Monthly Archives: March 2013

Happy Easter!

raceyhelps_skiFun on Skis by Racey Helps

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Chixngravy Snow Skirt


Today, I finally became the very happy owner of a SKHOOP down skirt!   SKHOOP is based in Åre, which makes this yet another great piece of wearable snow gear from Sweden.  I will live in this skirt in cold months — more for casual wear than skiing, and it will be so nice post-ride for autumn mountain biking.  I am stoked on this new acquisition and expect it is just the first step in building a little quiver of cozy insulated skirts.

Earlier in the winter, I posted about SKHOOP and Houdini skirts.  The latest skirt discovery:  Chixngravy.  I spotted this fuchsia-skirted snowboarder zipping through a lift line at the Planai in Schladming.  Chixngravy is a trendy line of snow, street and swim wear designed by Simone Ober and based in Kitzbühel, Austria.  The snow skirt was the item that launched the brand “trying to combine fashion and function with passion and humor”.  The very cool tomboy-styled skirts with cargo pockets are offered with and without insulation, taped seams and a unique snow cuff system. I am adding Chixngravy to my Austria shopping list!

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Racer On Course: Ski Timing by Longines

annemarie moser-proell austria ski race vail colorado 1974 longines3/21/1974 Press Photo:  AnneMarie Moser-Proell, left, Austrian star, gets some last-minute instructions from her coach before leaving the starting gate in the Nations’ World Series of Skiing at Vail.

Besides my obvious excitement over ski racing legend Annemarie Moser-Proell’s bib number, it is worth pointing out Longines’ commitment to ski racing.  Nearly four decades after this photo, the Swiss luxury watch maker remains the official timekeeper of Alpine Ski World Cup.  Longines’ history with ski racing dates back to 1933 and maintains vitality with sponsorship of ski champion Aksel Lund Svindal and the Rising Ski Star awards.  The brand offers an excellent mobile app offering live timing, news and information, check out Longines Live Alpine Skiing.

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Vintage Après Ski


This past weekend was full of great snow with extended après ski and fun live music with friends. There were no accordion players at the Bear Den – but they are my favorite aspect of this vintage scene.

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Only You: Smokey Bear 2013


To my delight, I drive by an old-school forest service Smokey Bear sign on my commute to the office each workday.  But I can’t tell you the last time I saw Smokey in print – so I was thrilled to come across this PSA in the latest issues of both GQ and Details magazines.  It is an exquisite new Smokey!  Contemporary graphic feel with the bold impact of vintage propaganda art.

Smokey was introduced in 1944 and is the longest running PSA campaign in U.S. history.

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Jean-Claude Killy Wins at Stowe, 1966

jean-claude killy france ski giant slalom stowe vermont 19661966 AP WIREPHOTO:  STOWE, VT., MARCH 19 — FLYING FRENCHMAN – Jean-Claude Killy of France leans into a high speed turn as he flashes down Mount Mansfield to win International Giant Slalom championships at Stowe, Vt., today.  Killy, gasping for air, is “stepping up” or shifting weight from right to left ski for turn towards next gate to his left.  Killy ran course of just under a mile in 1:45:67.

Ski racing runs deep in Stowe’s heritage and Mount Mansfield has a long history as host to international competitions.  I would love to see World Cup racing someday return to Stowe.

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Ski The East Freeride Tour: Jay Peak, VT

Jay Peak hosted the fourth and final stop on the 2013 Ski The East Freeride Tour.  A two-day event, I was able to watch some of the women run on Saturday (and disappointed I could not make it back for the more “extreme” finals on Sunday).  This was my first visit to one of these contests and I loved it – a positive feeling to the entire production and authentic freeride style inspiration everywhere.  I was impressed by the relative range of ages and abilities – as well as  female participation – and credit Ski The East with creating an inclusionary environment – such a great grassroots way to grow freeride exposure.  I look forward to following the tour next winter. . .

03165©anapolitano2013The scene at the Upper Exhibition start on Saturday.  Day two of competition to be a bit more intense in the Face Chutes under the tram.
03164©anapolitano2013A very nice green/ blue ensemble!  Is it Flylow?

03167©anapolitano2013Girls of all ages ready to shred.

03163©anapolitano2013Mackenzie Young of St. Lawrence University, winner of the Magic Mountain tour stop.

03166©anapolitano2013Vintage Jay.

Check this link for results and pics from both days of competition at Jay Peak’s Helly Hansen Extreme Competition.

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Anon Optics: Realm Goggles

03169©anapolitano2013It’s all in the details with these Anon Optics Realm goggles in the “Twin Peaks” color way:  suede-wrapped frame with laser engraved art.

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Mikaela – Sending You Good Luck!

SKI ALPIN - FIS WC Lenzerheide, Siegerehrung, Slalom, Damen3/16/13 UPDATE  :  She won!        Photo:  GEPA via

021692©anapolitano2013Photos (above and below) from 2/16/13 Alpine World Championships Slalom in Schladming, Austria.  Hopefully, instead of flowers, Mikaela will soon be accepting a glass globe!

Tomorrow morning I will be anxiously monitoring World Cup Finals race results on my FIS mobile app – waiting to see if Mikaela Shiffrin will battle back to regain her top standing in slalom to win the season title.  After losing her 33-point lead last week in the Ofterschwang slalom, she now trails Overall Champion Tina Maze by a mere seven points.

021690©anapolitano2013Today in Lenzerheide, Mikaela was awarded the Longines Rising Star award – recognizing her as the top young female racer of the 2013 season.  Alexis Pinturault of France was the very deserving men’s recipient.  Congratulations!

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Spring Skiing & Sunbathing

gapa_sunGarmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.  Photo:  Wenzel Fischer

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