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舊 2016-12-18, 07:54   #9
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Here is a bit of "Monoski" history as given by Don Paeth / Tom Winter :-

Quote: "Born, like similar innovations such as snowboading, ballet skiing and Bud Light, the monoski first appeared in United States. Depending upon which source you choose to believe, the first ski should either be credited to Denis Phillips, a Hyak Washington skier who used a modified water ski to surf the high water content snow of the Cascades in the 1950s, or to a dude by the name of Jack Marchand who “invented” the monoski in 1961, drawing interest from Howard Head, the inventor and designer who launched Head Skis and created the innovative Head Standard, the first metal ski.

Monoskiing wouldn’t gain traction until the carefree days of the 70’s, when pro surfer Mike Doyle would champion the monoski. Doyle’s involvement led to media exposure, including a feature on the new sport in Ski Magazine in November of 1971, photos in Powder Magazine and film projects spearheaded by pioneering cinemetogrgapher Dick Barrymore. " Barrymore’s efforts were particularly appreciated by the French, who provided – and remain today – the most enthusiastic participants in monoskiing

With the spin machine fully ramped up, manufacturers responded. Bahne patented a monoski design in 1973, and contracted with Hexel to manufacture single skis. French interest exploded in 1978 after the introduction of Bahne to Chamonix, spawning interest as well as copycats. A seminal moment for the sport remains the winter of 1979 when Jean-Paul Frechin used a Petite Jennett – a French manufactured knock off of the Bahne – to chalk up the first monoski descent of the north face of Mont Blanc.

By the early 80s the monoski concept was firmly entrenched in France, but the development snowboarding was destroying the potential market for the skis in North America. European manufactures such as Rossignol, Blizzard and Head were building skis in addition to specialty monoski brands such as Duret. Production for Rossignol peaked in 1986, with 10,000 units, By the mid 1990’s with the growth of snowboarding exploding, production of monoskis by mainstream brands collapsed, with Rossignol halting distribution of their single skis to the North America in 1995 and finally abandoning manufacturing of monoskis altogether in 1999.

Still it’s possible to find monoskis for sale, built by a handful of specialty brands and distributed via the internet."
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