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Ski Lodges: Mid-Century Modern

banff alberta sunshine village ski lodge vintage Day Lodge, Sunshine Village, Banff – Sunshine’s distinctive modern day lodge can accommodate up to 2,000 skiers. Sunshine offers some of the finest skiing in North America, from packed slopes to deep powder; a certified Canadian Ski Alliance Ski School, complete modern lodging facilities, double chairlift and T-Bars.

stratton mountain inn vermont ski architectural renderingStratton Mountain Inn, Stratton Mountain, Vermont – 70 Electrically Heated Bedrooms, Bunk Rooms, Recreation Room, Cocktail Lounge, Dining Room, A 3 minute walk to the ski slopes  Rendering by Architectural Planning Associates of Boston, Massachusetts.

stowe vermont mountaineer motor inn ski mt mansfield Mountaineer Motor Inn at Mt. Mansfield, Stowe, Vermont – Indoor Heated Pool, 60 Units, Motel Privacy, Dining Room, AAA Highest Standards

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Ski Art: Vintage Travel Brochures

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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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Holiday Gifting: I Got SWAGG

i got swagg scarves big sparkle marie pier prefontaine canada quebec ski racerJamais sans mon foulard.  Never without my scarf.

Marie-Pier Prefontaine, one of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team’s rising stars, could not “ski without her scarf.”  She wanted something fun and unique to wear on the ski hill whether it be for a World Cup or Olympic race, or just for chasing powder with friends.  This is why she created IGOTSWAGG.  

i got swagg scarves soft giraffe scarf marie pier prefontaine canada quebec ski racerIf you love cool colours and soft warm fabric around your neck, then you need an IGOTSWAGG scarf.  Words from teamigotswagg.com where scarves are available for purchase.

i got swagg scarves marie pier prefontaine canada quebec ski racer lake louise 2013Marie-Pier at Beaver Creek 2013 – 9th in Giant Slalom!  Sparkle scarf.  Photo via MPP’s Instagram.

lara gut switzerland lake louise win winner 2013 wears igotswagg giraffe scarfLara Gut wins the 2013 Lake Louise Super-G.  Giraffe scarf.  AP Photo/ The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh.

i got swagg scarves soft leopard sparkle marie pier prefontaine canada made in quebec ski racerIGOTSWAGG scarves are a bandana-style design that attach at the back with Velcro – very easy to adjust precisely.  The double-layer construction features a textured velour-like fleece lining.  I have seen this same fabric used for baby blankets – it is super soft, comfortable and so cozy!  Orders were received quickly with a nice, simple presentation.  Scarves are made in Quebec, Canada.

I am someone who generally does not wear anything extra around my neck to ski – only on the absolutely coldest days – as I generally find neck warmers too thick and restrictive.  The design of IGOTSWAGG solves that issue for me thanks to a weight that is not too thick (but plenty thick to be warm and protective) and the ability to adjust the size to be just right.  Sparkles, patterns and colors make this a fun collection.  But it is the size of the product, large enough to create ample draping, which is what gives these scarves swagg – serious style more like a scarf than a workhorse neck gaiter.

Okay, so it is a bit late to actually receive these in time for Christmas – but IGOTSWAGG scarves are fantastic and do make great gifts. . . better yet, a treat for yourself!

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Ski Canada: Mt. Norquay, Banff

ski vintage banff canada mt mount norquay rope tow ski liftSki tow on Mt. Norquay – Banff   Photo:  Canadian Pacific

After exciting action on the new and challenging Raptor course in Beaver Creek, Colorado, women’s FIS World Cup alpine ski racing has moved north to Lake Louise, Canada.  If the weather cooperates, there will be training runs to monitor today and tomorrow.  Fingers crossed that Lindsey Vonn is able to safely return to competition and the rest of the U.S. women’s speed team regains their winning form of last winter.

The men have traded places and are now in Beaver Creek waiting for the snow to stop to train on the demanding Birds of Prey course.  Three races will be televised this weekend on NBC – such a treat in this country to have ski racing on a major network.  Tune it and enjoy!

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Excursion: Orford, Québec

quebec canada orford ski area peak performanceI made a run north of the border to scout Peak Performance gear for the upcoming ski season.

quebec ski alpine antiques cranmore skimobile snow white sodaA little treasure hunting turned up these vintage alpine tchotchkes and graphics.

orford ski area mountain quebec trois montagnesMount Orford is a pleasure to ski.  I hope to make time this winter for ski days in the charming Eastern Townships — Orford, Owl’s Head and Sutton are on my list.

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Raccoon Skis: Pure Québec

raccoon skis quebec canada québécois Rad ad:  maple syrup, maple skis.  A passionate company.  Check the RACCOON web site.

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Brimfield: Vintage Alpine Art & Graphics

austria vintage travel brochure winter ski paul signerThe first three images are vintage travel brochures produced by the Austrian Federal Government, circa 1950s.  Illustration by Paul Aigner.

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Illustration by Reinhart Wettach.

vintage travel brochure austria winter ski gottfried fischlIllustration by Gottfried Fischl.

vintage ski travel poster splitkein flexible flyerAdvertising poster for Splitkein Flexible Flyer wooden skis.  Not shown but name dropped with Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln, New Hampshire.

ski catskills new york vintage postcard linen rope towVintage postcard:  Winter in the Catskills – Pine Hill, N.Y.

vintage postcard ski skier netherlands Vintage postcard:  De ski-virtuoos, illustrated by Broekman, Netherlands.

ski beauport quebec canada vintage postcardVintage postcard:  The Relay, Lake Beauport, Quebec, Canada

vintage franconia notch aerial tram logo new hampshire cannonSouvenir water transfer decal from Franconia Notch, New Hampshire featuring the aerial tram at Cannon Mountain.

snurfer brunswick vintage logo yellowFinally!  A yellow Snurfer to live with my wood-grain one.

Vintage alpine art and graphics from the recent Brimfield Antique Show.

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Vintage Ski Outfit: Leather Jacket, 1931

vintage ski outfit montreal 1931 elizabeth willisElizabeth Willis of Montreal, dressed to ski in 1931, reminds me as much of Amelia Earhart as she does a skier in a leather jacket and jodhpurs.

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Quebec Alpine Club: 1940

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6/6/1940:  QUEBEC ALPINE CLUB HOLDS SPRING OUTING. . . Claire Ferrier, President of the Club and one of the nerviest girls in Canada coming over the edge of a rock cliff on Mt. Baldy.

STE. MARGUERITE, QUEBEC. . . Canada’s only girl mountain climbing club, the Quebec Alpine Club, holds its first spring session, in the picturesque Laurentian mountain area.  The year’s first conquest was the precipitous cliffs of Mt. Baldy, 2,400 feet of sheer rock which they scaled in less than two hours.  Rubber soled shoes, a half inch rope, miner’s picks, and a strong constitution are all they use.  Dangling over a 200 foot sheer rock precipice is their greatest joy.  Winter months are spent keeping in shape by skiing down that sides of the mountains they climb in summer, at a mile a minute clip.  Press Photo:  Hamilton Wright

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