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Tag Archives: Aspen
xAtop Aspen Mountain a merry group of skiers demonstrate, among other things, that wine is a fine accompaniment to the winey air, that relaxing can be as much fun as schussing, that skiing isn’t a lonely sport, and that nothing tops ski garb for colorful variety and originality.
Fun and Fashion on Skis – Article by Fred Iselin and A.C. Spectorsky, photos by Don Bronstein.
March 12, 1983 Press Photo: VAIL, COLO: USA’s Tamara McKinney takes a gate during the first run of Women’s World Cup Giant Slalom. McKinney had the second best time of 1:11:59, only 0.01 second behind teammate Cindy Nelson. McKinney is attempting to become the first American woman to win the overall World Cup Championship. UPI jm/Pat Benic
Tamara’s signature bunny hat was made by her sister who sells specialty knit goods through her Kentucky-based company, Ouisha.
With Mikaela Shiffrin’s win at Flachau yesterday, she has racked up seven World Cup slalom wins – quickly gaining on Tamara McKinney’s nine victories, the record for any American woman in slalom.
Tamara McKinney was my first ski hero. Her small stature but aggressive style coupled with her girl-next-door image and trusty Rossignol skis offered a strong, female role model in the sport. Her racing accomplishments include being the first American woman to win the World Cup overall title, two Giant Slalom titles, a Slalom title, multiple World Championship medals and a long list of career wins and podiums. She is a legend without question.
My husband and I have been devout followers of Mikaela Shiffrin — her stunning talent and rapid ascent — since we watched her win the slalom at the 2010 J-III Junior Olympics when she was 15. We had heard the hype but it wasn’t until we witnessed her runs that we truly grasped what this young girl could mean to the world of ski racing. Amazed by her performance, I began referring to her as “Magic Girl”. I was thrilled to be present to watch her win the slalom title at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria last winter.
So, with that, it is bittersweet for me to watch Mikaela gain on Tamara’s slalom record in record time!
Popular Mechanics Magazine, January 1948. Excerpt from cover story titled, Skiers Awaken a Bonanza Town: After a half century, Aspen, Colo., is a boom town again. The spark that set it off this time was completion of the world’s longest chair lift for skiers, instead of the world’s richest silver horde.
The Schoolgirls’ Own Library, No 247, 1956: The Rival Schools in Switzerland by Elise Probyn. A monthly reader for girls, printed in England. (Thank you to my thoughtful and eagle-eyed friend Ali Levy for finding this thrift gem!)
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New this year, the DH KNICKER offers extra length perfect for downhill, cooler temps or a classic pedal pusher look for cruising town. Fully featured with adjustable waist, thigh vents and cargo pocket. Shown in the ANA MARIA pattern. Photo: shredly.com
Ashley checks the view of Mount Sopris in the KTO short. Photo: Shredly
Ashley rocks the RIXFORD short in the Colorado autumn color of a Prince Creek trail. Photo: Jay GoodrichThe BASIC SHORT is anything but basic. Performance, comfort, style and nice details make this short not just a standard for mountain biking but so many other active pursuits. Shown in the ELVIRA pattern. Photo: shredly.com
Ashley Rankin is a woman who makes things happen. A lifelong Colorado mountain girl and avid mountain biker dissatisfied with women’s performance apparel – she created Shredly to put an end to big, baggy and boring and ushered in flattering, functional and fun bike clothing.
As a devout user from the launch of the brand, I can tell you Shredly makes riding even more fun! The short fabric is lightweight and breathable with stretch for mobility while being rugged, durable and surprisingly mud-stain resistant. Thoughtful features like adjustable waistband, thigh vents and slim cargo pocket with blinged-out faux-crystal snap put the shorts over the top.
As for the separate inner liner, the Shredly YOGACHAM puts an end to hot and awkward diaper-like chamois. There is just enough padding – but not too much – in all the right places and a low-rise waistband inspired by yoga pants for comfort.
The bottom (no pun!) line is that I feel great in my shorts — the fit, function and comfort help me ride longer; style that is fun but also a little badass makes me happy – so I like to believe that Shredly helps me ride a little better! Check shredly.com for the full story and product range, including jerseys. And as Shredly says: Look Good. Feel Good. Shred Good.
I love Aspen. It was the destination of my first western ski trip when I was thirteen (a particularly impactful and formative experience for me); and as an adult, a town that I all-too-briefly called home.
This Snowmass print ad campaign from 1993 remains as vital and alluring today as it was twenty years ago. In terms of design, I remember loving the commitment to landscape imagery, color both warm and cool, and fresh use of type. But more than anything, it was the inspiration to ski in those mountains that made me file these pages away for safekeeping. I feel the same looking at these now and know in another twenty years these beautiful and timeless images of Aspen will elicit the same response.
1/2/1968 Press Photo – Olympic ski champion Stein Eriksen is director of the Snowmass-at-Aspen ski school. Eriksen’s instruction includes a pre-slope classroom course of lectures and films to “let the beginner know that experts fall.”
After being in Deer Valley, Utah – home of Stein Eriksen Lodge – a little vintage inspiration is in order!
Strafe outerwear as worn by Mac Bohannon of the US Ski Team.
This outerwear stopped me in my tracks – the clean design and construction of 3-layer hardshell technical fabric, bright red/ blue color combo with white contrast zips, new school fit, and a brand name I had never heard of – it was a powerful introduction to Strafe.
Strafe is a new outerwear company based in Aspen, Colorado – to be precise, Aspen Highlands – which let’s be honest, it doesn’t get much better for a home base. Twin brothers, John and Pete Gaston founded the company in 2009 to fill a need for technical outerwear specific in function, fit and styling for the backcountry freeskier. Perhaps no other piece embodies this objective better than Strafe’s signature Sickbird one-piece suit. With this authenticity and Highland Bowl as testing ground, I’m sold!
Back to Mac. He is a super-talented (and super-friendly) freestyle aerialist who lives in Lake Placid, New York and trains full-time at the Olympic Training Center. Aerial competition demands more sleek outerwear but Mac loves Strafe for freeskiing. Watch him in action at macbohonnon.com.