Setting The Pace In 1987 #throwbackthursday

It’s #throwbackthursday again, and this week we travel 31 years back in time to the ski season of 1986/87. Much has happened since last week’s #throwbackthursday stop in 1983! The ’80s are in full bloom and the 1987 brochure is full of mullets, moustaches and mind-boggling colour combinations – all you want from the ’80s and more! The front cover displays a tanned young man in sunglasses (team member Mike!) not unlike some of the film stars of the late ’80s (Knight Rider, anyone?) As always, the main thing is clear: live life to the full through enjoying God’s creation, His people and His word. Skiing in the fresh mountain air is exhilarating, but it’s the word and the worship that is the vital dimension of Oak Hall Skiing.


Under headlines in bright red we learn of the expanding winter programme of that year. In 1987 Oak Hall Skiing was still mainly based in Grindelwald, Switzerland and Feldberg in Germany’s Black Forest (if you have a look at our Instagram, we’ve actually been sharing some summer photos from the Black Forest this week!)

Prices were much the same as in ’83, if you travelled with the “space age technology” Neoplan coaches you could go away for 10 days for as little as £138. Added since ’83 were also a whole season’s worth of departures to the much loved Zillertal valley in Austria (although this was before the Alpenblick!) as well as St. Moritz in Switzerland. In St Moritz the package price for 10 days of skiing at £253 per person, the brochure states, cost the same as two nights in most hotels in the same resort. Talk about good value!

On the back of the brochure we are treated to an insight into the Oak Hall office, which reminds us of the passing of time. A picture of a young lady with a mullet and a large orange cardigan, sitting by a computer keyboard is accompanied by a text assuring us that “the efficient office is fully computerised.” This was of course cutting edge 32 years ago, and it makes you wonder what will make us giggle when we look back to 2018 in 30 years time!

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