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Snow Day: Snow Fort

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Today I woke up to 10” of fresh snow and the governor requesting people to stay off the roads.  That meant no school for my teacher husband, no office for me.

Last week in Innsbruck, Austria, I found these very sweet vintage photos of schoolgirls building a snow fort – perfect for the spirit of this mid-week snow day!

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U.S. Women’s Olympic Alpine Ski Team

us american women olympic ski team 1936 olympics garmisch partenkirchen germany davos switzerlandFebruary 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!

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ISPO Munich: 1970’s Ski Wear

Today is the opening day of ISPO 2014.  Excited to see new product and inspiration!

ispo munich trade show ski clothing 1970ISPO 1970:  Ski apparel in graphic black and white from the first year of the ISPO trade show in Munich.  The annual international trade show is the premier event for retailers to preview and place orders for new wintersport apparel and equipment.  The inaugural show consisted of nearly 11,000 visitors and 816 exhibitors in total representing 34 countries.  In 2013, the show claimed 80,000 visitors and 2,000 exhibitors from more than 100 countries.

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ISPO 1973:  NEW SKI FASHION PRESENTED IN MUNICH  According to fashion designers’ vote the female skier will look “slim and slender” in the coming season, fitting just tightly into the new colourful ski-suits which come in different colours.  Some of them even show stripes or chequers or a printed pattern.

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Tamara McKinney 9: Mikaela Shiffrin 7

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tamara mckinney ski race racer vail giant slalom rossignol descenteMarch 12, 1983 Press Photo:  VAIL, COLO:  USA’s Tamara McKinney takes a gate during the first run of Women’s World Cup Giant Slalom.  McKinney had the second best time of 1:11:59, only 0.01 second behind teammate Cindy Nelson.  McKinney is attempting to become the first American woman to win the overall World Cup Championship.  UPI jm/Pat Benic

Tamara’s signature bunny hat was made by her sister who sells specialty knit goods through her Kentucky-based company, Ouisha.

tamara mckinney us ski team athlete olympics 1984Training for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.  ABC press photo.

With Mikaela Shiffrin’s win at Flachau yesterday, she has racked up seven World Cup slalom wins – quickly gaining on Tamara McKinney’s nine victories, the record for any American woman in slalom.

Tamara McKinney was my first ski hero.  Her small stature but aggressive style coupled with her girl-next-door image and trusty Rossignol skis offered a strong, female role model in the sport.  Her racing accomplishments include being the first American woman to win the World Cup overall title, two Giant Slalom titles, a Slalom title, multiple World Championship medals and a long list of career wins and podiums.  She is a legend without question.

My husband and I have been devout followers of Mikaela Shiffrin — her stunning talent and rapid ascent — since we watched her win the slalom at the 2010 J-III Junior Olympics when she was 15.  We had heard the hype but it wasn’t until we witnessed her runs that we truly grasped what this young girl could mean to the world of ski racing.  Amazed by her performance, I began referring to her as “Magic Girl”.  I was thrilled to be present to watch her win the slalom title at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria last winter.

So, with that, it is bittersweet for me to watch Mikaela gain on Tamara’s slalom record in record time!

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Ski-Doo: Otis, 1975

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Today is my birthday, forty-two!  This photo was taken in the winter of 1975 and is one of my all-time favorites:  Mom and Dad taking me out on our Ski-Doo sleds by our camp on Benton Pond in Otis, Massachusetts.

At three years old, I was pretty into zooming around out in the snow.  And I remember really liking my snowmobile gear – the fun and excitement that this specific uniform enabled, picking out cool patches for my mother to stitch on the cozy one-piece suit, the movement of the fur around the snorkel hood and thanks to a friend of the family – a custom Tweety Bird paint job on my helmet!

Snowmobiling has always been a family activity for us and the first thing that taught my brother and me that wintertime is playtime.  Thanks, Mom and Dad!

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Holiday Sweaters: Jack Wills

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British fashion brand, Jack Wills, is offering a spirited collection of classic knit sweaters in charming, traditional motifs for Winter 2013/14.  Available for women and men.  Perfect for the slopes, après or holiday hob-knobbing.

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Photography: Capa in Color

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vanity fair magazine january 2014 robert caps ski photographer color exhibit new york cityVanity Fair, January 2014:  Best remembered for his stirring black-and-white images of 20th-century conflict, photographer Robert Capa also captured color pictures of postwar leisure in the mountains of Zermatt, Switzerland; Zürs, Austria; and other international ski resorts.  From the stormy beaches of Normandy on D-day to the tranquil mountaintops of the Swiss Alps, Capa’s lens captured it all.  All photos:  Robert Capa

Post-war, renowned photo journalist Robert Capa turned his lens to luxury ski resorts of Europe.  The International Center of Photography hosts an exhibit of Capa’s rich color images from January through May of 2014.

For me, this is reason enough to make an excursion to the city.  Hopefully sooner rather than later. . .

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Gentlemen Skiers

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Snow Day!

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It’s the first snow day of the season!  Kids and teachers (like my husband) are home and hopefully outside playing in the white stuff.

I realize the image quality of these found vintage photos leaves something to be desired – but I do feel they totally capture the joy of playing in the snow and zooming down a hill on skis. 

For me, these images are also a reminder to keep it simple — to enjoy the immediate surroundings – however big, small, steep or gentle the slope, no matter if deep powder or a dusting, and with whatever gear available – just get out and have fun!

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Ski Legend: Andrea Mead Lawrence

andrea mead lawrence ski racer bad gastein austria 1952 winner giant slalomJanuary 27, 1952 Press Photo:  THE WINNER RELAXES – Andrea Mead Lawrence of Rutland, Vt., is shown taking things easy after posting another victory in a tuneup ski match for the Olympics.  The famed woman skier removes her goggles after winning the giant slalom at Bad Gastein, Austria.  She competed against the top women skiers from six nations.

Contrary to the description in the photo caption, I do not think Andrea Mead Lawrence is “taking things easy” — all I see is the look of the fiercely intense competitor.  Just weeks later, she went on to win two gold medals at the Winter Games in Oslo, Norway – the first and only American to win twice in a single Olympics.

It goes without saying that Andrea’s confidence brought the gorgeous US Ski Team uniform to life with mad style (and a remarkably tiny waist).  And let’s not forget the race sponsor, Pez – of candy dispenser fame – is an Austrian brand founded in Vienna.

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