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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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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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US Open Exits Vermont for Colorado


Scanned Photo:  Transworld Snowboarding, 1997

The Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships kicked off today in Vail, Colorado.  After 30 years, the Open has left its Vermont roots, trading Stratton for the larger venue of Vail.  I suppose it represents progress for the sport, but am sad to see the event leave the state where it was born and cultivated.

Needless to say, Vermont is steeped in snowboard heritage and has produced more than its fair share of world-class riders.  In honor of the state’s role in snowboard history and culture, here is my favorite image of my favorite Vermont rider, Betsy Shaw:  many time US Open competitor, World Champion, Olympian, all-around hero.

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Stratton 50th Anniversary: Geiger Sweater

stratton_instructorsPhoto:  Hubert Schriebl

03261©anapolitano2011x03262©anapolitano2011Founded in 1961, Stratton Mountain Resort turns fifty this winter season!  A distinctive collection of custom merchandise has been developed to commemorate this milestone.  No item better celebrates Stratton’s heritage than the Geiger of Austria reproduction sweater – an exact replica of the wool sweater worn by the Austrian instructors of the ski school founded by Emo Henrich.

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Long Snowboard Jackets


041020©anapolitano2011Seeing longer silhouettes in women’s snowboard jackets.

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Optic Black & White Pucci

04093©anapolitano2011x04094©anapolitano2011Skier:  Anne Marie

This is why I love Stratton:  Emilio Pucci top, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac for Rossignol jacket, serious accessories.

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Tomboy Style

040951©anapolitano2011Post title with all due respect to Tomboy Style.

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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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Brocade-Inspired Outerwear


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Strafe Outerwear


Strafe outerwear as worn by Mac Bohannon of the US Ski Team.

This outerwear stopped me in my tracks – the clean design and construction of 3-layer hardshell technical fabric, bright red/ blue color combo with white contrast zips, new school fit, and a brand name I had never heard of – it was a powerful introduction to Strafe.

Strafe is a new outerwear company based in Aspen, Colorado – to be precise, Aspen Highlands – which let’s be honest, it doesn’t get much better for a home base.  Twin brothers, John and Pete Gaston founded the company in 2009 to fill a need for technical outerwear specific in function, fit and styling for the backcountry freeskier.  Perhaps no other piece embodies this objective better than Strafe’s signature Sickbird one-piece suit.  With this authenticity and Highland Bowl as testing ground, I’m sold!

Back to Mac.  He is a super-talented (and super-friendly) freestyle aerialist who lives in Lake Placid, New York and trains full-time at the Olympic Training Center.  Aerial competition demands more sleek outerwear but Mac loves Strafe for freeskiing.  Watch him in action at macbohonnon.com.

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