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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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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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Vermont: Maple Sugar Season

vermont maple sugar sugaring syrup season vintage postcard

It’s that time of year again.  Maple sugaring activities are underway in the north country, especially in Vermont – the Green Mountain state produces the most maple syrup in the nation.  On March 22 and 23, more than eighty farms will open their sugarhouses to the public for the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association’s annual open house weekend.  Click here for details to plan a sweet little excursion.

If you are too busy skiing next weekend, hold out until April 5 and 6 to enjoy maple syrup on snow at Stowe’s famous Sugar Slalom race celebration.

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MooVM: Where do you Moo?

Introducing MooVM!  The husband and wife team of Chris Rose and Sarah Baker saw an opportunity to celebrate the role of dairy farming in New England and Upstate New York with the iconic cow pattern.  The graphic black and white “cow-moo-flage” of Holstein cattle is the foundation for distinctive baseball hats that carry a variety of classic and custom logos.

Working with New England Dairy Promotion Board, 8.02% (Vermont’s area code) of profit returns to support local farms by way of Must Be The Milk’s Keep Local Farms Fund.  Please visit the MooVM web site to learn more about the brand story and mission.

moovm hats caps cow print vermont vt 802 dairy farm localMooVM baseball hats in classic Vermont designs are available at the MooVM Store, click to visit the web store.

moovm hat cap custom uvm stowe vermont cow print Custom MooVM hats are available at a growing list of resorts and schools such as University of Vermont, Stowe Mountain Resort, Jay Peak, Mount Snow and Middlebury College.  Contact MooVM directly for custom orders and wholesale inquiries.  Minimum order quantity for custom logo is very reasonable.  In addition to being a unique retail item, MooVM hats are an excellent fundraiser for schools, sport teams, events.

moovm founders sarah baker chris rose amos hobbs vermont burkeMooVM founders Sarah Baker and Chris Rose with Amos and Hobbs in East Burke, 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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Ski Vermont: Opening Day

Killington, as usual, was the first Vermont ski area to open for the season and has been operating for several weeks.  Mount Snow, Okemo and Bromley followed, skiing last weekend.  This weekend brings a big wave of openings with Stowe, Smuggler’s Notch, Jay Peak, Sugarbush and Stratton kicking off their 2013-14 seasons on what is usually Thanksgiving weekend.  Soon lifts will be running at Burke, Magic, Pico, Middlebury, Mad River Glen, Bolton Valley, Cochran’s, Suicide Six and Northeast Slopes.

big bromley ski vermont manchester vintage postcardBromley:  Winter thrills – snow time is here.  For this the skiers have waited all year.

stratton vermont ski vintage austria ski schoolStratton’s Famous North American Trail, photo by Hubert Schriebl

okemo mountain vermont ludlow ski vintage family arrow tomahawk chiefOne of Okemo’s many families, who ski from their Chalets directly to the slope, decide on the day’s first run.  Photography by Duncan A. Campbell

mount mt snow vermont ski west dover vintage postcardLast season 2.5 million Riders rode on 6 double Chair Lifts to the top of 3600 ft. Mt. Snow.  The 16 trails to the Base of Mt. Snow are suitable for all types of skiers.  Sauna, Swimming Pool, Heated Sun Terrace, and artificial indoor Ice Skating make Mt. Snow vacations a year around must.

killington vermont ski area vintage postcardKillington’s Ski School is staffed with U.S.E.A.S.A. certified instructors teaching the American Technique to skiers from beginners to experts.  Photography – Bob Perry

sugarbush valley warren vermont ski vintage postcardSugarbush Valley:  View from Top of Gondola Lift Overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.

stowe vermont ski spruce peak vintage ski capitalStowe:  Ski Capital of the East, Alpine Lift and Spruce Peak Ski Area

smugglers notch madonna ski area jeffersonville vermont vintageSmuggler’s Notch:  Madonna Ski Area, Skier in action as the shadows fall.  Photo by Bob Paterson

jay peak ski area vermont aerial tram north troy vintageJay Peak Ski Area:  Site of one of the world’s finest aerial tramways.  View from the Skyhaus towards New York State.  Elevation 3861 feet.  Photo:  Tom Emrich

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Lifestyle: Slopeside Lunch

ski vintage arden milk austria posterSomewhere in the west coast enjoying lunch with Arden milk.  Check the travel posters on the building – excited to recognize the Austria image by Paul Aigner as found at Brimfield!

vintage ski chamonix mont blan plan prazDéjeuner su la neige au Plan Praz.  Chamonix, France.

vintage ski europe alps lunch sunRefueling and relaxing al fresco in the Alps.

ski stowe vintage stone hut mount mansfield vermontOutside the Stone Hut on Mount Mansfield, Stowe, Vermont.  Cheers!

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Weekend Treasures

I hit a small local antique fair over the weekend and managed to score a few solid finds.  It is a very big treasure hunting week with the final Brimfield show of 2013 starting today.

vintage photo boy bike bicycleI try to keep my collection exclusively ski or winter images but this vintage bike photo is too good to have left behind.

native american gloves beading beaded leather vintageGorgeous Native American leather gloves with beadwork.  Too pricey to buy but a happy reminder that in just a few months I will be skiing in my Astis mitts!

uvm vermont catamount vintage pennantI can’t recall ever coming across any vintage memorabilia from University of Vermont, my alma mater.  This 1950-60’s flocked pennant is a beauty with the badass Catamount mascot.

stowe-tbar-richardsonReal photo postcard of the Smuggler’s Notch T-Bar at Stowe, Vermont.  I have been looking for this specific image to add to my Richardson collection!  Photo by Harry Wendell Richardson of Newport, Vermont.

vintage ski photochrome postcard union pacific railroadI love the vibrant color of vintage Photochrome postcards.  This one was produced by the Union Pacific Railroad – such great composition.

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Astis Mittens at Stowe

Astis Mittens as seen at the 73rd annual Stowe Sugar Slalom.

astis mittens bogner stowe vermontAstis Bering mittens worn with Bogner.  I am totally loving this dynamic pairing of black and white mitts against the candy-bright parka.  It is just the right amount “off” to look original, personalized and cool — and each piece makes the other pop.  The Bering’s are my #1 choice for my next pair of Astis!

astis mittens poppy gall stoweDesigner Poppy Gall wears the Sacagawea mittens.  Though Native American-inspired, this pretty floral design also brings Eastern European influences to my mind.

See my Astis Erling mittens with beaded eagles (that I prefer to refer to as thunderbirds).

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On the Snow: Napapijri & Parajumpers

033010©anapolitano2013x033012©anapolitano2013Napapijri Armes down jacket – love the vintage patches, of course!  But obsessed with the Parajumpers Mistress pants in red wool!

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