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Category Archives: Vintage Ski Racing
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?
xxxxThese 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.
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.
1/15/1975 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.
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!
There 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!
This 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?
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.
3/17/1957 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.
3/20/1955 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.
1/14/1963 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.
1966 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.
2/15/1970 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.
Certainly 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.
The only thing better than Mikaela Shiffrin gracing the Wheaties box . . . Gretchen Fraser representing the cereal brand the 1950’s. Breakfast of Champions!
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.
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.