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Monthly Archives: November 2013
No need for chains with studded Hakkapeliittas – snow tires are on! My Subaru now drives like a little tank. Overkill perhaps, but it is habit and peace of mind for the thousands of miles logged up to and around Vermont all winter long.
My dad has always told me, “Good tires are cheap insurance.” I have taken that to heart and think I get as excited about a fresh pair of Nokian Tyres as a new pair of skis! Safe driving to everyone this winter. . .
A few weeks ago, I was able to combine a sprint shopping session with a meeting in Manhattan. I was pleasantly surprised – the city was feeling rather outdoorsy. Good timing with the onset of winter and stores ramping up for the holiday onslaught. In addition to stops at Best Made Company and Uniqlo already documented, here are some more alpine and outdoor findings.
Intricate laser cut and bonded detail on Mountain Force women’s Joplin jacket. This Swiss brand is the pinnacle of technical outerwear design and engineering. Check out this season’s line at a specialty retailer such as Paragon Sports or if not familiar with the brand, spend some time on the Mountain Force web site to get an idea of the precision in design, details and manufacturing, premium materials and covetable styling.
Lots of photo-real wildlife on outerwear this season. Volcom Snowboarding women’s Astrid jacket features wolves (left) and Quiksilver men’s Forever jacket with birds (right) both offer the performance of Gore-Tex in 2-layer shell construction.
xSweaty Betty is now stateside! The British line of women’s performance sport apparel now has retail shops in Soho and Greenwich, Connecticut. I am long familiar with the brand for workout, running and yoga gear but was surprised to learn they offer ski. The ski collection is tightly edited with a precisely merchandised color palette. Base and mid layers come in unique interpretations and bold body-conscious outerwear bib and jacket styles give the impression of a one-piece suit. My feeling on Sweaty Betty ski and the rest of the line is this – it is not cheap (pricier than Lululemon) but is a fresh alternative to the competition and a welcome addition to women’s performance apparel.
xxOver the past few years, Fjällräven has become a favorite outdoor brand of mine, luring me in with their rucksacks, tight logo and heritage to realize there is so much more. The Swedish specialty outfitter, named after the arctic fox, has a long history producing functional equipment and apparel for exploring the outdoors. Fjällräven claims to be the inventor of the framed backpack and in 1960 became the first brand to manufacture and distribute this innovative equipment. As for apparel, Fjällräven is famous for their G-1000 waxed fabric that is durable and resistant to the elements.
Fjällräven’s second New York City shop is located on the corner of Greene and Grand Streets in Soho. A well-merchandised store shows off the fabulous full product range – beyond the adorable and colorful Kånken backpacks most readily associated with this brand. Fjällräven products possess function and classic looks steeped in heritage and rich color for all that is involved in an outdoor lifestyle. (Yet another example of Swedish design being responsible for some of the finest sporting product available.) For the merchandise and shopping experience, I recommend Fjällräven as a must on any NYC shopping list.
Changing gears to fashion – clean and bright Joe Fresh prominently features this shiny and white deer family for holiday. (Reminiscent of the Hermès 2010 winter ad campaign.) It is always nice to see this icon of the outdoors.
Nice job, Mohawk! The Connecticut ski area kicked off the 2013-14 season on Thanksgiving weekend. Here is a look back at Mohawk from January 1957. Signage reads as follows:
MOHAWK MOUNTAIN TRAIL SYSTEM An arrangement of ten varied trails Nine tows and four slopes Skiing for novice to expert Trails average ¾ mile.
NOTICE We have done our best to provide safe equipment & smooth skiing areas for you But all skiers must agree in advance of skiing to use area and equipment entirely at their own risk
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING Trails start from summit – good views Inquire for special guided trips SPLIT ROCK – 1 ¾ mile level and downhill TOWER TRAIL – 4 miles up and downhill DO NOT TOUR ALONE
MJ in her Kjus Nahla Down Jacket. The trademark contrast zipper around the hood perimeter is brilliant!
Lots of POC color popping against black and the blue sky.
Skiers like classic Burton, too.
Ski season has arrived in the Northeast and Thanksgiving should be a pretty good day on the slopes! I am looking forward to another winter of seeing what apparel and accessories people are wearing and more interestingly – the style element of how they put it together and carry it off. New, original style photos are coming soon. . . until then, here are a few shots from last winter. Enjoy the holiday!
I am currently in a flannel phase. But who isn’t, really? Either because of, or as a fortunate coincidence, there has not been a better selection of flannel shirts readily available since the 1990s grunge wave. From affordable choices at trend-driven fashion retailers such as Uniqlo and American Eagle to premium offerings from heritage outfitters such as Filson and Penfield, there are many fine options in the mid-range from outdoor sport brands.
Bored with tech-y styling and challenged to find lightweight mid-layers, I am on a mission to find options — the flannel shirt could be a solution. Certainly, this dressing approach is nothing new to much of the snow-sliding population, but for many it falls way outside the realm of acceptable performance layering. For me, I will chance the “no cotton” rule in appropriate conditions!
My personal favorite by far is Patagonia’s Fjord Flannel. High quality, not too heavy, not too light, crazy soft, nicely tailored for wearing hem-out and enough sizes available to fit just right. Women’s Fjord Flannel shown here, check Patagonia for the Men’s Fjord Flannel.
Dakine offers a performance flannel shirt of polyester with a brushed cotton-hand feel – truly more appropriate for snowsport layering than cotton. Cypress blue check for women, Oakridge traditional buffalo plaid for men.
Of all the things I collect, archive and otherwise save, how I haven’t kept Patagonia catalogs for the last few decades is inexplicable. Finally, a few years ago I started a file for the covers. This year’s holiday catalog is one of my all-time favorites. Shot in Norway by Lars Schneider, this dogsled cover image led me to the Schneider Outdoor Visions web site, deep in gorgeous portfolio photos and rich in engaging blog posts and compelling short films.
I love how one thing leads to another and am very happy to have become acquainted with the work of Lars and Katrin Schneider. The German duo based near Hamburg, Germany travels the world, often as a family with their infant son, to capture outdoor sport, adventure and the natural world at the most inspiring and beautiful. Lots to check out and follow at outdoor-visions.com.
Killington, as usual, was the first Vermont ski area to open for the season and has been operating for several weeks. Mount Snow, Okemo and Bromley followed, skiing last weekend. This weekend brings a big wave of openings with Stowe, Smuggler’s Notch, Jay Peak, Sugarbush and Stratton kicking off their 2013-14 seasons on what is usually Thanksgiving weekend. Soon lifts will be running at Burke, Magic, Pico, Middlebury, Mad River Glen, Bolton Valley, Cochran’s, Suicide Six and Northeast Slopes.
Bromley: Winter thrills – snow time is here. For this the skiers have waited all year.
Stratton’s Famous North American Trail, photo by Hubert Schriebl
One of Okemo’s many families, who ski from their Chalets directly to the slope, decide on the day’s first run. Photography by Duncan A. Campbell
Last season 2.5 million Riders rode on 6 double Chair Lifts to the top of 3600 ft. Mt. Snow. The 16 trails to the Base of Mt. Snow are suitable for all types of skiers. Sauna, Swimming Pool, Heated Sun Terrace, and artificial indoor Ice Skating make Mt. Snow vacations a year around must.
Killington’s Ski School is staffed with U.S.E.A.S.A. certified instructors teaching the American Technique to skiers from beginners to experts. Photography – Bob Perry
Sugarbush Valley: View from Top of Gondola Lift Overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.
Stowe: Ski Capital of the East, Alpine Lift and Spruce Peak Ski Area
Smuggler’s Notch: Madonna Ski Area, Skier in action as the shadows fall. Photo by Bob Paterson
Jay Peak Ski Area: Site of one of the world’s finest aerial tramways. View from the Skyhaus towards New York State. Elevation 3861 feet. Photo: Tom Emrich
xxxxxBest Made Company® is dedicated to equipping customers with quality tools and dependable information that they can use and pass down for generations. We seek to empower people to get outside, use their hands and in doing so embark on a life of fulfilling projects and lasting experiences.
Founded in 2009 with their now-famous axe collection, Best Made’s product line of tools and supplies has grown to include apparel, bags, knives, first aid kits, enamelware, maps, badges and assorted other utilitarian items in luxe execution. Product is tightly edited, presentation and merchandising are delightfully straightforward. The aesthetic and brand identity are simple, clear and deftly make the nostalgia of camp and the great outdoors modern.
Best Made Co. is function, quality and community – and absolutely worth a visit: in person at 36 White Street, Tribeca, New York, NY or on-line at bestmadeco.com. Communications from the brand, both printed and electronic, are a pleasure to receive.
2/3/1974 Press Photo: The alpine ski world championships in St. Moritz have to change their program for the downhill race for men had to be postponed, the bad weather did not allow the necessary pre-race training on the run. So these fast men on their narrow woods have to wait for sun. Top favorite Roland Collombin (right) and his friend Philippe Roux bring their skis for waxing to Swiss wax-expert Paul Berlinger (left).
Tonight I arrived home to the smell of ski wax – yes! I consider myself fortunate that my husband tunes a mean ski. We probably have another week or two until we are on snow but our skis are ready!
Uniqlo is alpine-themed! All windows and displays in the 34th Street Manhattan store are outfitted with this mountaineering-inspired look to promote the Ultra Light Down and Fleece programs. Climbing rope, harnesses, sky-high heels and skateboard decks – somehow this mash-up works to merge outdoor with fast fashion.