My parents started skiing when people hiked up mountain sides and then skied down. They also recall when tow-ropes were a huge improvement.
Skis were long and skinny back then, and ski clothing looked a bit different than it does now.
Here, my uncle and his wife show off their new ski pants, parka, and skis:
And here's what Alta ski resort looked like in 1947.
And let's just say that that track of snow where people had been hiking up the hill to skit down wouldn't be there today.