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Stowe: Ski Racing Heritage

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.

toni sailer austria stowe vermont ski race 1957 vintage3/17/1957 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. 

stowe ski race andrea mead lawrence buddy werner 19553/20/1955 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.

stowe vermont ski race sepp ruschp othmar schneider1/14/1963 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.

jean claude killy france wins ski race stowe vermont 19661966 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.

billy kidd stowe vermont downhill val gardena italy2/15/1970 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.

stowe vermont spruce peak ski race slalom hill vintage postcard richardsonCertainly 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.

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Flannel: Mid-Layer

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I am currently in a flannel phase.  But who isn’t, really?  Either because of, or as a fortunate coincidence, there has not been a better selection of flannel shirts readily available since the 1990s grunge wave. From affordable choices at trend-driven fashion retailers such as Uniqlo and American Eagle to premium offerings from heritage outfitters such as Filson and Penfield, there are many fine options in the mid-range from outdoor sport brands.

Bored with tech-y styling and challenged to find lightweight mid-layers, I am on a mission to find options — the flannel shirt could be a solution.  Certainly, this dressing approach is nothing new to much of the snow-sliding population, but for many it falls way outside the realm of acceptable performance layering.  For me, I will chance the “no cotton” rule in appropriate conditions!

patagonia womens fjord flannel shirt 2013My personal favorite by far is Patagonia’s Fjord Flannel.  High quality, not too heavy, not too light, crazy soft, nicely tailored for wearing hem-out and enough sizes available to fit just right.  Women’s Fjord Flannel shown here, check Patagonia for the Men’s Fjord Flannel.

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stio-collectionStio’s Junction Flannel Shirt for men comes in rich plaids; the women’s Willow Flannel Shirt collection presents a clean, happy look with white running through all colorways.

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Dakine offers a performance flannel shirt of polyester with a brushed cotton-hand feel – truly more appropriate for snowsport layering than cotton.   Cypress blue check for women, Oakridge traditional buffalo plaid for men.

macky young nosedive stowe vermont spring photo wally youngFlannel transitions to an outer layer in spring.  Macky Young extending the season with a May 2011 run down Stowe’s Nosedive.   Photo:  Wally Young

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