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Monthly Archives: December 2013
I love the idea of sending wishes for the new year via post. It is a greeting that is universal, optimistic and has longevity – an entire year! Though not nearly as popular a practice in the U.S. as sending Christmas cards – the new year’s card seems to be a well-established tradition internationally. Here are ski-themed vintage postcards from Russia, Germany and the Netherlands.
Vintage postcard from the 1935 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships held in the Vysoké Tatry region of the High Tatras mountains in the former Czechoslovakia.
Postcard featuring the mascot “Nordi” from the 1987 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships held in Oberstdorf – at the time still considered West Germany.
In keeping with a Saturday that was uncharacteristically more nordic than alpine for me, here is some vintage XC ski art. Different eras, very different graphic styles, love them both.
A Christmas Eve treasure hunting session yielded this lovely series of 1950s vintage holiday postcards from Wangen im Allgäu, Germany. All photos by Neuhäusler.
Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays!
Marie-Pier Prefontaine, one of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team’s rising stars, could not “ski without her scarf.” She wanted something fun and unique to wear on the ski hill whether it be for a World Cup or Olympic race, or just for chasing powder with friends. This is why she created IGOTSWAGG.
If you love cool colours and soft warm fabric around your neck, then you need an IGOTSWAGG scarf. Words from teamigotswagg.com where scarves are available for purchase.
Marie-Pier at Beaver Creek 2013 – 9th in Giant Slalom! Sparkle scarf. Photo via MPP’s Instagram.
Lara Gut wins the 2013 Lake Louise Super-G. Giraffe scarf. AP Photo/ The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh.
IGOTSWAGG scarves are a bandana-style design that attach at the back with Velcro – very easy to adjust precisely. The double-layer construction features a textured velour-like fleece lining. I have seen this same fabric used for baby blankets – it is super soft, comfortable and so cozy! Orders were received quickly with a nice, simple presentation. Scarves are made in Quebec, Canada.
I am someone who generally does not wear anything extra around my neck to ski – only on the absolutely coldest days – as I generally find neck warmers too thick and restrictive. The design of IGOTSWAGG solves that issue for me thanks to a weight that is not too thick (but plenty thick to be warm and protective) and the ability to adjust the size to be just right. Sparkles, patterns and colors make this a fun collection. But it is the size of the product, large enough to create ample draping, which is what gives these scarves swagg – serious style more like a scarf than a workhorse neck gaiter.
Okay, so it is a bit late to actually receive these in time for Christmas – but IGOTSWAGG scarves are fantastic and do make great gifts. . . better yet, a treat for yourself!
British fashion brand, Jack Wills, is offering a spirited collection of classic knit sweaters in charming, traditional motifs for Winter 2013/14. Available for women and men. Perfect for the slopes, après or holiday hob-knobbing.
Vintage wrapping paper. . . reminding me that I still have Christmas gifts to buy and wrap!
What is the best alpine-related gift you have ever received? Or given?
Edelweiss, edelweiss, every morning you greet me, small and white, clean and bright, you look happy to meet me. – Rodgers and Hammerstein, The Sound of Music
Antique postcards, advertising card and luggage label featuring the beautiful edelweiss flower – a true alpine icon.
Vanity Fair, January 2014: Best remembered for his stirring black-and-white images of 20th-century conflict, photographer Robert Capa also captured color pictures of postwar leisure in the mountains of Zermatt, Switzerland; Zürs, Austria; and other international ski resorts. From the stormy beaches of Normandy on D-day to the tranquil mountaintops of the Swiss Alps, Capa’s lens captured it all. All photos: Robert Capa
Post-war, renowned photo journalist Robert Capa turned his lens to luxury ski resorts of Europe. The International Center of Photography hosts an exhibit of Capa’s rich color images from January through May of 2014.
For me, this is reason enough to make an excursion to the city. Hopefully sooner rather than later. . .