In 1970 most skiers worldwide were still wearing leather boots; by the end of the decade their feet were encased in plastic. Although Bob Lange worked from 1957 to 1966 to invent the plastic boot, his impact on the sport was only truly realized in the 1970s. His design—a lower shell containing the foot and an upper clamshell overlap or cuff connected to it by a hinge or rivet—remains the basis of the boot the world skis in today. He made a boot sole the width of the ski and pioneered the adjustable buckle. As pro racing reached more televisions worldwide in the early 1970s, his Lange Cup series rose to international prominence.
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We were never hardcore skiers. Just a hardcore family.
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From Pink Vail to Skiing With Heroes, on-snow charities give extra meaning to a day on the mountain.
All aboard the Winter Park Express, this skier experiences the reinvigoration of a Colorado ski train.
When pow fell and the craving hit, this skier turned to a local peak.
Get behind the wheel of the Maui Ski Bus with Steve Fisher.
Weather guy Mark Breen is loving this winter as much as the rest of us. And he sees more of the same in the longterm forecast. Sorry about that, Western resorts.
The Obermeyer founder, and ski history (and yodeling) legend, talks ski pants, Gary Cooper, and the secret to life.
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