Monthly Archives: December 2013

FIS World Cup: St. Moritz

st moritz switzerland suvrettahaus hotel vintage antique postcard ski skateThe women of FIS Alpine World Cup will be racing in the Swiss Alps at St. Moritz this weekend, a mix of speed and tech:  Super G on Saturday, Giant Slalom on Sunday.  The tony and elegant resort town sounds like a lovely place to be this holiday time of year!  Pictured here in a vintage postcard, the exclusive and iconic Suvretta House hotel.

Men’s World Cup has a technical weekend at Val D’Isere, France with Giant Slalom on Saturday and Slalom on Sunday.

Mobile apps by FIS, Longines and Ski Racing Magazine make it easy to follow live racing action.

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Gentlemen Skiers

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Snow Day!

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It’s the first snow day of the season!  Kids and teachers (like my husband) are home and hopefully outside playing in the white stuff.

I realize the image quality of these found vintage photos leaves something to be desired – but I do feel they totally capture the joy of playing in the snow and zooming down a hill on skis. 

For me, these images are also a reminder to keep it simple — to enjoy the immediate surroundings – however big, small, steep or gentle the slope, no matter if deep powder or a dusting, and with whatever gear available – just get out and have fun!

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Jay Peak, Stateside Lodge: Then & Now

jay peak ski resort stateside lodge chalet vintage 1963Jay Peak, Jay State Forest, View from Chalet, 1963  Photo:  Roger Maconi

jay peak ski resort area new stateside lodge hotel 2013The new Stateside Hotel & Baselodge, open for the 2013-14 ski season, dwarfs the footprint of the original 50-year old chalet.

jay peak ski resort area new stateside lodge hotel 2013Stateside houses the Cafeteria, Howie’s Diner, Bullwheel Bar, The Gear Shop, Rental, Repair, Demo Center, Adult Ski School and an 85-room hotel.

jay peak ski resort area new stateside lodge hotel 2013From Stateside, easy access to the Jet Triple Chair, Bonaventure Quad, Taxi Quad and a moving carpet.

jay peak ski resort area new stateside lodge hotel 2013 vintage sign bull wheel barOne of many excellent vintage Jay Peak signs used in the lively décor of the Bullwheel Bar.

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Ski Legend: Andrea Mead Lawrence

andrea mead lawrence ski racer bad gastein austria 1952 winner giant slalomJanuary 27, 1952 Press Photo:  THE WINNER RELAXES – Andrea Mead Lawrence of Rutland, Vt., is shown taking things easy after posting another victory in a tuneup ski match for the Olympics.  The famed woman skier removes her goggles after winning the giant slalom at Bad Gastein, Austria.  She competed against the top women skiers from six nations.

Contrary to the description in the photo caption, I do not think Andrea Mead Lawrence is “taking things easy” — all I see is the look of the fiercely intense competitor.  Just weeks later, she went on to win two gold medals at the Winter Games in Oslo, Norway – the first and only American to win twice in a single Olympics.

It goes without saying that Andrea’s confidence brought the gorgeous US Ski Team uniform to life with mad style (and a remarkably tiny waist).  And let’s not forget the race sponsor, Pez – of candy dispenser fame – is an Austrian brand founded in Vienna.

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Hermès: Winter At Last!

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The weather is certainly feeling like. . . winter at last!  Hurrah!  Looking back at some pretty, dreamy, celebratory pictures from the 2009-2010 Hermès winter ad campaign featuring model Raquel Zimmerman, photographed by Eric Valli.

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Salzburg: The Sound of Music

salzburg austria Altstadt Festung hohensalzburg fortressI am curious and a little excited to watch the remake of the The Sound of Music tonight on NBC.  Traditionalists can balk all they want but Carrie Underwood certainly has the pipes to fill Maria’s dirndl.

salzburg austria view Altstadt Sadly, this new production will not be filmed on location in and about Salzburg and the Austrian Alps as was the 1965 movie.  When in Salzburg, you can’t help but stumble through sites used in the movie.  I hadn’t seen the film since childhood and after watching it a couple years ago – was stunned to see how much of the movie could be found in my travel photos.

nonnberg abbey convent sound of musicNonnberg Abbey, the convent from which Maria is released and famously begins her dancing and singing journey to the Von Trapp family residence.

salzburg austria nonnberg abbey convent statuary architectural detail heartMaria sings her namesake song, Maria, together with the nuns at this Benedictine monastery perched on a hill in Salzburg’s Old Town.

salzburg austria untersberg viewHeading south, view of Untersberg.  An escape scene shows the family on the summit of this 6,473 foot peak.

frohnburg castle salzburg austria sound of musicFrohnburg Castle posed as the exterior of the Trapp family mansion and is where Maria concludes the song I Have Confidence.

schloss hellbrunn palace salzburg austria christkindlmarkt christmas marketThe festive Christkindlmarkt – Christmas market – at Schloss Hellbrunn.  The baroque palace was built in 1613-19 as a summer residence; the trick fountains are a popular tourist attraction.

pavilion sound of music hellbrunn salzburg austriaHellbrunn Palace is also where the pavilion, made famous by two scenes in the movie, is now stationed.  Sixteen Goin’ On Seventeen and Something Good were both performed in this glass pavilion.

festun hohensalzburg fortress salzburg austriaView of Festung Hohensalzburg on the return to the historic altstadt from Hellbrunn Palace.  The medieval fortress provides a distinctive backdrop and skyline for Salzburg.

mirabell gardens salzburg austria statueA statue by Ottavio Mosto (1690) in the gardens at Mirabell Palace.  Several scenes were filmed here, perhaps most notably Do-Re-Mi by Maria and the Von Trapp children.

salzburg austria horse pond muralsMaria and the children stroll by the horse statue and murals of the Pferdeschwemme Fountain – an ancient horse bath – as part of My Favorite Things musical sequence.

christkindlmarkt christmas market residenzplatz salzburg austriaChristmas market in Residenzplatz – this square is featured early in the film when Maria sings I Have Confidence. 

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Ski Canada: Mt. Norquay, Banff

ski vintage banff canada mt mount norquay rope tow ski liftSki tow on Mt. Norquay – Banff   Photo:  Canadian Pacific

After exciting action on the new and challenging Raptor course in Beaver Creek, Colorado, women’s FIS World Cup alpine ski racing has moved north to Lake Louise, Canada.  If the weather cooperates, there will be training runs to monitor today and tomorrow.  Fingers crossed that Lindsey Vonn is able to safely return to competition and the rest of the U.S. women’s speed team regains their winning form of last winter.

The men have traded places and are now in Beaver Creek waiting for the snow to stop to train on the demanding Birds of Prey course.  Three races will be televised this weekend on NBC – such a treat in this country to have ski racing on a major network.  Tune it and enjoy!

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AlpineStyle56 on Instagram

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Transitions: Seasons, Sports, Circumburke, Burke

east burke lyndon town line vermont darling hill mansionFor me, mountain bike season is over.  It was fun – a new bike, a few events and a good amount of miles – but I am ready to ski.  This year I am realizing how much I value a transition in between seasons and sports.  It has been really nice to have a few weeks of down time – time to put away one thing before launching into the next.  As part of that housekeeping, I am finally getting around to posting a few photos from the end of the bike season.

kingdom trails east burke vermont darling hill fox river runAs always, my husband, friends and I logged some very pleasant miles at Kingdom Trails.  We appreciate all of the work that goes into maintaining such a large, varied and well-ridden network.  Thank you KTA and landowners!

circumburke 2013 vermont mountain bike trail run victoryThe 2013 Circumburke was my first ride around the mountain – it was a great event!  At 25 miles, it was long enough to feel like an accomplishment but not too long to turn unpleasant.  The biggest challenge came right at the start with the initial climb, the Victory single track was more extensive and fun than I had anticipated, then a long haul out on the “Gold Trail” before hooking back into the familiar Kingdom Trails network.  Spots of rain, sleet and snow kept it interesting but totally manageable.  I tried my best to look around and enjoy the new terrain and surroundings.  Thank you to all who cut, raked, marked and otherwise worked on trails and to everyone else involved who made this very cool day possible!

After passing on this event in years prior because we weren’t really sure what to expect for the course, weather, conditions – I functioned this year as a scout for spouse and friends.  I can now give a whole-hearted, enthusiastic recommendation of Circumburke to anyone looking for a longer but low-key (think challenge, not race) end of the season ride.

circumburke 2013 start kirby ridge road belmont stock farm vermontThe mass start up on Kirby Road at the Belmont Stock Farm:  bikers, runners, supportive spectators and cows.

circumburke mountain bike trail run challenge vermont shredly shortsMe, pre-ride, looking tired, cold and a little crazy.  I can’t say enough about Shredly shorts – the DH Knickers are a bit longer and perfect for late season riding.  Photo by Herb Swanson

mark tucker circumburke salsa mukluk fat mountain bikeMark Tucker rode his Salsa Mukluk, one of a small contingent of fat bikes.  He also covered this event much more extensively on his engaging blog – check Single-Speed Slogging for Circumburke recap and photos.

winter-darling-hillAs for Burke this winter, it remains to be seen.  Lots of changes with the ski area ownership and nothing much encouraging coming from official communications nor scuttlebutt we hear.  So we will wait another couple weeks until we can finally get on snow and see how it plays out.  Certainly, we will hope for the best and as always. . . lots of snow!

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