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Monthly Archives: February 2014
Sarah discovered these lovelies at the beginning of winter 2013-2014 and they have been enjoying a full season of après outings. Shown here in the Bear Den Lounge at Burke Mountain, Vermont. Currently, these very boots can be found exploring Sun Valley where they undoubtedly have more like company than in the Northeast Kingdom.
The Leland reminds me of boots I came across while shopping Zurich, Switzerland a few years ago and have been dreaming about since. Penelope Chilvers designs the Impossible Boot with a Lapland-inspired upturned toe. . .
. . . and the equally charming Incredible Boot. These boots are as functional as they are stylish with water-repellant pony upper, non-slip rubber soles and super-cozy sheepskin shearling lining.
2/8/1951 Sun Valley News Bureau Photo: MIDWINTER HOLIDAY AT SUN VALLEY, IDAHO – Mrs. Montgomery Orr, Wayne, Ill., leaves the Lodge for a day of skiing on the snow-covered slopes. Mrs. Orr will be a guest at the famous western skiing village until February 10.
4/5/1958 Sun Valley – Union Pacific Photo: AT SUN VALLEY, IDAHO, Friday, the Washington boy’s American Legion Junior team won second place in team standings in the Giant Slalom held on Baldy mountain in the 15th annual Western States American Legion Junior Championships being held this week end. From left: Jim Brule, Yakima; Mike Buckley, Yakima; Brent Whiteman, Yakima; Erik Giese, Seattle; and coach Walt Taulbee, Seattle.
3/31/1939 International News Photo: DARTMOUTH SKIER, POINT-SCORER AT SUN VALLEY Sun Valley, Idaho. . . Dick Durrance, of Dartmouth, two-time winner of the Harriman Cup, pictured in action during the third annual Sun Valley Open Skiing Tournament recently. Durrance placed fourth in the Open this year and won the national four event combined race.
WARMUP HUT Baldy Mountain Sun Valley, Idaho Photo: Union Pacific Railroad
TRAIL CREEK CABIN SUN VALLEY, IDAHO During the summer months Trail Creek Cabin is a popular place for horseback parties to take early morning breakfast. It is also the scene of picnic parties, steak fries and barbecues. In winter it is a favorite goal of bobsled parties for late supper, followed by dancing.
The handwritten note on this vintage postcard reads: July 1, 1952 Tuesday This is a very exciting place. There are things to do every minute. This afternoon we went for a swim in a beautiful pool, also went bike riding. Tonight there is dancing and ice skating. Tomorrow morning we’re going horse back riding. Love, Reeva
I have lost my favorite East Coast ski buddies for a couple weeks to their vacation in Sun Valley, Idaho. So this post is a kind of reverse postcard to them. Greetings from home – hope you are having fun, sun and lots of bottomless turns!
Built by the Union Pacific Railroad and home to the world’s first chairlift (1936) – the role of this resort to ski development and heritage in the U.S. and abroad is beyond compare. I am not going to tackle any Sun Valley history or anecdotes at this time – so please let these vintage images tell some of the story.
She did it!
Front page of the February 22, 2014 Caledonian-Record, Vermont newspaper local to Mikaela’s alma mater: Burke Mountain Academy Alumna Mikaela Shiffrin Becomes Youngest Slalom Champion in Olympic History
I am particularly excited for (and anxious about) the women’s Olympic slalom race – mostly due to Mikaela Shiffrin and the very realistic chance that she could win Olympic gold. Thankfully, this is a night race in Russia which means we in the USA can easily catch the first run live in the morning (7:45 am EST) – only hours away. Now it’s just that pesky 11:00 am meeting I have to do something about. Don’t think I can bear to miss the conclusive second run. . .
Olympic slalom champions throughout the years:
1948 St. Moritz, Switzerland – Gretchen Fraser, USA
1952 Oslo, Norway – Andrea Mead Lawrence, USA
1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy – Renée Colliard, Switzerland
1960 Squaw Valley, USA – Anne Heggtveit, Canada
1964 Innsbruck, Austria – Christine Goitschel, France
1968 Grenoble, France – Marielle Goitschel, France
1972 Sapporo, Japan – Barbara Ann Cochran, USA
1976 Innsbruck, Austria – Rosi Mittermaier, West Germany
1980 Lake Placid, USA — Hanni Wenzel, Liechtenstein
1984 Sarajevo, Yugoslavia – Paoletta Magoni, Italy
1988 Calgary, Canada — Vreni Schneider, Switzerland
1992 Albertville, France – Petra Kronberger, Austria
1994 Lillehammer, Norway – Vreni Schneider, Switzerland
1998 Nagano, Japan – Hilde Gerg, Germany
2002 Salt Lake City, USA – Janica Kostelic, Croatia
2006 Torino, Italy – Anja Pärson, Sweden
2010 Vancouver, Canada – Maria Riesch, Germany
2014 Sochi, Russia — Mikaela Shiffrin, USA
2/19/1952 AP Photo: Andrea Mead Lawrence, U.S. women’s ski star from Rutland, Vt., holds up the gold medal she received in Oslo, Norway, yesterday. The medal was the Olympic award for her victory in the women’s giant slalom at the opening of the Winter Olympics last week. One day following this photo, Andrea would go on to win a second gold in slalom.
2/10/1960 AP Photo: HAPPY BETSY ZOOMS DOWN SLOPE – You can tell from Betsy Snite’s expression that she’s happy to get in her first practice run down Papoose Mountain today since coming to Squaw Valley, Calif., to get ready for the Winter Olympic games. Betsy, of Norwich, Vt., is an experienced international competitor rated a good prospect to win a medal for Uncle Sam. Betsy Snite won slalom silver at these Olympics.
Barbi Henneberger of West Germany followed Snite with bronze in the 1960 Squaw Valley slalom. 1/25/1964 AP Photo: AWAITS OLYMPICS OPENING – This is Barbi Henneberger, a young German skier. She is one of many girl skiers gathered at Innsbruck, Austria for the winter Olympic games which begin on Wednesday. Barbi won a bronze medal at the 1960 Olympics.
2/13/1970 AP Photo: Val Gardena, Italy – Barbara Cochran of Richmond, Vt., curls around one of the 60 gates to give United States its first silver medal of this world alpine ski championships, here today. She placed second in the women’s special slalom, won by France’s Ingrid Lafforgue. Two years later, Barbara won the slalom at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics.
Rosi Mittermaier of Germany wears her three Olympic medals earned in 1976 at Innsbruck, Austria. The haul includes gold medals for slalom and downhill, a silver medal for giant slalom. For Sochi 2014, it is the men’s slalom that is important to Rosi as favorite Felix Neureuther is her son.
Olympic skeleton racing concludes today. I know nothing about the sport other than it looks both insane and incredibly cool. Last summer, I found this vintage photo — when else will I have a relevant occasion to share it!
Some cursory research informed me that St. Moritz, Switzerland is the birthplace of skeleton racing. The head-first position was first used in 1887, a variation on the established sports of bobsled, luge and Cresta sledding. Note the embossed Kulm St. Moritz, of the famous hotel integral to the history of this and apparently many other winter sports.
Kolstad (left) toured the U.S. for five years in the mid-1930’s jumping at exhibitions. She was popular with fans and known as The Queen of Skis (or Skies) or The Wonder Girl. Her 1938 world record jump of 72 meters at Berlin, New Hampshire remained unbroken until 1972.
Finally! It seems crazy that this is a landmark in 2014 – but given that gender inequality has plagued ski jumping at the Olympic level – there is reason for celebration with the Sochi Winter Games. The U.S. Women’s team — lead by World Champion Lindsey Van, Sarah Hendrickson and Jessica Jerome – has tirelessly fought for the inclusion of women’s ski jumping in the Olympics. Tuesday, that became a reality.
In a setting of grandeur, pigtailed Cindy Nelson thrusts out over the downhill course on which she won a prized bronze medal for the U.S. From Sports Illustrated coverage of the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.
Up late to watch the women’s downhill live from Sochi. Rooting for Julia Mancuso all the way! I think my dream podium would be: Mancuso gold, Maria Hoefl-Riesch silver, Anna Fenninger bronze. Lindsey Vonn will be missed, of course. Very, very sad for Tina Weirather, out with a leg injury incurred in training a few days ago – she deserves to continue her winning season.