Monthly Archives: January 2014

U.S. Women’s Olympic Alpine Ski Team

us american women olympic ski team 1936 olympics garmisch partenkirchen germany davos switzerlandFebruary 11, 1936 Press Photo:  The American Olympic Games Ski-ing Team, ladies’ contingent, at Davos, Switzerland, where these fair young women enjoyed training on the lofty Parsenn, under the expert tutelage of Swiss ski runner Otto Furrer.  From right to left:  Mr. Otto Furrer, Trainer (Switzerland); Miss Helen Boughton-Leigh, Captain; Miss Clarita Heath; Miss Grace Carter; Miss Elizabeth Woolsey; Miss Lillian Swann; Miss Ellie Eyre Smith; Miss Marian McKenn; Miss Mary Bird.  Photo credit:  J.P. Caspar, Davos

Alpine skiing debuted at 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany with a single event – the Combined comprised of downhill and slalom.  The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia will feature five alpine ski events for each gender:  Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Super Combined.

Congratulations to the team of women who will be representing USA:  Stacey Cook, Julia Ford, Julia Mancuso, Megan McJames, Laurenne Ross, Mikeala Shiffrin, Leanne Smith, Resi Stiegler, Jacqueline Wiles.  Lindsey Vonn and Alice McKennis will be missed!

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ISPO Munich: 1970’s Ski Wear

Today is the opening day of ISPO 2014.  Excited to see new product and inspiration!

ispo munich trade show ski clothing 1970ISPO 1970:  Ski apparel in graphic black and white from the first year of the ISPO trade show in Munich.  The annual international trade show is the premier event for retailers to preview and place orders for new wintersport apparel and equipment.  The inaugural show consisted of nearly 11,000 visitors and 816 exhibitors in total representing 34 countries.  In 2013, the show claimed 80,000 visitors and 2,000 exhibitors from more than 100 countries.

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ISPO 1973:  NEW SKI FASHION PRESENTED IN MUNICH  According to fashion designers’ vote the female skier will look “slim and slender” in the coming season, fitting just tightly into the new colourful ski-suits which come in different colours.  Some of them even show stripes or chequers or a printed pattern.

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On the Road: Instagram

Way too much to post on this blog and way too little time!  Not only am I backlogged with news from winter 2014, I am traveling for the next two weeks and expect to have an influx of inspiration to share from Austria and Germany – even despite the utter lack of snow in these parts.  My blogging may be lagging but fortunately my ‘gramming is not.  Please follow AlpineStyle56 on Instagram or monitor the feed on the right sidebar of the blog homepage for new images and frequent updates.  (Clicking an image in the Instagram blog feed will bring it to full size.)  Go check right now!  Several updates from Salzburg, Austria. . .

salzburg fortriss Festung hohensalzburg kapitelschwemme horse pond austria night The Hohensalzburg fortress stands guard over the city – and medieval horse pond, Kapitelschwemme.

leather bag game traditional hirsch brown craft Traditional leather work with hirsch motif hand-crafted in Salzburg, perhaps in the style of a game bag.

iron sign hermes boutique salzburg austriaHermès boutique placard in the tradition of Salzburg’s elaborate wrought iron shop signs.  Gargoyle lurking.

moncler ski 2014 blast off jet pack salzburg austriaBlasting off with Moncler and. . . a jet pack?  (Based on the success of their recent IPO, Moncler will likely soon be going even bigger.)  Serious black and white color palette ruling the shop.

lanz salzburg traditional trachten flannel pajamasCertainly a leading name in traditional alpine dress.  Lanz is home in Salzburg.  (Note to self:  research Lanz’s heritage and contribution to trachten beyond flannel pajamas!)

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Travel: Kitzbühel for the Hahnenkamm

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Well, this isn’t what I had planned.  But due to lack of snow in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the women’s World Cup races there have been cancelled.  So with less than a week before race events commence, I find myself scrambling to track down lodging in a booked-solid Kitzbühel, Austria for what is undoubtedly the most celebrated race stop on the World Cup circuit – the Hahnenkamm!

I will miss seeing the women race but this is an exciting turn of events and am looking forward to watching the range of disciplines (super-g, slalom and of course, downhill), intense race course and fervent crowds.  Perhaps sharing these vintage hotel labels will help channel a vacant room my way!  If you have any recommendations or tips for this resort town, please do share. . .

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Tamara McKinney 9: Mikaela Shiffrin 7

tamara mckinney ski race racer val disere france time magazine 1984 olympicsTamara McKinney in Time magazine, January 30, 1984, photo by Yarbrough-Team Russell.

tamara mckinney ski race aspen winternational colorado World Cup giant slalom action at the Aspen Winternational.

tamara mckinney ski race racer vail giant slalom rossignol descenteMarch 12, 1983 Press Photo:  VAIL, COLO:  USA’s Tamara McKinney takes a gate during the first run of Women’s World Cup Giant Slalom.  McKinney had the second best time of 1:11:59, only 0.01 second behind teammate Cindy Nelson.  McKinney is attempting to become the first American woman to win the overall World Cup Championship.  UPI jm/Pat Benic

Tamara’s signature bunny hat was made by her sister who sells specialty knit goods through her Kentucky-based company, Ouisha.

tamara mckinney us ski team athlete olympics 1984Training for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.  ABC press photo.

With Mikaela Shiffrin’s win at Flachau yesterday, she has racked up seven World Cup slalom wins – quickly gaining on Tamara McKinney’s nine victories, the record for any American woman in slalom.

Tamara McKinney was my first ski hero.  Her small stature but aggressive style coupled with her girl-next-door image and trusty Rossignol skis offered a strong, female role model in the sport.  Her racing accomplishments include being the first American woman to win the World Cup overall title, two Giant Slalom titles, a Slalom title, multiple World Championship medals and a long list of career wins and podiums.  She is a legend without question.

My husband and I have been devout followers of Mikaela Shiffrin — her stunning talent and rapid ascent — since we watched her win the slalom at the 2010 J-III Junior Olympics when she was 15.  We had heard the hype but it wasn’t until we witnessed her runs that we truly grasped what this young girl could mean to the world of ski racing.  Amazed by her performance, I began referring to her as “Magic Girl”.  I was thrilled to be present to watch her win the slalom title at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria last winter.

So, with that, it is bittersweet for me to watch Mikaela gain on Tamara’s slalom record in record time!

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Yellow: Darling Hill Road

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It’s always sunny on Darling Hill Road thanks to the lovely yellow of Burklyn Hall mansion, Burklyn Concert Barn and horse barn.  This is no small achievement and a gift to behold considering the intensely gray and dreary moments Vermont weather reliably delivers.  Accordingly, these structures shine on glorious bluebird snow days and radiate against the lush saturated green of summer.  The yellow hue varies with the weather, from lemon on a sunny day to goldenrod when overcast.  In any light, these elegant and glorious structures are icons of a country road that can feel like its own wonderful little world.

Darling Hill Road runs northeast from Lyndonville to East Burke, Vermont.  This ridgetop route offers views of Lake Willoughby Gap to the northwest and Burke Mountain to the east.  If this weren’t spectacular enough, the heart of the road is anchored by the gorgeous properties of Burklyn Mansion to the south and the Darling Farm (now The Inn at Mountain View Farm) to the north with the Burklyn Concert and horse barns in between.  The farm was established around 1883 and mansion completed in 1908 by Elmer A. Darling – an East Burke native educated at MIT who went on to make his fortune in the hotel business of New York City.

Heading south, an arcade of stately trees provides a welcoming canopy to The Wildflower Inn and Vermont Children’s Theater.  The serene Stepping Stone offers spa services and bed and breakfast lodging.  From high on a knoll, The Chapel of the Holy Family watches over the road.  Much of the acclaimed Kingdom Trails mountain bike and nordic ski network is located on Darling Hill, running on either side of this treasured road.

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Ski-Doo: Otis, 1975

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Today is my birthday, forty-two!  This photo was taken in the winter of 1975 and is one of my all-time favorites:  Mom and Dad taking me out on our Ski-Doo sleds by our camp on Benton Pond in Otis, Massachusetts.

At three years old, I was pretty into zooming around out in the snow.  And I remember really liking my snowmobile gear – the fun and excitement that this specific uniform enabled, picking out cool patches for my mother to stitch on the cozy one-piece suit, the movement of the fur around the snorkel hood and thanks to a friend of the family – a custom Tweety Bird paint job on my helmet!

Snowmobiling has always been a family activity for us and the first thing that taught my brother and me that wintertime is playtime.  Thanks, Mom and Dad!

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UVM Outing Club: 100 Years

uvm outing club university of vermont quarterly ski illustration ross macdonald

If you are one of those people who love the great out-of-doors; if you like to get away now and then from the gods of the valleys and come in touch with the gods of the hills; if you like to feel the freedom that comes when canoe cuts the waters of lake and river; if you enjoy the keen exhilarating pleasure that is born of the ski and snow-shoe trail, you will begin to understand the motives which lie behind the Out-O’-Doors Club of the University of Vermont. – Roderic Marble Olzendam, founder of the UVM Outing Club

The University of Vermont is my alma mater.  Proximity to skiing played a disproportionate role in why I chose to attend the school.  And I did take advantage of the scenario, skiing Sugarbush early on and then switching to Stowe, with a bit of night racing at Bolton Valley.  A love of the outdoors, the associated culture and sub-cultures unite the university more than any other measure, I dare say.

After collecting months’ worth of random mail that still accumulates at my parents’ address, I flipped through the Fall 2013 issue of Vermont Quarterly to find a feature about the centennial anniversary of the UVM Outing Club.  I love the illustrations by Ross MacDonald and certainly the ardent quote by the man who founded the club in 1913, Roderic Marble Olzendam.  “Out into the free open country. . . “ written by Madison Gilmore can be read by clicking here.

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Kingdom Trails: XC Ski

inn at mountain view east burke vermont kingdom trails ski bikeApproaching The Inn at Mountain View Farm.

burke mountain darling hill inn at mountain view east burke vermont kingdom trails ski bikeBurke Mountain Resort in the distance.

cross country nordic ski kingdom trails east burke vermontBeautiful, bare deciduous trees in winter always remind me of Sabra Field’s woodblock art.

darling hill east burke vermont kingdom trails xc cross country ski bikeHeading home.

My husband and I feel fortunate to spend our winter weekends, vacations and any other time we can steal on Darling Hill in East Burke, Vermont.  The Kingdom Trails we love to mountain bike in summer and autumn are transformed with snow to a serene network of cross-country ski trails in winter.

We are very alpine-oriented and downhill skiing at the resort has always been our first order of business, leaving us little time for much else.  However, with lean snow and the ski resort in upheaval – we are re-evaluating how we spend our time.  This winter will see us taking better advantage of the trails just feet outside our door and growing our interest in nordic skills, fitness and a calmer, quieter and perhaps (this winter anyway) more satisfying way to play in the snow.

As with mountain biking, Kingdom Trails provides an excellent winter product and experience.  The Nordic Adventure Center is now located across from the Wildflower Inn on Darling Hill Road and serves as the hub for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking trails.

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Mid-Century Ski: Illustrated Magazine Covers

popular mechanics magazine january 1948 ski aspen chairliftPopular Mechanics Magazine, January 1948.  Excerpt from cover story titled, Skiers Awaken a Bonanza Town:  After a half century, Aspen, Colo., is a boom town again.  The spark that set it off this time was completion of the world’s longest chair lift for skiers, instead of the world’s richest silver horde.

schoolgirls own library rival schools switzerland probyn 1956The Schoolgirls’ Own Library, No 247, 1956:  The Rival Schools in Switzerland by Elise Probyn.  A monthly reader for girls, printed in England.  (Thank you to my thoughtful and eagle-eyed friend Ali Levy for finding this thrift gem!)

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