Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Simple Anorak: When Less Is More

vintage ski fashion style anorak sunglassesxvintage ski lady woman skier anorak snow fashionxvintage ski fashion style knit mittens anorak girlxjoan porter skier vintage ski lodge anorak howard lyonxvintage ski photo anorak patches soldier beret europeSpring skiing is here – or coming very soon – so it is time to lighten layers.  The simple and clean anorak fits the bill.  Fortunately, this classic style is experiencing a revival with contemporary versions increasingly available in the retail mix of lightweight, windbreaker jackets.

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Vermont: Maple Sugar Season

vermont maple sugar sugaring syrup season vintage postcard

It’s that time of year again.  Maple sugaring activities are underway in the north country, especially in Vermont – the Green Mountain state produces the most maple syrup in the nation.  On March 22 and 23, more than eighty farms will open their sugarhouses to the public for the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association’s annual open house weekend.  Click here for details to plan a sweet little excursion.

If you are too busy skiing next weekend, hold out until April 5 and 6 to enjoy maple syrup on snow at Stowe’s famous Sugar Slalom race celebration.

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Uniqlo: Down for Spring

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Last fall, I made no secret my love of Uniqlo’s down program – and have since lived in the brand’s ultra light down vests all winter.  And now – the warmth and comfort need not stop as the fast-fashion retailer is promoting down for the spring transition season.  Yipee!  New styles, new colors, once again starting at $49.95.  Click to see women’s and men’s.

Stock up for summer.  You heard right.  I’m down with down year round.  Try it.  Shorts + t-shirt + down vest = cool coziness!

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Wheaties: Mikaela & Gretchen

wheaties cereal box mikaela shiffrin ski racer olympic gold medalxgretchen frasier ski champion wheaties cereal ad advertisement 1952xgretchen frasier ski champion wheaties cereal ad advertisement 1953

The only thing better than Mikaela Shiffrin gracing the Wheaties box . . . Gretchen Fraser representing the cereal brand the 1950’s.  Breakfast of Champions!

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On the Snow: Burke, Vermont

rapha arcteryx ski bike bruce rychlik burke vermontRapha on snow!  More precisely, Rapha on Bruce Rychlik on top of Burke Mountain after a morning skin up.  Was thrilled to see this coveted brand of cycling apparel and lifestyle put to use on snow.  Combined with Arc’Teryx – it was a technical and stylish knockout.

pj dewey owner racestock sports ski shred helmet slope sidePJ Dewey of Racestock Sports wears the Shred Half Brain D-Lux helmet in the very Vermont Slopeside edition.  The maple sugaring graphics are by Shawn Rice (of Magic Hat graphic design fame), the artist who created the excellent packaging for the Cochran family’s Slopeside Syrup brand.

kathy herde burton snowboard bonfire plaid bikeKathy Herde is mad about plaid!  Bonfire ensemble, head to toe, to ride her Burton snowboard one day after riding her Surly Pugsley fat bike at Winterbike.

bogner one piece ski suit red edelweiss luxuryIt was the edelweiss that lured me in – but this classic Bogner one-piece suit reminded me of the German brand’s history in the Northeast Kingdom.  In 1973, Willy and Sonya Bogner moved to Newport, Vermont to open a manufacturing facility for their family’s luxury ski apparel brand. I believe production was maintained for more than a couple decades.  Sadly, but not surprisingly, Bogner no longer maintains production in the U.S. (Check out M. Miller of Boston for luxury ski apparel proudly made in the U.S.A.)

camels hump sunset burke mountain vermont northeast kingdom ski areaCamel’s Hump, Vermont’s third highest peak, seen through a hazy sunset from the top of the Mid-Burke Express.

burke mountain vermont ski area snow report sherburne express quad base lodge Last weekend was a good one at Burke. . . I am ready for another!  Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

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NCAA Skiing Championships

The 2014 NCAA Skiing Championships begin today and run through Saturday. Hosted by the University of Utah Utes, alpine events will be held at Park City Mountain Resort and nordic races at Soldier Hollow Resort.  Will the University of Colorado Buffaloes defend their 2013 championship?  Will the University of Vermont Catamounts extend their undefeated streak?

To follow, found vintage photos of a collegiate theme, from a tough-as-nails coach to winter carnival races.

willy schaeffler ski coach university denverDENVER’S DRILLMASTER  The menacing figure above, glowering in a perfectionist’s displeasure at the nation’s finest college ski team, is Willy Schaeffler, who is probably more things to more people than anyone else in the ski world.  To the racers on his University of Denver ski teams, which long ago captured dominance of intercollegiate skiing from Dartmouth, he is a driving tutor and a merciless conditioner.  From The Book of American Skiing by Ezra Bowen, 1963

pete kirby dartmouth ski team captain 1956 quebec canada1956 Press Photo:  Pete Kirby, senior from Quebec, Canada, will captain Dartmouth’s ski team which will bid for the National Collegiate championship at Winter Park this weekend.  Kirby and his Indian mates have rolled up a 4-0 record this year to lead eastern teams.  He competes in the downhill and slalom events.

peggy johnson mcgill university montreal ski race winner lake placid new york son birds12/29/1938:  Miss Peggy Johanssen, of McGill University, and of Montreal, who won both the downhill and slalom races in the 13th annual college week invitation ski tournament sponsored by the Sno Birds of Lake Placid Club.  Slalom race was held today and the downhill race yesterday at Scotts Cobble, a few miles from here.  Photo by Odie Monahan for Lake Placid Club

elizabeth durrance skidmore college winter carnival ski racer win1/9/1938 AP Photo:  OF AN OLD SKI FAMILY  Miss Elizabeth Durrance is a member of the famous skiing family.  A freshman at Skidmore College at Saratoga, N.Y. she won the women’s slalom event at the school’s winter carnival Jan. 8.  Pretty, too.

vintage photo ski jump jumper new hampshireSki jumping for New Hampshire, date unknown.

vintage photo ski jump jumper new hampshire trophy win winnerWinner!

university new hampshire ski sweater 1933 vintage University of New Hampshire sweater, 1933.

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MooVM: Where do you Moo?

Introducing MooVM!  The husband and wife team of Chris Rose and Sarah Baker saw an opportunity to celebrate the role of dairy farming in New England and Upstate New York with the iconic cow pattern.  The graphic black and white “cow-moo-flage” of Holstein cattle is the foundation for distinctive baseball hats that carry a variety of classic and custom logos.

Working with New England Dairy Promotion Board, 8.02% (Vermont’s area code) of profit returns to support local farms by way of Must Be The Milk’s Keep Local Farms Fund.  Please visit the MooVM web site to learn more about the brand story and mission.

moovm hats caps cow print vermont vt 802 dairy farm localMooVM baseball hats in classic Vermont designs are available at the MooVM Store, click to visit the web store.

moovm hat cap custom uvm stowe vermont cow print Custom MooVM hats are available at a growing list of resorts and schools such as University of Vermont, Stowe Mountain Resort, Jay Peak, Mount Snow and Middlebury College.  Contact MooVM directly for custom orders and wholesale inquiries.  Minimum order quantity for custom logo is very reasonable.  In addition to being a unique retail item, MooVM hats are an excellent fundraiser for schools, sport teams, events.

moovm founders sarah baker chris rose amos hobbs vermont burkeMooVM founders Sarah Baker and Chris Rose with Amos and Hobbs in East Burke, Vermont.

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On the Snow: Burke, Vermont

lilias ide dps skis flylow color powder snow purple seafoamLilias Ide, all-around ripper and Program Director of Kingdom Trails, on her DPS skis for a fresh snow ski day!  Love all the color of DPS and Flylow gear.

astis mittens peak performance jacket pants swedenMaryanne in her pretty Astis Sacagawea mitts and Peak Performance kit.

astis erling mitts mittens rossignol experience burke vermontMe keeping warm in my Astis Erling mittens.

sacha mcguire skhoop skirt snowboard burke vermontSacha McGuire snowboarding in her colorful and cozy Skhoop down mini skirt.  Local Northeast Kingdom retailer, Village Sport Shop carries Skhoop.

burke mountain ski patrol mallory cody chain saw husqvarnaMallory and Cody of the Burke Mountain Ski Patrol cleaning up the trails with a Husqvarna.

vintage rainbow ski sweater burke mountain j bar ski liftRetro rainbow ski sweater working the retro j-bar lift.

burke mountain ski area lift mechanic operations cabelas transalaska boot Lift mechanic Chris swears by Cabela’s Trans-Alaska III Pac boots for warmth during long shifts on the mountain.

snowboard ski vermont 802 smith goggles helmetFull-on Green Mountain State park style.

nike snowboard jacket native patternLove the zing of this unexpected color combo and a unique Nike jacket.

spyder ski race suit julia mancuso squaw valley trail mapBurke is a ski racing hill.  Lucky for me, I love all that goes along with that – including ski racing fashion.  Spyder Julia Mancuso race suit featuring trail map graphics of Squaw Valley, her home mountain.

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On the Snow: Jay Peak, Vermont

jay peak vermont ski freestyle terrain park Bold color in the Jay Peak 180 mini park.

raised jay peak from vermont helmet oakleyRaised Jay grom waiting for the tram.

jay peak vermont snowboard instructors snow school burton uniform ringlet parkSnowboard instructors in fresh uniforms.

jay peak vermont snowboard instructors snow school burton uniform ringlet parkNice sleeve placement of Burton Riglet Park logo.

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