Category Archives: Ski

Snow Bunnies: Best Birthday Card Ever!

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This card (plus a surprise care package) from a very sweet friend made an otherwise unremarkable birthday wonderful. . . and so ridiculously cute!

‘Snow Bunnies’ is an original work by artist Tyler Humphreys and available for purchase from his Etsy shop as a blank greeting card or print.  Click here for tylersworkshop.

Thank you, Steph – this will always make me smile!

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Happy January 2nd!

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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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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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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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Ski Art: Vintage Travel Brochures

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Ski Bunny: Playboy, 1958

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Fun and Fashion on Skis – Article by Fred Iselin and A.C. Spectorsky, photos by Don Bronstein.

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Slope Style: by Lothar Rübelt

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I love when a found vintage photo leads to learning something new and unexpected.  In this instance, the photographer of this fabulous 1930’s image is an interesting revelation. Lothar Rübelt (1901-1990) was an acclaimed professional photographer from Vienna, Austria known for sports photography and photojournalism.  His own athletic background was accomplished as a member of the 1920 Austrian Olympic team for short-distance running.

Rübelt’s sport photography included a focus on stills but ranged to film with motorcycle and ski movies to his credit.  I will have to dig deeper for the ski films but fortunately we can watch his 1924 motorcycle movie on YouTube.  In Motocicletta Sulle Dolomiti is a glorious and exciting two-wheeled exploration of the Dolomites.  This adventurous (off) road trip by Rübelt and his brother ascends to 2588 meters.  Definitely check it out, even if you scan through the 46 minutes.  At the least, jump to 37:16 for a thrilling mountain ride!

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Lost Ski Area: Laurel Hill, Winsted, CT

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Found yesterday in The Lure of the Litchfield Hills magazine, December 1949.

Laurel Hill was established in 1941 as Silver Streak Ski Tow.  Find out more about this northwestern Connecticut lost ski area at NELSAP.

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Uplifting: Maidenform, 1955

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I dreamed I climbed the highest mountain in my Maidenform bra.  I could not resist this uplifting vintage 1955 advertisement from Maidenform!

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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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