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  Skiing Collectibles Book, Signed by Author Michael L. White
Skiing Collectibles Book - Signed by Author

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Skiing Collectibles Book - Signed by Author

"This book is by no means comprehensive. My intention is to show as many skiing collectibles as I can, covering a broad spectrum of categories, and to describe their origins and possible value to casual and serious collectors alike. The chapters are organized by category, after taking the reader through an introduction and brief discussion of the evolution of skiing equipment and important design milestones. A section on vintages snowboards is also included, although some purists might argue that vintage snowboards aren't really skiing collectibles.

I have not tried to clarify or explain ski history here, except to briefly show how the value and appeal of vintages ski equipment is connected to our past. Many wonderful books portray the rich history of skiing in the United States and around the world and vividly describe the legacy left to us by pioneers in the field. The reader is urged to browse through the Selected References and find books of interest for further reading. This will certainly enhance you "collecting experience," as it did mine. Three especially good choices are From Ski sport to Skiing by E. John B. Allen, Nine Thousand Years of Skis by Ted Bays, and For the Love of Skiing by Alan K. Engen.

For those of you who have a passion for vintage collectibles and want to see how they relate to our skiing heritage, I heartily recommend contacting the International Skiing History Association (PO Box 324, 499 Town Hill Rd., New Hartford, CT 06057, or online at The ISHA quarterly journal has many appealing articles and historical commentaries of a poignant, humorous and informative nature.

Ski museums are another value source of information for history buffs and collectors of skiing memorabilia. You may want to see some of their fine exhibits. For places to visit, my personal favorite is the New England Ski Museum in New Hampshire (PO Box 267, Franconia, NH 03580, or online at Unique and informative annual displays have made it especially appealing to its members and visitors in recent years. We have two other regional ski museums and the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum (610 Palms Ave, Ishpeming, MI 49849, or online at in this country.

What kinds of skiing collectibles do people look for? As with other sports, notably golf and baseball, prized possessions most certainly include vintage equipment, especially items that are signed or well identified. Rarity and condition are important factors to consider. Many sets of old skis, bindings and poles are used to decorate lodge walls. Finer examples are frequently preserved in private collections. Ski waxes and other vintage accessories, including boots, goggles and articles of clothing, are sometimes seen at flea markets and antique malls.

Paper collectibles are always in demand, too. Old books, magazine covers, photos and paintings, posters, catalogs, brochures, lift tickets and other ephemera attract thousands of collectors. Wonderful photographs of skiing's early days and vintage magazine and postcard illustrations are shown in A Pictorial History of Downhill Skiing by Stan Cohen and The Art of Skiing by Gary H. Schwartz.

In addition to vintage items from our skiing past, more recent collectibles (from the last 25 years or so) are also popular with many people. These include pins and patches from ski resorts around the world. (What skier doesn't have a small collection of these?) Christmas tree ornaments with skiing figures, frequently sold by Hallmark, Disney and Enesco, are also collectible.

Skier figurines are perhaps the most commonly collected item today. All types and sizes are available. Some are old, for example, German and Japanese snow-babies made prior to the 1950s. Some are newer, like Christmas ornaments and many skier dolls and stuffed animals. Whatever you prefer is out there and available, ranging in price from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars.

My wife and I are avid collectors of skiing memorabilia. By taking early retirement from our regular day jobs on the east coast, we have been able to work and play at the Winter Park Ski Resort in Colorado for over a decade now. However, we began collecting long before we moved to Colorado. My purpose in writing this book was to share with you the beauty and diversity of skiing collectibles. Also, I wanted to present the subject matter in an organized fashion to help collectors better understand the origin and value of the items shown here." -- MLW

Excellent reference for the collector or gift shopper! This skiing history book has 800 color photos, 184 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 inches.
Signed by author Michael L. White.
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