“Isotropic high-tech aluminum alloys,” caruba wood, side cuts, reverse cambers, “KeyHole Technology” … modern-day snow skis have come a long way since 1938, when Arizona Snowbowl opened on the west slope of the San Francisco Peaks. But the most important element of skiing — gravity — remains the same. It’s what takes skiers from the top of the hill to the bottom.
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PHOTOS: NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY CLINE LIBRARY
Jimmie Nunn catches some air at Arizona Snowbowl in the late 1940s. At the time, Nunn was a student at Flagstaff’s Arizona State College, which later became Northern Arizona University.