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On the Snow: Burke, Vermont

rapha arcteryx ski bike bruce rychlik burke vermontRapha on snow!  More precisely, Rapha on Bruce Rychlik on top of Burke Mountain after a morning skin up.  Was thrilled to see this coveted brand of cycling apparel and lifestyle put to use on snow.  Combined with Arc’Teryx – it was a technical and stylish knockout.

pj dewey owner racestock sports ski shred helmet slope sidePJ Dewey of Racestock Sports wears the Shred Half Brain D-Lux helmet in the very Vermont Slopeside edition.  The maple sugaring graphics are by Shawn Rice (of Magic Hat graphic design fame), the artist who created the excellent packaging for the Cochran family’s Slopeside Syrup brand.

kathy herde burton snowboard bonfire plaid bikeKathy Herde is mad about plaid!  Bonfire ensemble, head to toe, to ride her Burton snowboard one day after riding her Surly Pugsley fat bike at Winterbike.

bogner one piece ski suit red edelweiss luxuryIt was the edelweiss that lured me in – but this classic Bogner one-piece suit reminded me of the German brand’s history in the Northeast Kingdom.  In 1973, Willy and Sonya Bogner moved to Newport, Vermont to open a manufacturing facility for their family’s luxury ski apparel brand. I believe production was maintained for more than a couple decades.  Sadly, but not surprisingly, Bogner no longer maintains production in the U.S. (Check out M. Miller of Boston for luxury ski apparel proudly made in the U.S.A.)

camels hump sunset burke mountain vermont northeast kingdom ski areaCamel’s Hump, Vermont’s third highest peak, seen through a hazy sunset from the top of the Mid-Burke Express.

burke mountain vermont ski area snow report sherburne express quad base lodge Last weekend was a good one at Burke. . . I am ready for another!  Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

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Holiday Tradition: Patagonia

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Bringing home the tree. . .

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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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Dogsled Norway: Schneider Outdoor Visions

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lars schneider outdoor visions photo dogsled norway øvre dividal parkPhotos:  Lars Schneider, Schneider Outdoor Visions

Of all the things I collect, archive and otherwise save, how I haven’t kept Patagonia catalogs for the last few decades is inexplicable.  Finally, a few years ago I started a file for the covers.  This year’s holiday catalog is one of my all-time favorites.  Shot in Norway by Lars Schneider, this dogsled cover image led me to the Schneider Outdoor Visions web site, deep in gorgeous portfolio photos and rich in engaging blog posts and compelling short films.

I love how one thing leads to another and am very happy to have become acquainted with the work of Lars and Katrin Schneider.  The German duo based near Hamburg, Germany travels the world, often as a family with their infant son, to capture outdoor sport, adventure and the natural world at the most inspiring and beautiful.  Lots to check out and follow at outdoor-visions.com.

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On the Snow: Stowe, Vermont

04106©ANapolitano2011Freeride telemark with Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover.

041010©anapolitano2011Colorful accessories. . . and hair.

041013©anapolitano2011He’s not afraid of pink. Monochromatic ensemble by Volcom.  Kinco work gloves.

041011©anapolitano2011Serious and technical:  Bergans of Norway jacket.

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On the Snow: Stratton

032720©anapolitano2011Classic plaid.  Patagonia designed by Maria Preteur-Huang.

032540©anapolitano2011Full Burton ensemble.  Execution of distressed denim print for technical outerwear pants is remarkable, more to follow.

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