Category Archives: Ski Racing

Kandahar-Rennen: World Cup at Garmisch

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This is the second consecutive weekend of FIS World Cup ski races at Garmisch-Partenkirchen with the women racing downhill today and SG tomorrow. The finish area may have changed but the course remains a legend. Click here and look for History to learn more about the Kandahar race.

The 2015 race brochure gives a heavy nod to the heritage of this Bavarian ski tradition. Susanne Riesch is the featured female racer. Can anyone identify the male racer?

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Ingemar Stenmark: Garmisch 1976

ingemar stenmark ski slalom garmisch germany 1976xfausto radici piero gross ingemar stenmark garmisch 1976 skixgarmisch slalom ski 1976 radici gros stenmarkxworld cup ski slalom garmisch ingemar stenmark swedenxgarmisch germany ski slalom ingemar stenmark podiumThese found photos feature a young Ingemar Stenmark racing to third place in the 1976 FIS World Cup Slalom at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Stenmark shared the podium with two Italian racers, Piero Gros in second and winner Fausto Radici. Also present was Stenmark’s trademark knit hat by Sätila of Sweden.

In terms of treasure hunting, I was beside myself to find – in a pile of otherwise unremarkable vintage photos – these images of the ultimate ski legend!

The Men’s World Cup tour speeds into the 2015 edition of the Kandahar Rennen at Garmisch today with the Downhill; Giant Slalom action follows on Sunday.

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FIS World Cup: Wengen

Okay, enough bunnies and cute stuff! It’s time to get serious – a weekend of men’s World Cup ski racing at Wengen, Switzerland is upon us. Friday kicks it all off with the Combined followed by Slalom Saturday and the classic Lauberhorn downhill on Sunday. Reposting a favorite vintage photo to celebrate the venerable tour stop.

wengen switzerland lauberhorn downhill ski race 1975 toni sailer1/15/1975 Press photo:  The two coaches of the two most successful alpine ski-teams of the season:  Toni Sailer (left), the Austrian-teamboss, and Adolf Ogi (right), coach of the Swiss team.  They here are waiting for the arrivals of their proteges from the Lauberhorn downhill race.  Ogi will be charmed: 1rst and 2nd place for him; Toni Sailer can count the 3rd up to the 8th place.

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Cover Girl: Gretchen Fraser

snow magazine gretchen fraser sun valley ski 2014Glorious Gretchen Fraser, America’s first Olympic medalist in alpine skiing, basking in the sun at her beloved Sun Valley c. 1948.  Photographer unknown.

It’s here!  I have eagerly been waiting for the new edition of SNOW magazine and it arrived today – perfect timing for a fun weekend read of fashion and ski stoke.  Check it out!

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USA: Happy Independence Day!

vail colorado 1989 fis alpine ski world championships american flag isaThere could not be a better time to resurrect this patriotic image, long ago clipped from the newsprint of a February 1989 weekly issue of Ski Racing. Vail, Colorado hosted the 1989 FIS Alpine World Championships as the resort will again in February 2015.  Click here to follow the countdown to ski racing’s biggest event. . .

As for today. . . Happy Fourth of July!  Enjoy the holiday and as always, go USA!

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Summer Skiing: Mount Hood

mount mt hood timberline tucker snocat ski skiing summerIs anyone headed to Mt. Hood in Oregon, the Southern Hemisphere or another destination for summer skiing?

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100 Years: Fieberbrunn Ski Racing Club

fieberbrunn austria tyrol tirol ski team vintage postcard 1914This real photo postcard found in Innsbruck is from 1914, making it one of the older images in my collection.  To the best of my understanding, this is a ski racing club from Fierberbrunn in the Tyrol region of Austria.

The armbands are curious to me and I am wondering if they are athletic in nature or have something to do with the onset of World War I?  Does anyone have any knowledge or thoughts?

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Stowe: Ski Racing Heritage

Ski racing runs deep in Stowe, Vermont.  Every level of alpine racing has graced the slopes of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak from international championships to the beloved Sugar Slalom.  The Mount Mansfield Ski Club, the oldest ski club in the country, has assembled a detailed history and timeline of racing in Stowe.  Please click here for the MMSC website.

toni sailer austria stowe vermont ski race 1957 vintage3/17/1957 Press Photo:  SAILER OF AUSTRIA WINS – Toni Sailer of Austria shown crossing the finish line here today as he won the men’s downhill event of the American-International Ski Races being held here on Mount Mansfield. 

stowe ski race andrea mead lawrence buddy werner 19553/20/1955 Press Photo:  STOWE, VT., DOWNHILL SKI CHAMPIONS – Buddy Werner, 19-year-old University of Denver freshman who won the International Downhill race down Mt. Mansfield today is flanked by tie winners of women’s race.  Andrea Mead Lawrence, 22, (left) of Parshall, Col. U.S. double Olympic champion and Madeleine Berthod, 24, (right) of Switzerland tied at 2:08.7 for the 1.2 mile course.  Werner topped American and European champions for time of 2:07.5 for 1¾ mile course.

stowe vermont ski race sepp ruschp othmar schneider1/14/1963 Press Photo:  Othmar Schneider (left) world’s ski champion from Austria after a fast run down Mount Mansfield, Stowe, Vt., with Sepp Ruschp (center) and Karl Fahrner, a Mansfield ski instructor.  Schneider is favored to win the Vic Constant Memorial Downhill, Slalom and Combined races this weekend (Jan. 17-18) at Mansfield.  Ruschp is general manager and newly-named president of the Mount Mansfield ski resort and Fahrner is a former European champion skier.

jean claude killy france wins ski race stowe vermont 19661966 AP WIREPHOTO:  STOWE, VT., MARCH 19 — FLYING FRENCHMAN – Jean-Claude Killy of France leans into a high speed turn as he flashes down Mount Mansfield to win International Giant Slalom championships at Stowe, Vt., today.  Killy, gasping for air, is “stepping up” or shifting weight from right to left ski for turn towards next gate to his left.  Killy ran course of just under a mile in 1:45:67.

billy kidd stowe vermont downhill val gardena italy2/15/1970 Press Photo:  Val Gardena, Italy – Bill Kidd of Stowe, Vt., flying in air during today’s Alpine World Championships downhill event in which he placed fifth.  He won the Combined Alpine trophy beating top favorite France’s Patrick Russel.

stowe vermont spruce peak ski race slalom hill vintage postcard richardsonCertainly the most enduring and beloved ski race in Stowe is the annual Sugar Slalom.  It is a celebration of spring complete with racers in spirited costumes and fresh maple syrup on snow.  The 2014 edition of the Sugar Slalom is this weekend, April 5-6, with races running Saturday and Sunday on Spruce Peak’s Slalom Hill, pictured here many years ago.  Vintage real photo postcard by Harry Wendell Richardson of Newport, Vermont.

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Vermont: Maple Sugar Season

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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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Wheaties: Mikaela & Gretchen

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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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