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The Last of the Ski Bums - Vallée Blanche in Chamonix

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Got a DVD of Dick Barrymore's "The Last of the Ski Bums" from Netflix. Highly entertaining, campy and thoughtful in a philosophical way like a lot of stuff from the 60's.

 

There's a cool section in the middle where the 3 bums take the cable car to the top of the Aiguille du Midi, and then ski the 20km Vallée Blanche back down to Chamonix (with a 3 mile hike at the end) with some area guides on their day off. They do this in short leather boots, and there's a quick shot before they head down showing them strapping in with what look like long strips of 1/2" or so wide leather! OK, they're not dropping into any 50 degree couloirs, but still, they're most definitely off piste, and enjoying a ripping run! And they looked pretty damn comfortable and spry in those boots during the hike at the end. ( Apparently no one turned an ankle. ;-)

 

Anyway, great stoke  for a nearly 100 degree midsummer day! Hope to get over there someday and experience all that beauty in person!

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Went back and did a screen grab of the bindings mentioned above...

 

BUM-BOOT.jpg

 

Anyone familiar with this kind of setup?

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Those are long thongs, we used them to increase the support from a leather boot.  Another nickname was 'death wraps'.  That was state of the art gear for that vintage.   You were not going to have a forward release with turn tables anyway so what the heck.

 

A thought for you.  Imagine how your grand kids will laugh at those old fashioned reverse reverse skis in your basement in another 50 years.

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Looks Marker race long thong and that looks like the Rossi Rooster .... a few brands had used the French symbol but I think Rossi was dominant then.

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A thought for you.  Imagine how your grand kids will laugh at those old fashioned reverse reverse skis in your basement in another 50 years.


No kids, and no such skis, nor plans to acquire them, although over time anything's possible (even grand kids).

 

If perchance you read a tone of snarky derision into my original post, it's not there, I assure you. I loved "Ski Bums", (the Chamonix and New Zealand segments in particular), and love watching good skiers of all eras do their thing on all kinds of equipment.

 

Thanks for filling in a blank on the gear.

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Don't know if you could ever find this one but it rocked my world about 66 or 67.  Hans Gromer (forgive the spelling) was out stumping for a company he started with a movie/lecture tour.  Imagine how ridiculous it would be to travel all the way to the British Columbia interior to go helicopter skiing, his company was CMH.   Those same big mountains on 210 GS skis and leather boots. 

 

The Hart movies, The Incredible ski, The Mobius Flip, are some amazing vintage ski porn and a lot easier to find.

 

Did not mean to snark your statement but in 50 years today's gear will be museum pieces too.  That is just how the bull wheel turns.

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Don't know if you could ever find this one but it rocked my world about 66 or 67.  Hans Gromer (forgive the spelling) was out stumping for a company he started with a movie/lecture tour.  Imagine how ridiculous it would be to travel all the way to the British Columbia interior to go helicopter skiing, his company was CMH.   Those same big mountains on 210 GS skis and leather boots. 

 

Think I found what you're referring to...looks pretty interesting...

 

Deep Powder and Steep Rock – The Life of Mountain Guide Hans Gmoser by Chic Scott

 

Gmoser is well known for his pioneering role in the world of heli-skiing and his successful Canadian Mountain Holidays heli-ski company, but Deep Powder and Steep Rock offers a broad window into his life and the driving forces behind all of his accomplishments. The book includes a DVD with three ski films that Gmoser made in the fifties and sixties. Scott paints a picture of a man who lead Canada into the mountains and the book is a must read for anyone drawn to climbing and skiing.

 

http://www.offpistemag.com/permalink.asp?id=446  (link editied)

 

http://www.chicscott.com/books.htm

 

The Hart movies, The Incredible ski, The Mobius Flip, are some amazing vintage ski porn and a lot easier to find.

 

Will keep an eye out, thx.

 

Did not mean to snark your statement but in 50 years today's gear will be museum pieces too.  That is just how the bull wheel turns.

 

No arguing that, things change - just not always for the better.  ;-)


Edited by jc-ski - 7/8/10 at 6:16am
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Ski - looks like Rossignol Strato - Maroon top and Blue base - great ski

Heel - Looks like the Look rotating heel - circa 1965/66 - it looked a lot like the Marker Drehteller with a spring loaded push down lever, but the push down was flimsy. It was only on the market for a year or so and didn't sell well vs. the Market turntable. No one I knew would use it.  Look then replaced it with a cylinder that mirrored their newer Look Nevada toe. It became their new standard for years to come, going through many variations, but still staying with the same principle. It loaded up against the boot and added a degree of forward release. 

Long Thongs - 24 - 36 or 48 inches depending on your ski style. Racers used the longer versions but would cut down the long end of the thong so that it was a perfect fit around the boot and through the buckle, leaving no drag on the end. The idea was that the wrapping would give the boot additional support and stiffen up the flex. Not sure it did anything really, except make the ski windmill in a crash! Still, we looked cool with our gear and skin tight pants with stretchy racing stripes.

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