Monthly Archives: March 2013

Alprausch Graphics 2013


A fresh lot of postcards from Alprausch with pop alpine themes. 

See more Alprausch graphics from 2012.

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Colonial Airlines Ski Plane


I will be flying today but sadly not to a snowy destination for happy days of winter sports.

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East Bowl the Hard Way

031003©anapolitano2013x031002©anapolitano2013Carrie Tomczyk (AT ski) and Sacha McGuire (splitboard) on one of their regular excursions skinning up Burke Mountain.  As owner of Village Sport Shop in Lyndonville, Vermont, Carrie is always out there putting the best gear to use.  Her bright pink/ blue/ yellow color combo perfectly suited the glorious day!

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Austrian Ski Coach with Race Gates

vintage ski race coach austriaPhoto:  Foto-Bumenthal, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

This photo truly gives perspective to what ski race gates used to be!

Watch modern hinged gates in use at the World Cup technical races this weekend: the ladies are at Ofterschwang, Germany and the men at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

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Snow Day!

snowday_kidsNo school today!  This vintage photo looks to me like a moment from a snow day.  So here you go on this day too snowy for school buses to run but just right for playing outside.

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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: Puffer Vest


We are now less than a year away from the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia with the Opening Ceremony February 7, 2014.  Of course, official merchandise is already available.  I stumbled upon this vest a couple weeks ago and can’t get it out of my mind.  The folk art theme and riot of color is tempting me to purchase.

See how this celebration of native craft is being used elsewhere in the identity of these games.

I anxiously await the new uniforms for Team USA.  And I will continue to wonder if the US Olympic Committee has a creative director employed to manage a unified look of all the separate sport-specific uniforms.

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Christin Cooper & Schladming: Then and Now

cooper_schladming82Schladming 1982, Women’s Combined:  Perrine Pelen (France), Erika Hess (Switzerland), Christin Cooper (USA).  Photo:

020950©anapolitano2013Schladming 2013:  Christin Cooper with Julia Mancuso. . .

020951©anapolitano2013. . . and Alice McKennis

In 1982, Christin Cooper won an impressive three medals at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria:  Silver in Slalom, Silver in Giant Slalom, Bronze in Combined.

It must have been special for Christin to return to Schladming for the 2013 World Championships, this time around as a commentator for NBC Sports.  Watching the final women’s downhill practice, it appears she is a sincere and engaged mentor to the U.S. women’s team.

I had the good fortune of randomly meeting Christin on a walking path leading up out of the Schladming village.  For me, this couple minute chat was a pretty big deal as she, along with Tamara McKinney, made an indelible impression on me as a young ski-racing girl in the mid-80s.  I feel extremely fortunate to have had such strong and inspiring women role models at such a formative time in life.  Thank you, Christin!

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Moncler Polka Dots


moncler_harukavestI have a bit of an addiction to Moncler down, so I just about had a heart attack when I came upon this jacket in the window at Dantendorfer Salzburg. The playful and graphic polka dot pattern is the first thrill; the back peplum hem and intricate sleeve cuff detail take this to a whole other level.

The more low-key Haruka vest is truly more my speed and I would love to add it to my collection.

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Window Shopping: Salzburg, Austria

021663©anapolitano2013x021664©anapolitano2013x021660©anapolitano2013x021665©anapolitano2013x021688©anapolitano2013x021688©anapolitano2013After watching Mikaela Shiffrin win the world slalom title in Schladming, I headed to Salzburg to catch my flight home the next morning.  Salzburg is one of my favorite places, so I am always happy for an evening stroll around the altstadt to check out the lovely store windows full of alpine inspiration.

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Laurenne Ross Earns First World Cup Podium

020862©anapolitano2013Photo of Laurenne from Schladming 2013 Women’s Super Combined 2/8/13.

Laurenne Ross took second place today in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Downhill.  Congratulations to Laurenne on her best World Cup finish; as well to the entire U.S. Women’s speed team for putting every member on the podium this season!

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