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Monthly Archives: August 2013
Last week, I spent some very pleasant family time in New Hampshire with family. To say the White Mountains are rich in ski history almost sounds like an understatement. Here are a few vintage photos featuring a ski down the Tecumseh Trail in White Mountain National Forest.
It seems there were two Tecumseh ski trails: one cut in 1934 and abandoned in 1940; a later version created by the CCC in 1937 and eventually absorbed into Waterville Valley ski area in 1965. I am presuming the latter trail is what is shown in these images.
Click through to newenglandskihistory.com for some background about this and other CCC trails in New England.
Pretty hand-tinted antique postcards from the Poconos.
I had a couple of great Shredly sightings this past weekend while riding Kingdom Trails. Thanks to Village Sport Shop’s dedication to women’s product, the Lyndonville, Vermont specialty retailer is one of the first on the East coast to carry Shredly women’s mountain bike apparel.
I could easily take a picture of something gorgeous or otherwise charming every other minute while mountain biking Kingdom Trails in East Burke, Vermont. But the trails flow so nicely – it’s too hard to stop! I managed to sneak in a few shots from an absolutely perfect summer weekend. As always, Kingdom Trails gets my highest recommendation as a stellar riding destination and experience!
10/31/1976 Press Photo: Viki Fleckenstein, of Burke Mountain, VT., Winner of National Combined Alpine Championship, is one of America’s best racers.
I am headed to East Burke, Vermont this weekend to ride Kingdom Trails. Here are a couple vintage nuggets from the home of Burke Mountain Academy.
Traditional costume characteristic of mountainous Bavaria and Tyrol often serves as the iconic foundation for contemporary alpine-specific style and is responsible for endless beloved motifs. Tracht signifies region (such as Berchtesgaden), community (most often rural), economic standing and occasion (holiday, mourning). I remain in awe of the artistic nature and exquisite handicraft involved in this garb.
Most of these images are found vintage photos – I would love to know country and region of origin. If anyone has knowledge of this topic – please share with a comment.
11/25/1938 Press Photo: NEW YORK – The near-blizzard which struck the city on Thanksgiving Day brought joy to the hearts of many winter sports enthusiasts. But to Tomon Murstad, reputed Norwegian ski jumper, it gave ample opportunity to practice some of his stunts on snow covered slopes of Central Park.
1/14/1939 Press Photo: SKIING IN NEW YORK’S CENTRAL PARK, New York City – A view in Central Park, Jan. 14 as ski enthusiasts took advantage of season’s heaviest snowfall in the metropolitan area. In the background can be seen some of the Manhattan skyscrapers that border the park.
I am in New York City for a couple days of meetings. With the August heat of the streets outside and recycled air inside — it is very fun to imagine a city experience of snow and skiing!
Yamaha supports the U.S. Team. The 1976 U.S. Ski Team with Yamaha poles: (left to right) Becky Dorsey, 19, Wenham, Mass.; Mike Dorris, 21, McCall, Idaho; Gail Blackburn, 21, Brunswick, Me.; Ron Biedermann, 23, Stowe, VT.; Cindy Nelson, 20, Lutsen, Minn.; Lindy Cochran, 22, Richmond, Vt.; Karl Anderson, 22, Greene, Me. and Greg Jones, 22, Tahoe City, Calif. Yamaha, an official supplier to the U.S. team, has a total commitment to the team effort.
Look Mom, that’s Spider Sabich. Photo: John Terence Turner
A member of the well-know skiing Cochran family of Richmond, Vt., Bobby Cochran, 24, joined the pros in 1974 after 5 years on the U.S. Ski Team. After placing 15th at the end of his first pro season, Bobby cut loose in 1976 and tied for 3rd overall winning $16,800. He is a member of the Olin racing team, users of the Mark V and VI high-performance racing skis.
All photos by Capt. Henry H. Soulen, a U.S. Army officer stationed in Japan during the post-WWII occupation. These photos are each labeled simply: Nikko City, 1949.
I love when I am able to uncover even just a little bit of the story behind a found photo: Soulen was born in 1915, educated in finance at Wharton, served as a pilot in WWII, was an information and education specialist as part of the Army CID in Japan and Iraq, at some point worked in the film industry in New York City, was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and called the Maine coast home.
Soulen passed away in 2009 and his obituary includes the following: He had a lifelong passion for photography and was a skilled photographer. During his travels, he would capture the local culture by photographing the people and landscape. His passion and skill are certainly apparent in these photos – there is something a little different and truly special about these images — I am so thankful to have these in my collection and share them with you.