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post #31 of 44
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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.
That was indeed Chris Thorne. You don't recall if he had a son, "Tom". I recall the 444 heel being used in a demo manner with the 555 toe, it was very common in those days not only to mix bindings w/in a manufacturer but also mix brands.

The Mark VII was not the last of the Mark series, there was a Mark XXV for the 25th anniversary of the Mark series. I think it was 25th, could have been XX.
post #32 of 44
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skiing...?
Yep...couldn't decide between swimming and skiing until I got to UVM and the ski coach told me to swim instead. I skied for a year at West Point in a Division 1 program and did OK. Swim coach pissed me off even though he had recruited me.
post #33 of 44
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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.
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post #34 of 44
OK, you guys asked for it......

Harkin Banks, Spring 1979, Beaver Mountain, UT.

Olin Mark IV Comps, Look GT bindings, Nordica Comp Boots, Scott poles, Obermeyer stretch pants with gators and a White Stage wool sweater (under the windbreaker).

post #35 of 44
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OK, you guys asked for it......

Harkin Banks, Spring 1979, Beaver Mountain, UT.

Olin Mark IV Comps, Look GT bindings, Nordica Comp Boots, Scott poles, Obermeyer stretch pants with gators and a White Stage wool sweater (under the windbreaker).


Nice.....those were the days
post #36 of 44
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OK, you guys asked for it......

Harkin Banks, Spring 1979, Beaver Mountain, UT.

Olin Mark IV Comps, Look GT bindings, Nordica Comp Boots, Scott poles, Obermeyer stretch pants with gators and a White Stage wool sweater (under the windbreaker).

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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post
Nice.....those were the days
X2. Niiiice.
post #37 of 44
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Originally Posted by HarkinBanks View Post
OK, you guys asked for it......

Harkin Banks, Spring 1979, Beaver Mountain, UT.

Olin Mark IV Comps, Look GT bindings, Nordica Comp Boots, Scott poles, Obermeyer stretch pants with gators and a White Stage wool sweater (under the windbreaker).

Sweet butterfly, one of my favs
post #38 of 44
Awesome. Did they say awesome back then?;-)
post #39 of 44
Sorry, but I must point out that you need more pieces of flair on your suspenders


Anybody remember the Mork from Ork suspenders?
post #40 of 44
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
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


I have those in blue on a sled we use to collect sap for maple syrup when the tractor cant get by in the snow
post #41 of 44

Great to see these great skiiers, did a lot of skiing in the 70s, used Head 360s with Nevada bindings, skiiied Mammoth and Arrowhead resorts in California. One question. Did the term 'bumps' exist back then? I remember mogles but not bumps. Started skiing again again recently, living in Colorado and everyone says 'bumps'.

post #42 of 44

Hey PhilPug-

 

You have some great shots from the early glory days at Snowbird. (Everyday is a glory day at snowbird in my opinion) You should submit some of them for throwback thursday on their facebook page.

 

I was born in the hotdog era but see alot of those styles coming back on hipsters lately.

 

Thanks for the great shots!

 

post #43 of 44

Hi Rossi,

 

May I ask you where you got the photo of Michel Daigle? Do you know when and where it was taken and at what event?

 

I'm writing a Wikipedia article on him and would like to cite the correct person for the photograph - it's a great shot!

 

Thank you.

post #44 of 44
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Originally Posted by gwmski View Post
 

Hi Rossi,

 

May I ask you where you got the photo of Michel Daigle? Do you know when and where it was taken and at what event?

 

I'm writing a Wikipedia article on him and would like to cite the correct person for the photograph - it's a great shot!

 

Thank you.

 

Paging @Rossi Smash

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