Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ascutney: Vermont 50

little ascutney snowmobile club vermont fisher cat

Today my husband and I are headed to Ascutney, Vermont for the 20th annual Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race or Ultra-Run.  So happy that the weather is looking really nice for a really long bike ride!

I found this vintage patch for the Little Ascutney Snowmobile Club at a flea market a few months ago. The patch is large (6”), features a flocked fisher cat mascot and shows wear of riding many miles stitched to a snowmobile suit – it’s fantastic!

Like the VAST trails snowmobilers travel in winter, the fifty-mile course of the VT50 is made possible only with generous access to private land.  Thank you, landowners!

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Alpine Icon: Barbi Henneberger

barbi henneberger germany ski racer firstbahn grindelwald switzerlandIn a Bogner jacket at the Firstbahn station in Grindelwald, Switzerland.

barbi henneberger ski racer germany bognerIn the same Bogner jacket with quilted collar turned up – weather protection and a stunning look!

barbi henneberger ski race grindelwald switzerlandConfident at a ski race in Grindelwald.

barbi henneberger willy bogner ski germanyBarbi with her boyfriend Willy Bogner, Jr.

Barbara-Maria “Barbi” Henneberger was a ski racer from West Germany and based on any photo I have ever seen, a true alpine style icon.  Highlights of her racing career include a bronze medal in slalom at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics; four medals at the 1962 World Winter University Games; and two wins and a second place at the 1963 U.S. Alpine Championships.  Tragically, she was killed in April 1964 by an avalanche while filming a ski movie in Switzerland for her fiancé, Willy Bogner, Jr.  While treasure hunting in Germany, I uncovered these gorgeous vintage photos of Barbi showing her at her most vital and beautiful.

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Lifestyle: Slopeside Lunch

ski vintage arden milk austria posterSomewhere in the west coast enjoying lunch with Arden milk.  Check the travel posters on the building – excited to recognize the Austria image by Paul Aigner as found at Brimfield!

vintage ski chamonix mont blan plan prazDéjeuner su la neige au Plan Praz.  Chamonix, France.

vintage ski europe alps lunch sunRefueling and relaxing al fresco in the Alps.

ski stowe vintage stone hut mount mansfield vermontOutside the Stone Hut on Mount Mansfield, Stowe, Vermont.  Cheers!

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Lost Ski Area: Sweetheart Mountain

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A busted mountain bike and the ensuing trip to a different bike shop resulted in an impromptu hike around Sweetheart Mountain in the Collinsville village of Canton, Connecticut.  The Canton Ski Club operated this ski area from 1948 to 1974/75.  Two rope tows and lights serviced the 400’ vertical – including some surprisingly steep terrain.  The little ski area claimed as many as 600 members, a dozen ski patrollers and a record 50 operating days in a single season.

The Canton Land Conservation Trust now owns the property and maintains hiking trails open to the public. Because so many rusty remnants of this former ski area are still hiding out in the woods – this short hike was a fun and nostalgic exploration.

Please visit the NELSAP (New England Lost Ski Areas Project) web site for more detailed information and photos.  And click to watch a video tour of skiing this lost area.

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Native American Gloves

native american athabaskan athabascan glove leather beading flowers furxnative american athabaskan athabascan glove leather beading flowers fu These gloves are believed to be Athabascan (Athabaskan) from western Canada.

native american gloves beading beaded leather vintageThe smaller gloves are sized for a child.

I just can’t get enough of these vintage Native American gloves seen recently at antique fairs.  I have never felt anything like the buttery softness of the leather and fur and delight in the pretty beadwork.  The combination of artistry and utility produced a remarkable result.

Certainly gloves like this serve as inspiration for Astis and I am looking forward to ski days in my cozy mitts this winter.  Click to check out the new Astis models for Winter 2013/14.

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Ski Style: Bold Stripes

malcolm milne ski race australia rossignol mossantMalcolm Milne of Australia going for it in a striped Mossant Sport of France jacket.

rosi mittermaier ski racer west germany abetone italy2/27/1974 AP Press Photo:  ABETONE, ITALY – Rosi Mittermaier of West Germany flashes through the gates Wednesday to win the World Cup Special Slalom race at Abetone, Italy.  Click to watch Rosi win two golds (DH, SL) and a silver (GS) at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics; watch to the end to see more fantastic sweaters!

vintage retro ski jacket paris fashion stripes10/28/1965 Press Photo:  PARIS FASHIONS:  Ski-ing outfit designed by a Paris dressmaker specialized in sports wear.

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Brimfield: Vintage Alpine Art & Graphics

austria vintage travel brochure winter ski paul signerThe first three images are vintage travel brochures produced by the Austrian Federal Government, circa 1950s.  Illustration by Paul Aigner.

austria vintage travel brochure winter ski rein hart wettach

Illustration by Reinhart Wettach.

vintage travel brochure austria winter ski gottfried fischlIllustration by Gottfried Fischl.

vintage ski travel poster splitkein flexible flyerAdvertising poster for Splitkein Flexible Flyer wooden skis.  Not shown but name dropped with Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln, New Hampshire.

ski catskills new york vintage postcard linen rope towVintage postcard:  Winter in the Catskills – Pine Hill, N.Y.

vintage postcard ski skier netherlands Vintage postcard:  De ski-virtuoos, illustrated by Broekman, Netherlands.

ski beauport quebec canada vintage postcardVintage postcard:  The Relay, Lake Beauport, Quebec, Canada

vintage franconia notch aerial tram logo new hampshire cannonSouvenir water transfer decal from Franconia Notch, New Hampshire featuring the aerial tram at Cannon Mountain.

snurfer brunswick vintage logo yellowFinally!  A yellow Snurfer to live with my wood-grain one.

Vintage alpine art and graphics from the recent Brimfield Antique Show.

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Weekend Treasures

I hit a small local antique fair over the weekend and managed to score a few solid finds.  It is a very big treasure hunting week with the final Brimfield show of 2013 starting today.

vintage photo boy bike bicycleI try to keep my collection exclusively ski or winter images but this vintage bike photo is too good to have left behind.

native american gloves beading beaded leather vintageGorgeous Native American leather gloves with beadwork.  Too pricey to buy but a happy reminder that in just a few months I will be skiing in my Astis mitts!

uvm vermont catamount vintage pennantI can’t recall ever coming across any vintage memorabilia from University of Vermont, my alma mater.  This 1950-60’s flocked pennant is a beauty with the badass Catamount mascot.

stowe-tbar-richardsonReal photo postcard of the Smuggler’s Notch T-Bar at Stowe, Vermont.  I have been looking for this specific image to add to my Richardson collection!  Photo by Harry Wendell Richardson of Newport, Vermont.

vintage ski photochrome postcard union pacific railroadI love the vibrant color of vintage Photochrome postcards.  This one was produced by the Union Pacific Railroad – such great composition.

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D2R2: Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnée

Apparently, I needed a little break from blogging and spent the extra time the past couple weeks riding my bike.  So this post is a week late but I still wanted to share a few photos from the excellent Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnée.

The D2R2 is a fundraiser for the Franklin Land Trust of western Massachusetts and has become known as a favorite New England cycling event.  My husband and I rode the 115k loop and were not disappointed – a spectacular rural route running from Deerfield into southern Vermont with gorgeous vistas, wicked climbs, amazing event staff and the best weather imaginable.

vintage cycling jersey hudson d2r2 bikeSo many fantastic vintage cycling jerseys!  I was more focused on riding than collecting photos but was fully engaged by the variety of kits — from the newest Rapha to classic Ibex wool to retro jerseys dusted off for this event.

team awesome bike deerfield d2r2 2013Mostly cyclocross bikes, some road bikes and a few of us on big fat mountain bikes.

d2r2 cue sheet bike shredly shorts garmin gpsWith four segments, tons of turns and landmarks – our simple DIY cue sheet holders worked like a charm.  Thank you Shredly – my MTB shorts and YOGACHAM liners were super comfortable for the entire 72 miles – a much longer test than a typical mountain bike ride!

d2r2 lunch guilford vermont covered bridge bikeLunch by the covered bridge over the Green River in Guilford, Vermont.  It was so hard to leave this setting and get back on the road!

geekhouse bike frame you got thisYou Got This!  Great encouragement to have rolling with you – very needed for the Pennel Hill and Patten Road climbs!  Check out the colorful style of Boston-made Geekhouse CX bikes.

watermelon salt d2r2 bike aid patten hillSalt on watermelon was new to me but hit the spot!  Such nice rest stops and support, many thanks.

team awesome bike cycling d2r2 2013 Team Awesome says:  Ride Bikes.  Have Fun.  Stay Awesome.  D2R2 was awesome!

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