy boards hand fashioned by the natives of local Hardwood. They were fastened to the feet by leather thongs Little else. A few intrepid Mountain people would try Short runs Down the Mountain Side. But it was uncontrolled and fairly dangerous Pine restaurant handiest restaurant on route 7 i mile North of Bennington delicious food carefully prepared and served the travelling skiers Choice your Host Donat Ratelle rams head Lodge at Killington free the Best sleep you Ever had and at Low rates yet of f Rosr i Princess Pat Motel to individual thermostat heat a mitral free in room Coffee completely insulated for guaranteed i ii special ski Holiday rates South Street ext. . 7 Bennington Vermont Tel 447-7525 your hosts Pat and Fred Hemming Sla workshop Benni Wert onit. Isa the Banner s ski edition

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