In December 1979, I was on a race team that won the SKI Magazine’s SKI BUSINESS ski race in Vail, Colorado. The other team members were my father, Paul, and a very good friend that now lives in Salt Lake City, Rick Newton.
We decided to have a 30 year Reunion and re-take our photos. Each of us found our silver (yes, real silver) bowls that were engraved “SKI Magazine’s SKI BUSINESS Ski Race 1st Place Team”. (We each had lots of polishing to do!)”
In 1975, at age 19, I started Ski Accessories Company (SAC) and attended every SKI Magazine SKI BUSINESS Week for many years. I learned alot about the ski industry because of attending the seminars and events hosted by SKI Magazine. During the 1979 SKI BUSINESS Week I assembled a 3 man team which included my father, Paul, and a co-worker at the time, Rick Newton, to join me to compete in the ski race held at the end of the seminar. It was a relay race held in a dual slalom format. We competed for the fastest time against other teams with members such as Bobby Burns, Denny Hanson, and the like.
Recently, I ran across the original photo (top) taken in 1979 following our victory. I called my father and Rick to see if they could find their trophies and let them know of my idea for a Reunion photo opportunity. After a bit of digging in attics, basements and closets, we each found our respective trophies. The trophies were all tarnished since they were made of REAL silver! The shine came back after a little elbow grease and silver polish.
During the first fifteen years of business, the then Michigan-based Ski Accessories Company manufactured and marketed a full line of ski accessories.
In 1990, we introduced the world’s first patented CARBON Composite Pencil ski pole. GOODE Ski poles are now recognized around the world for their strength, lightweight, aerodynamics and shock absorbent properties. GOODE ski poles have a dominant market share in North America.
In 1994, based on the success of GOODE COMPOSITE ski poles, the company applied the same technology to the manufacturing of water skis. GOODE patented the water ski industry’s first Carbon Fiber water ski. GOODE Skis currently hold both the Men’s and Women’s World Records. Over the past 14 years, GOODE Skiers have also won more National Medals than all other ski companies combined.
In 1995, GOODE prototyped and built the snow ski industry’s first Carbon Fiber snow ski. In 2001, GOODE expanded its factory and purchased the production assets of Volant Skis. Today, GOODE produces a full line of carbon fiber snow skis.
In 2005, GOODE relocated it offices to Ogden, Utah to be closer to world-class snow and water skiing. GOODE is the worldwide leader in CARBON COMPOSITE Ski Poles, Snow Skis and Water Skis.
How time flies!
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