Category Archives: Ski Racing

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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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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Greetings: Sun Valley, Idaho

sun valley greetings vintage linen postcard ski Greetings from Sun Valley, Idaho

sun valley idaho lodge vintage ski woman mrs montgomery orr 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.

sun valley idaho ski racing vintage 1958 junior championships 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.

dick durrance dartmouth sun valley open idaho ski race 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.

sun valley idaho ridge chairlift vintage postcard roundhouse baldy mountain“On the way to the top,” the Ridge lifts and the Roundhouse, Baldy Mountain, Sun Valley.  Photo: Lou Holliday

sun valley idaho ski warming hut baldy mountain vintage postcardWARMUP HUT Baldy Mountain Sun Valley, Idaho  Photo: Union Pacific Railroad

sun valley idaho vintage ski holiday run postcardSKIERS AT SUN VALLEY, IDAHO  Coming down Holiday Run, Sun Valley can be seen in the background.

sun valley idaho ski resort vintage school busSUN VALLEY, IDAHO  Crowds of skiers at this famous resort.  Photo: Union Pacific Railroad

sun valley idaho trail creek cabin vintage postcardTRAIL 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

sun valley idaho dog sled vintage photo jigsaw puzzle tuckExciting thrift store find – vintage jigsaw puzzle with exquisite Sun Valley dogsled scene.

sunvalley-label-vintageVintage hotel luggage label:  Sun Valley, Idaho America’s Foremost Year ‘Round Sports Center

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.

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Golden Girl: Mikaela Shiffrin

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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

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Sochi 2014: Women’s Slalom

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. . .

mikaela shiffrin slalom world champion 2013 schladming austria atomic skisMikaela winning the 2013 Slalom World Championship, photos taken at Schladming, Austria.  She went on to win the 2013 FIS Slalom Title at Lenzerheide, Switzerland.  Could Olympic gold be next?

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

andrea mead lawrence olympics oslo 1952 gold medal slalom2/19/1952 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.

betsy snite 1960 winter olympics squaw valley california slalom silver medal2/10/1960 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 1964 innsbruck austria olympics bronze squaw valley slalomBarbi 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.

barbara ann cochran val gardena italy ski slalom richmond vermont2/13/1970 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 germany champion world cup olympics innsbruck 1976 gold medalRosi 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.

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Valentine’s Day: Skiing Sweethearts

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Women’s Olympic Downhill: It’s On!

cindy nelson ski race downhill 1976 winter olympics innsbruck austriaIn 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.

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Downhill Gold: Franz Klammer

franz klammer austria winner gold medal men downhill ski innsbruck olympics sports illustrated

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!

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Winter Carnival: Dartmouth

dartmouth ski race brooks dodge middlebury vermont2/20/1953 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.

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Vladimir Zarubin: Woodland Olympics

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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. . .

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