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Santa Fe Skiing - Late 1930s

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This is a photo of my grandfather, Dee Lord Sr., taken in the late 1930s.  Before there were powered lifts, skiers climbed up the mountain and skied down.  There are some interesting equipment details here.  Near the back of his skis are attachment points for climbing skins, which is how you went up.  His poles, which were made of bamboo, are wrapped with black tape to keep them from splintering.  And, of course, the ankle-breaking bear-trap bindings with a heel that could be free for climbing and locked down for downhill.  Kathy and I started backcountry skiing 30 years ago and our equipment is very much like this - only made out of much better materials.

--Mike Lord

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Mike Lord

4th generation Santa Fe Gringo.

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