In 1947 Howard Head an aircraft engineer from Baltimore, USA spent his first day on the slopes on a pair of very large wooden skis being used at the time. He decided that he could develop a ski which would be easier to use especially for beginners.
He quit his job and devoted his time to developing a better ski, funding himself with poker. He came up with a sandwich construction of aluminium and wood. The prototype went through many tests until he was satisfied. Head used polyethylene on the bottom of the skis to slide easily over ice and steel edges. The skis were stronger and easier to control and easier to turn.
The Head Ski Company started manufacturing skis in 1950 and was very successful. Howard Head and his new sandwich construction ski popularised alpine skiing in the US and worldwide.
Howard Head retired in 1969 and sold the company. The Head Ski Company is now located in Kennelbach, Austria.