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That 70's (ski) Show

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I am not sure many pictures scream "The 70's" more than this one...



For truly some great pictures from the birth of freestyle skiing, please visit this site for some great trips down memory lane. Please note, besides the bright colors, one of the requirements to be a freestyle skier, you were to look like a "porn star" and that went for both men and women.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/freestyleskiing70s/

For RossiSmash and the rest of us gear whores...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/freesty...7609696196941/

Please feel free to post your favorites!
post #2 of 42


Porn star?
Flashy duds?
Is that you Philpug?
post #3 of 42
Some great old pictures there Philpug...thanks for the link

The only time my "Smash's" were inverted like in this add would be during a yard sale

It was certinly a colorful era full of wonderful characters

post #4 of 42
We have some good pics of the Freestyle years on the walls at the shop. Tom, the owner was on the Tour in 70's and he did, in fact, look like a porn star.
post #5 of 42
Kinda reminds me of Winter Equinox
post #6 of 42
Bumps on Olin's.....that was the 70's

post #7 of 42
There are some great PIX

Here's the required The Ski/Spademan set up....for Phil

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I'm pretty sure that I have those skis (in blue) in my garage right now... ha!
post #9 of 42
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I'm pretty sure that I have those skis (in blue) in my garage right now... ha!
If they are Blue they are a Mark III (or Mark III "S", if a dark blue)



Note the 444 heel with the 555 toe The rest of the ski looks like early photoshopping
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post #11 of 42
Looking at the one picture of Bill O'Leary doing a ballet move wearing the cowboy hat makes me wonder if he became the Macho Man in professional wrestling later in life. Uncanny resemblance.

I really enjoyed looking at the pictures. I forgot about the Burt bindings. I had a pair, they were TERRIBLE preleasing pieces of___. Can't believe Eddie Ferguson could stay in them.
post #12 of 42
Don't forget the neas
post #13 of 42
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If they are Blue they are a Mark III (or Mark III "S", if a dark blue)



Note the 444 heel with the 555 toe The rest of the ski looks like early photoshopping
Good call, they are definetly Mark III's.

My Brother actually skiied on the things last year, so I though I'd give them a try for a run or two. It was...... interesting....
post #14 of 42
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Good call, they are definetly Mark III's.
Welcome to Epicski.
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Wayne Wong
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Bumps on Olin's.....that was the 70's

Thats Michael Daigle - inventor of the Daigle Banger!
post #17 of 42
Don't forget about the polebangers:
At the 1970 World Championships in Val Gardena, Italy, Kidd won the gold medal in the combined and the bronze in the slalom.




This guy won more downhills in the 70s than anyone.
post #18 of 42
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I am not sure many pictures scream "The 70's" more than this one...


Love the patented 'Corky Fowler' sunglasses.
post #19 of 42
Unless I missed any, none of the pics of "Airborne Eddie" showed him in the air.
post #20 of 42
I am so glad I was racing in the 70's....
post #21 of 42
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Don't forget the neas
Although somewhat dated - like me, I miss mine, seriously. I lived with those on until they went to the bottom of the Hudson River. Those plastic lenses now a days are crap.
post #22 of 42
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I am so glad I was racing in the 70's....
skiing...?
post #23 of 42
Here's a pic I snatched off webshots of Wayne Wong (with hair on left) from about 2004, doing a ski clinic in Tahoe area. One of my idols, good to see him still having fun on snow:

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Although somewhat dated - like me, I miss mine, seriously. I lived with those on until they went to the bottom of the Hudson River. Those plastic lenses now a days are crap.
You must have had fakes. Real Vuarnets had high optical quality glass lenses.
post #25 of 42
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Don't forget the neas
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Although somewhat dated - like me, I miss mine, seriously. I lived with those on until they went to the bottom of the Hudson River. Those plastic lenses now a days are crap.
I still have a pair of Nautilux going on their second frame. I think I'll wear them next time provided there aren't guns blasting.
post #26 of 42
The skier holding the trophy in post#7 sure looks like Chris Thorne, one of the top bumpers of that era. After the Midas/PFA tours folded in about '74-75, he started the Western Pro Freestyle Tour with his wife Kathy. It was just bumps and ballet (later purely bumps), as no areas would insure for an aerial contest and ballet began to fall out of favor.

The Salomon 444 heel and the 555 toe was a very common 'demo' binding of that era as well. The 444 heel had a version with an extended track was one of the first 'performance bindings' to allow significant range of adjustment for boot size. I actually had this setup on a pair of PRE 1200's which a rep had given me in '77 or '78.

In the OLIN line, another version of the Mark IV was built as a bump ski. The Mark IV COMP (orange and white) had a squared tip and a more radically turned up tail than most skis, similar to the Hart Freestyle and the Kastle Freestyle Pro.
Olin also built a Mark VII (two tone gray), the last of the "MARK" series. This model was one of the first skis to begin experimenting with exotic fibers, in this case it used ARAMID (sp?) fiber, which was used in building car tires at the time.
post #27 of 42
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I still have a pair of Nautilux going on their second frame. I think I'll wear them next time provided there aren't guns blasting.

Pffft...top of the line, mint condition, used maybe 5 times since I got new frames from Pouilloux (original frames degraded and cracked in half one day that I decided to get nostalgic after 15 years of sitting in my drawer). I have the white Vuarnet strap with the 24kt gold plated hardware too.

post #28 of 42
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
I am not sure many pictures scream "The 70's" more than this one...



For truly some great pictures from the birth of freestyle skiing, please visit this site for some great trips down memory lane. Please note, besides the bright colors, one of the requirements to be a freestyle skier, you were to look like a "porn star" and that went for both men and women.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/freestyleskiing70s/

For RossiSmash and the rest of us gear whores...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/freesty...7609696196941/

Please feel free to post your favorites!
I started at the bottom of the photo and was scanning up. The pose, the hair, the tan, and was expecting ...... someone.... someone without a moustache and beard. It was not an entirely pleasant moment. Thank you Phil.

Ken
post #29 of 42
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Originally Posted by vail snopro View Post
The skier holding the trophy in post#7 sure looks like Chris Thorne, one of the top bumpers of that era. After the Midas/PFA tours folded in about '74-75, he started the Western Pro Freestyle Tour with his wife Kathy. It was just bumps and ballet (later purely bumps), as no areas would insure for an aerial contest and ballet began to fall out of favor.

The Salomon 444 heel and the 555 toe was a very common 'demo' binding of that era as well. The 444 heel had a version with an extended track was one of the first 'performance bindings' to allow significant range of adjustment for boot size. I actually had this setup on a pair of PRE 1200's which a rep had given me in '77 or '78.

In the OLIN line, another version of the Mark IV was built as a bump ski. The Mark IV COMP (orange and white) had a squared tip and a more radically turned up tail than most skis, similar to the Hart Freestyle and the Kastle Freestyle Pro.
Olin also built a Mark VII (two tone gray), the last of the "MARK" series. This model was one of the first skis to begin experimenting with exotic fibers, in this case it used ARAMID (sp?) fiber, which was used in building car tires at the time.


post #30 of 42
Another of the Olin "MK." skis not shown in the above add was this Mk. II V.C.E. (variable cracked edge)
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