Monthly Archives: August 2013

Ski New Hampshire: Tecumseh Ski Trail

tecumseh ski trail new hampshire white mountain national forest vintagextecumseh ski trail new hampshire white mountain national forest vintagextecumseh ski trail new hampshire white mountain national forest vintagextecumseh ski trail new hampshire white mountain national forest vintage

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 for some background about this and other CCC trails in New England.

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Ski Pennsylvania: Pastel Poconos

ski west mountain skytop pennsylvania poconos vintageSki Slope, West Mountain, Skytop, Penna.

ski tow pocono manor inn pennsylvania poconos vintageSki Tow, Pocono Manor Inn 

ski-pocono-manor“Top of the Poconos”

ski skytop lodge poconos pennsylvania vintageThe Lodge of Skytop Club, Skytop, Penna.

Pretty hand-tinted antique postcards from the Poconos.

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Village Sport Shop: Shredly in the Kingdom

shredly carrie tomczyk village sport shop lyndonville burke vermontCarrie Tomczyk, Village Sport Shop owner, still comfortable in her Shredly KC shorts at a post-ride dinner.

shredly-shorts-christineChristine Bengtson in Shredly Nikoli shorts being a pretty rad mom – riding a backup bike so her daughter could pedal her new Santa Cruz Tallboy!

shredly mountain bike shorts village sport shop vermontShredly adding a punch of color to the racks at Village Sport Shop.

village sport shop lyndonville vermont bike shredlyJust a little bit of the women’s gear available at Village Sport Shop.

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.

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MTB: Kingdom Trails

burke mountain darling hill summer bikeBurke Mountain in all its summertime glory from Heaven’s Bench off Darling Hill Road.

kingdom trails east burke vermont bike darling hill cows farmThe girls welcoming riders to the Darling Hill trails after the climb up from the village.

bike kingdome trails burke mountain vermont barn summerView of the mountain from route 114 via White School.

bike kingdom trails east burke vermont kirby connectorDefinitely worth that pesky paved hill climb for one of the quietest and prettiest loops in the network.

ski bike burke mountain academy warrens way summerWarren’s Way race hill, green not white.

burke vermont love bumper stickerDirty window; fantastic sticker!  Anyone know where to buy these?

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!

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How the Racers Ski: Burke Mountain Academy

vicki fleckenstein woodworth ski burke vermont us ski team 197610/31/1976 Press Photo:  Viki Fleckenstein, of Burke Mountain, VT., Winner of National Combined Alpine Championship, is one of America’s best racers.

how the racers ski book warren witherell burke vermont 1972An excellent thrift find — 1972 first edition of the seminal ski bible How the Racers Ski by Burke Mountain Academy founder, Warren Witherell.

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.

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Tracht: Original Alpine Style

tracht family farm alps germany austriaFamily portrait found in an antique picture frame.

tracht family austria tirol stubaital vintageVintage postcard featuring a family from the Stubaital region of Tirol, Austria.

tracht women alps mountains funicular germany austriaThe funicular in the background could be a good clue to location.

vintage photo bad ausee austria couple weddingIs this a wedding photo?  Or just a portrait of an affluent couple?  From Bad Aussee in the Styria region of Austria.

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.

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Ski NYC: Central Park

ski central park new york city vintage 1938 snow storm thanksgiving11/25/1938 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.

ski central park new york city vintage 1939 snow storm 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!

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1970’s Ski Racing Color

us ski team 1976 yamaha poles nelson cochran ski racingYamaha 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. 

spider sabich ski racer k2Look Mom, that’s Spider Sabich Photo:  John Terence Turner

bobby cochran ski racer vermont olin 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.

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Ski Nikko: Occupied Japan 1949

kids ski lift nikko occupied japan army 1949 henry h soulen photoChildren riding the ski lift.  Now that is a different kind of double chair!

boys ski nikko occupied japan army 1949 henry h soulen photoChildren on the ski slope.

father son ski nikko occupied japan army 1949 henry h soulen photoSki time for father and son.

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.

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