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History of the Twin-Tip

post #1 of 15
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So I'm writing an article about the history of today's freestyle ski, focussing on the twin-tips. While it's easy to get old articles off of NYTimes.com, it's a little harder off of Freeskier. Anyone have any information/sources they'd like to share?
post #2 of 15
Go right to the source. The busy employees of ski manufacturers may actually enjoy your request. I bet many exec's have the resources you're looking for right in their offices.
post #3 of 15
The first mainstream skis with turned up tails were the Hart Ballet and Olin Ballets- followed by ballet skis from Volkl and Blizzard back in the mid 70's. Whether you want to call them twin tips or not is up for debate but they were designed for skiing backwards.
post #4 of 15
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That's a fantastic idea. I might have to do just that. I've been hearing it's the k2 Poacher, but I'm working on more sources.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by vail99 View Post
The first mainstream skis with turned up tails were the Hart Ballet and Olin Ballets- followed by ballet skis from Volkl and Blizzard back in the mid 70's. Whether you want to call them twin tips or not is up for debate but they were designed for skiing backwards.
I've heard that too. Do you know where I could find some sources on that?
post #6 of 15
I bet if you contact http://www.hartskis.com/hartskis/ you could get some history. The company is being rejuvenated by the grandson of the founder.
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That's a fantastic idea. I might have to do just that. I've been hearing it's the k2 Poacher, but I'm working on more sources.
K2 poacher was the first "Modern twin" made for terrain parks, my friend ahs old beat up pair in his possesion. At least thats what I know
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I bet if you contact http://www.hartskis.com/hartskis/ you could get some history. The company is being rejuvenated by the grandson of the founder.
Do you know his name?
post #9 of 15
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Do you know his name?

Bill Holmberg. I have his e-mail, I will e-mail him to see if it is OK to pass it along. He also does "lurk" here.

Past the "ballet" skis from the 70's the Olin Mark IV Comp and the Kastle Freestyle were two skis from 80 (or so) that also had a big turned up tail, not quite a twin tip, but good size just the same.
post #10 of 15
Elan/Shakespeare "Tempest" = ballet ski?
post #11 of 15
Just because your fishing pole is not a ballet ski, that doesn't mean it's a twin tip.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
Bill Holmberg. I have his e-mail, I will e-mail him to see if it is OK to pass it along. He also does "lurk" here.
A friend's dad was the VP of Hart 15 or so years ago. Bjork. (A tragic story, really. Bless his soul.) I had the opportunity to meet a bunch of the exec's one day rather unexpectedly. Just curious, no need for the email, though much obliged.
post #13 of 15
The orange Olin Ballet! Man I remember that one well!
we were hitting and landing "switch" 20 years ago...
post #14 of 15
um make that closer to 30 years ago...
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The orange Olin Ballet! Man I remember that one well!
we were hitting and landing "switch" 20 years ago...
I remember seeing you.
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