Tag Archives: New Hampshire

Summer Snow: Tuckerman Ravine

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Vintage postcard of Mount Washington, New Hampshire showing snow left Tuckerman Ravine on July 20, 1926.

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Flag Day: Mount Washington

mount washington observatory new hampshire american flagVisit the Mount Washington Observatory web site to check out weather conditions and happenings on top of the Northeast’s highest peak.

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April Fools’ Day: Silly Skis

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Happy April! Today being a time of pranks, tricks and hopefully a bit more humor than the average day – I want to share these playful vintage images by David C. Baker.

Though I have had these signed postcards for years, this is the first time I have researched the artist. It is wonderful to learn that Baker was from the Mt. Washington Valley and worked from his studio in Jackson – arguably the heart of New Hampshire ski country. Presumably, winters in the White Mountains – ingrained with ski culture – were the inspiration for these witty scenarios.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

mom mother daughter child skiing ski fashion retro vintage color photo When your mom looks like a supermodel.

mother brownie glover ski children reno nevada mt rose vintage photo 19513/7/1951 Press Photo:  Reno, Nevada – The kids come right along when mama goes out skiing here.  Mrs Brownie Glover, out for a day’s sport on Mt. Rose near Reno, shows how she carries nine-month-old Linda along in a special papoose-style basket, which she designed herself.  Two-year-old Robbie, is old enough to fend for himself on special pint-sized skis.

vintage photo mother daughter child ski skiing snow europe black whiteSomewhere in Europe, decades ago. . . a mother and daughter share skiing and the same expression.

mother children ski skiing arosa switzerland 1952 vintage photoHappy times! Winter vacation 1952 – Arosa, Switzerland

penny pitou olympic skier son christian ski gunstock guilford new hampshire12/23/1963 Press Photo:  Former Olympic skier Penny Pitou as she gives first ski lesson to her 16-months-old son Christian on the slopes at Gunstock ski area in Guilford, N.H.  Penny and her husband Egon Zimmerman, also an Olympic skier, have a ski school on the slopes.

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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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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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Ski New Hampshire: Spokesmodels

model irehne hennessey cranmore ski mobile north conway new hampshire 196012/7/1960 Press Photo:  Irehne Carter Hennessy of Wellesley Hills, Mass., here on popular Skimobile, North Conway.  Hennessey has skied New England, California and Europe.

ski cannon mittersill skidoo vintage new hampshire1/9/1961 Press Photo:  CANNON MOUNTAIN, N.H.:  The most time-consuming thing about skiing – getting back to the top of the slope you’ve just slid down – is no trouble for Lynn Cutler, of Hamilton, Mass., who zooms up Cannon Mountain, N.H., in the latest of uphill ski devices.  The two-passenger, gasoline-powered “Ski Doo” can roar up the Mittersill ski area slopes at a speed of 20 miles an hour.

betsy snite ski racer dartmouth skiway lyme new hampshire3/16/1962 Press Photo:  GOOD SKIING IN ANY LANGUAGE – Former Olympic skier Betsy Snite stands by sign near ski lift at the Dartmouth Skiway, Lyme, N.H.  Sign in Russian, French and German, as well as English, is concession to multi-lingual skiers who use the area.  No matter what language you use, recent snowfalls have made skiing excellent throughout most of the ski country.

tucker sno cat mount sunapee new hampshire vintage 19541/23/1954 Press Photo:  WE WANT MORE SNOW says pretty Gwen Devenger of Newport, N.H., climbing out of a Sno-Cat at Mount Sunapee State Park, Mt. Sunapee, New Hampshire.  Miss Devenger, a freshman at the Boston University School of Music who reigned last summer as “Miss Lake Sunapee”, is anxious to try out her skis at the popular New Hampshire ski development which needs another few inches of snow for good skiing.

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Gym Class: University of New Hampshire, 1943

university new hampshire ski class women 19431/18/1943 Press Photo:  Skiing means a lot of outdoor fun – while muscles are toughened fresh air works its benefits.  Sports which give vigorous exercise without requiring long hours of instruction have a prominent place in the feminine toughening up process. 

The University of New Hampshire is one of the first colleges to follow the War Program of Physical Fitness through Physical Education, as applied to women.  Body building rather than recreational sports is the pattern adhered to by these coeds.  Some 650 girls regularly do calisthenics, stunts and tumbling, Army tactics in marching and drill formations, and run the same obstacle course used in the men’s physical education program.  As a result, University of New Hampshire women students will be ready for any kind of war work or military duty, no matter how strenuous.

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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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Ski New Hampshire: Tecumseh Ski Trail

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Last week, I spent some very pleasant family time in New Hampshire with family.  To say the White Mountains are rich in ski history almost sounds like an understatement.  Here are a few vintage photos featuring a ski down the Tecumseh Trail in White Mountain National Forest.

It seems there were two Tecumseh ski trails:  one cut in 1934 and abandoned in 1940; a later version created by the CCC in 1937 and eventually absorbed into Waterville Valley ski area in 1965.  I am presuming the latter trail is what is shown in these images.

Click through to newenglandskihistory.com for some background about this and other CCC trails in New England.

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