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Toni Sailer in Japan, 1960

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This is pretty brilliant! Have to love some of the stuff you find on youtube! smile.gif

post #2 of 26
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Bump! No comment from the really oldsters? Lace up boots, wood skis, ripp'in skiing... Just a fun snapshot in time.
post #3 of 26

Ya.

Toni was one of the best.

Skiing like that is so much harder than modern carving with real boots folks don't get it.

post #4 of 26

I suck. What an amazing skier.  Skiing like that on that equipment is beyond my comprehension.

post #5 of 26
That was cool. Unbelievable skills.
post #6 of 26

Thanks Marko!

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This is pretty brilliant! Have to love some of the stuff you find on youtube! smile.gif

Good find!!

We sell the Toni Sailer clothing line at True North.  Top end stuff.  Matches his skiing style. 

post #8 of 26

Good find, fun to see.  Thanks.

 

The guy could rip (like pretty much any Olympic gold medalist can).  Sailer marketed himself really well for the day, and did so for quite a while.  Even put his name on what may have been the first hollow core ski, an ancestor of the Head XR1 and Dynastar Omaglass.  

 

The skis he is on appear to be Kastle Slaloms, They owned racing for a long time in the wooden ski days.

post #9 of 26
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And more...
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... And more!
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Can anyone ballpark what the ski's in the first video weigh with "boots"?

post #12 of 26
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Honestly, I doubt the skis are any heavier than some of the stuff in my closet.. my GS skis w/bindings are 18.5 lbs. :eek

 

The boots I'm sure are relatively light... again, compared to my alpine boots that are also heavier than hell.

post #13 of 26
I figured they had to be lighter. Such quickness! He moves those skis like they weigh nothing at all. That might be the best ski video I've seen.
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Can anyone ballpark what the ski's in the first video weigh with "boots"?

 

The Kastle wood race ski was heavy and stiff!  The boots weighed in like old school leather hard rock climbing boots.  The only thing light in the set-up were the bindings, probably Marker Simplex toes with Turntables and long thongs. Watch his knees in the smaller thrns, that is where a lot of their quickness came from

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I figured they had to be lighter. Such quickness! He moves those skis like they weigh nothing at all. That might be the best ski video I've seen.

These skis had about 1" of camber in each ski, they were stiff and heavy.  If you had them flexed and you unweighted, the rebound got you light on the ski very quickly.  

post #15 of 26

Glad I wasn't the poor dude trying (and failing) to keep up!

post #16 of 26

Loving the uphill perpetual kick turns.

post #17 of 26

He skied so beautifully in that passe style.

D1

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He skied so beautifully in that passe style.

D1

 

Charlotte?

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Charlotte?

Indeed Thumbs Up

post #20 of 26

Seriously cool vids, that guy can rip on skinny skis.

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My father was a few years older than Buddy Werner but grew up in Steamboat with him.  Buddy was the great American hope on the World Cup circuit in the late 50's and early 60's.  Ski racers would get their new boots in the spring and go fishing with them in the summer wearing them while fly fishing and wading in the stream.  They thought it helped to limber the boots up and break them in!

 

A lot different than today...

 

Mike

post #22 of 26
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Bump! smile.gif
post #23 of 26

Great stuff. That's up in Zao, about 170 miles north of Tokyo. Famous for the ``snow monster'' trees. Great host springs, also.

post #24 of 26
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Filmed in Zao, Hakuba, and Nozawa! All in the same edit!
post #25 of 26
Being from Austria at that time my parents skied that way and since I was born a few later was taught that way by them with cable bindings, non rotating toes, and leather lace up boots. Those teachings occasional still show through on my skiing today.

Thanks for the video, going to forward the links to my mom.
post #26 of 26

I have a friend who skis like that today, beautifully, on modern skis -- she did, anyway, until she became an instructor, and PSIA showed her the error of her ways.

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