Vintage 10th Mountain Division Downhill Skis

Vintage 10th Mountain Division Downhill Snow Skis
c. 1943, 20th century
Wood, Metal
89"l x 3.5"w 
© Vintage Winter

Authentic example of 10th Mountain Division equipment. They were painted white to act as camouflage during missions on snow covered terrain.  Most 10th Mountain Division soldiers were actually recruited by the U.S. National Ski Patrol.  Skis like these were monumental in the successful missions against the Germans in the Italian mountains.  This set features the original bear trap cable bindings.

The Dovre Ski Binding Co. of West Concord, Mass was an American binding company headed by Leif Nashe and Odd Overgard.  Other notable executives were John Tomberno, Mary Strout and Mane Hogan.  The company was founded in 1935 and was the first U.S. company formed solely for he manufacturing of a ski binding.

WWII 10th Mountain Division on Skis.
WWII 10th Mountain Division on Skis.

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