What brands from the 70s/80s would you resurrect?

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Canterbury Rugby shirts. Embroidered.

Local ski shops couldn't keep these in stock.

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sledracr

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Vuarnet sunglasses huh? We'd always lose them out sailing. Friggin' expensive to lose.
Yup. 

I used to tie a length of whipping thread to my sunglasses in the hope that they'd stay on my head - or at least on the boat - a little longer.

When Croakies came along it got a lot easier to keep good sunglasses from going swimming.  So there's another good brand from the 70s.

 

Maxx Baqustae

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You must have been early into stunt skiing Maxx - Gross Mountain is too much of a bunny hill for anything else.

Sure does have a view like no other ski hill - probably anywhere.
The slope is what you can make it. Never understood the "steep" for the sake of "steep". Deep powder maybe. In the old days of Whistler, pre-tourist trap, I found that most of the challenging runs ended up on the side hill. Not fall line skiing. Back Bowl or the Peak maybe. I competed/skied in places like Todd (now Sun Peaks, Heavenly Valley, Baker, Sun Valley etc, etc.but some of my enjoyable times' skiing have been places like Big White where apparently they built/logged the place with that in mind. It's an intermediate mountain but great tree skiing without having a nasty accident with foliage. I was a mogul specialist on the day and the Peak and the bottom of Blueberry worked just fine for that. Up & down the run again & again. you honed your craft. Like sailboat racing: Nothing better than time on the water. But then again, as teenagers and our twenties, we were out for shits & giggles, not a practice regime. That's why the ski racers hated us. Arrogant pricks!

And yes, SJB, in conversation with brother DA-WOODY on Wastebook whining about the cold of that shot ;-) that Vancouver might be the only place in the planet where you are adjacent to a major, world-class city where you can go sailing in the morning, play golf or tennis in the afternoon and ski that same night. All 20 minutes (or less) of each other in the city center. Whistler is an hour and a quarter from my YC. Or in the spring my boat is 1:25 away from our outstation. And believe me - you are in toolies. cell overage is iffy at best. 

Take a gander of the bottom shot, middle right is English Bay and RVYC were we often race out of. Tidal saltwater. Vancouver Is. and the Gulf Is. in the distance - top.               

 
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SloopJonB

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It's an old term for it.

I did most of my skiing on Apex so Grouse was not exactly a challenge.

We also regarded Big White and Silver Star as pretty lightweight skiing - except that cliff at Big White. :eek:

Whistler BITD was the only mountain that Apex skiers had any respect for.

 

$&@

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Yup. 

I used to tie a length of whipping thread to my sunglasses in the hope that they'd stay on my head - or at least on the boat - a little longer.

When Croakies came along it got a lot easier to keep good sunglasses from going swimming.  So there's another good brand from the 70s.
Surgical tubing also worked well. Tie a knot in the back to make ‘em tight.  Croakies took awhile to get up here. Everything was always a few seasons/years delayed in making it to Canadian shelves in those days.

I used to have to save up my allowance money to buy mailorder from skate & surf shops in CA just to get anything current; Waited 6-8 weeks for mailing both ways, plus forever to clear customs. Got my new Sims Lonnie Toft board from Skates on Haight from an ad in the back of Skateboarder and was the coolest kid in middle school for a minute...

 

$&@

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It's an old term for it.

I did most of my skiing on Apex so Grouse was not exactly a challenge.

We also regarded Big White and Silver Star as pretty lightweight skiing - except that cliff at Big White. :eek:
That huge rock on the run under the Grouse chairlift was pretty cool to go off of though...

 

SloopJonB

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Actually, the transformation came before that.

Short skis changed things.

Back in the 60's I skied on 210 Cm skis. :D Weren't gonna be doing any backflips on those suckers. The rule was you reached straight up and your wrist was how long the skis should be.

Someone had the idea of teaching beginners on short skis with the intent of them transitioning to long skis once they knew how to ski - but they never did and skis stayed short. There was a slogan or bumper sticker in Tahoe for the older skiers - "Short Skis Suck, Long Skis Truck".

Then the stunting got going and then boards came along.

 
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SloopJonB

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Sorry, not so - short skis came well before the boards - late 60's / early 70's.

Short skis have been around since shortly after leather ski boots disappeared.

I wuz there.

Snowboards were around in the 60's - after a fashion - but they were about the equivalent of the early "skateboards" that were roller skates nailed to a board.

 
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d'ranger

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They shorter and shapelier er fatter. Edging became the thing and required new techniques - an older Austrian instructor at dinner one night maybe 20 years ago when the topic was getting hot stood up and demonstrated the difference - long straight skis together and it's "sperms on skis".  Still makes me laugh. 

 




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