Monthly Archives: February 2014

Après Ski: Cute Boots

tory burch leland boot winter 2014 pares ski fur pom ponsThe Leland Bootie by Tory Burch.  For a non-snow fashion brand, traditional nordic influences and materials have come together in an inspired style that looks at home in the mountains.

tory burch leland boot bear den bar pub burke vermont apres ski fashionSarah 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.

tory burch leland boot bear den bar pub burke vermont apres ski fashionThe season is winding down and if you are lucky enough to find your size, you will probably be lucky enough to find them on sale!

penelope chilvers impossible boot red apres ski winter

penelope chilvers impossible boot red pink black green apres ski winterThe 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. . .

penelope chilvers incredible boot winter apres ski brown traditionalpenelope-chilvers-incredible. . . 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.

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Greetings: Sun Valley, Idaho

sun valley greetings vintage linen postcard ski Greetings from Sun Valley, Idaho

sun valley idaho lodge vintage ski woman mrs montgomery orr 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.

sun valley idaho ski racing vintage 1958 junior championships 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.

dick durrance dartmouth sun valley open idaho ski race 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.

sun valley idaho ridge chairlift vintage postcard roundhouse baldy mountain“On the way to the top,” the Ridge lifts and the Roundhouse, Baldy Mountain, Sun Valley.  Photo: Lou Holliday

sun valley idaho ski warming hut baldy mountain vintage postcardWARMUP HUT Baldy Mountain Sun Valley, Idaho  Photo: Union Pacific Railroad

sun valley idaho vintage ski holiday run postcardSKIERS AT SUN VALLEY, IDAHO  Coming down Holiday Run, Sun Valley can be seen in the background.

sun valley idaho ski resort vintage school busSUN VALLEY, IDAHO  Crowds of skiers at this famous resort.  Photo: Union Pacific Railroad

sun valley idaho trail creek cabin vintage postcardTRAIL 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

sun valley idaho dog sled vintage photo jigsaw puzzle tuckExciting thrift store find – vintage jigsaw puzzle with exquisite Sun Valley dogsled scene.

sunvalley-label-vintageVintage hotel luggage label:  Sun Valley, Idaho America’s Foremost Year ‘Round Sports Center

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.

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Golden Girl: Mikaela Shiffrin

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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

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Sochi 2014: Women’s Slalom

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. . .

mikaela shiffrin slalom world champion 2013 schladming austria atomic skisMikaela winning the 2013 Slalom World Championship, photos taken at Schladming, Austria.  She went on to win the 2013 FIS Slalom Title at Lenzerheide, Switzerland.  Could Olympic gold be next?

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

andrea mead lawrence olympics oslo 1952 gold medal slalom2/19/1952 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.

betsy snite 1960 winter olympics squaw valley california slalom silver medal2/10/1960 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 1964 innsbruck austria olympics bronze squaw valley slalomBarbi 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.

barbara ann cochran val gardena italy ski slalom richmond vermont2/13/1970 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 germany champion world cup olympics innsbruck 1976 gold medalRosi 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.

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St. Moritz: Skeleton

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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.

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Valentine’s Day: Skiing Sweethearts

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Be Mine: Vintage Ski Valentines

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Sochi 2014: Jumping into History

johanne kolstad hilda braskeruds ski jump vintage norway womenJohanne Kolstad and Hilda “Nusse” Braskeruds of Norway, pioneers of women’s ski jumping in the 1930s.

johanne kolstad hilda braskeruds ski jump vintage norway womenKolstad (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.

johanne kolstad hilda braskeruds ski jump vintage norway womenAll vintage photos from the book Hopp, Jenter- Hopp! (Jump, Girls, Jump!) by Karin Berg.

sochi 2014 ski jump women japan sara takanashi Sara Takanshi of Japan in flight off the normal hill at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.  Photo:  AP/ Matthias Schrader

carina vogt germany sochi 2014 women ski jump champion gold medalFebruary 11, 2014 – Carina Vogt of Germany earned the first-ever Olympic gold medal awarded for women’s ski jumping.  Photo:  AP/ Matthias Schrader

sochi 2014 women ski jump daniela irashchko stolz austriaDaniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria flies over the Olympic rings.  Photo:  AP/ Matthias Schrader

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.

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Women’s Olympic Downhill: It’s On!

cindy nelson ski race downhill 1976 winter olympics innsbruck austriaIn 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.

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