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Okay, enough bunnies and cute stuff! It’s time to get serious – a weekend of men’s World Cup ski racing at Wengen, Switzerland is upon us. Friday kicks it all off with the Combined followed by Slalom Saturday and the classic Lauberhorn downhill on Sunday. Reposting a favorite vintage photo to celebrate the venerable tour stop.
1/15/1975 Press photo: The two coaches of the two most successful alpine ski-teams of the season: Toni Sailer (left), the Austrian-teamboss, and Adolf Ogi (right), coach of the Swiss team. They here are waiting for the arrivals of their proteges from the Lauberhorn downhill race. Ogi will be charmed: 1rst and 2nd place for him; Toni Sailer can count the 3rd up to the 8th place.
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.
3/17/1957 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.
3/20/1955 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.
1/14/1963 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.
1966 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.
2/15/1970 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.
Certainly 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.
Here’s to one of the best spring seasons of skiing in the Northeast I can remember — at the moment, still more snow than fresh blooms!
Sarah discovered these lovelies at the beginning of winter 2013-2014 and they have been enjoying a full season of après outings. Shown here in the Bear Den Lounge at Burke Mountain, Vermont. Currently, these very boots can be found exploring Sun Valley where they undoubtedly have more like company than in the Northeast Kingdom.
The Leland reminds me of boots I came across while shopping Zurich, Switzerland a few years ago and have been dreaming about since. Penelope Chilvers designs the Impossible Boot with a Lapland-inspired upturned toe. . .
. . . and the equally charming Incredible Boot. These boots are as functional as they are stylish with water-repellant pony upper, non-slip rubber soles and super-cozy sheepskin shearling lining.
Olympic skeleton racing concludes today. I know nothing about the sport other than it looks both insane and incredibly cool. Last summer, I found this vintage photo — when else will I have a relevant occasion to share it!
Some cursory research informed me that St. Moritz, Switzerland is the birthplace of skeleton racing. The head-first position was first used in 1887, a variation on the established sports of bobsled, luge and Cresta sledding. Note the embossed Kulm St. Moritz, of the famous hotel integral to the history of this and apparently many other winter sports.
February 11, 1936 Press Photo: The American Olympic Games Ski-ing Team, ladies’ contingent, at Davos, Switzerland, where these fair young women enjoyed training on the lofty Parsenn, under the expert tutelage of Swiss ski runner Otto Furrer. From right to left: Mr. Otto Furrer, Trainer (Switzerland); Miss Helen Boughton-Leigh, Captain; Miss Clarita Heath; Miss Grace Carter; Miss Elizabeth Woolsey; Miss Lillian Swann; Miss Ellie Eyre Smith; Miss Marian McKenn; Miss Mary Bird. Photo credit: J.P. Caspar, Davos
Alpine skiing debuted at 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany with a single event – the Combined comprised of downhill and slalom. The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia will feature five alpine ski events for each gender: Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Super Combined.
Congratulations to the team of women who will be representing USA: Stacey Cook, Julia Ford, Julia Mancuso, Megan McJames, Laurenne Ross, Mikeala Shiffrin, Leanne Smith, Resi Stiegler, Jacqueline Wiles. Lindsey Vonn and Alice McKennis will be missed!
Popular Mechanics Magazine, January 1948. Excerpt from cover story titled, Skiers Awaken a Bonanza Town: After a half century, Aspen, Colo., is a boom town again. The spark that set it off this time was completion of the world’s longest chair lift for skiers, instead of the world’s richest silver horde.
The Schoolgirls’ Own Library, No 247, 1956: The Rival Schools in Switzerland by Elise Probyn. A monthly reader for girls, printed in England. (Thank you to my thoughtful and eagle-eyed friend Ali Levy for finding this thrift gem!)
Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays!