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NCAA Skiing Championships

The 2014 NCAA Skiing Championships begin today and run through Saturday. Hosted by the University of Utah Utes, alpine events will be held at Park City Mountain Resort and nordic races at Soldier Hollow Resort.  Will the University of Colorado Buffaloes defend their 2013 championship?  Will the University of Vermont Catamounts extend their undefeated streak?

To follow, found vintage photos of a collegiate theme, from a tough-as-nails coach to winter carnival races.

willy schaeffler ski coach university denverDENVER’S DRILLMASTER  The menacing figure above, glowering in a perfectionist’s displeasure at the nation’s finest college ski team, is Willy Schaeffler, who is probably more things to more people than anyone else in the ski world.  To the racers on his University of Denver ski teams, which long ago captured dominance of intercollegiate skiing from Dartmouth, he is a driving tutor and a merciless conditioner.  From The Book of American Skiing by Ezra Bowen, 1963

pete kirby dartmouth ski team captain 1956 quebec canada1956 Press Photo:  Pete Kirby, senior from Quebec, Canada, will captain Dartmouth’s ski team which will bid for the National Collegiate championship at Winter Park this weekend.  Kirby and his Indian mates have rolled up a 4-0 record this year to lead eastern teams.  He competes in the downhill and slalom events.

peggy johnson mcgill university montreal ski race winner lake placid new york son birds12/29/1938:  Miss Peggy Johanssen, of McGill University, and of Montreal, who won both the downhill and slalom races in the 13th annual college week invitation ski tournament sponsored by the Sno Birds of Lake Placid Club.  Slalom race was held today and the downhill race yesterday at Scotts Cobble, a few miles from here.  Photo by Odie Monahan for Lake Placid Club

elizabeth durrance skidmore college winter carnival ski racer win1/9/1938 AP Photo:  OF AN OLD SKI FAMILY  Miss Elizabeth Durrance is a member of the famous skiing family.  A freshman at Skidmore College at Saratoga, N.Y. she won the women’s slalom event at the school’s winter carnival Jan. 8.  Pretty, too.

vintage photo ski jump jumper new hampshireSki jumping for New Hampshire, date unknown.

vintage photo ski jump jumper new hampshire trophy win winnerWinner!

university new hampshire ski sweater 1933 vintage University of New Hampshire sweater, 1933.

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Winter Carnival: Dartmouth

dartmouth ski race brooks dodge middlebury vermont2/20/1953 Press Photo:  This trio of crack Dartmouth skiers led a field of 38 from nine colleges to give the Indians an early lead today at Middlebury, Vt. in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association’s championships.  Left to right:  Ralph Miller of Hanover, N.H.; Bill Tibbits, North River, N.Y., and Brooks Dodge, Gorham, N.H.

The legendary Dartmouth Winter Carnival is underway this weekend with EISA / NCAA alpine and nordic ski races headlining the schedule of events.  After day one, the University of Vermont Catamounts are in the top spot, Dartmouth in second, University of New Hampshire in third.

This history and lore of the Dartmouth Winter Carnival lives on in a vibrant collection of event posters.  Highly revered and collectible, original posters are increasingly rare and demand a premium at auctions such as Christie’s and Swann Galleries annual poster sales.  Click here to view an archive of Winter Carnival poster images from the Dartmouth College Library Collections.

dartmouth winter carnival vintage ski poster 1937 1941xdartmouth winter carnival vintage ski poster art 1938

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Gym Class: University of New Hampshire, 1943

university new hampshire ski class women 19431/18/1943 Press Photo:  Skiing means a lot of outdoor fun – while muscles are toughened fresh air works its benefits.  Sports which give vigorous exercise without requiring long hours of instruction have a prominent place in the feminine toughening up process. 

The University of New Hampshire is one of the first colleges to follow the War Program of Physical Fitness through Physical Education, as applied to women.  Body building rather than recreational sports is the pattern adhered to by these coeds.  Some 650 girls regularly do calisthenics, stunts and tumbling, Army tactics in marching and drill formations, and run the same obstacle course used in the men’s physical education program.  As a result, University of New Hampshire women students will be ready for any kind of war work or military duty, no matter how strenuous.

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