Monthly Archives: May 2013

Bally: Everest 60th Anniversary Collection

hillary norgay everest climb summit 1953Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay ascend Everest.  Photo:  Smithsonian.com

norgay hillary camp everest 1953Norgay and Hillary at camp.  Photo:  The Times UK

hillary norgay everest anorakHillary and Norgay.  Love the anoraks!  Photo:  Stamford Advocate

bally switzerland boots everest 60th anniversarySwiss luxury brand Bally is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first Everest ascent with a new capsule collection featuring a reproduction of the Reindeer-Himalaya boots worn by Tenzing Norgay while summiting with Sir Edmund Hillary on May 29, 1953.  Photo:  Bally

bally vincens hiking boot everest 60th anniversaryCheck the Bally website for the full collection and information about the historic expedition.  Photo:  Bally

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Gertrude Wepsala: Canadian Ski Champion

gertrude wepsala canada ski championFebruary 4, 1940 press photo:  Gertrude Wepsala of Vancouver, Canadian woman ski champion in training on the slopes of Mount Athabaska, in Jasper Park, for the Canadian and International championships.

gertrude wepsala ski athabasca jasper harry rowedFebruary 4, 1940 press photo by Harry Rowed:  Gertrude Wepsala, Canadian woman ski champ, and her trainer, prepare for taking the slides on Athabasca Mountain, in Jasper Park, where year ‘round skiing is found.

gertrude-wepsala-rowedFebruary 4, 1940 press photo by Harry Rowed:  Gertrude Wepsala “greasing up” for a bit of mountain climbing.

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Ascutney Mountain, Vermont

ascutney mountain vermont vintage ski patchxxascutney vermont ski area vintage brochurexascutney vermont ski polar bear chairliftxascutney vermont vintage trail map ski areaxascutney vermont vintage tucker snocatThe “shocking pink or cerise” Tucker Sno-Cat.  From Vermont Life magazine, Winter 1949-50

Tonight was registration for the Vermont 50, a mountain bike race and ultra run to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.  The 700 spots for mountain bikers sold out in 23 minutes!  I am thinking about all the miles I need to ride between now and the event at end of September.

I am also thinking about Ascutney Mountain – where the race begins and ends.  Needless to say, it is tremendously sad that this ski resort is no longer in operation.  With original trails cut by the CCC in 1935, it was a ski area with history and character, old school trails and varied terrain — and a penchant for fun as evidenced here by the polar bear on the chair lift!

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Ski Aspen: 1952

aspen colorado 1952 vintage ski skiers

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On the Snow: JC de Castelbajac Snow Tigers

rossignol castelbajac jane tiger ski jacketJC de Castelbajac for Rossignol as seen at ISPO, January 2012.

julia mancuso downhill schladming world championshipsJulia Mancuso after her 5th place finish in the Women’s Downhill at the 2013 Alpine World Championships in Schladming, Austria.  On Julia:  USST jacket by Spyder and Houdini Sleepwalker down skirt.

rossignol castelbajac snow tiger ski jacket pantsOn her:  JC de Castelbajac Clemence Down TG Jacket, Geny PR Pant.  On him:  JC de Castelbajac Snowtiger Jacket, Snowtiger Pant.

I enjoyed watching this broadcasting duo at the Alpine World Championships in Schladming, Austria.  Each day they would come dressed in exquisite complementary ensembles of luxury outerwear.  The wild snow tiger theme shown here as they interview Julia Mancuso is by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac for Rossignol – styles I had seen the winter prior at the ISPO trade show but never expected to have the good fortune to see on snow!

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Treasure Hunting: Brimfield

vintage ski poster jantzen bethlehemxvintage arctic ice cream sign brimfieldxvintage ski ribbon germanyxstag deer statue brimfieldxchild lederhose trachten heartxsno bee sled yellowxsoldier travel europe vintage ski patchesx
ski mazama ridge rainier washington postcardSkiing on Mazama Ridge, Rainier National Park, Washington

mt mansfield stowe chair lift top of vermontTop of Vermont:  Mt. Mansfield Chair Lift Stowe, Vermont on Route 100

toni sailer ski race aspen 1957Toni Sailer ski racing at Aspen, 1957

sascha maurer ski poster new england snow trainWinter Sports New England:  Sascha Maurer, c. 1936/37

sascha maurer lets go skiing posterLet’s Go Skiing Sascha Maurer, c. 1936

The first Brimfield Antique Show of the year didn’t feel particularly rich with alpine artifacts – but was great fun nonetheless.  I rounded up some of the usual small finds:  vintage photos, postcards, magazines.

The score of the day was a late 1930’s brochure for The New Haven Railroad Snow Trains illustrated by famed artist Sascha Maurer.  (Maurer is best known for ski posters and credited with creating the Stowe “flying S” logo.)  The brochure is in pristine condition with vibrant color and essentially gives me two mini posters – I am thrilled!

See you in September, Brimfield. . .

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Vintage Mountaineering

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Have any thoughts on where these climbers might be?  French Alps?  Dolomites?

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Ski Italia: Vintage Sestriere

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Happy Mother’s Day

mothersday_1972

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Alta 1960: Chick Igaya & Jimmy Heuga

alta utah jimmy heuga chick igaya 1960February 1, 1960 AP Wire Photo reads:

ALPINE WINNERS:  In Alta, Utah – Chick Igaya (left), 28-year-old Olympic skier from Japan, and 16-year-old Jimmy Heuga of Tahoe City, Calif., beam after taking turns placing first and second in the giant slalom and slalom at the national alpine ski championships.  Igaya, former Dartmouth University star, won the giant slalom, Heuga second.  Heuga won the slalom, with Igaya second.

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