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On the Snow: Burke, Vermont

lilias ide dps skis flylow color powder snow purple seafoamLilias Ide, all-around ripper and Program Director of Kingdom Trails, on her DPS skis for a fresh snow ski day!  Love all the color of DPS and Flylow gear.

astis mittens peak performance jacket pants swedenMaryanne in her pretty Astis Sacagawea mitts and Peak Performance kit.

astis erling mitts mittens rossignol experience burke vermontMe keeping warm in my Astis Erling mittens.

sacha mcguire skhoop skirt snowboard burke vermontSacha McGuire snowboarding in her colorful and cozy Skhoop down mini skirt.  Local Northeast Kingdom retailer, Village Sport Shop carries Skhoop.

burke mountain ski patrol mallory cody chain saw husqvarnaMallory and Cody of the Burke Mountain Ski Patrol cleaning up the trails with a Husqvarna.

vintage rainbow ski sweater burke mountain j bar ski liftRetro rainbow ski sweater working the retro j-bar lift.

burke mountain ski area lift mechanic operations cabelas transalaska boot Lift mechanic Chris swears by Cabela’s Trans-Alaska III Pac boots for warmth during long shifts on the mountain.

snowboard ski vermont 802 smith goggles helmetFull-on Green Mountain State park style.

nike snowboard jacket native patternLove the zing of this unexpected color combo and a unique Nike jacket.

spyder ski race suit julia mancuso squaw valley trail mapBurke is a ski racing hill.  Lucky for me, I love all that goes along with that – including ski racing fashion.  Spyder Julia Mancuso race suit featuring trail map graphics of Squaw Valley, her home mountain.

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Last Look: 2013 National Team Uniforms

asksel lund svindal ski race norway uniformNORWAY:  Aksel Lund Svindal filling out his vibrant yellow speed suit and clean white and black outerwear by Phenix.

julia mancuso laurenne ross ski race usaUNITED STATES:  Julia Mancuso in black, Laurenne Ross in vivid green, uniforms by Spyder.  The green was kind of fun but I am hoping new uniforms have a more patriotic look.  I do have to give the USST and Spyder a nod for infusing inherently uptight uniforms with a sense of relaxed American mountain lifestyle.

maria hoefl riesch ski germany bogner milka pinkGERMANY:  Maria Hoefl-Riesch wears Bogner vivid pink outerwear and the snow tiger suit which is a long-standing tradition for the team.

nadia fanchini italy ski argentina race coach schladming 2013ITALY, ARGENTINA:  Bold letters in black and white clearly identify these teams in uniforms by Kappa.  Nadia Fanchini of Italy at left.  I quite like the graphic impact and utility of this strong look, especially Argentina’s stylized execution.

tina maze slovenia ski world champion schladming uniform milkaSLOVENIA:  It’s a good thing World Champion Tina Maze carries herself with such presence because this uniform by Halti is a lot to pull off.

austria ski anna fenninger michi kirchgasser milkaAUSTRIA:  Anna Fenninger in bright blue, Michaela Kirchgasser in white, outerwear by Schöffel.  The Austrian kit, like the team itself, is very strong and a contender for the best – distinctive and refined, powerful and wearable colors, complementary variety, consistent interesting themes and details, well merchandised and executed.  The back of the blue jacket is emblazoned with the claim Power Team, true enough!

ski race austria germany maria riesch puffy jacketPuffy Jackets:  Hannes Reichelt of Team Austria in black Schöffel.  Bogner male and female versions of team insulated outerwear; Maria Hoefl-Riesch again in pink.

With the Sölden FIS World Cup ski races kicking off the new season in just a few days, here is one last peek at some national team uniforms from 2013.  I am always curious to see if and how much teams change their kits year to year.  From early season training photos, I have seen a little new but much of the same from last season.  With 2014 being an Olympic year, there will be no shortage of new uniforms to be revealed!

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Independence Day: Sierra Quitiquit

sierra_americaPhoto:  Richard Hallman via sierraquitiquit.com

A big dose of Americana from Sierra Quitiquit:  Skier, Model, Yogi, Surfer, Lover.  If you haven’t already, check her web site and Tumblr – she is total inspiration, you will not be disappointed.  Happy 4th!

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On the Snow: JC de Castelbajac Snow Tigers

rossignol castelbajac jane tiger ski jacketJC de Castelbajac for Rossignol as seen at ISPO, January 2012.

julia mancuso downhill schladming world championshipsJulia Mancuso after her 5th place finish in the Women’s Downhill at the 2013 Alpine World Championships in Schladming, Austria.  On Julia:  USST jacket by Spyder and Houdini Sleepwalker down skirt.

rossignol castelbajac snow tiger ski jacket pantsOn her:  JC de Castelbajac Clemence Down TG Jacket, Geny PR Pant.  On him:  JC de Castelbajac Snowtiger Jacket, Snowtiger Pant.

I enjoyed watching this broadcasting duo at the Alpine World Championships in Schladming, Austria.  Each day they would come dressed in exquisite complementary ensembles of luxury outerwear.  The wild snow tiger theme shown here as they interview Julia Mancuso is by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac for Rossignol – styles I had seen the winter prior at the ISPO trade show but never expected to have the good fortune to see on snow!

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Julia Mancuso’s Houdini Skirt

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houdini_sleepwalkerSkirt photo via Houdini

I instantly fell for this fantastic tri-color skirt worn by Julia Mancuso after her runs in Schladming.  The Swedish brand Houdini is responsible for this skirt named Sleepwalker.  It is perfect to throw on over a speed suit — or more pedestrian garments such as base layer or ski pants.

By far, this is my favorite of the insulated skirts I have seen – the relaxed silhouette looks extra cozy and the styling is the hippest with a little more sass than all the others.  Speaking of sass, Julia is never short on style and effortlessly owned this look.

Over the past several years, nearly everything I have found inspiring — and appealing to buy and wear myself – has been of Swedish design:  Peak Performance, Hestra, Dr. Zipe and now Houdini.  I like what I see and am excited to have a new apparel brand to follow.  The Sleepwalker skirt is sold out this season – but will be on the top of my list next winter!

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FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, Schladming 2013: Women’s Slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin Wins!

Yes, there were other women in this slalom race but all I’m really caring about is Mikaela Shiffrin.  World Champion.  At seventeen.  Totally amazing (though not surprising) and completely awesome!

CONGRATULATIONS, Mikaela!

021614©anapolitano2013Mikaela Shiffrin, USA – 2013 Slalom World Champion

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Another post to follow soon with due respect to the rest of the world class field. . .

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U.S. Women’s Alpine Ski Team Uniforms

020470©anapolitano2012Julia Mancuso at the Kreuzeckbahn before her DH start.

020476©anapolitano2012Laurenne Ross, ready to Shred.

020477©anapolitano2012Lindsey Vonn after winning the Garmisch Downhill.

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x020572©anapolitano2012Julia Mancuso waiting for her Garmisch Super G victory.

020574©anapolitano2012Laurenne Ross adding style with a pretty neck gaiter and gloves.

It is all about the pink polka dot jackets!  The vibrant color has moxie – it is both sweet and bold; the subtle pattern is enough but not too much; the silhouette is cozy and relaxed yet flattering, perfect over speed suits.

The U.S. uniforms appear to have a broad range of garments and looks within the annual kit, and are creatively reimagined year-to-year, not bound to traditional red/ white/ blue Americana.  As a designer, I would be interested to learn about the inspiration and athlete input that determines the creative direction, as well as see how all the pieces merchandise into a cohesive uniform system.

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Women’s World Cup Super G: Garmisch-Partenkirchen

020550©anapolitano2012Elena Curtoni of Italy in finished in 5th place.

020552©anapolitano2012Stripes for the Italian ski team by Kappa.

020551©anapolitano2012Kelly Vanderbeek of Canada in uniform by Spyder.

020554©anapolitano2012Julia Mancuso wins on the Kandahar!  Anna Fenninger of Austria, second; Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, third.

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Women’s World Cup Downhill: Garmisch-Partenkirchen

020491©anapolitano2012Margot Bailet of France in uniform by Colmar.

020493©anapolitano2012Kelly Vanderbeek of Canada wears POC sunglasses and polka dots by Spyder.

020490©anapolitano2012Veronique Hronek of Germany in native Bogner.

020494©anapolitano2012Verena Stuffer of Italy wears Kappa for F.I.S.I.

020495©anapolitano2012Nadja Kamer of Switzerland took 2nd place wearing Descente.

020496©anapolitano2012Lindsey Vonn scored her 50th World Cup win – congratulations!

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When Denim for Snow is a Good Idea

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Unconfirmed brand @ the US Open.

burton denim snowboard pantsBurton @ Stratton, VT.

burton snowboard denim pantsBurton @ the US Open.

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spyder ski pants denimSpyder @ the Sugar Slalom, Stowe.

vans-seven-denimVans x Seven Jeans @ Jiminy Peak, MA.

Technical ski/ snowboard pants with denim look.  Impressive tromp l’oeil distressing of Burton pants.  (As well, the best uniform BY FAR at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.)  The Vans collaboration was successful in spot-on replicating Seven jeans fit.

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