Ski equipment has changed considerably over the years. When Olaus Jeldness began racing down the slopes of Red Mountain in 1896, he did so using 10-foot (300 centimetres) long skis and a steering pole! Gradually, skis became shorter, steel edges were added, and manufacturers began to make ski boots out of plastic instead of leather.
Hear how skiing technology and techniques changed over the years from the perspective of Rossland skiers. From the material skis and ski boots were made of, to waxing techniques, to ski sizing and shape, to the changes in ski technique – they’ve seen it all! (captions available in both EN and FR). View this video with a transcript (EN).
Where local skiers could purchase ski equipment in Rossland also changed over time. In the early 1900s, the ski club initially ordered skis from Norway to get the best quality possible. Skiers could also purchase ski equipment from the Eaton’s department store in town. Eventually, by 1948, Rossland finally got a designated ski shop operated by Booty Griffiths.
Griffiths was known for bringing sophisticated ski equipment to town and helping many budding skiers access the sport. His storefront moved locations because he would come to Rossland with his merchandise each winter and leave at the beginning of summer, only to repeat the next year.