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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.
DENVER’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
1956 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.
12/29/1938: 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
1/9/1938 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.
Maryanne in her pretty Astis Sacagawea mitts and Peak Performance kit.
Me keeping warm in my Astis Erling mittens.
Mallory and Cody of the Burke Mountain Ski Patrol cleaning up the trails with a Husqvarna.
Lift mechanic Chris swears by Cabela’s Trans-Alaska III Pac boots for warmth during long shifts on the mountain.
Burke 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.
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.
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.
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.
WARMUP HUT Baldy Mountain Sun Valley, Idaho Photo: Union Pacific Railroad
TRAIL 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
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.
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
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. . .
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
2/19/1952 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.
2/10/1960 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 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.
2/13/1970 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 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.
In 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.
The men’s downhill kicks off the alpine ski events of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. At the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics, Franz Klammer of Austria cemented himself as a ski legend with his relentless, even reckless, charge to gold. Like Klammer, Bode Miller of Team USA will be racing to win wearing bib #15 – here’s hoping for the same result!
2/20/1953 Press Photo: This trio of crack Dartmouth skiers led a field of 38 from nine colleges to give the Indians an early lead today at Middlebury, Vt. in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association’s championships. Left to right: Ralph Miller of Hanover, N.H.; Bill Tibbits, North River, N.Y., and Brooks Dodge, Gorham, N.H.
The legendary Dartmouth Winter Carnival is underway this weekend with EISA / NCAA alpine and nordic ski races headlining the schedule of events. After day one, the University of Vermont Catamounts are in the top spot, Dartmouth in second, University of New Hampshire in third.
This history and lore of the Dartmouth Winter Carnival lives on in a vibrant collection of event posters. Highly revered and collectible, original posters are increasingly rare and demand a premium at auctions such as Christie’s and Swann Galleries annual poster sales. Click here to view an archive of Winter Carnival poster images from the Dartmouth College Library Collections.
It seems only appropriate to share artist Vladimir Zarubin’s Olympic illustrations on the eve of the 22nd Winter Games kicking off in his native Russia. These retro new year’s postcards are believed to be from the mid-1980’s.
Wishing all athletes the best of luck with their pursuits and dreams. . .