Category Archives: Ski Areas

Skiing with Penguins: Les Gets, France

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2/11/1977 Press Photos:  PENGUIN SKIERS. . . It is holiday month for children in the winter sport area, and for those young enough and lucky enough from further afield to spend time learning to ski.  In this special junior ski enclosure at Les Gets Penguins are supplied as a novelty and as tame pets.  They seem to enjoy being with the children and showing off their paces.  Some of the Penguins are even fitted with miniature skis and the Penguins’ race is one of the attractions.  This young skier (top) is trying to encourage two sporting Penguins by offering them a tastey morsel of fish.

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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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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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Photography: Capa in Color

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vanity fair magazine january 2014 robert caps ski photographer color exhibit new york cityVanity Fair, January 2014:  Best remembered for his stirring black-and-white images of 20th-century conflict, photographer Robert Capa also captured color pictures of postwar leisure in the mountains of Zermatt, Switzerland; Zürs, Austria; and other international ski resorts.  From the stormy beaches of Normandy on D-day to the tranquil mountaintops of the Swiss Alps, Capa’s lens captured it all.  All photos:  Robert Capa

Post-war, renowned photo journalist Robert Capa turned his lens to luxury ski resorts of Europe.  The International Center of Photography hosts an exhibit of Capa’s rich color images from January through May of 2014.

For me, this is reason enough to make an excursion to the city.  Hopefully sooner rather than later. . .

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Jay Peak, Stateside Lodge: Then & Now

jay peak ski resort stateside lodge chalet vintage 1963Jay Peak, Jay State Forest, View from Chalet, 1963  Photo:  Roger Maconi

jay peak ski resort area new stateside lodge hotel 2013The new Stateside Hotel & Baselodge, open for the 2013-14 ski season, dwarfs the footprint of the original 50-year old chalet.

jay peak ski resort area new stateside lodge hotel 2013Stateside houses the Cafeteria, Howie’s Diner, Bullwheel Bar, The Gear Shop, Rental, Repair, Demo Center, Adult Ski School and an 85-room hotel.

jay peak ski resort area new stateside lodge hotel 2013From Stateside, easy access to the Jet Triple Chair, Bonaventure Quad, Taxi Quad and a moving carpet.

jay peak ski resort area new stateside lodge hotel 2013 vintage sign bull wheel barOne of many excellent vintage Jay Peak signs used in the lively décor of the Bullwheel Bar.

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Ski Canada: Mt. Norquay, Banff

ski vintage banff canada mt mount norquay rope tow ski liftSki tow on Mt. Norquay – Banff   Photo:  Canadian Pacific

After exciting action on the new and challenging Raptor course in Beaver Creek, Colorado, women’s FIS World Cup alpine ski racing has moved north to Lake Louise, Canada.  If the weather cooperates, there will be training runs to monitor today and tomorrow.  Fingers crossed that Lindsey Vonn is able to safely return to competition and the rest of the U.S. women’s speed team regains their winning form of last winter.

The men have traded places and are now in Beaver Creek waiting for the snow to stop to train on the demanding Birds of Prey course.  Three races will be televised this weekend on NBC – such a treat in this country to have ski racing on a major network.  Tune it and enjoy!

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AlpineStyle56 on Instagram

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Transitions: Seasons, Sports, Circumburke, Burke

east burke lyndon town line vermont darling hill mansionFor me, mountain bike season is over.  It was fun – a new bike, a few events and a good amount of miles – but I am ready to ski.  This year I am realizing how much I value a transition in between seasons and sports.  It has been really nice to have a few weeks of down time – time to put away one thing before launching into the next.  As part of that housekeeping, I am finally getting around to posting a few photos from the end of the bike season.

kingdom trails east burke vermont darling hill fox river runAs always, my husband, friends and I logged some very pleasant miles at Kingdom Trails.  We appreciate all of the work that goes into maintaining such a large, varied and well-ridden network.  Thank you KTA and landowners!

circumburke 2013 vermont mountain bike trail run victoryThe 2013 Circumburke was my first ride around the mountain – it was a great event!  At 25 miles, it was long enough to feel like an accomplishment but not too long to turn unpleasant.  The biggest challenge came right at the start with the initial climb, the Victory single track was more extensive and fun than I had anticipated, then a long haul out on the “Gold Trail” before hooking back into the familiar Kingdom Trails network.  Spots of rain, sleet and snow kept it interesting but totally manageable.  I tried my best to look around and enjoy the new terrain and surroundings.  Thank you to all who cut, raked, marked and otherwise worked on trails and to everyone else involved who made this very cool day possible!

After passing on this event in years prior because we weren’t really sure what to expect for the course, weather, conditions – I functioned this year as a scout for spouse and friends.  I can now give a whole-hearted, enthusiastic recommendation of Circumburke to anyone looking for a longer but low-key (think challenge, not race) end of the season ride.

circumburke 2013 start kirby ridge road belmont stock farm vermontThe mass start up on Kirby Road at the Belmont Stock Farm:  bikers, runners, supportive spectators and cows.

circumburke mountain bike trail run challenge vermont shredly shortsMe, pre-ride, looking tired, cold and a little crazy.  I can’t say enough about Shredly shorts – the DH Knickers are a bit longer and perfect for late season riding.  Photo by Herb Swanson

mark tucker circumburke salsa mukluk fat mountain bikeMark Tucker rode his Salsa Mukluk, one of a small contingent of fat bikes.  He also covered this event much more extensively on his engaging blog – check Single-Speed Slogging for Circumburke recap and photos.

winter-darling-hillAs for Burke this winter, it remains to be seen.  Lots of changes with the ski area ownership and nothing much encouraging coming from official communications nor scuttlebutt we hear.  So we will wait another couple weeks until we can finally get on snow and see how it plays out.  Certainly, we will hope for the best and as always. . . lots of snow!

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Mohawk Mountain: Opening Day

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Nice job, Mohawk!  The Connecticut ski area kicked off the 2013-14 season on Thanksgiving weekend.  Here is a look back at Mohawk from January 1957.  Signage reads as follows:

MOHAWK MOUNTAIN TRAIL SYSTEM  An arrangement of ten varied trails   Nine tows and four slopes   Skiing for novice to expert   Trails average ¾ mile.

NOTICE   We have done our best to provide safe equipment & smooth skiing areas for you   But all skiers must agree in advance of skiing to use area and equipment entirely at their own risk

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING   Trails start from summit – good views   Inquire for special guided trips   SPLIT ROCK – 1 ¾  mile level and downhill   TOWER TRAIL – 4 miles up and downhill   DO NOT TOUR ALONE

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