Category Archives: Lifestyle

Ski Lodges: Mid-Century Modern

banff alberta sunshine village ski lodge vintage Day Lodge, Sunshine Village, Banff – Sunshine’s distinctive modern day lodge can accommodate up to 2,000 skiers. Sunshine offers some of the finest skiing in North America, from packed slopes to deep powder; a certified Canadian Ski Alliance Ski School, complete modern lodging facilities, double chairlift and T-Bars.

stratton mountain inn vermont ski architectural renderingStratton Mountain Inn, Stratton Mountain, Vermont – 70 Electrically Heated Bedrooms, Bunk Rooms, Recreation Room, Cocktail Lounge, Dining Room, A 3 minute walk to the ski slopes  Rendering by Architectural Planning Associates of Boston, Massachusetts.

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Father’s Day: Playing in the Snow

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Flag Day: Mount Washington

mount washington observatory new hampshire american flagVisit the Mount Washington Observatory web site to check out weather conditions and happenings on top of the Northeast’s highest peak.

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Mother’s Day: Give Mom a Break

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This image is of a very tiny vintage snapshot from Saalbach, Austria in 1938. I did not realize until I scanned and enlarged it – that it is an amusingly realistic (and timeless) capture. Unlike the idyllic happy poses generally feigned for photos – you see that Mom is all done with her sons’ nonsense! I am not a mother but imagine I, too, would often have this look on my face. Anyway, this revelation made me laugh. Be extra nice to your mom today!

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April Fools’ Day: Silly Skis

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Happy April! Today being a time of pranks, tricks and hopefully a bit more humor than the average day – I want to share these playful vintage images by David C. Baker.

Though I have had these signed postcards for years, this is the first time I have researched the artist. It is wonderful to learn that Baker was from the Mt. Washington Valley and worked from his studio in Jackson – arguably the heart of New Hampshire ski country. Presumably, winters in the White Mountains – ingrained with ski culture – were the inspiration for these witty scenarios.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Brodie Mountain

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Green snow! Brodie Mountain Ski Area of New Ashford, Massachusetts — also known as Kelly’s Irish Alps — was so committed to an Irish heritage and theme that the resort would make green snow to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Despite top-notch snowmaking and this legendary annual tradition, Brodie closed in 2002. Please read more about this Lost Ski Area at NELSAP.

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Down East: January 1965

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I adore this fifty-year-old cover of Down East magazine! January is always special to me – it is my birth month (today is THE day!) and very much the heart of winter yet with the palpable sense of more light for longer days.

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Happy January 2nd!


I just can’t wait another year to post these vintage New Year greeting postcards from Russia – so here is a dose of cuteness for the second day of 2015!  Believe all are by the artist, Vladimir Zarubin.

It’s not exactly a resolution – but for 2015 I do hope to get back to more regular posts here on AlpineStyle56.  I will likely take a “less is more” approach with shorter image-based posts to maintain frequency.

Wishing everyone all the best for the fresh new year!

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2015: New Year Greetings

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Vintage New Year greeting cards from Germany.  Tweet!  Tweet!

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Merry Christmas!

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I hope Santa was good to you and your Christmas day includes some ski time!

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